Claire Foy gives emotional acceptance speech for Emmy win for 'The Crown'

Claire Foy gives emotional acceptance speech for Emmy win for 'The Crown'

Instead, in the year it became the most nominated series in the Emmys 70 year history, Game of Thrones celebrated with another two prizes for Outstanding Drama and Best Supporting actor for Peter Dinklage - who now ties with Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul for the most trophies ever.

Awards shows in general have faced big drops in audience. Vulture complained the show was "apolitical" even with the approaching midterms and said Che and Jost's "blasé attitudes were a weird fit for an awards show."The Daily Beast proclaimed the Emmys to be a "tone-deaf embarrassment".

As streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime increasingly make off with the lion's share of the Emmy Awards accolades, the TV industry's annual celebration of itself continues to shed viewers.

"Maisel" led the pack this year on the comedy side of things, winning eight of the 14 categories it was nominated in - including outstanding writing and direction for a comedy series and a lead actress win for star Rachel Brosnahan.

Best Drama Actress switched from Elisabeth Moss ("The Handmaid's Tale") to Claire Foy ("The Crown").

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An African-American sweep of guest series actor awards at the recent creative arts Emmys suggested big changes ahead for the awards, which only recently have given significant honors to performers and creators of color.

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"Saturday Night Live" won, as expected, for variety sketch series, taking its lifetime Emmy total to a record-setting 72 wins since 1975.

In the emerging battle of traditional networks versus new platforms, streaming giant Netflix and HBO ended in a dead heat at the top - at 23 Emmys each.

And last year's "SNL" champs Alec Baldwin and Kate McKinnon were felled by Henry Winkler ("Barry") and Alex Borstein ("The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel").

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