“Game of Thrones” capped its epic run with its fourth Emmy as best drama series, entering exclusive company among all-time dramas and equaling its single-year record of a dozen trophies for the 71st Emmy Awards, the TV industry’s most prestigious honors.
Amazon’s “Fleabag” was a major upset winner for best comedy, picking up four awards in all, including acting and writing honors for its star, Phoebe Waller-Bridge.
“Well this is just getting ridiculous,” Waller-Bridge said, garnering laughs.
Not all fans were thrilled with “Thrones’” six-episode final season, but with its fourth Emmy, author George R.R. Martin’s fantasy tale ties past drama repeat winners “Hill Street Blues,” “L.A. Law,” “The West Wing” and “Mad Men.”
The two additional awards on Sunday bring its all-time total to 59, a record for any program, after a record number of nominations in its swan-song year.
The Emmys smiled on familiar faces and but stood out with a surprising number of newcomers, on a historic night that saw a breakthrough win for “Pose” star Billy Porter – and several speeches citing LGBTQ and women’s rights.