Both "GoT" and "Handmaid" had picked up Emmys hardware before Monday: HBO´s blood-spattered smash hit won seven statuettes in technical categories at the Creative Arts Emmys a week ago, while "Handmaid" scooped up three.
Saturday Night Live "Weekend Update" hosts Michael Che and Colin Jost took their hosting chops to the Emmys, with an opening monologue that referenced #MeToo, racism, and the current political climate.
On a night filled with surprises, snubs (what happened Atlanta?!) and serious upsets, the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards had no shortage of memorable moments. And if This Is Us' Sterling K. Brown had won Lead Actor in a Drama Series, it would have marked his second consecutive win in the category - and third straight win at the Emmys.
"Game of Thrones" is back and led the nominations with 22 nods, including outstanding drama against last year's victor, "The Handmaid's Tale".More news: Apple AirPower still overheating, may be "doomed to failure"
"Game" roared back after a year's hiatus to reclaim the top trophy for outstanding drama series.
Elisabeth Moss was nominated for lead actress in a drama for her work in "The Handmaid's Tale", as were "The Crown's" Claire Foy, Keri Russell in "The Americans", Sandra Oh in "Killing Eve", "Westworld's" Evan Rachel Wood and "Orphan Black's" Tatiana Maslany. By the end of this year's telecast, only a handful of winners - King; The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story's Darren Criss, who is half-Filipino; Westworld's Thandie Newton; and RuPaul's Drag Race's RuPaul - were non-white.
The veteran actor, 72, scooped the outstanding supporting actor in a comedy series gong for his role as acting coach Gene Cousineau in HBO's Barry.
"And one of the things I love the most about this show while I have you captive for another two seconds, it's about a woman who is finding her voice anew", she said.More news: Chelsea's N'Golo Kante contacted by Paris Saint-Germain over transfer
Emmy-winning director Glenn Weiss, left, turned his acceptance speech into a proposal to his girlfriend Jan Svendsen.
And "Saturday Night Live" won the award for best variety sketch series. "It's because I want to call you my wife", Weiss said. She said yes, he put his mother's ring on her finger and the crowd whooped and cheered.
The pressure's on Michaels because NBC and other broadcasters are increasingly reliant on awards and other live events to draw viewers distracted by streaming and more 21st- century options.
AP Writers Mike Cidoni Lennox in Los Angeles and Leanne Italie in NY contributed to this report.More news: Two Koreas hold high-stakes summit with nuclear talks in jeopardy