Emmys 2016: “Game of Thrones” two wins away from tying “Frasier” record as most awarded primetime series

By winning nine awards at the Creative Arts Emmys last weekend “Game of Thrones” brought it’s all-time total to 35, making it the most awarded drama series in Emmy history. That also put it within striking distance of “Frasier,” which is the most awarded primetime series in Emmy history with 37. (The late-night sketch comedy “Saturday Night Live” is farther ahead with 49 and counting, but it has had more than 40 years to accumulate victories.)

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Of course “Game of Thrones” and “Frasier are vastly different shows. “Thrones” is an epic fantasy series with high production values and a slew of awards in Creative Arts categories, while “Frasier” was a multi-cam sitcom that made a killing in acting, writing, directing and series categories over its 11 seasons.

Below are the victories for “Thrones” so far. It only needs two more this weekend to tie “Frasier” and three to beat it, and we’re currently forecasting it to win all five of its categories at the telecast.

Best Drama Series (2015)
Best Drama Supporting Actor (Peter Dinklage, 2011, 2015)
Best Drama Writing (2015)
Best Drama Directing (2015)
Best Art Direction (2012, 2014)
Best Casting (2015, 2016)
Best Costumes (2012, 2014, 2016)
Best Main Title Design (2011)
Best Makeup – Non-Prosthetic (2012, 2013, 2015, 2016)
Best Makeup – Prosthetic (2014, 2016)
Best Picture Editing (2015, 2016)
Best Production Design (2015, 2016)
Best Sound Editing (2012, 2015)
Best Sound Mixing (2012, 2015, 2016)
Best Stunt Coordination (2015, 2016)
Best Visual Effects (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016)

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The “Frasier” victories are below. It also holds the record for the most wins as Best Comedy Series, tied with “Modern Family” at five.

Best Comedy Series (1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998)
Best Comedy Actor (Kelsey Grammer, 1994, 1995, 1998, 2004)
Best Comedy Supporting Actor (David Hyde Pierce, 1995, 1998, 1999, 2004)
Best Comedy Guest Actor (Derek Jacobi, 2001)
Best Comedy Guest Actor (Anthony LaPaglia, 2002)
Best Comedy Guest Actress (Jean Smart, 2000, 2001)
Best Comedy Guest Actress (Laura Linney, 2004)
Best Comedy Writing (1994, 1995, 1996, 1999)
Best Comedy Directing (1994, 1995, 1997)
Best Art Direction (2004)
Best Picture Editing (1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004)
Best Sound Mixing (1996, 2002, 2004)

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Judging both shows’ Emmy track records depends on how you look at them. “Frasier” won mostly on the strength of its writing, directing and acting, while “Thrones” has been fueled by the strength of its crafts. Because “Thrones” has access to more of those below-the-line races — you’d never see “Frasier” up for Best Visual Effects of Best Prosthetic Makeup, for instance — it has been able to add to its total much more quickly. However, “Thrones” is competing in an era of far more TV saturation, amidst a volume of scripted programs that “Frasier” never had to face back when there were a handful of broadcast networks and only a few cable outlets airing original programs.

Which show’s Emmy haul is more impressive is up for debate, but what matters now is that, by the numbers, it appears that “Game of Thrones” is about to come out on top.

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