Monday, 19 November 2018

Emmy Awards 2018 complete coverage: Winners and biggest moments

Emmy Awards 2018 complete coverage: Winners and biggest moments
18 Sep

September 17 at 11:00 PM

  • Yes, there really was a proposal: Glenn Weiss popped the question during his acceptance speech. (She said yes!)
  • “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” took an early lead and kept the momentum going, winning multiple awards including best comedy series.
  • Game of Thrones won best drama series.
  • Colin Jost and Michael Che kicked off the show with an opening monologue that focused on diversity.

10:59: HBO’s “Game of Thrones” wins best drama series.

That’s one of the least surprising awards ever given out. The show entered this year’s Emmys with 22 nominations, which brought its series-long total to 129. Earlier in the evening, Peter Dinklage beat out co-star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau for best supporting actor in a drama series.

The win comes after the show took a year off its hobby of winning awards, since its schedule made it ineligible for the Emmys last year.

D.B. Weiss accepted the award on behalf of the show, thanking his network and cast (while co-showrunner David Benioff gave love to his wife, Amanda Peet, along with his children.)

He also made a point of thanking the man who wrote the “Game of Thrones” books, despite the tension that has existed between George R.R. Martin and the showrunners ever since the show’s plot went beyond that of the books.

“The show could not be without the mad genius of George,” Weiss said, as Martin stood behind him.

10:50: Amazon’s “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” wins best comedy series.

This win should be no surprise to anyone who caught the beginning of the Emmys, when the 1950s New York-set comedy picked up four awards. (Directing, writing, lead actress for Rachel Brosnahan, supporting actress for Alex Borstein.)

Dan Palladino thanked the crew and especially the cast “who bite into 80-page scripts.” He revealed that they just wrapped Season 2 and luckily for Amazon, the show has already been renewed for Season 3.

10:40: FX’s “The Assassination of Gianni Versace” wins best limited series.

This is the show’s third victory of the night, following creator Ryan Murphy’s directing win and Darren Criss’s lead actor award in the limited series category.

“ ‘The Assassination of Gianni Versace’ is about a lot of things,” Murphy said while accepting the Emmy. “It’s about homophobia internalized and externalized. It’s about a country that allows hatred to go unfettered and unchecked.”

10:38: HBO’s “Last Week Tonight With John Oliver” wins best variety talk series.

For every Emmy Awards, “we fly our staff here, and we put them in the worst seats in the building to send a mixed message,” Oliver said, who also shouted out the children of staff members.

“Our son is 2. He hates our show,” Oliver said. “He loves ‘Paw Patrol.’ If our show is anything, it’s the exact opposite of ‘Paw Patrol.’ ”

Oliver also thanked Glenn Weiss’s girlfriend for saying yes to the evening’s earlier marriage proposal; the rest of the show would have had quite a different tone otherwise.

10:31: NBC’s Saturday Night Live wins outstanding variety sketch series.

The sketch show doubled down on its political humor during the last season, targeting the Trump administration with a bevy of celebrity guests including Robert De Niro, Ben Stiller and Alec Baldwin.

But when Lorne Michaels, who also produced the Emmys, accepted the award on behalf of the show, he didn’t talk politics. Instead, he focused on the idea that network television won’t be able to survive in the streaming age.

“Working on this show over the last month or so, when you’re urging everyone to talk for a very short time, it would be wrong for me to talk at length. So just let me say I love my job, and I love the people I work with,” Michaels said.

“In 1975 when [SNL] started, there were a lot of articles in that decade about how the networks wouldn’t be around much longer. And here we are, it’s 2018, and we’re at the Emmys on NBC,” he added, before closing with a dry, “Thanks.”

10:28: “RuPaul’s Drag Race” wins best reality-competition program.

Although “The Amazing Race” and “The Voice” have always dominated the category, VH1’s hit managed to snag the trophy.

“This is so lovely!” RuPaul said, accepting the prize “on behalf of 140 drag queens we have released into the wild.”

10:12: Claire Foy wins best lead actress in a drama for Netflix’s “The Crown.

Foy played Queen Elizabeth for two seasons. In its next season, “The Crown” is jumping ahead several decades, and the actress won’t be on the show anymore.

“I had the most extraordinary two and a half years of my life,” she said. “I was given a role that I never thought I would get a chance to play.”

She continued: “The show goes on, which makes me so, so proud. I dedicate this to the next generation, and also to Matt Smith” — her co-star.

10:09: Matthew Rhys wins best lead actor in a drama for “The Americans,” which ended its six-season run in May. This is his first Emmy.

Rhys thanked the show’s creator, Joe Weisberg. “Parts like these come along so rarely,” Rhys said, adding, “I will be forever in your debt.”

Rhys — who starred opposite his real-life partner, Keri Russell, in the Cold War-era spy drama — joked that Russell had threatened to punch him “clean in the mouth” if he proposed to her while accepting his award. But he thanked her, addressing her as “Keri Lynn.”

10:03: Stephen Daldry wins best directing for a drama for Netflix’s “The Crown.”

And the first no-show of the night! Presenter Hannah Gadsby accepts in his place and says, “Good for him.”

10:02: It was a surprise to those of us at home and those in the audience when Hannah Gadsby strolled on the stage to present the outstanding directing award for a drama.

“This is not normal. The world’s gone a bit crazy,” said the comedian, whose Netflix special “Nanette” turned into a sensation and inspired a bunch of think pieces about the end of comedy. “I mean for somebody like me, a nobody from nowhere, who gets this sweet gig. Free suit, new boots. Just because I don’t like men.”

Then she joked about all of the consternation that her special sparked about the state of comedy.

“It’s just jokes,” she said. “But what are jokes these days? We don’t know. Nobody knows what jokes are — especially not men. Am I right, fellas? That’s why I’m presenting alone.”

9:59: Joel Fields and Joe Weisberg win best writing in a drama for FX’s “The Americans.”

The critically acclaimed drama earned only three Emmys during its six-season run. The writers made sure to thank “our passionate, die-hard, slightly treasonous fans.”

9:52: Thandie Newton wins best supporting actress in a drama series for HBO’s “Westworld.”

Newton was so shocked that she said something bleep-worthy — thanks to those NBC censors, we’ll never know what it was. “I don’t even believe in God, but I’m going to thank Her tonight,” Newton said.

9:50: Peter Dinklage wins best supporting actor in a drama series for HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” which returned to the ceremony after being ineligible last year.

Dinklage, who also won the trophy in 2011 and 2015, thanked the show’s creators, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, before joking, “I cannot walk down the street anymore.”

The actor, who plays Tyrion Lannister on the fantasy series, also thanked his wife, whom he said he forgot to thank in a previous acceptance speech, and his co-star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, a fellow nominee. Plus, Dinklage thanked “Game of Thrones” writer George R.R. Martin “for creating this darn thing.”

9:35: One of the mysteries of tonight: Teddy Perkins.

For the uninitiated, Teddy Perkins is a character (and episode title) in “Atlanta.” Donald Glover wore heavy, whitish makeup (and probably prosthetics) to play Perkins with a haunting quality.

Some shots of the Emmy awards telecast show Teddy Perkins sitting in the audience.

But Glover was also shown earlier, as himself.

Could Perkins actually be his fellow “Atlanta” castmate Lakeith Stanfield instead? If it is, he has one of the world’s quickest makeup teams.

9:29: Glenn Weiss wins best directing for a variety special for the Oscars on ABC.

But his speech quickly became personal.

“I’m really grateful to be here. But it’s bittersweet,” he said, tearing up. “The person that would be most proud at this moment would be my mom, and she passed away just two weeks ago. Part of my heart is broken, and I don’t think it will ever be repaired. But she’s in me.”

Weiss added that his mother said to always hold onto sunshine. That’s when he shocked everyone by addressing his girlfriend.

“Jan, you are the sunshine in my life, and Mom was right, don’t ever let go of my sunshine,” he said. “You know why I don’t like to call you my girlfriend? Because I want to call you my wife.”

She looked shocked. After gasping, she walked to the stage, as he said, “I didn’t ask yet.”

“This is the ring that my dad put on my mom’s finger 67 years ago,” he told her. “Jan, I want to put this ring that my mom wore on your finger.”

He dropped to one knee, as the audience erupted in cheers.

“Will you marry me?”

She said yes.

After they shared a passionate kiss, he said, “Thank you to the Academy!”

9:28: John Mulaney wins best writing for a variety special for Netflix’s “John Mulaney: Kid Gorgeous at Radio City.”

Mulaney seemed stunned as he picked up the trophy — and apparently his wife didn’t think he had much of a shot, as she’s in New York and told him, “I just can’t fly across the country to watch you lose.” Mulaney didn’t seem to mind: “I still think you made the right decision,” he told her from the stage.

9:24: In a prerecorded sketch, Michael Che went around and handed out Emmys to black actors in what he called the “Reparation Emmys.”

Marla Gibbs, Jimmy Walker (who said, “I cannot believe this. I just got one word for this thing: Dy-na-mic!”) and Kadeem Hardison from “A Different World” all got awards. So did Jaleel White, whom Che called “the O.G. black nerd.”

Without White, there’d be no Donald Glover, Che said, no Obama. To which, White said: “Did I do that?”

“Yeah man,” Che said. “You did that.”

9:15: Darren Criss wins best lead actor in a limited series for FX’s “The Assassination of Gianni Versace.”

“You guys are witnessing the most extraordinary moment of my life thus far,” he said. “Actors are really only as good as the moments they are given, that they are granted,” he added, before thanking Ryan