Game of Thrones has made TV history by becoming the most decorated fictional show at the Emmy Awards
Game of Thrones has broken the record for the highest number of Emmy Awards won by any fictional series.
The HBO fantasy drama triumphed in three categories at Sunday’s ceremony, including outstanding drama series.
The show’s total number of awards now stands at 38, which means it has beaten Frasier’s previous record of 37.
This year’s British winners included Dame Maggie Smith, who won outstanding supporting actress in a drama series for her role in Downton Abbey.
It is the third time Dame Maggie has won an Emmy for her portrayal of Violet Crawley, but she has never attended the ceremony in person.
Host Jimmy Kimmel joked: “We’re not mailing this to her. Maggie, if you want this, it will be in the lost and found.”
Game of Thrones, the enormously popular fantasy series, became the most successful show in Emmy award history on Sunday night, with a total of 38 wins under its belt.
The Game of Thrones cast and creators walked away with 12 awards, winning in the categories for best drama and best script for a drama.
With its latest haul, the HBO programme – shown on Sky Atlantic in the UK – overtook the record held by the comedy show Frasier and proved that, despite being in its sixth series, it has lost none of the momentum gained since it first appeared in 2011.
The show is a global phenomenon and its success has surpassed even that of The Sopranos, previously HBO’s biggest drama.
Based on the books by George RR Martin, the sixth season drew in an audience of 25.1m in the US, with audiences clamouring to find out the fate of the character Jon Snow.
In the UK, the latest season was the most popular programme to be broadcast on Sky, drawing an average audience of 5m.
Talking recently about the show’s popularity, Sky Atlantic director Zai Bennett described it as “insane”.
The show has been commissioned for two more seasons, concluding in 2018. The sixth season drew particular praise for its elevation of the women of Westeros to positions of power and dominance: Cersei is seen sitting on the Iron Throne; Daenerys marching to battle with the Dothraki; Sansa Stark sitting alongside her brothers as rulers of the North; and Arya on a mission for revenge.
Sophie Turner, who plays Sansa, suggested that Game of Thrones looked likely to continue to dominate next year.
“I was actually speechless,” she said of the season seven script. “This season is unbelievable and I think fans are going to be really satisfied. It’s crazy.”
Another HBO series, Veep, was named top comedy for the second straight year and its star, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, won best comedy actress for the fifth straight time and a record-setting sixth time in her career.