Why the 'Game of Thrones' win shows the Emmys' true problem

September 21, 2015 5:22 PM

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Sunday night's Emmy Awards ceremony seemed to take place in two different universes. In one, Viola Davis made history as the first black woman to take home the best actress in a drama award, Jon Hamm received a longoverdue best actor in a drama statuette for Mad Men and Jeffery Tambor and Jill Soloway made impassioned calls for the rights of transgender people. In the other universe, Game of Thrones won the night's top honor for its worst and most controversial season.

The Emmys have never been an awards show that was particularly in tune with either the cultural or critical zeitgeist. The list of Emmy blunders goes on and on, from Jeff Daniel's win for The Newsroom to the five back-to-back wins for Modern Family to the fact that The Wire never won a single award....

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