(CNN)”Game of Thrones” capped its epic run with its fourth Emmy as best drama series, entering exclusive company among all-time dramas and equaling its single-year record of a dozen trophies for the 71st Emmy Awards, the TV industry’s most prestigious honors.

Amazon’s “Fleabag” was a major upset winner for best comedy, picking up four awards in all, including acting and writing honors for its star, Phoebe Waller-Bridge.”Well this is just getting ridiculous,” Waller-Bridge said, garnering laughs.Not all fans were thrilled with “Thrones'” six-episode final season, but with its fourth Emmy, author George R.R. Martin’s fantasy tale ties past drama repeat winners “Hill Street Blues,” “L.A. Law,” “The West Wing” and “Mad Men.”The two additional awards on Sunday bring its all-time total to 59, a record for any program, after a record number of nominations in its swan-song year.Read MoreThe Emmys smiled on familiar faces and but stood out with a surprising number of newcomers, on a historic night that saw a breakthrough win for “Pose” star Billy Porter — and several speeches citing LGBTQ and women’s rights.Laverne CoxLaverne Cox Photos: Red carpet photos from the 2019 Emmy AwardsLaverne CoxHide Caption 1 of 41A detail shot of Laverne Cox's clutch.A detail shot of Laverne Cox's clutch. Photos: Red carpet photos from the 2019 Emmy AwardsA detail shot of Laverne Cox’s clutch.Hide Caption 2 of 41Julia Louis-DreyfusJulia Louis-Dreyfus Photos: Red carpet photos from the 2019 Emmy AwardsJulia Louis-DreyfusHide Caption 3 of 41Mahershala AliMahershala Ali Photos: Red carpet photos from the 2019 Emmy AwardsMahershala AliHide Caption 4 of 41Sophie TurnerSophie Turner Photos: Red carpet photos from the 2019 Emmy AwardsSophie TurnerHide Caption 5 of 41Left to right: Michelle Williams and Busy PhilippsLeft to right: Michelle Williams and Busy Philipps Photos: Red carpet photos from the 2019 Emmy AwardsLeft to right: Michelle Williams and Busy PhilippsHide Caption 6 of 41LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 22: Billy Porter attends the 71st Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 22: Billy Porter attends the 71st Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images) Photos: Red carpet photos from the 2019 Emmy AwardsLOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – SEPTEMBER 22: Billy Porter attends the 71st Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)Hide Caption 7 of 41Mandy MooreMandy Moore Photos: Red carpet photos from the 2019 Emmy AwardsMandy MooreHide Caption 8 of 41Kerry WashingtonKerry Washington Photos: Red carpet photos from the 2019 Emmy AwardsKerry WashingtonHide Caption 9 of 41The cast and crew of 'RuPaul's Drag Race'The cast and crew of 'RuPaul's Drag Race' Photos: Red carpet photos from the 2019 Emmy AwardsThe cast and crew of ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’Hide Caption 10 of 41Taraji P. HensonTaraji P. Henson Photos: Red carpet photos from the 2019 Emmy AwardsTaraji P. HensonHide Caption 11 of 41Ben StillerBen Stiller Photos: Red carpet photos from the 2019 Emmy AwardsBen StillerHide Caption 12 of 41Regina KingRegina King Photos: Red carpet photos from the 2019 Emmy AwardsRegina KingHide Caption 13 of 41Mj RodriguezMj Rodriguez Photos: Red carpet photos from the 2019 Emmy AwardsMj RodriguezHide Caption 14 of 41Ava DuVernayAva DuVernay Photos: Red carpet photos from the 2019 Emmy AwardsAva DuVernayHide Caption 15 of 41Milo VentimigliaMilo Ventimiglia Photos: Red carpet photos from the 2019 Emmy AwardsMilo VentimigliaHide Caption 16 of 41Amy PoehlerAmy Poehler Photos: Red carpet photos from the 2019 Emmy AwardsAmy PoehlerHide Caption 17 of 41Left to right: Eugene Levy and his son Daniel LevyLeft to right: Eugene Levy and his son Daniel Levy Photos: Red carpet photos from the 2019 Emmy AwardsLeft to right: Eugene Levy and his son Daniel LevyHide Caption 18 of 41Alfie AllenAlfie Allen Photos: Red carpet photos from the 2019 Emmy AwardsAlfie AllenHide Caption 19 of 41Brittany SnowBrittany Snow Photos: Red carpet photos from the 2019 Emmy AwardsBrittany SnowHide Caption 20 of 41Left to right: Graham Larson and Rhea SeehornLeft to right: Graham Larson and Rhea Seehorn Photos: Red carpet photos from the 2019 Emmy AwardsLeft to right: Graham Larson and Rhea SeehornHide Caption 21 of 41Gwendoline ChristieGwendoline Christie Photos: Red carpet photos from the 2019 Emmy AwardsGwendoline ChristieHide Caption 22 of 41Lyric RossLyric Ross Photos: Red carpet photos from the 2019 Emmy AwardsLyric RossHide Caption 23 of 41Padma LakshmiPadma Lakshmi Photos: Red carpet photos from the 2019 Emmy AwardsPadma LakshmiHide Caption 24 of 41Left to right: "SNL's" Alex Moffat, Mikey Day, Kyle Mooney, Kenan Thompson, and Beck BennettLeft to right: "SNL's" Alex Moffat, Mikey Day, Kyle Mooney, Kenan Thompson, and Beck Bennett Photos: Red carpet photos from the 2019 Emmy AwardsLeft to right: “SNL’s” Alex Moffat, Mikey Day, Kyle Mooney, Kenan Thompson, and Beck BennettHide Caption 25 of 41Sterling K. BrownSterling K. Brown Photos: Red carpet photos from the 2019 Emmy AwardsSterling K. BrownHide Caption 26 of 41Marin HinkleMarin Hinkle Photos: Red carpet photos from the 2019 Emmy AwardsMarin HinkleHide Caption 27 of 41Julissa BermudezJulissa Bermudez Photos: Red carpet photos from the 2019 Emmy AwardsJulissa BermudezHide Caption 28 of 41HalseyHalsey Photos: Red carpet photos from the 2019 Emmy AwardsHalseyHide Caption 29 of 41James Van Der BeekJames Van Der Beek Photos: Red carpet photos from the 2019 Emmy AwardsJames Van Der BeekHide Caption 30 of 41Bob OdenkirkBob Odenkirk Photos: Red carpet photos from the 2019 Emmy AwardsBob OdenkirkHide Caption 31 of 41Emmanuelle Vaugier and producer Vince CalandraEmmanuelle Vaugier and producer Vince Calandra Photos: Red carpet photos from the 2019 Emmy AwardsEmmanuelle Vaugier and producer Vince CalandraHide Caption 32 of 41Giancarlo EspositoGiancarlo Esposito Photos: Red carpet photos from the 2019 Emmy AwardsGiancarlo EspositoHide Caption 33 of 41Eris BakerEris Baker Photos: Red carpet photos from the 2019 Emmy AwardsEris BakerHide Caption 34 of 41Ryan Michelle BatheRyan Michelle Bathe Photos: Red carpet photos from the 2019 Emmy AwardsRyan Michelle BatheHide Caption 35 of 41Dascha PolancoDascha Polanco Photos: Red carpet photos from the 2019 Emmy AwardsDascha PolancoHide Caption 36 of 41Patrick FabianPatrick Fabian Photos: Red carpet photos from the 2019 Emmy AwardsPatrick FabianHide Caption 37 of 41Rickey Minor and Rachel Montez MinorRickey Minor and Rachel Montez Minor Photos: Red carpet photos from the 2019 Emmy AwardsRickey Minor and Rachel Montez MinorHide Caption 38 of 41Sarah Sutherland Sarah Sutherland Photos: Red carpet photos from the 2019 Emmy AwardsSarah Sutherland Hide Caption 39 of 41Charlie Barnett Charlie Barnett Photos: Red carpet photos from the 2019 Emmy AwardsCharlie Barnett Hide Caption 40 of 41Guerrin Gardner and Brett JohnsonGuerrin Gardner and Brett Johnson Photos: Red carpet photos from the 2019 Emmy AwardsGuerrin Gardner and Brett JohnsonHide Caption 41 of 4120 emmys red carpet21 emmys red carpet28 emmys red carpet37 emmys red carpet31 emmys red carpet38 emmys red carpet40 emmys red carpet41 emmys red carpet39 emmys red carpet24 emmys red carpet32 emmys red carpet36 emmys red carpet30 emmys red carpet29 emmys red carpet33 emmys red carpet RESTRICTED42 emmys red carpet35 emmys red carpet27 emmys red carpet22 emmys red carpet19 emmys red carpet23 emmys red carpet25 emmys red carpet26 emmys red carpet18 emmys red carpet02 emmys red carpet09 emmys red carpet07 emmys red carpet03 emmys red carpet34 emmys red carpet01 emmys red carpet04 emmys red carpet05 emmys red carpet06 emmys red carpet08 emmys red carpet10 emmys red carpet11 emmys red carpet12 emmys red carpet13 emmys red carpet14 emmys red carpet15 emmys red carpet16 emmys red carpetAmazon delivered in the comedy categories, with five early prizes for the second-year series “Fleabag” and “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.”In terms of the familiar, “Last Week Tonight With John Oliver” became a four-peat winner in the variety talk balloting, in much the way “The Daily Show” owned that category for a decade. Peter Dinklage also walked away with his fourth supporting actor Emmy for “Thrones.”Still, all that glittered was not old, in a night that spread the wealth among networks and series, reflecting the breadth and depth of the current TV landscape.Voters also recognized first-time nominees like Jodie Comer for BBC America’s “Killing Eve,” “Ozark’s” Julia Garner and Jharrel Jerome for the limited series “When They See Us.”Jerome overcame a field filled with veterans and Oscar winners for the fact-based Netflix limited series “When They See Us,” writer-director Ava DuVernay’s Netflix limited series about the Central Park Five, to whom he dedicated the prize, along with his parents.”Chernobyl” was named best limited series, with additional honors for writing and directing in a loaded category that included “When They See Us” and “Fosse/Verdon,” whose star, Michelle Williams, took lead actress.Accepting for “Chernobyl,” writer-producer Craig Mazin said he hoped the story about the nuclear-plant disaster in 1986 would remind people “of the value of the truth, and the danger of a lie.” It was one of several not-so-subtle political messages woven into the telecast, although President Donald Trump was never overtly mentioned.A relative newcomer, Jerome triumphed against a field of veteran actors and Oscar winners for “When They See Us,” writer-director Ava DuVernay’s Netflix limited series about the Central Park Five, to whom he dedicated the prize, along with his parents.Williams, meanwhile, was one of several honorees to speak of female empowerment and hearing women, after winning for her portrayal of actress/dancer Gwen Verdon, in another example of Hollywood having a fondness for Hollywood stories.In her accepting speech, Patricia Arquette — a supporting actress winner for Hulu’s “The Act” — teared up speaking about the death of her sister, actress and transgender activist Alexis Arquette, while making a plea for rights and acceptance of transgender people. Waller-Bridge’s acting victory deprived Julia Louis-Dreyfus a chance to make Emmy history. A win would have made the “Veep” star the most-honored performer for acting, leaving her tied with Cloris Leachman, with eight in her career. (Louis-Dreyfus has three more awards for producing the show.)”Fleabag” also won the Emmy for directing, while Emmy voters again smiled on the period dramedy “Mrs. Maisel,” which mounted a near-sweep of those awards last year (with “Veep,” notably, sitting out the race). Alex Borstein claimed her second consecutive supporting actress win for the Amazon dramedy, while Tony Shalhoub received his fourth Emmy overall.Bill Hader was a repeat winner as lead actor for HBO’s “Barry,” breaking up what was otherwise an Amazon block party.Repeat winners, in fact, dominated the early part of the show, with “RuPaul’s Drag Race” running off with the prize for best competition program. Host RuPaul injected the first note of politics into the evening, urging viewers to go register and vote. Once the comedy categories ended, the show quickly conjured several emotional moments, including standing ovations for the casts of “Game of Thrones” and “Veep,” the two long-running HBO series that ended their runs in the spring.Netflix’s interactive episode “Black Mirror: Bandersnatch” was honored with best TV movie, topping a field that included HBO’s “Deadwood” revival.HBO finished the two-part Emmy process with 34 Emmys — including nine on Sunday night, or a third of those doled out — followed by Netflix, with 27, Amazon — the runner-up in terms of high-profile victories Sunday, with seven — finished with 15, in a night that saw ads for new streaming players, Disney+ and Apple TV+, which will launch in November.In a sign of the times, NBC garnered a pair of awards for “Saturday Night Live,” the only broadcast program to earn an award on Sunday. All told, the four major broadcasters totaled 16 awards this year, mostly in technical areas, as eight networks or streaming services took at least one honor during Sunday’s festivities.”Chernobyl” amassed 10 wins, while “Mrs. Maisel” and “Fleabag” finished the season with eight and six, respectively.HBO and Netflix entered Emmy night with 25 and 23 awards, respectively, from the Creative Arts Emmys, which were presented last weekend.Like this year’s Oscars, the Emmys were presented without a host, but as usual was presented as a broad celebration of the medium. “Television has never been this damn good,” Bryan Cranston said, in the show’s introduction.Fox televised the ceremony, and used the pre-show as a springboard to help promote the return of its musical reality show “The Masked Singer.” Traditionally, ratings dip when the awards play on Fox, coming off what was already record-low tune-in in 2018.

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