HBO, the undisputed champion of quality entertainment, outshined the Emmys 2015 like never before. It clearly ruled the 67th Primetime Emmy Award night with sweeping victory in some of the most prominent categories, the best of which include ‘Drama’ (Game of Thrones), Comedy (Veep), Limited Series (Olive Kitteridge) and Movie (Bessie). Winning a total of 43 awards, it wouldn’t come as a surprise if we simply rename the night as ‘HBO Awards’.
One of the madly loved fantasy drama TV Series, Game of Thrones, in many ways, turned out to be the showstopper for the event. The show's fifth season was nominated for 24 awards, the most nominations of the show ahead of American Horror Story: Freak Show (20 nominations) and Olive Kitteridge (13 nominations). Peter Dinklage received the award for Best Supporting Actor, for which both Clarke and Headey were also nominated, and Rigg was nominated for Best Guest Actor. The season's eighth episode, Hardhome, was the most technically recognised episode with 6 nominations, including Outstanding Cinematography, and Production Design, and the final episode, Mother's Mercy (4 nominations) was recognised for wins for Outstanding Writing (D.B. Weiss and David Benioff) and Outstanding Direction (David Nutter). Overall, winning twelve awards, #GoT did win accolades as the Outstanding Drama Series, and also set a new record for most Emmy wins by a series in a single year, replacing the previous holder The West Wing 's nine wins, and tying that show and Hill Street Blues for the most wins by a drama series throughout its run. You can watch S5 of the drama on HBO Defined every Wednesday at 8pm, 100% ad-free.
Next in line of the big wins is Veep, the American HBO political comedy television series, starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus. If Veep is about one thing, it's about hope," said the show's creator Armando Ianucci on winnning five Emmy awards, the maximum by it so far. These include Outstanding Comedy Series, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series (Julia Louis-Dreyfus), Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (Tony Hale), Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series (Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci and Tony Roche for ‘Election Night’) and Outstanding Casting for a Comedy Series (Allison Jones, Pat Moran, and Meredith Tucker, casting directors). This phenomenal victory by Veep ended the five-year winning streak of Modern Family in the best comedy series category. Do enjoy watching S4 of the series on HBO Defined. Every Monday at 9pm, 100% ad-free.
The night's next major winner is ‘Olive Kitteridge’, the acclaimed HBO miniseries centred around 25 years in the life of an acerbic, retired schoolteacher in a seemingly placid Maine town. Based on the Pulitzer-winning novel by Elizabeth Strout, this series is the type of prestige project that definitely deserves to win awards annually for HBO. It took home Emmys for Best Limited Series and every other award in its category: Best Actress (Frances McDormand, who played the title character), Best Actor (Richard Jenkins, her kindly on-screen husband) and Best Supporting Actor (Bill Murray, who couldn’t show up to claim his award, unfortunately). The show’s director Lisa Cholodenko and screenwriter Jane Anderson also were honoured.
Finally, last but not the least, HBO also scored one-up in the category of movies. Queen Latifah’s Bessie, a HBO biopic about legendary blues singer Bessie Smith, nabbed four trophies, including Outstanding Television Movie.
With such whopping wins, HBO did set an exceptional record. No wonder why it’s called the Home of the Originals. Stay tuned for more thrilling entertainment, and don’t miss out watching these spectacular shows, 100% ad-free, on HBO Defined.