Game of Thrones is unstoppable at the moment! It made Emmy history this year by sweeping most of the awards including best drama, best direction, best writing categories and a number of technical categories.
The HBO series reigned over its competitors with 12 awards out of the 24 categories it was nominated in, breaking the record that was set by Frasier, with a total of 38 Emmys. Jimmy Kimmel, who hosted the award show in the year 2012, returned as this year’s host too.
Battle of Bastards
The record smashing night also belonged to The People v OJ Simpson which picked up 22 nominations and won 5 including the Outstanding Limited Series category, beating tough competitors such as The Night Manager and Roots while actors Sterling K Brown, Sarah Paulson and Courtney B Vance were honoured with coveted award for their respective performances as Christopher Darden, Marcia Clark and Johnnie Cochran.
So what is it about Game of Thrones that it has managed to win hearts and awards at the same time? Well, it definitely also has to do with the visual aspect of the show. The Battle of Bastards was a visual treat with the kind of budget plan that was laid out for it, especially the bit when Ramsay Bolton gets ripped by hungry dogs.
Miguel Sapotchnik wins the Emmy for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series
David Benioff and DB Weiss
The episode was singled out for being one of the most visually arresting episodes along with the fact that David Benioff and DB Weiss won awards for best drama writing while Miguel Sapotchnik won the Emmy for best direction. In their speech, the writers thanked HBO for the support to “keep this giant lizard flying.”
Each episode of the Game of Thrones costs about $10 million to produce.