“Game of Thrones” went out in a blaze of glory at the 2019 Emmy Awards after a polarizing final season, picking up the award for Outstanding Drama Series on Sunday night despite some major upsets earlier in the evening.
HBO’s fantasy juggernaut, which has received eight consecutive nominations and three previous wins in that category, took home the top prize at the 71st annual ceremony, beating out contenders “Killing Eve,” “Ozark,” “Better Call Saul,” “This Is Us,” “Pose,” “Bodyguard” and “Succession.”
“These last 10 years have been the best years of our lives, I can’t believe we did it, we shall never see it’s like again” showrunner David Benioff said on stage surrounded by the cast and crew. “It’s amazing you are all still alive.”
“Thank all of our lovely and amazing cast you make everything we write better,” showrunner Dan Weiss added. “We love you and loved every minute we have spent with all of you.
This year’s 32 nominations for the series broke the single-year record for any drama or comedy. “Game of Thrones” garnered a massive number of nominations in the acting fields, as well as in multiple below-the-line craft and technical categories like best sound editing, casting and visual effects. (“NYPD Blue” previously held the record, scoring 27 nominations in 1994.)
But besides Peter Dinklage picking up his fourth trophy for Outstanding Supporting Actor, the fantasy smash was iced out of the other major categories. Despite Sophie Turner, Lena Headey and the rest of the “Game of Thrones” women dominating the supporting actress nominations, Julia Garner of “Ozark” ultimately walked away with Emmy gold.
And the series got no love in the directing and writing categories for a drama series, with “Ozark” and “Succession” netting the big prizes. ... see more