Rachel Brosnahan then landed Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for The Marvelous Mrs Maisel, capping a remarkable night for the show.
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'.
"This wasn't supposed to happen", said a startled Foy. For supporting actress, maybe it was case of splitting the vote, but none of the three women of Gilead took home the trophy, despite two of them winning Emmys a year ago.
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"We solved it, banished every creep who broke the law, now they're serving hard time at that Arizona spa", Bell sang.
"I don´t even believe in god but I´m going to thank her tonight", Newton quipped.
NBC will be broadcasting the awards show live on both the West (5 p.m.) and East Coast (8 p.m.).
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Brosnahan used her acceptance speech to give a shout-out to her comedy's celebration of women power. She urged the audience to exercise that power by voting.
"The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" star was a frontrunner to win, boosted by her Golden Globe win for the role earlier in the year.
At the most prestigious awards show in USA television, Welsh star Matthew Rhys won the lead actor in a drama series prize for his role in FX's The Americans, while English actress Claire Foy scooped the equivalent award in the female category for her portrayal of the Queen in Netflix's The Crown. "Because I want to call you my wife". She said yes, he put his mother's ring on her finger and the crowd whooped and cheered. The show collected eight trophies overall.
"This year's Emmy Awards has the most diverse group of nominees in Emmy history", Thompson said. "There were none, now there's one, so we're done", the comedians sang.
The ceremony hosted by Saturday Night Live regulars Colin Jost and Michael Che took on a decidedly political hue, with a barrage of edgy jokes on hot-button issues such as diversity in Hollywood, #MeToo and President Donald Trump.
"Maisel" won the top prizes at the Emmy awards on Monday on a night of upsets for the highest honors in television and a triumph for streaming services.