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Rachel Brosnahan accepts the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series award for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, during the 70th Emmy Awards, at the Microsoft Theater, in Los Angeles, Calif., on Sept. 17, 2018.Kevin Winter/Getty Images

“Game of Thrones” and “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” won the top prizes at the Emmy awards on Monday on a night of upsets for the highest honors in television.

HBO’s “Game of Thrones” was named best drama series, beating last year’s champion “The Handmaid’s Tale.”

Amazon’s “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” about a 1950s housewife who turns to standup comedy, took home the Emmy for best comedy series. “Mrs. Maisel” also won four other awards, including a best actress for Rachel Brosnahan.

Claire Foy beat presumed front runner Elisabeth Moss, star of “The Handmaid’s Tale,” to win for her quiet but formidable portrayal of Queen Elizabeth in Netflix drama “The Crown.”

“This wasn’t supposed to happen,” said a surprised Foy.

Matthew Rhys took the best drama actor statuette for playing a conflicted Russian spy in the final season of the FX Cold War series “The Americans.”

Alex Bornstein, who plays her determined manager, won for her supporting role, and “Mrs. Maisel” also collected trophies for comedy series writing and directing.

Game of Thrones and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel won the top prizes at the Emmy awards in a night of upsets for the highest honors in television and a triumph for streaming services.


“Saturday Night Live” comedians Michael Che and Colin Jost sprinkled the evening with satirical skits about increases in diversity on television, sexual misconduct in the entertainment industry, and the dominance of streaming services like Amazon and Netflix over traditional networks.

Netflix this year notched a leading 112 Emmy nominations, ahead of HBO and NBC.

“I think we can keep TV going for another 5-6 years tops,” Jost quipped.

“We solved it!” sang a line-up of celebrities, giving themselves a tongue-in-cheek pat on the back for the strides television has made for women, people of color, and gay men and women compared to the movie industry.

The biggest shock of the night came when presumed front-runner Donald Glover, the star and creator of the surreal hip-hop-inspired FX show “Atlanta,” lost out in the comedy acting category to Bill Hader’s hitman-turned-struggling actor in HBO’s showbusiness satire “Barry.”

“Barry” also brought honors for veteran Henry Winkler, winning a standing ovation and his first-ever Emmy for his supporting role as a self-important acting teacher.

“I wrote this (speech) 43 years ago,” said the former “Happy Days” actor, who had been nominated six times previously. “If you stay at the table long enough the chips come to you.”

Regina King was an unexpected limited series winner for playing the mother of a black teen killed by a white police officer in “Seven Seconds.” Peter Dinklage won for “Game of Thrones,” and Thandie Newton was chosen for her supporting role in sci-fi series “Westworld.”

“I don’t even believe in God, but I am going to thank her tonight,” Newton said.

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