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AKIPRESS.COM - Netflix and HBO wound up dead-locked with 23 wins each, while The Marvelous Mrs Maisel and The Assassination of Gianni Versace emerged victorious, The Guardian reports.
After its absence from last year’s ceremony, Game of Thrones returned to the 70th annual primetime Emmys to take home the night’s biggest award: outstanding drama series. HBO’s sprawling fantasia, whose upcoming eighth season will be its last, won six other awards for its makeup, costumes, music composition and stunt coordination.
FX, a longtime incubator for prestige television often passed over at the awards shows, made considerable inroads, with The Americans star Matthew Rhys winning best lead actor in a drama series for his work in the show’s final season.
Another FX series, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, captured several gongs: the show itself won best limited series, while Darren Criss won best actor in a limited series for his tortured turn as the serial killer Andrew Cunanan. Show-runner Ryan Murphy was recognized for directing the show’s pilot, dedicating the award to “Jeff and David and Gianni,” a reference to three of Cunanan’s real-life victims.
Surprisingly, FX’s critically acclaimed satirical comedy Atlanta, for which Donald Glover won best actor last year, won just two awards on 13 nominations (for guest actor Katt Williams and cinematographer Christian Sprenger).
HBO’s black comedy Barry swooped in to take home two awards where Maisel either faltered or wasn’t nominated – Bill Hader, playing the titular hitman, won for lead actor, while his co-star Henry Winkler finally won an Emmy after being nominated five times before.
Elsewhere, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver won outstanding variety talk series for a third consecutive year. RuPaul’s Drag Race, in its tenth season, was finally recognized by the Academy for outstanding reality competition program, leading to the evening’s most rousing acceptance speech.