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. "Maisel'-triumph-at-Emmys?utm_campaign=SocialFlow&utm_medium=AP&utm_source=Twitter" target="_blank">first streaming show to win the Emmy for an outstanding comedy series and Netflix (nflx) tied HBO for most awards, at 23 each.
Happy Days star Henry Winkler won an award - 42 years after he was first nominated for an Emmy.
And Alex Borstein, who plays Mrs. Maisel's manager, took the award for best supporting actress.
"Saturday Night Live" won, as expected, for variety sketch series, taking its lifetime Emmy total to a record-setting 72 wins since 1975.
Criss, whose mother Cerina Criss is from Cebu, became the first Filipino-American to win a lead actor Emmy trophy for his widely acclaimed portrayal of Andrew Cunanan, who killed fashion designer Gianni Versace and four other men in 1997.
Faith was even further made fun of when actress Thandie Newton, after she won an award, took to the stage and said, "I don't even believe in God but I'm going to thank her tonight".More news: Manchester City wait on Sterling after De Bruyne's deal in a day
Che said it was an "honour to be here sharing this night with many, many talented and creative people in Hollywood", adding: "Who have not yet been caught".
Author and actress Padma Lakshmi opted for a plunging red J. Mendel gown with a thigh high split to the awards night, a design she first stepped out in last October at the Vogue India Women of the Year Awards in Mumbai.
Brosnahan used her acceptance speech to give a shout-out to her comedy's celebration of women power.
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.
"I'll be thanking you for the rest of my life for trusting me with your Midge", she said, referencing her character.
Bill Hader collected the best comedy actor award for "Barry", a dark comedy about a hired killer who stumbles into a possible acting career.
"Game of Thrones", which sat out last year's Emmys because of scheduling, won its third best drama trophy despite competition from defending champ "The Handmaid's Tale".