‘Mrs. Maisel’, ‘Game of Thrones’ win top Emmy honours

HBO’s ‘Game of Thrones’ was named best drama series, beating last year’s champion ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’.

Writer-producer D.B. Weiss (C-L) and the cast of “Game of Thrones” accept the award Outstanding Drama series onstage during the 70th Emmy Awards in Los Angeles on 17 September 2018. Picture: AFP

LOS ANGELES - 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.

HBO’s Game of Thrones was named best drama series, beating last year’s champion The Handmaid’s Tale.

Amazon’s “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” about a 1950s housewife who turns to standup comedy, took home the Emmy 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.

Matthew Rhys took his first best drama actor Emmy for playing a conflicted Russian spy in the final season of the FX 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.

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.

One of the biggest shocks of the night came when 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 showbusiness satire Barry.