By James Hibberd
Updated September 18, 2011 at 12:00 PM EDT
Credit: FOX

Game of Thrones picked up an Emmy on Sunday night, with Peter Dinklage taking the award for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for his portrayal of Tyrion Lannister.

One of the more eagerly anticipated acting races had the actor thanking his dogsitter, as well as his wife Erica Schmidt. “Wow, I followed Martin Scorsese,” Dinklage marveled, referring to the winner of the previous category. “I couldn’t do this without David Benioff and Dan Weiss, the producers, 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 — you let artists create.”

Actual question asked of Dinklage backstage: “You just seem so perpetually cool, being badass, how do you do that?”

Dinklage had a rather humble answer: “[By] being terrified on the inside. It’s all a fake show. I feel terribly uncool.”

He was also asked about the YouTube video of him slapping another character on the show over and over again, what he thought about it. “It’s terrible,” he said. “It’s awful.”

Dinklage noted that he mentioned his dogsitter, but “not my manager or my lawyer. It might be funny or witty or not. It comes at a price.”

Stay tuned, Thrones is also up for Best Drama series (though is considered a long-shot). Full Emmy winners list.