Premium cable broadcaster HBO swept all three top awards Sunday at the 67th Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, with its series Game of Thrones, Veep and Olive Kitteridge winning for best drama, comedy and limited series respectively,
Game of Thrones, a fantasy series that has been a hit with audiences worldwide, also won for writing and directing and best dramatic supporting actor for Peter Dinklage.
Veep took two more comedy awards, for best lead actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and best supporting actor Tony Hale.
Olive Kitteridge was the most decisive winner, taking all but one of the major awards in its limited series, movie or dramatic special category.
Frances McDormand won for lead actress, Richard Jenkins for lead actor, Bill Murray for supporting actor, Lisa Cholodenko for director and Jane Anderson for writing.
Only Regina King kept the series from a clean sweep by taking the award for best supporting actress in the limited series American Crime.
HBO was a clear favourite going into US television’s top awards, with its series garnering 126 nominations, and winning 43, the most of any network.
A few got away. Jon Hamm of AMC’s Mad Men won for lead actor in a dramatic series, while Viola Davis won for lead actress in a dramatic series for her work in ABC’s How to Get Away with Murder. Uzo Aduba of Netflix’s Orange is the New Black won for best supporting actress for a dramatic series.
Jeffrey Tambor took the lead comic actor prize for his groundbreaking turn on Amazon’s transgender sitcom Transparent, which also won for comedy series writing and directing. Allison Janney of CBS’s Mom took home the comedy supporting actress statuette.
In a valedictory for Jon Stewart, who stepped down last month after 16 years as the host of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show, the satirical news program won awards for best writing and directing for a variety series, and best variety talk show.
But the night belonged to HBO, the influential broadcaster credited in recent years for leading US television’s rebirth on cable and online.
In a nod to the ubiquity both of HBO and on-demand streaming, ceremony emcee Andy Samberg reminded viewers HBO chief executive Richard Plepler once said it was okay for users to share their account passwords.
Live on air, he then gave viewers a working login and password for the on-demand streaming service HBO NOW, encouraging them to “go to town” watching the network’s hit series.