‘Game of Thrones’ came out on top at last night’s Creative Arts Emmy awards, taking home eight technical achievement trophies. The awards show, which lasted over three hours and saw nearly 80 technical and behind-the-screen awards handed out, serves as a precursor to the main Emmy awards which will be held on September 20th.

Game of thrones ‘Game of Thrones’ was awarded eight Creative Arts Emmys.

The epic HBO drama took home trophies in categories including, casting for a drama series, best stunts and visual effects. The night’s other big winner was FX’s ‘American Horror Story: Freak Show’ which took home five gongs including ones for makeup, special effects and costume designs.

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Joan Cusack won the award for guest actress in a comedy series, for her role in ‘Shameless’, while Reg E Carthy was also recognised for his appearance on ‘House of Cards’ and Bradley Whitford for his role on Amazon series ‘Transparent’. ‘Transparent’ also picked up two other awards, for costumes and main title theme music.

HBO biopic ‘Bessie’, starring Queen Latifah as legendary blues singer Bessie Smith, took home the award for best made-for-TV movie. The best documentary or nonfiction series award went to HBO’s ‘The Jinx: The Life And Deaths Of Robert Durst’, while the best documentary award went to Scientology exposé ‘Going Clear’.

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Other shows to pick up awards included Cartoon Network’s ‘Over the Garden Wall’, which was named best animated program. ‘Deadliest Catch’ was named best instructed reality show and ‘Shark Tank’ picked up the award for structured reality programme. A taped version of last night’s show will be broadcast on FXX next Saturday, September 19th.