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23rd Sep 2019

Out of nine Emmy nominations for acting, there was only one Game Of Thrones winner

Rory Cashin

Game Of Thrones Emmy

Sorry Bran, not this time.

Game Of Thrones picked up a record 32 nominations going into the Emmys on Sunday night, so the chances of it going home empty handed were pretty slim.

However, after the… how do we put this?… mixed reaction to the final season, chances were it might not perform the full sweep you might have expected it to do, a la The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King did at the Oscars.

It did take home Outstanding Drama Series, but despite having three episodes in the running for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series, it still lost in this category to Ozark.

Ditto for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series, which it lost to Succession (which is brilliant, but is clearly a comedy, and that is an argument for another day).

However, there were no less than NINE actors up for acting nods, including some that were forced to put themselves forward for nomination after HBO decided not to.

And much like the Game Of Thrones itself, there was really only one winner at the end.

Emilia Clarke, Gwndoline Christie, Sophie Turner, Maisie Williams, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Kit Harrington, Carice Van Houten, and Lena Headey all had to make do with being nominated, as Peter Dinklage alone went home with the award.

Dinklage has been nominated at the Emmys for Best Supporting Actor for every single season of Game Of Thrones, and this is his fourth time winning the award his role as Tyrion Lannister, and his acceptance speech (in full below) was bleeped by Fox for, well, an obvious reason.

“Thank you. I have no idea what I’m about to say, but here we go. I count myself so fortunate to be a member of a community that is all about tolerance and diversity, because no other place could I be standing on a stage like this. It’s been about 10 years, all said and done, since the moment I met Dave and Dan until right now.

“I had no idea what I was getting myself into, but I knew that David and Dan were quite brilliant. 10 years of absolute sweat, but 10 years of the most incredible, talented, funniest motherfucking people — hey, it’s over, I don’t care — I’ve ever been lucky enough to work with.

“We did nothing but sweat, we did nothing but laugh. Dave and Dan, we literally walked through fire and ice for you. Literally. And I would do it all over again in a heartbeat. Thank you.”