Game of Thrones resurrected the Iron Throne at Sunday’s Emmy ceremony, ruling as top drama on a night of surprises. While Pose star Billy Porter made history and the comedy series Fleabag led a British invasion that overturned expectations.
Game of Thrones won the night’s most prestigious prize – best drama – despite the eighth and final series receiving a mixed response from fans and critics.
One of the HBO fantasy’s stars, Peter Dinklage, also took home the prize for best supporting drama actor.
Amazon’s Fleabag, a dark comedy about a dysfunctional woman, was honoured as best comedy and earned writing and top acting honors for its British creator and star, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, as well as a best director trophy.
It was the only honour for the acclaimed Netflix series of the evening; Chernobyl won the best limited series honour.
“This is getting ridiculous,” Waller-Bridge said in her third trip to the stage to collect the top trophy.
The auditorium erupted in cheers when Jharrel Jerome of When They See Us, about the Central Park Five case , won the best actor award for a limited series movie.
Bill Hader won his second consecutive best comedy actor award for the hit man comedy Barry.
Ozark star Julia Garner won the best supporting drama actress trophy against a field including four actresses from Game of Thrones.
HBO retained its durable front-runner status with the help of Game of Thrones record-tying 12 wins. The channel had a total of 34 awards.
While Netflix collected 27 awards and Amazon nabbed 15. The ceremony, which recognises excellence in television, took place in Los Angeles on Sunday.