Others in the best drama race include FX spy thriller "The Americans", HBO's futuristic western "Westworld", Netflix favorites "The Crown" and retro sci-fi mystery "Stranger Things", and NBC family saga "This is Us".
Claire Foy beat presumed front runner Elisabeth Moss, star of Hulu's "The Handmaid's Tale", to win for her quiet but formidable portrayal of Queen Elizabeth in Netflix (NFLX.O) drama "The Crown."This wasn't supposed to happen", said a surprised Foy".
Mrs Maisel is also a front-runner for best comedy series, which will be presented at the end of the three-hour awards show.
Henry Winkler, aka "The Fonz", won a supporting actor award - his first Emmy - for Barry, four decades after gaining fame for his role in Happy Days. "You go away for as long as you need, ' and we've all been just trying to be a bench stop for her".
The glittering gala in downtown Los Angeles will see "The Handmaid's Tale" face off with record-breaking HBO fantasy epic "Game of Thrones" for top honors - especially the coveted best drama prize.More news: Juventus' Cristiano Ronaldo relieved to score first goals since move
Regina King was an unexpected limited series victor for playing the mother of a black teen killed by a white police officer in Seven Seconds. To his grown children, he said: "You can go to bed now, daddy won!" The Saint Ignatius College Prep grad noted that his wife refused to join him at the Emmys because she didn't want to watch him lose. Did you enjoy the 2018 Emmy Awards as a whole? The tune included a mention that Oh could become the first woman of Asian descent to win an Emmy.
"I don't even believe in God, but I am going to thank her tonight", Newton said.
"This year, the audience is allowed to drink in their seats".
Saturday Night Live has done it again. The long-running NBC sketch show, already the top Emmy victor ever with 71, won again for best variety sketch series.