‘Thrones,’ ‘Veep,’ ‘Kitteridge’ big winners at Emmys

Updated 1:19 PM EDT, Mon September 21, 2015
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Story highlights

HBO's "Game of Thrones" wins four Emmys on Sunday, including best drama series

"Veep" takes prizes for best comedy series and for star Julia-Louis Dreyfus

HBO miniseries "Olive Kitteridge" wins six awards

(CNN) —  

It was a good night for vice presidents, transgender women, cranky New Englanders and the inhabitants of a mythical world called Westeros.

And it was a great night for HBO.

After five seasons HBO’s epic “Game of Thrones” won its first best-drama award Sunday night at the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, besting the final season of four-time winner “Mad Men” in a mild upset.

The sprawling medieval fantasy show also won Emmys on Sunday for writing, directing and for supporting actor Peter Dinklage, who plays the scorned scion of a powerful family who is forced to survive by his wits. In total, “Thrones” won 12 Emmys in 2015, the most ever by a series in a single year.

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In the comedy category, HBO’s “Veep” finally broke the stranglehold of sitcom powerhouse “Modern Family,” which had won the top Emmy for the past five years. “Veep’s” Julia Louis-Dreyfus won her fourth straight Emmy for her starring turn in the show, about an underestimated female vice-president who nevertheless ascends to the Oval Office.

Her castmate Tony Hale won best supporting actor in a comedy series for playing her loyal political aide, and the show also won a writing award.

Combined, HBO won 14 Emmys on Sunday – more than all the other networks and streaming services combined (HBO is a unit of Time Warner, as is CNN).