But there was disappointment for "Atlanta", which had claimed acting and directing trophies a year ago for its star and creator Donald Glover and seemed poised for more with 16 nominations.
The 70th Emmy Awards, television's equivalent of the Oscars, opened Monday with an edgy flurry of jokes about diversity in Hollywood, Donald Trump, race and the pervasive issue of sexual harassment in the entertainment industry.
Other big winners included "The Assassination of Gianni Versace", for best limited series and actor Darren Criss, who played the gay serial killer who murdered the Italian designer in Miami in 1997. Black actress Thandie Newton won best supporting drama actress for "Westworld".
Brosnahan used her acceptance speech to give a shout-out to her comedy's celebration of women power. She urged the audience to exercise that power by voting.
Winkler was nominated three times for his work on "Happy Days", in 1976, 1977 and 1978.
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She said she spoke with Lighthizer over the weekend and they agreed it would be useful for them to meet again face to face. Perdue said on C-SPAN that Lighthizer has been "very clear" about the need for the Class 7 pricing system to be repealed.
Then Winkler quoted some advice he got in Hollywood, saying that "if you stay at the table long enough, the chips come to you".
After being tipped to win the biggest prize of the night, Handmaid's Tale joined Stranger Things as the two most notable shows to miss out at this year's Emmys. Though I guess you could call that rubber-stamping too since it was King's third win in four years - without a doubt this new voting system has been especially kind to the veteran actress. She said yes, he put his mother's ring on her finger and the crowd whooped and cheered.
While Monday night's broadcast now stands as the all-time lowest-rated Emmys on record, the declines are in keeping with the diminishing returns posted by TV's other high-end award shows.
The ceremony clearly bore his stamp, with Michael Che and Colin Jost as hosts and familiar "SNL" faces, including Kate McKinnon and Alec Baldwin, as presenters and nominees. The views expressed in this commentary are exclusively hers.