Johansson walked the red carpet at the Microsoft Theater with her partner, Saturday Night Live's Colin Jost, who is co-hosting the 2018 event, in an off-the-shoulder dress by Balmain and sparkling diamond accessories.
But HBO bagged the coveted best drama prize. "The show could not be without the mad genius of George".
LOS ANGELES: The 70th Emmy Awards offered television fans plenty of surprises on Monday, from an on-air proposal to a flurry of edgy political jokes and a clutch of unexpected winners.
After a conventional series of thank you's in her acceptance speech, she noted that she's playing a woman who "finds her voice anew" and urged viewers to use their own voices in the voting booth - and to bring a friend. Earlier this year, the series won two Golden Globes.
The show opened with a daring song-and-dance number poking fun at myriad controversies including diversity in Hollywood.
Last year Lena Waithe made history by becoming the first African-American woman to win the comedy writing statue (she shared it with Aziz Ansari for "Master of None"), and she was the most recent female victor before Sherman-Palladino.
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He cited forecasts showing Florence was likely to stall over North Carolina, "bringing days and days of rain". Tropical storm conditions could hit those areas by early Thursday, forecasters say.
Looking to boost audience ratings, Emmys organizers said they were hoping to shake up the broadcast - and indeed they did, intentionally and unintentionally.
SURPRISE: Love is in the air - Glenn Weiss, who won the variety special directing award, used his time on stage to propose - with the ring his father gave his mother more than six decades ago. "Because I want to call you my wife", he added to cheers, applause and a few teary-eyed actors in the audience.
"I think we can keep TV going for another 5-6 years tops", Jost quipped.
After last week´s Creative Arts Emmys, HBO has won 17 statuettes to Netflix´s 16.