Emmy Awards 2016: ‘Game of Thrones’ on way to breaking own record for most wins by a series in a single year

Last year, “Game of Thrones” began its record-breaking Emmy run by winning eight awards at the Creative Arts ceremony. It picked up four more at the main ceremony, including Best Drama Series for the first time for a total of 12, shattering the record set by “The West Wing” in 2000 (it won four at Creative Arts and five at the Primetime, including Best Drama Series).

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The epic fantasy series took home nine trophies at Saturday’s Creative Arts awards: casting, non-prosthetic makeup, prosthetic makeup, costumes, production design, stunt coordination, visual effects, picture editing and sound mixing. Those wins brought its overall haul to 35 victories, more than any other drama in Emmy history (“Hill Street Blues” and “The West Wing” won 26 each).

And “Game of Thrones” contends in five more categories at the primetime telecast on Sunday, September 18. As of this writing, our racetrack odds favor it to win four: Best Drama Series, Best Drama Directing, Best Drama Supporting Actor (Kit Harington) and Best Drama Supporting Actress (Lena Headey).

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Those four wins plus the nine Creative Arts awards would give it 13 in all, thus matching the benchmark set by the mini-series “John Adams” in 2008. And if “Game of Thrones” pulls off an upset in Drama Writing for “Battle of the Bastards,” it would set a new record of most wins in a single year for any program, with 14 Emmys.

That could well happen. After all, “Game of Thrones” had never had as big a sweep of below-the-line categories as it did at this year’s Creative Arts event.  Below, a chronology of its Creative Arts wins:

2011: one of nine (Title Design)

2012: six of 10 (Art Direction, Costumes, Make-up, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, Visual Effects)

2013: two of 13 (Make-up, Visual Effects)

2014: four of 14 (Art Direction, Costumes, Make-up, Visual Effects)

2015: eight out of 17 (Non-Prosthetic Makeup, Production Design, Drama Editing, Sound Editing, Drama Casting, Sound Mixing, Visual Effects, Stunt Coordination)

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