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Emmys 2018: The Crown, Westworld and Game of Thrones triumph as Brits win big

The Crown

Story by Jack Foley

BIG budget shows The Crown, Westworld and Game of Thrones emerged as some of the big winners at the 2018 Emmys, as well as helping several British stars to enjoy awards success.

Claire Foy, Thandie Newton, Welsh actor Matthew Rhys and Charlie Brooker were among the Brits to taste victory, in what proved to be a great night for home-grown talent.

Foy won the best actress in a drama series for her role as Queen Elizabeth II in Netflix’s royal epic The Crown, while Newton was recognised for her supporting role in HBO’s futuristic drama Westworld.

Rhys also took home one of the night’s big prizes – best leading actor in a drama series for his performance in spy series The Americans.

And Brooker, the British creator of Black Mirror, and his co-writer William Bridges won best writing for a limited series.

In her acceptance speech, British star Foy described her time on The Crown as “the most extraordinary two-and-a-half years of my life”.

She said: “I was given a role I never thought I would ever get a chance to play, and I met people who I will love for ever and ever. And the show goes on, which makes me so proud. So I dedicate this to the next cast, the next generation, and I also dedicate this to [her co-star] Matt Smith.”

Olivia Colman is due to take over the role from Foy as the show enters its third season.

Commenting on her best supporting actress in a drama series win, Newton said: “I don’t even believe in God but I’m going to thank her tonight.”

Rhys, whose acclaimed show The Americans follows two KGB spies in an arranged marriage who are posing as Americans in Reagan-era Washington DC, told series creator Joe Weisberg: “Parts like these come along so rarely. I will forever be in your debt.”

Of the night’s other big winners, Game of Thrones won two prizes – best drama series and supporting actor for Peter Dinklage – while Amazon’s The Marvelous Mrs Maisel scooped five comedy awards.

The series took home best writing, directing, lead actress and supporting actress in the comedy categories, as well as one of the night’s big prizes – best comedy series.

The Assassination of Gianni Versace was also triumphant, scooping best limited series, best directing for a limited series, and best lead actor in a limited series for Darren Criss.

While Henry Winkler won his first Emmy – supporting actor in a comedy series for his role in Barry – 42 years after he was first nominated for playing The Fonz in Happy Days. Leading man and series creator Bill Hader also won the best actor in a comedy prize.

Jeff Daniels took home the prize for best supporting actor in a limited series or a television movie for his role in Netflix’s Godless – described as a feminist western. While NBC’s Saturday Night Live took home the variety sketch series honour.

Heading into the ceremony, two of the most hotly tipped shows for awards success were Atlanta and The Handmaid’s Tale – but both failed to replicate their successes from last year and went home empty-handed.

Main winners at a glance

Drama Series
Game of Thrones
The Crown
The Handmaid’s Tale
Stranger Things
The Americans
This Is Us
Westworld

Best comedy series
Atlanta
Barry
black-ish
Curb Your Enthusiasm
GLOW
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Silicon Valley
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Best limited series
The Alienist
The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
Genius: Picasso
Godless
Patrick Melrose

Best lead actress in a drama series
Sandra Oh – Killing Eve
Keri Russell – The Americans
Tatiana Maslany – Orphan Black
Claire Foy – The Crown
Evan Rachel Wood – Westworld
Elisabeth Moss – The Handmaid’s Tale

Best lead actor in a drama series
Jason Bateman – Ozark
Matthew Rhys – The Americans
Milo Ventimiglia – This Is Us
Sterling . Brown – This Is Us
Ed Harris – Westworld
Jeffrey Wright – Westworld

Best lead actress in a limited series or movie
Sarah Paulson – American Horror Story: Cult
Michelle Dockery – Godless
Edie Falco – Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders
Regina King – Seven Seconds
Jessica Biel – The Sinner
Laura Dern – The Tale

Best lead actor in a limited series or movie
Antonio Banderas – Genius: Picasso
Darren Criss – The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
Benedict Cumberbatch – Patrick Melrose
Jeff Daniels – Looming Tower
John Legend – Jesus Christ Superstar: Live in Concert
Jesse Plemons – U.S.S. Callister (Black Mirror)

Best lead actor in a comedy series
Anthony Anderson – black-ish
Ted Danson – The Good Place
Larry David – Curb Your Enthusiasm
Donald Glover – Atlanta
Bill Hader – Barry
William H Macy – Shameless

Best lead actress in a comedy series
Pamela Adlon – Better Things
Rachel Brosnahan – The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Allison Janney – Mom
Issa Rae – Insecure
Tracee Ellis Ross – black-ish
Lily Tomlin – Grace and Frankie

Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau – Game of Thrones
Peter Dinklage – Game of Thrones
Joseph Fiennes – The Handmaid’s Tale
David Harbour – Stranger Things
Mandy Patinkin – Homeland
Matt Smith – The Crown

Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Alexis Bledel – The Handmaid’s Tale
Millie Bobby Brown – Stranger Things
Ann Dowd – The Handmaid’s Tale
Lena Headey – Game of Thrones
Vanessa Kirby – The Crown
Thandie Newton – Westworld
Yvonne Strahovski – The Handmaid’s Tale

Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Louie Anderson -Baskets
Alec Baldwin – Saturday Night Live
Tituss Burgess – Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Brian Tyree Henry – Atlanta
Tony Shalhoub – The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Kenan Thompson – Saturday Night Live
Henry Winkler – Barry

Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Zazie Beetz – Atlanta
Alex Borstein – The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Aidy Bryant – Saturday Night Live
Betty Gilpin – GLOW
Leslie Jones – Saturday Night Live
Kate McKinnon – Saturday Night Live
Laurie Metcalf – Roseanne
Megan Mullally – Will & Grace

Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or a Television Movie
Jeff Daniels – Godless
Brandon Victor Dixon – Jesus Christ Superstar
John Leguizamo – Waco
Ricky Martin – The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
Edgar Ramirez – The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
Michael Stuhlbarg – The Looming Tower
Finn Wittrock – The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story

Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or a Television Movie
Sara Bareilles – Jesus Christ Superstar
Penelope Cruz – The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
Judith Light – The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
Adina Porter – American Horror Story: Cult
Merritt Wever – Godless
Letitia Wright – Black Museum (Black Mirror)