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.
Maisel became the first streaming series to win top Emmy comedy honours and HBO's Game of Thrones recaptured the best drama series award today a ceremony that largely slighted its most ethnically diverse field of nominees ever.
Rachel Brosnahan from Highland Park and Alex Borstein from Deerfield were honored for the acclaimed Amazon series, which also won the prize for best comedy series. "Mrs. Maisel" also won four other awards, including the best actress for Rachel Brosnahan.
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.' "This wasn't supposed to happen", said a surprised Foy. So it was little surprise when she took the stage as victor for her role as an unlikely "50s era comedian in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel".
At the most prestigious awards show in United States television, Welsh star Matthew Rhys won the lead actor in a drama series prize for his role in FX's The Americans, while English actress Claire Foy scooped the equivalent award in the female category for her portrayal of the Queen in Netflix's The Crown.
And "Saturday Night Live" won the award for best variety sketch series.
"Skip Brittenham said to me a long time ago, 'If you stay at the table long enough, the chips come to you, ' and tonight I got to clear the table". Series star Bill Hader won the prize for best lead actor. The tune included a mention that Oh could become the first woman of Asian descent to win an Emmy.
Referencing the earlier on-stage proposal during his acceptance speech, Rhys said his girlfriend Keri Lynn Russell told him, "I will punch you clean in the mouth" if he followed suit.
"Saturday Night Live" cast members Kate McKinnon and Kenan Thompson did a jokey song and dance number titled "We Solved It".