'The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel' takes early lead at Emmy Awards

Deanna Kelley
September 19, 2018

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

After being tipped to win the biggest prize of the night, Handmaid's Tale joined Stranger Things as the two most notable shows to miss out at this year's Emmys.

"Maisel" became the first streaming series to win top Emmy comedy honors and HBO's "Game of Thrones" recaptured the best drama series award Monday at a ceremony that largely slighted its most ethnically diverse field of nominees ever.

The field bested by Foy included last year's victor Elisabeth Moss for "The Handmaid's Tale" and Sandra Oh of "Killing Eve", who would have been the first actor of Asian descent to get a top drama award.

As streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime increasingly make off with the lion's share of the Emmy Awards accolades, the TV industry's annual celebration of itself continues to shed viewers. Sure, there are still actors like Louis-Dreyfus who keep winning: she claimed her first three Emmys for Best Comedy Actress under the old voting system (2012-2014), but she won the next three even as voting was changing (2015-2017).

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Glenn Weiss proposes to Jan Svendsen

The Assassination of Gianni Versace took the Emmy for best limited series and brought an acting trophy for Darren Criss, who played the gay serial killer who murdered the Italian designer in Miami in 1997. Luckily, she said yes.

Yet 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, Jan Svendsen.

Celebrities and religious Americans slammed the award ceremony after host Michael Che said the only "white people" who publicly "thank Jesus" are "Republicans and ex-crackheads".

The long-running NBC sketch show, already the top Emmy victor ever with 71, won again for best variety sketch series.

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