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Game Of Thrones, Mrs Maisel win on night of Emmy upsets

Game Of Thrones, The Marvelous Mrs Maisel win big

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 honours in television and a triumph for streaming services.

Dystopian female-centric drama The Handmaid's Tale and surreal hip-hop comedy Atlanta were the biggest losers, taking none of the most prestigious awards, making it a disappointing night for stars Elisabeth Moss and Donald Glover.

HBO's fantasy series Game Of Thrones won nine Emmys, including technical awards for special effects and stunts, and was named best drama series for a third time, beating last year's champion The Handmaid's Tale.

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Netflix, which had a leading 112 nominations going into the Emmys, tied with HBO for the most wins, with 23 apiece.

Amazon's The Marvelous Mrs Maisel, about a 1950s housewife who turns to stand-up comedy, took home the Emmy for best comedy series and winning seven other awards, including best actress for Rachel Brosnahan.

Claire Foy beat Moss to win for her quiet but formidable portrayal of Queen Elizabeth in Netflix drama The Crown, while Matthew Rhys took his first best drama actor Emmy for playing a conflicted Russian spy in the final season of the Cold War series The Americans.

Saturday Night Live won, as expected, for variety sketch series, taking its lifetime Emmy total to a record-setting 72 wins since 1975.

Emmy hosts Michael Che and Colin Jost from Saturday Night Live sprinkled the evening with skits and jokes about diversity on TV, sexual misconduct in the entertainment industry and the power of streaming services such as Amazon and Netflix.

But despite one of the most ethnically diverse array of nominees, only Regina King (Seven Seconds), Thandie Newton (Westworld) and RuPaul (RuPaul's Drag Race) made it to the winners podium.

Other big winners included The Assassination Of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story for best limited series and actor Darren Criss, who played the serial killer who murdered the Italian fashion designer in Miami in 1997.

One of the biggest shocks came when presumed front runner Glover lost the comedy acting category to Bill Hader's hitman-turned-struggling actor in HBO's show business satire Barry.

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

The warmest applause came when Glenn Weiss used his acceptance speech for directing the televised 2018 Academy Awards show to propose to his girlfriend in the audience, after which she said yes. - REUTERS

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