Emmys: Tatiana Maslany Wins Best Actress in a Drama Series

"I’m feel so lucky to be on a show that puts women at the center," the actress said at the podium after scoring her first Emmy win.

Tatiana Maslany won the Emmy for best actress in a drama series on Sunday night for her performance in Orphan Black.

The actress beat out Viola Davis in How to Get Away With MurderClaire Danes in HomelandTaraji P. Henson in Empire, Keri Russell in The Americans and Robin Wright in House of Cards.

"I’m feel so lucky to be on a show that puts women at the center," Maslany said at the podium after scoring her first Emmy win. "Thank you so much to the Academy."

Backstage, Maslany was still in shock: "I didn't expect it at all. It's such an honor. The category I'm in is all these women I've looked up to for so long and admired. I wasn't expecting this at all, no."

The actress, who plays multiple clones on the BBC America drama, said she hadn't quite had the opportunity to breathe since she won her first Emmy (in her second nomination). She credited the victory to support from the LGBT community, among others. "There is an immense joy in getting to tell women's stories that we don't normally see," she said. 

Jimmy Kimmel hosted the 2016 Primetime Emmy Awards, which aired live on ABC from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

A complete list of winners can be found here. The winners for the Creative Arts Emmys, which were handed out last weekend over two nights, can be found here.

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