Game of Thrones wins nine Emmys

The Marvelous Mrs Maiseltook home eight awards overall, including one for best comedy
HBO’s record-breaking fantasy epic Game of Thrones stormed back onto the Emmys stage on Monday, winning the coveted best drama series prize on a night full of surprises, including an on-air marriage proposal that stunned the audience. The other big story of the Hollywood gala, television’s answer to the Oscars, was the huge success of The Marvelous Mrs Maisel , Amazon’s story of a 1950s housewife-turned-stand up comic, which took home eight Emmys overall, including the best comedy award. The Handmaid’s Tale — last year’s best drama and an early favourite for more hardware in 2018 — went home empty-handed from the star-studded event at the Microsoft Theater, after winning three minor awards handed out a week ago.
The ceremony hosted by Saturday Night Live regulars Colin Jost and Michael Che took on a decidedly political hue at the start, with a barrage of edgy jokes on hot-button issues from diversity in Hollywood to #MeToo and Donald Trump. That breaks the program’s own record as the most decorated fictional show since the Television Academy first handed out prizes in 1949. The moment was especially poignant as Mr. Weiss revealed his mother had recently passed away — and offered Ms. Svendsen the ring his father had given his mom.
Other big winners included FX’s The Assassination of Gianni Versace , which won Emmys for best limited series and an acting prize for Darren Criss, who earned rave reviews for his dark turn as the designer’s killer Andrew Cunanan.
Thandie Newton won the best supporting actress in a drama statuette for her work on HBO’s futuristic western Westworld . “I don’t even believe in God but I’m going to thank her tonight,” Ms. Newton quipped. Saturday Night Live won the award for best variety sketch series. In the emerging battle of traditional networks versus new platforms, streaming giant Netflix and HBO ended in a dead heat at the top — at 23 Emmys each.
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