Published: Tue, September 18, 2018
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Focus on Hollywood’s diversity at Emmy Awards

Focus on Hollywood’s diversity at Emmy Awards

We think that the battle for Best Drama Series is between reigning champ "The Handmaid's Tale" and returning two-time victor "Game of Thrones".

Yawning, alas, was the involuntary response to most of the rest of the Emmy show, produced by Saturday Night Live impresario Lorne Michaels, who made the unfortunate call of placing his Weekend Update hosts Colin Jost and Michael Che front and center.

Looking to boost audience ratings, organizers said they were hoping to shake up the format - and indeed they did, intentionally and unintentionally.

"The Assassination of Gianni Versace" star Criss, who is of Filipino descent and is the second Asian-American actor to claim an acting award after Riz Ahmed's win a year ago for "The Night After". Series star Bill Hader won the prize for best lead actor. Peter Dinklage won supporting actor honors for his role as Tyrion Lannister.

With perennial victor Julia Louis-Dreyfus out of the running after a hiatus for her show "Veep", Brosnahan took the award for best lead actress in a comedy series, for her role as a suddenly single Upper West Side housewife pursuing a career in stand-up comedy in 1958.

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Betty White, 96, thanked the industry for putting up with her.

It was a big night for the true-crime show, which also took home best limited series. Huge casts were a theme, thanks to nominated shows like GLOW, This Is Us, Stranger Things, and The Handmaid's Tale.

In the emerging battle of traditional networks vs new platforms, streaming giant Netflix ended HBO´s 17-year streak of leading the Emmy nominations, with 112 to the premium cable network´s 108.

Borstein went 2-for-2 in this year's competition, earning an award at the Creative Arts Emmys earlier this month for her voice work on "Family Guy".

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