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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 has Outstanding Drama victor "Game of Thrones" to thank for its tie Monday night, along with Season 2 of Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy's "Westworld" (4 wins), late-night series "Last Week Tonight With John Oliver" (4 wins) and Bill Hader's freshman comedy "Barry" (3 wins). First off, creator Amy Sherman-Palladino has made Emmy history, collecting awards for Outstanding Directing and Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series.

But the ceremony in downtown Los Angeles quickly went off script, with sentimental favorite Matthew Rhys winning the Emmy for best drama actor for spy thriller "The Americans" and Claire Foy earning a statuette for "The Crown".

HBO and Netflix tied with the most Emmy wins in 2018.

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Rachel Bosnahan scooped Best Actress in a Comedy Series for her role in "The Marvellous Mrs Maisel".

In the end, none of the winners at the show level were surprises: RuPaul's Drag Race, Last Week Tonight, and Saturday Night Live won in reality and variety categories.

Other big winners included FX's "The Assassination of Gianni Versace", which won Emmys for best limited series and best lead actor in a limited series for Darren Criss, who took a dark turn as the designer's killer Andrew Cunanan.

Rachel Brosnahan stars as Miriam "Midge" Maisel, the titular character in "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel". After missing the Emmy run past year due to a delayed season, the hit show won best drama series, and also the best supporting actor in a drama for Peter Dinklage. But he took his talent to new heights, using his acceptance speech to pop the question to girlfriend Jan Svendsen.

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Netflix won multiple acting categories for shows including "The Crown", "Godless", and (already canceled) "Seven Seconds". The Handmaid's Tale stars Ann Dowd, Yvonne Strahovski, and Alexis Bledel were all up for Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, while Game of Thrones and Westworld were the most-nominated dramas of the year.

Politics dominated the red carpet for the TV awards, with some actors wearing Nike gear to support Colin Kaepernick, who started the kneeling protests in the NFL.

Betty White, 96, thanked the industry for putting up with her. The show began with a satirical musical number on Hollywood's diversity problem, led by two stalwarts, Kenan Thompson and Kate McKinnon.

Regina King was an unexpected limited series victor for playing the mother of a black teen killed by a white police officer in Seven Seconds. "Talk to your closest black friend and ask them to explain it to you", he says he told her, according to the Globe.

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