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"Game of Thrones", "Veep" big winners at Emmy Awards

HBO Wins Big at 67th Annual Emmy Awards

It was a good night for vice presidents, transgender women, cranky New Englanders and the inhabitants of a mythical world called Westeros.

And it was a great night for HBO.

After five seasons HBO's epic "Game of Thrones" won its first best-drama award Sunday night at the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, besting the final season of four-time winner "Mad Men" in a mild upset.

The sprawling medieval fantasy show also won Emmys on Sunday for writing, directing and for supporting actor Peter Dinklage, who plays the scorned scion of a powerful family who is forced to survive by his wits. In total, "Thrones" won 12 Emmys in 2015, the most ever by a series in a single year.

In the comedy category, HBO's "Veep" finally broke the stranglehold of sitcom powerhouse "Modern Family," which had won the top Emmy for the past five years. "Veep's" Julia Louis-Dreyfus won her fourth straight Emmy for her starring turn in the show, about an underestimated female vice-president who nevertheless ascends to the Oval Office.

Jon Stewart got a big send-off as host of "The Daily Show", which again won the outstanding talk series category.

"So many shows and so little time" was the musical lament with which Andy Samberg began his Emmy hosting duties. Although the AMC hit did not make it a three-peat, the show's male lead, Jon Hamm, took home his long-awaited best actor Emmy after numerous nominations in the category.

Her speech became one of the most buzzed-about moments of the award ceremony, as Davis said, "The only thing that separates women of color from anyone is opportunity". The only gag that really got a laugh out of me was when Samberg noted that there was a Taxi reunion in the house. "I can't seem to get over that line". Hamm was a sentimental favourite for winning best actor in his last chance with "Mad Men", and Morgan was an emotional surprise in appearing onstage following his traumatic brain injury in an auto accident past year. He bypassed the steps to the Emmy stage, scrambling onto it on his stomach. "Thanks for making the show, creating the platform".

Jill Soloway won for outstanding comedy director for the "Best New Girl" episode of Transparent. "We're all here because of the power of the stories that need to be told. And I'm going to black out". I don't think it's a coincidence that the broadcast winners were mostly actresses: cable, famously, is weaker in parts for women than for men.