More diversity jokes than wins for people of color at the Emmys

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The other big story of the Hollywood gala, television's answer to the Oscars, was the huge success of "The Marvelous Mrs Maisel", Amazon's story of a 1950s housewife-turned-stand up comic, which took home eight Emmys overall, including the best comedy award. First off, creator Amy Sherman-Palladino has made Emmy history, collecting awards for Outstanding Directing and Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series.

At the most prestigious awards show in United States television, Welsh star Matthew Rhys won the lead actor in a drama series prize for his role in FX's The Americans, while English actress Claire Foy scooped the equivalent award in the female category for her portrayal of the Queen in Netflix's The Crown.

Henry Winkler, aka "The Fonz", won a supporting actor award for "Barry", four decades after gaining fame for his role in "Happy Days".

Especially in the first half of the show, a pall hung over the ceremony as if much of the crowd had been heavily sedated.

A week before and a smaller ceremony, Katt Williams did win an Emmy for Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for his role as Uncle Willie in Atlanta.

"With Michael Che and Colin Jost unable to set an amusing tone, the Emmys became a bloated "Saturday Night Live" episode", wrote Daniel Fienberg, TV critic for the Hollywood Reporter.

It tied "Saturday Night Live" as the second most awarded program of the year in any genre.

"We solved it", they sang.

If anything the continued indifference of the Television Academy to the CW's Jane the Virgin and of its star Gina Rodriguez (who always gets invited to present, reminding us how amusing she truly is) is reason enough to think that there might be a cultural barrier here at work. Claire Foy won lead actress for Netflix's "The Crown".

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.

Your thoughts on this year's victor for Outstanding Drama Series? Adding up its wins from last week's Creative Arts Emmys, it took home a total of nine statues. Early reaction on Twitter seemed good, with one user saying, "This may be the best open ever" and another posting, "Holy shit they are killing this Emmy's bit". The networks, which air the Emmy telecast on a rotating basis, are so eager for the ad dollars it generates and its promotional value for fall shows that they endure online competitors sharing the stage.

Thandie Newton, whose mother is black, and Darren Criss, whose mother is Filipino, were also among the actors of color to win on Monday night.

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