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'Game of Thrones' and 'Fleabag' take top Emmys

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'Game of Thrones' and 'Fleabag' take top Emmys

'Game of Thrones' and 'Fleabag' take top Emmys

Medieval drama "Game of Thrones" closed its run with a fourth Emmy award for best drama series, while "Fleabag" was the upset winner for best comedy series on Sunday (September 22) night in Los Angeles.

Eve Johnson reports.

(ACTOR MICHAEL DOUGLAS ANNOUNCING OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES): "And the winner is 'Game of Thrones'." HBO's medieval fantasy series stormed the Emmy Awards Sunday (September 22) night taking home 12 trophies, including the top prize - best drama.

The night marks a final bow for Game of Thrones as it closes its run on HBO.

Peter Dinklage took the only acting trophy of the bunch for his supporting role as Tyrion Lannister.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) ACTOR PETER DINKLAGE SAYING: "No other place could I be standing on a stage like this." But the breakout star of the night was Amazon studio's Fleabag, scooping up the prize for best comedy.

Its creator and star, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, grabbed a trophy each for best comedy, writing and actress.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) WRITER AND ACTOR PHOEBE WALLER-BRIDGE SAYING: "It's just really wonderful to know, and reassuring, that a dirty, pervy, angry, messed-up woman can make it to the Emmys so thank you so much.

Thank you." And in an Emmys first, an openly gay black man won best drama actor.

Broadway veteran Billy Porter won the prize for his starring role in LGBTQ series "Pose".

(SOUNDBITE) (English) ACTOR BILLY PORTER SAYING: "Oh my God, God bless you all.

The category is love, y'all, love.

The night paid tribute to some newcomers, as well.

Jodie Comer won a trophy for best actress, playing a psychotic assassin in "Killing Eve." And Jharrel Jerome won best actor for his role in "When They See Us" The Netflix drama is based on the story of the Central Park Five - wrongly accused of rape.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) ACTOR JHARREL JEROME SAYING: This is for the men that we know as the exonerated five -- it's for Raymond, Yusef, Antron, Kevin and King Korey Wise." HBO's limited series Chernobyl - based on a Soviet nuclear accident - also made a strong showing, taking home 10 trophies.

In the final count, HBO won the night, edging out Netflix with 34 Emmys and new bragging rights in the battle for viewers.

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