Peter Dinklage took home the Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for his unparalleled work on Game of Thrones. This is the third time Dinklage has won the award, which means he has tied Aaron Paul’s record for most wins in the category. (Paul previously won three times for his stellar performance on Breaking Bad.) It looks like Dinklage just told Paul to move over, bitch, because the Emmy throne is now occupied by a reluctant Lannister. Interestingly, Dinklage holds his own special record. He is the only man to ever be nominated seven times in the supporting actor category. Isn't that something?
As Zimbio predicted, Dinklage edged over his Game of Thrones costar, onscreen big brother, and fellow Emmy nominee, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. In his Emmy speech, Dinklage graciously thanked the creators of the show, David Benioff and Daniel Brett Weiss, and he also gave a cute shout out to Coster-Waldau.
"Thank you to my brother from another mother, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. I love you, and I share this with you because you are an amazing, handsome brother," exclaimed Dinklage.
This was clearly a sentimental win for Dinklage since Game of Thrones will end after the forthcoming eighth season. This time, Dinklage remembered to thank his wife, Erica, whom he forgot to mention in his last acceptance speech.
“Thank you, Erica, for putting up with me. I’m very temperamental and I love you very much,” Dinklage stated while accepting his Emmy.
Backstage, Dinklage told reporters he's having a hard time letting go of the role he's played since 2011.
"It was very sad," he recalled of his last day on set. "This is not only a great TV show to be apart of but it was an enormous family to be apart of."
"I’m sure you’ve heard that before from actors but in this case I was far from home," he continued. "I live in New York and we shot the show in Europe, so many times I had to stay there and couldn’t go home on the weekends and really developed deep roots in the community of Ireland and some of the other countries we shot in,” he added. “It was definitely hard to say goodbye to because it wasn’t just saying goodbye to the show, I was saying goodbye to a life over there."
"I absolutely adored this character and the stories we were telling," he said. "It’s so beautiful when other people end up feeling the same way you do."
The 70th annual Emmy Awards will be held at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on September 17, 2018. SNL's Michael Che and Colin Jost are hosting the festivities, and actors Samira Wiley and Ryan Eggold announced this year's nominations on July 12. The Handmaid's Tale stars Ann Dowd, Yvonne Strahovski, and Alexis Bledel are all up for Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, while Game of Thrones and Westworld are the most-nominated dramas of the year.