Hit fantasy series Game Of Thrones has just become the most decorated fictional show in modern American awards history.
Having won three gongs at last night’s Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, the epic saga now has a total of 38 Emmys to its name – breaking sitcom Frasier’s previous record of 37.
The popular show took the prize for Best Drama Series, while standout episode ‘Battle Of The B**tards’ was singled out for particular praise.
It picked up awards for Best Drama Writing (David Benihoff and DB Weiss) and Directing (Miguel Sapotchnik). The episode’s centrepiece action sequence involved 500 extras, cost an estimated $10 million, and took almost a month to film.
Another big winner on the night was The People Vs OJ Simpson – which claimed five awards including Outstanding Limited Series, and recognition for key cast members Sarah Paulson, Courtney B Vance and Sterling K Brown.
British triumphs included Dame Maggie Smith, who won Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series for Downton Abbey, satirical host John Oliver for Best Variety Talk Show, and Sherlock, which picked up an award for its episode ‘The Abominable Bride’.
In the wake of the Oscars ‘whitewashing’ controversy at the start of this year, host Jimmy Kimmel was quick point out the distinctly more diverse roll-call of honours when it came to the Emmys’ nominations and winners.
“They’re so diverse this year, the Oscars are telling people we’re one of their closest friends,” he quipped.