Game of Thrones, Mrs. Maisel triumph at Emmys

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The Emmys are back, with Game of Thrones, Westworld and The Handmaid's Tale leading the nominations ahead of the ceremony in Los Angeles today. The other big story of the gala, television's answer to the Oscars, was the huge success of eight Emmys overall for Best Comedy Series The Marvelous Mrs Maisel, Amazon's story of a 1950s housewife-turned-stand-up comic.

Thompson offered congratulations to Sandra Oh, the first Asian woman to ever be nominated for Lead Actress in a Drama Series: "There were none, now there's one!" he announced. Earlier this year, the series won two Golden Globes.

After winning the Emmy for Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, Brosnahan used her acceptance speech to ask Hollywood to vote in the upcoming election.

HBO dark comedy Barry notched two acting wins - for Winkler and series star Bill Hader. "You go away for as long as you need, ' and we've all been just trying to be a bench stop for her".

She was followed by Darren Criss, who won the lead acting award for the miniseries The Assassination of Gianni Versace and who is of Filipino descent.

"This year, the audience is allowed to drink in their seats".

He said his mother had "loved" his partner, Jan Svendsen, adding: "You wonder why I don't like to call you my girlfriend?"

"Saturday Night Live" cast members Kate McKinnon and Kenan Thompson did a jokey song and dance number titled "We Solved It".

"I don't even believe in God, but I am going to thank her tonight", Newton said. The Saint Ignatius College Prep grad noted that his wife refused to join him at the Emmys because she didn't want to watch him lose.

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

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