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Emmys 2011: 'Game of Thrones' Peter Dinklage Nabs Best Supporting Actor Award

The actor wins the HBO series' first award of the evening.

Peter Dinklage - Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
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Game of Thrones’ first award on Sunday's night's Primetime Emmy awards show went to Peter Dinklage for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series. Dinklage plays the often-underestimated Tyrion Lannister on the HBO series.

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“I couldn’t do this without David Benioff and Dan Weiss, the producers,” Dinklage says. “They were the first to call me and tell me about this part.”

HBO you’re quite simply the best place to work for you,” he continues. “You let artists create.”

Full Emmys 2011 Winners List

This is the actor’s first Emmy win. Dinklage won out over nominees Mad Men’s John Slattery, Men of a Certain Age’s Andre Braugher, Justified’s Walton Goggins, The Good Wife’s Josh Charles and Alan Cummings.

The series won a Creative Emmy for Outstanding Title Design. The HBO series is also up for Best Drama Series later in the night.

Full Coverage of the 2011 Emmys at The Race Blog