HBO biggest winner at Emmys

Mon, Sep 24, 2012, 01:00

Cable network HBO took home the biggest haul at the television Emmy awards last night with 23 trophies for shows like political film Game Change and White House comedy series Veep.

The CBS broadcast network finished second with 16, and cable channel Showtime, also owned by CBS Corp, scored big with major wins for new psychological thriller Homeland.

HBO dominated with Game Change, about Sarah Palin's unlikely pick as the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee.

It earned five awards including a best actress win for Julianne Moore.

Playing a fictional vice president, Julia Louis-Dreyfus won the best comedy actress award for HBO series Veep.

Game Change director Jay Roach said HBO succeeded with a commitment to political tales that others shied away from.

"Everybody talks about politics," Mr Roach said as he accepted an award. "But it's so freaking hard to get films made about politics, and they (HBO) just keep doing it and doing it so well."

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