"One of the most important ways that we can find and use our voices is to vote", said Brosnahan, 27. She urged viewers to exercise that power by voting. She won Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series and gave one of the sassiest speeches of the night.
"This wasn't supposed to happen", said a surprised Foy.
Continuing the white-hot market for news, MSNBC's Rachel Maddow recorded her highest-rated week in the show's 10-year history, Nielsen said.
HBO, now part of AT&T Inc., won the outstanding drama award for "Game of Thrones, " a fantasy epic set in the land of Westeros.
The former Glee actor told the audience at Los Angeles' Microsoft Theatre: "Oh, my god, you guys are witnessing the most extraordinary moment of my life thus far".
In a ceremony that started out congratulating TV academy voters for the most historically diverse field of nominees yet, the early awards all went exclusively to whites.
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Matthew Rhys took his first best drama actor Emmy for playing a conflicted Russian spy in the final season of the FX Cold War series The Americans.
Peter Dinklage accepting the outstanding supporting actor in a drama series award for Game of Thrones
Late-night host James Corden joked that the hashtag #EmmysSoWhite should get trending.
"I feel like a lot of times we are so divided as a country that things are always black and white. I'm going to go ahead and say it: We solved it".
"American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace" won the limited series category.
Game of Thrones won this award after season 5.
Glenn Weiss, victor of the outstanding directing for a variety special award, proposes marriage to Jan Svendsen. 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. The show collected eight trophies overall.
Henry Winkler accepts his first-ever Primetime Emmy award.
"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", Brosnahan said.
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