Game of Thrones Takes The Top Prize At 2015 Emmy Awards

In the television industry, the conventional wisdom has long held that a genre series could never take home television’s top prize. But at last night’s 2015 Emmy Awards, the conventional wisdom was WRONG.

HBO’s epic fantasy series Game of Thrones won for Outstanding Drama series, it’s first win in the category. Game of Thrones overcame stiff competition from Mad Men, Better Call Saul, House of Cards, Orange is the New Black, Downton Abbey, and Homeland to take the award. Game of Thrones’ Peter Dinklage was also named Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama, his second award in that category.

Mad Men’s Jon Hamm was named Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama after several previous nominations, while Viola Davis won Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama for How To Get Away With Murder. Orange is the New Black’s Uzo Aduba won the supporting actress in a drama award.

In comedy, Veep was the winner of Outstanding Comedy Series, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus won the leading actress award yet again. But in one of the night’s biggest surprises, Jeffrey Tambour was named Oustanding Lead Actor in a Comedy for his role in the Amazon.com original series Transparent, in which he plays a man transitioning into a woman.

HBO’s Olive Kitteridge miniseries dominated in the miniseries categories with wins in every field except for Supporting Actress, which was taken by American Crime’s Regina King. In the variety and talk show categories, it was a clean sweep by Comedy Central with wins for The Daily Show and Inside Amy Schumer.

A full list of 2015 Emmy winners is reproduced below:

Outstanding Drama Series
Game of Thrones

Outstanding Comedy Series

Veep

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

Viola Davis, How to Get Away with Murder

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

Jon Hamm, Mad Men

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama

Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama

Uzo Aduba, Orange Is the New Black

Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series

Game of Thrones, “Mother’s Mercy”

Outstanding Variety Series

The Daily Show

Outstanding Variety Sketch Series

Inside Amy Schumer

Writing for a Variety Series

The Daily Show 

Outstanding Limited Series

Olive Kitteridge

Outstanding Actor in a Mini-series or Movie

Richard Jenkins, Olive Kitteridge

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or a Movie

Bill Murray, Olive Kitteridge

Directing for a Limited Series, Movie or Dramatic Special

Lisa Cholodenko, Olive Kitteridge

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or a Movie

Regina King, American Crime

Writing for a Limited Series, Movie or Dramatic Series

Jane Anderson, Olive Kitteridge

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy 

Jeffrey Tambour, Transparent

Outstanding Directing for Comedy Series

Jill Soloway for Transparent

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy

Tituss Burgess, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series

Veep, “Election Night”

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy

Allison Janney, Mom


Photo Credit: HBO