Game of Thrones breaks record with multiple wins at Emmy Awards 2015

Mad Men's Jon Hamm was finally named best actor after 16 nominations but there was disappointment for Downton Abbey and British nominees

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Game of Thrones became a record-breaker during last night’s Emmy Awards 2015. Not only did the hit HBO fantasy series pick up a clutch of awards, including best drama, it also broke a major industry record. 

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With a total of 12 Emmy wins, including those won at the Creative Emmys earlier this month, Game of Thrones has scooped more TV Academy Honours in a single year than any other show. The previous record was held by The West Wing, which won nine in 2000. 

Jon Hamm also picked up his first ever Emmy after 16 nominations. He was finally awarded the best actor gong for his role as advertising executive Don Draper in the long-running AMC drama Mad Men after eight tries. 

“There’s been a mistake, clearly,” Hamm said, picking up his prestigious award. 

Downton Abbey, Wolf Hall, An Honourable Woman, Derek and The Missing all walked away empty-handed in what proved to be a disappointing night for British contenders.

There was an Emmy first for Amazon. The streaming service followed in Netflix’s footsteps with its first nominations this year and ended up winning two. Jeffrey Tambor was awarded best lead for Transparent while the series also picked up a directing gong

Other successes included Olive Kitterage, which picked up several awards, beating the likes of Wolf Hall and An Honourable Woman to best limited drama series; Veep, which collected best comedy and gongs for writing, best actress and supporting actor; and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart won in three categories. 


Here’s the list of winners in full:   

Outstanding Drama Series

Better Call Saul 
Downton Abbey 
WINNER: Game of Thrones 
Homeland 
House of Cards 
Mad Men 
Orange Is the New Black 

Outstanding Comedy Series

Louie 
Modern Family 
Parks and Recreation 
Silicon Valley 
Transparent 
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt 
WINNER: Veep

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

Claire Danes, Homeland 
WINNER: Viola Davis, How to Get Away with Murder 
Taraji P. Henson, Empire 
Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black 
Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men 
Robin Wright, House of Cards 

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

Kyle Chandler, Bloodline 
Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom 
WINNER: Jon Hamm, Mad Men 
Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul 
Liev Schrieber, Ray Donovan 
Kevin Spacey, House of Cards 

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Jonathan Banks, Better Call Saul 
Ben Mendelsohn, Bloodline 
Jim Carter, Downton Abbey 
WINNER: Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones  
Michael Kelly, House of Cards 
Alan Cumming, The Good Wife 

Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series

Tim Van Patten, Boardwalk Empire, “Eldorado” 
WINNER: David Nutter, Game of Thrones, “Mother’s Mercy” 
Jeremy Podeswa, Game of Thrones, “Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken” 
Lesli Linka Glatter, Homeland, “From A to B and Back Again” 
Steven Soderbergh, The Knick, “Method and Madness” 

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Joanne Froggatt, Downton Abbey 
Lena Headey, Game of Thrones 
Emilia Clarke, Game of Thrones 
Christina Hendricks, Mad Men 
WINNER: Uzo Aduba, Orange Is the New Black 
Christine Baranski, The Good Wife 

Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series

Joshua Brand, The Americans, “Do Mail Robots Dream of Electric Sheep?” 
Gordon Smith, Better Call Saul, “Five-O” 
WINNER: David Benioff and David Weiss, Game of Thrones, “Mother’s Mercy”
Matthew Weiner, Mad Men, “Lost Horizon” 
Matthew Weiner, Mad Men, “Person to Person” 

Outstanding Variety Talk Series

The Colbert Report  
WINNER: The Daily Show with Jon Stewart  
Jimmy Kimmel Live! 
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver 
Late Show with David Letterman 
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon  

Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series

The Colbert Report  
WINNER: The Daily Show with Jon Stewart  
Inside Amy Schumer 
Key & Peele 
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver 

Outstanding Directing for a Variety Series

The Colbert Report 
WINNER: The Daily Show with Jon Stewart 
Inside Amy Schumer 
Late Show with David Letterman 
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 

Outstanding Variety Sketch Series

Drunk History 
WINNER: Inside Amy Schumer 
Key & Peele 
Portlandia 
Saturday Night Live 

Outstanding Limited Series

American Crime 
American Horror Story: Freak Show 
The Honorable Woman 
WINNER: Olive Kitteridge
Wolf Hall

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or a Movie

Timothy Hutton, American Crime 
Ricky Gervais, Derek Special 
Adrien Brody, Houdini 
David Oyelowo, Nightingale 
WINNER: Richard Jenkins, Olive Kitteridge 
Mark Rylance, Wolf Hall 

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie

Felicity Huffman, American Crime 
Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Freak Show
Queen Latifah, Bessie
WINNERFrances McDormand, Olive Kitteridge 
Emma Thompson, Mrs. Lovett
Maggie Gyllenhaal, The Honorable Woman 

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie

Richard Cabral, American Crime
Denis O’Hare, American Horror Story: Freak Show 
Finn Wittrock, American Horror Story: Freak Show 
Michael Kenneth Williams, Bessie 
WINNER: Bill Murray, Olive Kitteridge 
Damian Lewis, Wolf Hall 

Outstanding Directing for a Limited Series, Movie or Dramatic Special

Ryan Murphy, American Horror Story: Freak Show, “Monsters Among Us” 
Dee Rees, Bessie 
Hugo Blick, The Honorable Woman 
Uli Edel, Houdini 
Tom Shankland, The Missing 
WINNER: Lisa Cholodenko, Olive Kitteridge 
Peter Kosminsky, Wolf Hall  

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie

WINNER: Regina King, American Crime 
Sarah Paulson, American Horror Story: Freak Show 
Angela Bassett, American Horror Story: Freak Show 
Kathy Bates, American Horror Story: Freak Show 
Mo’Nique, Bessie 
Joe Kazan, Olive Kitteridge 

Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series, Movie or Dramatic Special

John Ridley, American Crime, “Episode One” 
Christopher Cleveland, Bettina Gilois and Horton Foote, Bessie 
Stephen Merchant, Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg, Hello Ladies: The Movie 
Hugo Blick, The Honorable Woman 
WINNER: Jane Anderson, Olive Kitteridge 
Peter Straughan, Wolf Hall 

Outstanding Reality Show Competition

The Amazing Race 
Dancing with the Stars 
Project Runway 
So You Think You Can Dance 
Top Chef 
WINNER: The Voice 

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

Lily Tomlin, Grace and Frankie 
Amy Schumer, Inside Amy Schumer 
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie 
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation 
Lisa Kudrow, The Comeback 
WINNER: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep 

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

Anthony Anderson, Black-ish 
Matt LeBlanc, Episodes 
Don Cheadle, House of Lies 
Louis C.K., Louie 
William H. Macy, Shameless 
Will Forte, The Last Man on Earth 
WINNER: Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent 

Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series

Christopher Miller and Phil Lord, The Last Man on Earth, “Pilot” 
Louis C.K., Louie, “Sleepover” 
Mike Judge, Silicon Valley, “Sand Hill Shuffle” 
WINNER: Jill Soloway, Transparent, “Best New Girl”  
Armando Iannucci, Veep, “Testimony” • HBO

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

Andre Braugher, Brooklyn Nine-Nine 
Adam Driver, Girls 
Keegan-Michael Key, Key & Peele 
Ty Burrell, Modern Family 
Titus Burgess, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt 
WINNER: Tony Hale, Veep 

Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series

David Crane and Jeffrey Klarik, Episodes, “Episode 409” 
Will Forte, The Last Man on Earth, “Alive in Tucson” 
Alec Berg, Silicon Valley, “Two Days of the Condor” 
Jill Soloway, Transparent, “Pilot” 
WINNER: Armando Iannucci, Simon Blackwell, and Tony Roche, Veep, “Election Night” 

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

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Niecy Nash, Getting On 
Julie Bowen, Modern Family 
WINNER: Allison Janney, Mom 
Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live 
Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory 
Gaby Hoffman, Transparent 
Jane Krakowski, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt 
Anna Chlumsky, Veep