HBO and Netflix tied with 23 awards each, followed by NBC with 16, FX Networks with 12, and CNN and Amazon tied at eight each.
Given that the Television Academy received some flak for choosing two men to host the show - "Saturday Night Live"'s Colin Jost and Michael Che - I was curious to see how the ongoing reckoning with the abuse of powerful men (and a few women) would be handled.
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"I don't even believe in God, but I am going to thank her tonight", Newton said.
Darren Criss, who is of Filipino descent, won the lead acting award for the miniseries "The Assassination of Gianni Versace", which won best limited series.
The Emmys kicked off with a song, "We Solved It", a self-mocking celebration to the diversity of nominees sung by stars including Kate McKinnon and Kenan Thompson.
The Emmys had a real-life dramatic moment when winning director Glenn Weiss, noting his mother had died two weeks ago, proposed to his girlfriend, Jan Svendsen. "It's because I want to call you my wife", Weiss said.
And in one of the most rubber-stamped races at the Emmys, Best Reality-Competition Series where only three shows had ever won in 15 years, "RuPaul's Drag Race" eked out its first victory against four-time champ "The Voice".