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Rachel Brosnahan Wins Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in Comedy

It's the first win in the category for a streaming series.

Rachel Brosnahan'The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel' TV show FYC event, Arrivals, Los Angeles, USA - 14 Apr 2018

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After six years, the Emmys has itself a new leading lady in the comedy category. Rachel Brosnahan claimed the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy prize on Monday night for her work as the title character in Amazon’s “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.”

This comes eight months after taking home the Golden Globe for her work in Season 1 as Midge Maisel, the housewife making her way through the 1950s New York standup comedy scene.

“One of the things I love most about this show is that it’s about a woman who’s finding her voice anew. It’s something that’s happening all over the country right now. One of the most important ways that we can find and use our voices is to vote,” Brosnahan said, accepting the award in front of the audience at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

Brosnahan topped the category in her first try, beating out a handful of actresses who’ve been nominated for multiple years in a row. This includes Tracee Ellis Ross, who was up for her role as Bow Johnson on “black-ish” for the third straight year and Pamela Adlon, nominated for “Better Things” for the second time. This year’s group of potential 2018 Lead Actresses also includes perennial nominee Lily Tomlin (“Grace and Frankie”).

It’s the first time that the winner in this category has come from a streaming series. Seven-time winner Julia Louis-Dreyfus had previously had a virtual lock on the category since 2012, the first year that “Veep” was eligible.

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