Claire Foy for The Crown wins the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama series.
OK, there was a minor onstage tussle with presenter Tiffany Haddish who tried to wrest away Brosnahan's Emmy statuette, but it was clearly all in fun.
Game of Thrones won this award after season 5.
HBO's "Game of Thrones" was named best drama series, beating last year's champion 'The Handmaid's Tale'.
Rachel Brosnahan then landed Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for The Marvelous Mrs Maisel, capping a remarkable night for the show.
Streaming service Netflix Inc (NFLX.O) and premium cable channel HBO battled to a tie at Monday's Emmy awards ceremony, with each taking home 23 of the television industry's top honors, though HBO scored the prestigious best drama prize.
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The other big story of the gala, television's answer to the Oscars, was the huge success of eight Emmys overall for Best Comedy Series The Marvelous Mrs Maisel, Amazon's story of a 1950s housewife-turned-stand-up comic.
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.
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.
She also used the opportunity to rally people to vote. "If you stay at the table long enough the chips come to you".
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Referencing the earlier on-stage proposal during his acceptance speech, Rhys said his girlfriend Keri Lynn Russell told him, "I will punch you clean in the mouth" if he followed suit.