As Europe woke up for work this morning – Hollywood’s biggest television actors were surely just staggering back to their hotel rooms as the parties of the star-studded Emmy Awards came to an end.
And the night was a tête-à-tête for traditional TV and streaming services as Netflix and HBO drew the biggest wins - with 23 prizes each.
The night's biggest winners 'Game of Thrones' made their award show comeback last night after missing last year’s awards – The show’s producer David Benioff took his moment in the spotlight to thank the writer of the book George R. Martin.
"The show could not be without the mad genius of George. Thank you for letting us take care of your people”. Benioff made the comments to a roaring crowd as they collected their award for Outstanding Drama Series.
The ceremony began by congratulating TV academy voters for the most ethnically diverse field of nominees ever – but saw all of its early awards going to white people. Netflix's 'The Crown' was also one of the biggest winners of the night. Claire Foy took home the trophy for Best Actress in a Drama for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth – it was her last outing as her Majesty before Olivia Coleman takes over the reins next season. Foy beat out Canadian Sandra Oh in "Killing Eve," who would have been the first actor of Asian descent to get a top drama award.
And in other Queendoms, drag superstar RuPaul won the gong for Outstanding Reality-Competition after 10 seasons of RuPaul’s Drag Race. In the show that prided itself on diversity – RuPaul Charles acknowledged the long hard slog it took for the show to get to the top. Charles thanked his production company, “on behalf of the 140 drag queens we have released into the wild” for giving the show a platform. Later getting the audience up on their feet - "All of the dreamers out there, listen," he said. "If you can't love yourself, how in the hell are you going to love somebody else? Can I get an amen up in here? Now let the music play!" – A nod to the show’s familiar outro words.
The FX's glitzy crime drama - The Assassination of Gianni Versace won Best Limited Series last night and showrunner Ryan Murphy used his moment to call for more action on tackling LGBT hate crime.
"The Assassination of Gianni Versace is about a lot of things. […] it's about a country that allows hatred to grow unfettered and unchecked. One out of every four LGBTQ people in this country will be a victim of a hate crime. We dedicate this award to them. We dedicate this award 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. Thank you."
The Emmy's also had a real-life dramatic moment when winning director Glenn Weiss proposed to his girlfriend, Jan Svendsen.