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Game of Thrones breaks record as most awarded show in a single Emmys night

Susana Polo is an entertainment editor at Polygon, specializing in pop culture and genre fare, with a primary expertise in comic books. Previously, she founded The Mary Sue.

HBO's Game of Thrones has won twelve Emmys, the most any television program has won in a single year of the Academy of Television Arts & Science's awards ceremony.

Game of Thrones has been nominated for 85 Emmy awards over its five seasons, and won 26 of them, but its most recent season — the first where it ran out of Game of Thrones books to adapt and strode forward with previously unpublished plot lines and reveals — has garnered it a full 12 wins. The season was also one of its more controversial — both for seeming relatively uneven compared to its predecessors, and for continuing a worsening trend of tone-deaf use of sexual abuse and rape to further the arcs of its female characters beyond even the themes present in the books.

Season five of Game of Thrones was nominated for 18 Emmys this year, and won for:

  • Outstanding Casting for a Drama Series
  • Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series (for "Mother's Mercy")
  • Outstanding Make-up for a Single-Camera Series (Non-Prosthetic)
  • Outstanding Production Design for a Fantasy Program
  • Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Drama series (for "The Dance of Dragons")
  • Outstanding Sound Editing for a Series (for "Hardhome")
  • Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Series (for "Hardhome")
  • Outstanding Special Visual Effects (for "The Dance of Dragons")
  • Outstanding Stunt Coordination for a Series
  • Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series.

Additionally, Peter Dinklage won Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for his role as Tyrion Lannister, and the season overall took home the Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series.