The 70th Primetime Emmy Awards was a mixed bag of big surprises and not so big ones. While Game of Thrones won the Best Drama Series, Amazon’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel took home a number of trophies. Who were the other big winners?
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HBO’s 'Game of Thrones' Wins Best Drama Series, Best Supporting Actor
Game of Thrones had 22 nominations this year, and was one of the least surprising wins. Producer-writer DB Weiss accepted the award on behalf of the show and made a point of thanking George R.R. Martin, the author of the Game of Thrones books - noteworthy because of the reported chill between him and the show’s makers as the plot took off beyond the books.
Peter Dinklage beat co-star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau to win Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series - his third win - and thanked Martin “for creating this darn thing.”
Claire Foy Wins Best Lead Actress in a Drama, Stephen Daldry for Netflix’s 'The Crown'
Claire Foy beat The Handmaid’s Tale actor Elizabeth Moss to win the Best Lead Actress in a Drama for Netflix’s hugely successful The Crown, in which she has played a stoic Queen Elizabeth for two seasons.
“I had the most extraordinary two and a half years of my life. I was given a role that I never thought I would get a chance to play,” ,” she said. The new season of the show will jump several years with new actors in the roles.
Stephen Daldry won the trophy for Best Directing for a Drama for The Crown, but was not present to collect his award.
Matthew Rhys Wins Best Lead Actor in a Drama for 'The Americans'
Matthew Rhys took his first best drama actor Emmy for playing a conflicted Cold War Russian spy in FX’s The Americans. “Parts like these come along so rarely...I will be forever in your debt,” Rhys said as he thanked the show’s creator, Joe Weisberg.
Amazon’s 'The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel' Wins Best Comedy Series, Director, Writer, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress
One of the original and sparkling series to come to the digital space last year, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel - about a 1950s housewife who turns to stand-up comedy - this is a very deserving win indeed. The makers raked in four awards in all, apart from directing, writing, lead actor (female) for Rachel Brosnahan, and supporting actor (female) for Alex Borstein.
FX’s 'The Assassination of Gianni Versace' Wins Best Actor, Director, Limited Series
The Assassination of Gianni Versace, based on the true tale of a gay serial killer who murdered the Italian designer in Miami in 1997, took home the Emmy for Best Limited Series. The stylish show, flaunting names like Darren Criss (who also won the Best Actor in a Limited Series), Edgar Ramirez, Penelope Cruz and Ricky Martin, also won the Best Director in a Limited Series award for Ryan Murphy.
Bill Hader Wins Best Actor in a Comedy Series for HBO’s 'Barry'
In what was one of the biggest surprises of the night 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 Barry.
HBO’s 'Last Week Tonight With John Oliver' Wins Best Variety Talk Series
This marks the third consecutive victory for the HBO late-night show. This year, it beat Full Frontal With Samantha Bee, The Late Late Show With James Corden and The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Kimmel Live, and The Daily Show With Trevor Noah to take home the gold. Oliver said in his acceptance speech that for every Emmy awards, “we fly our staff here, and we put them in the worst seats in the building to send a mixed message!”
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