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No one was more surprised than Peter Dinklage that he won an Emmy for his "Game of Thrones" role than Dinklage himself.
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updated 9/20/2011 1:02:23 PM ET 2011-09-20T17:02:23


Peter Dinklage picked up his first ever Emmy for his role as Tyrion Lannister in HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” and while he came across charming and polished while giving his acceptance speech, the actor was anything but ready just before his name was called.

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“There’s some really good actors up there who could just have easily been holding this,” Peter told Access Hollywood backstage at the awards ceremony, referring to his competition on Sunday night.

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Peter said he did not expect to win at all.

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“Definitely not me,” he said when asked who he expected to win. “Esteem issues.”

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In his speech, Peter delighted the crowd as he praised “GOT” producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, his own pregnant wife, Erica Schmidt, and someone back home, but none of his words were planned.

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He told Access he didn’t prepare a speech.

“No, God, no. I forgot to thank my manager. I was thanking my dog sitter before my manager,” he said. “It’s a blur when you get up there. It’s a lot of people.”

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The actor only has a short while to celebrate before he heads back overseas to continue production on Season 2 of the series.

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“It’s a lot of fun to go to work. We’re shooting the second season right now,” he said. “I gotta go back to Belfast (on) Tuesday, so, yeah, it’s fun, a lot of fun.”

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And on a related note, Peter opened his acceptance speech by remarking about following Martin Scorsese, who picked up a Best Directing nod just before Peter’s category was announced. Backstage, Access’ cameras caught the two as they met, both congratulating each other heartily.

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Photos: Fashions of the 2011 Primetime Emmys

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    Julianna Margulies arrives at the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday, Sept. 18, 2011 in Los Angeles. In addition to her own nomination for "The Good Wife," she presented the award for outstanding supporting actor in a comedy to Ty Burrell. She wore a strapless Giorgio Armani Prive gown, with a bustier decorated with clear oval stones and shimmery paillettes. (Chris Pizzello / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. Jane Lynch, Chris Colfer

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  3. Kate Winslet

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  4. Matt LeBlanc

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  5. Melissa McCarthy

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  6. John Krasinski, Emily Blunt

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  9. Katie Holmes

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  10. Gwyneth Paltrow

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  13. Julie Bowen

    "Modern Family" star Julie Bowen won the award for best supporting actress in a comedy series, and Ty Burrell, who plays her husband on the show, won as best supporting actor. (Frazer Harrison / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. Sofia Vergara

    Actress Sofia Vergara was striking in a tangerine-colored Vera Wang gown. (Frazer Harrison / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  15. Kristen Wiig

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  16. Jon Hamm

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  17. Hugh Laurie

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