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Emmy Awards 2019: Game Of Thrones and Peter Dinklage emerge victorious

Emmy Awards 2019: Game Of Thrones and Peter Dinklage emerge victorious

71st Primetime Emmy Awards - Show - Los Angeles, California, US, Sep 22, 2019. The cast of Game Of Thrones accepts the award for Outstanding Drama Series. (Photo: Reuters/Mike Blake)

Medieval drama Game Of Thrones and British comedy Fleabag took top honours at the Emmy awards on Sunday (Sep 22) on a night of upsets that often rewarded newcomers over old favourites.

Pose star Billy Porter, who is openly gay, was named best dramatic actor, while British newcomer Jodie Comer took the Emmy for her lead actress role as a psychotic assassin in quirky drama Killing Eve.

71st Primetime Emmy Awards - Show - Los Angeles, California, US, Sep 22, 2019. Jodie Comer accepts the award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for Killing Eve. (Photo: Reuters/Mike Blake)

In an upset, Fleabag actress and creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge also took the trophy for best comedy actress, beating frontrunners Julia Louis-Dreyfus for Veep and Rachel Brosnahan for The Marvelous Mrs Maisel. Waller-Bridge also won the Emmy for comedy writing on the Amazon Studios show.

71st Primetime Emmy Awards - Show - Los Angeles, California, US, Sep 22, 2019. Phoebe Waller-Bridge stands with fellow cast members as the accepts the award for Outstanding Comedy Series for Fleabag. (Photo: Reuters/Mike Blake)

Bill Hader won his second Emmy for playing a hitman who turns to acting in comedy Barry, while Peter Dinklage took home the only acting trophy for Game Of Thrones for his supporting role as Tyrion Lannister.

71st Primetime Emmy Awards - Show - Los Angeles, California, US, Sep 22, 2019. Peter Dinklage accepts the award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for Game Of Thrones. (Photo: Reuters/Mike Blake)

Already the most-awarded series in Emmy history with 38 wins, HBO's Game Of Thrones went into Sunday's awards show as the clear front runner, despite a fan uproar over the conclusion of the series.

READ: Emmy Awards: Will Game Of Thrones win best drama for its final season? 

In the closely contested limited series category, the Television Academy spread its honours among wrenching social justice drama When They See Us, Soviet nuclear accident tale Chernobyl and Fosse/Verdon, starring Michelle Williams as Broadway singer and dancer Gwen Verdon.

Newcomer Jharrel Jerome was named best actor for When They See Us, the Netflix dramatisation of the men known as the Central Park Five who were wrongly accused and imprisoned for rape in 1980s New York.

Jerome dedicated his honour to "the men we know as the exonerated five," and the five men, seated in the audiences, stood and pumped their fists.

Here's the list of winners in key categories:

BEST DRAMA SERIES

Game Of Thrones (HBO)

BEST COMEDY SERIES

Fleabag (Amazon Studios)

BEST LIMITED SERIES

Chernobyl (HBO)

BEST COMEDY ACTOR

Bill Hader, Barry

BEST COMEDY ACTRESS

Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Fleabag

BEST DRAMA ACTOR

Billy Porter, Pose

BEST DRAMA ACTRESS

Jodie Comer, Killing Eve

BEST ACTRESS, LIMITED SERIES

Michelle Williams, Fosse/Verdon

BEST ACTOR, LIMITED SERIES

Jharrel Jerome, When They See Us

BEST VARIETY TALK SERIES

Last Week Tonight With John Oliver (HBO)

BEST VARIETY SKETCH SERIES

Saturday Night Live (NBC)

BEST COMPETITION PROGRAM

RuPaul’s Drag Race (VH1)

(Source: Reuters)

Source: Reuters/sr

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