Henry Winkler wins Emmy 42 years after first nomination

Eloise Marshall
September 19, 2018

Game of Thrones and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel have won the top prizes at the Emmy awards on a night of upsets for the highest honours in television.

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel creator Amy Sherman-Palladino led the individual awards with four, followed, with three each, by Late Late Show host and producer James Corden and Amy Entelis, executive producer of Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown and United Shades Of America With W. Kamau Bell. 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".

Claire Foy beat Moss to win for her quiet but formidable portrayal of Queen Elizabeth in Netflix drama "The Crown".

HBO, which had ceded its top-dog status in total nominations for the first time in 17 years in July (108, to Netflix's 112), ended up in a tie for wins with the streaming service at 23 each. "I'm now 72 and I'm standing right here in front of you with her", Winkler said, referring to his Emmy statuette.

Other big winners included "The Assassination of Gianni Versace", for best limited series and actor Darren Criss, who played the gay serial killer who murdered the Italian designer in Miami in 1997.

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HBO dark comedy Barry notched two acting wins - for Mr. Winkler and series star Bill Hader.

Yet the warmest applause came when Glenn Weiss used his acceptance speech for directing the televised 2018 Academy Awards show to propose to his girlfriend in the audience, Jan Svendsen.

The Emmys kicked off with a song, "We Solved It", a self-mocking celebration to the diversity of nominees sung by stars including Kate McKinnon and Kenan Thompson.

During the Primetime telecast, Netflix won 7 Emmys, HBO won 6, Amazon won 5, and FX won 5.

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