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Emmys 2019: Fleabag, Game of Thrones and Mrs Maisel lead Primetime winners

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Game of Thrones reigned over the competition at the 2019 Primetime Emmy awards, as HBO’s epic drama bowed out with a big win. The long-running fantasy series was crowned Outstanding Drama for its eighth and final run, also winning the Supporting Actor prize for Peter Dinklage. The show won a total of 12 awards, across both this weekend’s ceremony and last weekend’s Creative Arts Emmys.

The other big winner of the night was a decidedly smaller contender: BBC Three’s Fleabag, which won four Emmys, including Outstanding Comedy Series, Writing for a Comedy Series (Phoebe Waller-Bridge) and Directing for a Comedy Series (Harry Bradbeer). Waller-Bridge also won Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, surprisingly beating Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who was set to break records if she won the prize for the final season of Veep.

Last year’s Comedy Series winner, though, didn’t go home empty-handed: Amazon’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel won Supporting Actress for Alex Borstein and Supporting Actor for Tony Shaloub, cemeting the series as an awards favourite after only two seasons.

Alongside Fleabag, other Brit winners on the night included Ben Whishaw for BBC One’s A Very English Scandal (released by Amazon Prime Video in the US), Jodie Comer for Killing Eve, John Oliver for Last Week Tonight and – in one of the night’s most deserving twists – Peep Show veteran Jesse Armstrong for HBO’s Succession. Black Mirror’s Bandersnatch also won the prize for the best TV movie.

When it comes to bleak drama, though, little could trump Chernobyl, which added to HBO’s haul with a trio of awards for writing, directing and the best limited series overall.

Netflix, meanwhile, enjoyed success with Jharrel Jerome for When They See Us and Julia Garner for Ozark (Supporting Actress), plus Jason Bateman for directing Ozark.

FX also delivered some heavyweight blows to the competition with Lead Actor going to Pose and Supporting Actress in a Limited Series going to Patricia Arquette for The Act.

Game of Thrones’ reign may be over, but there is no shortage of rivals waiting to inherit its crown in awards seasons to come.

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