'Game of Thrones' takes top prize at surprising Emmys

Hannah Gadsby's performance while presenting the award for outstanding directing for a drama series left many lamenting

"Let's get it trending: #EmmysSoWhite", presenter James Corden joked at the ceremony's midway point.

Going into the Emmy Awards Georgia-produced shows "Stranger Things", "Atlanta", and "Ozark" raked in the praise this year with more than 30 Emmy nominations combined.

"We dedicate this award to them, to awareness, to stricter hate crime laws, and mostly, this is for the memory of Jeff and David and Gianni and for all of those taken too soon". "From Democrats to other Democrats".

Nevertheless, Russell's loss honestly stings even more in the wake of The Americans losing to Game of Thrones in the Outstanding Drama Series category.

This is Dinklage's third win in the same category for the same role, having taken home the same prize in 2011 and 2015 respectively.

Don't look for Russian collusion in this outcome: Matthew Rhys picked up lead actor drama honors as a remorseful spy for the final season of "The Americans".

Betty White had her moment in the spotlight at this year's Emmy Awards
Chris Pizzello Betty White had her moment in the spotlight at this year's Emmy Awards

Netflix's trophies on Monday included five for The Crown, including best drama actress triumph for Claire Foy; four for Black Mirror; and three for Godless.

Rachel Brosnahan then landed Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for The Marvelous Mrs Maisel, capping a remarkable night for the show. First off, creator Amy Sherman-Palladino has made Emmy history, collecting awards for Outstanding Directing and Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series.

The veteran actor, 72, scooped the outstanding supporting actor in a comedy series gong for his role as acting coach Gene Cousineau in HBO's Barry. In fact, that's why he won an Emmy Monday - for directing the Oscars. "You guys have been nothing but supportive from the very beginning". "The only people-the only white people that thank Jesus are Republicans and ex-crackheads". "How lucky can I be?"

The ceremony hosted by "Saturday Night Live" regulars Colin Jost and Michael Che took on a decidedly political hue at the start, with a barrage of edgy jokes on hot-button issues from diversity in Hollywood to #MeToo and Donald Trump. Scarlett Johansson walked alongside him as they made their Emmys debut on the gold carpet for Monday's show. He also wins Emmys.

Lorne Michaels, the 73-year-old behind Saturday Night Live, not only left the Microsoft Theatre with the Emmy for best variety sketch series, he also produced the broadcast for NBC.

In a skit that will either make you laugh and nod your head in agreement or make you feel wholly uncomfortable, Che gave out Reparation Emmys to television greats who he felt were deserving of an award.

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