Brosnahan beat out fellow nominees Pamela Adlon (Better Things), Allison Janney (Mom), Issa Rae (Insecure), Tracee Ellis Ross (Black-ish) and Lily Tomlin (Grace and Frankie) for the honor.
Upon accepting her award, she thanked creator Amy Sherman-Palladino, her cast and the “earth-shatteringly talented” crew as well as her family and friends. She also put out a call to action before leaving the stage.
“One of the things that I love most about this show, is that it’s about a woman who is finding her voice anew, which is something that is happening across the country right now,” she said before encouraging people to get out and vote. “Vote, show up and bring a friend,” she added.
This is the first Emmy win for the actress, who previously was nominated for best guest actress in a drama series for House of Cards.
Backstage, Brosnahan shared her thoughts on why the show has resonated with viewers. “In some ways it’s aspirational, she’s reinventing herself after everything falls apart,” she said. “It’s funny and filled with joy at its core, and that’s something we need a lot of in the world right now.”
She added, “There’s such good TV out there and it’s so incredible to know that we’ve made something people love as much as they do.”
The comedy cleaned up during the Sept. 17 broadcast, winning in nearly every category it was nominated, including supporting actress in a comedy series (Alex Borstein), best comedy series and both writing and directing for a comedy series (Amy Sherman-Palladino). It was also the first time that a streaming show has won in the comedy series category, and the first series win for Amazon.
The 70th annual Primetime Emmy Awards aired live on NBC from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Saturday Night Live‘s Michael Che and Colin Jost hosted.