The 70th Emmy Awards, television's equivalent of the Oscars, opened Monday with an edgy flurry of jokes about diversity in Hollywood, Donald Trump, race and the pervasive issue of sexual harassment in the entertainment industry.
Claire Foy beat presumed front runner Elisabeth Moss, star of Hulu's The Handmaid's Tale, to win for her quiet but formidable portrayal of Queen Elizabeth in Netflix drama The Crown.
"Maisel" also claimed three prizes at the Creative Arts Emmys on September 8: Best Comedy Casting, Best Music Supervision and Best Picture Editing (Single-Camera Comedy) for its pilot episode.
With the exception of "Saturday Night Live", broadcast shows were shut out of the top awards as 21st-century platforms continued to overshadow traditional network fare like "This Is Us". The series walked away from the night with 47 Emmys after Peter Dinklage took home his third Emmy for Supporting Actor in a Drama Series.More news: China will hit back at any new U.S. tariffs: ministry
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The early part of the night was dedicated to the comedy programs: sentimental favorite Henry Winkler, the Fonz in 1950s-set ABC sit-com "Happy Days", won his first Emmy for his supporting work on "Barry", a caustic tale of a hitman-turned-actor.
'I love you and I share this with you because you're an incredible handsome brother. "Because I want to call you my wife", he declared to his bewildered and ecstatic partner Jan Svendsen.
"This year, the audience is allowed to drink in their seats". And if you haven't seen it already, add Nanette to your Netflix queue. Black actress Thandie Newton won best supporting drama actress for "Westworld".
Other big winners included FX's The Assassination of Gianni Versace, which won Emmys for best limited series and best lead actor in a limited series for Darren Criss, who took a dark turn as the designer's killer Andrew Cunanan.