'Mrs. Maisel,' 'Game of Thrones' win on night of Emmy upsets

19 September, 2018, 22:10 | Author: Heather Diaz
  • ‘Mrs. Maisel’, ‘Game of Thrones’ win top Emmy honours

HBO and Netflix tied with 23 awards each, followed by NBC with 16, FX Networks with 12, and CNN and Amazon tied at eight each.

Saturday Night Live won the award for best variety sketch series.

The field bested by Foy included last year's victor Elisabeth Moss for "The Handmaid's Tale" and Sandra Oh of "Killing Eve", who would have been the first actor of Asian descent to get a top drama award. So were the Emmys destined to become a popularity contest with results more like the SAG Awards, where we often see results like seven straight wins for Alec Baldwin ("30 Rock")?

"Maisel" led the pack this year on the comedy side of things, winning eight of the 14 categories it was nominated in - including outstanding writing and direction for a comedy series and a lead actress win for star Rachel Brosnahan.

Matthew Rhys won for best drama actor for spy thriller The Americans, Claire Foy was named best drama actress for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II in The Crown and Henry Winkler triumphed for supporting comedy acting on Barry. "Hope you're excited about that - because the one thing Hollywood needs right now is a bunch of people losing their inhibitions at a work function", Jost said to hearty laughs.

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The Emmys opened with a daring song-and-dance number poking fun at myriad controversies, including the problem of ensuring diversity in Hollywood productions.

Grade Che and Jost's monologue via the poll below, then hit the comments!

"You wonder why I don't want to call you my girlfriend?"

Amazon's "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel", about a 1950s housewife who turns to standup comedy, took home the Emmy for best comedy series.

And in one of the most rubber-stamped races at the Emmys, Best Reality-Competition Series where only three shows had ever won in 15 years, "RuPaul's Drag Race" eked out its first victory against four-time champ "The Voice".

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