10:59:¬†HBO‚Äôs ‚ÄúGame of Thrones‚ÄĚ wins best drama series.
That‚Äôs one of the least surprising awards ever given out. The show entered this year‚Äôs 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 ‚ÄúGame of Thrones‚ÄĚ books, despite the tension that has existed between George R.R. Martin and the showrunners ever since the show‚Äôs plot went beyond that of the books.
‚ÄúThe show could not be without the mad genius of George,‚ÄĚ Weiss said, as Martin stood behind him.
10:50: Amazon‚Äôs ‚ÄúThe Marvelous Mrs. Maisel‚ÄĚ 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 ‚Äúwho bite into 80-page scripts.‚ÄĚ He revealed that they just wrapped Season 2 ‚ÄĒ and luckily for Amazon, the show has already been renewed for Season 3.
10:40: FX‚Äôs ‚ÄúThe Assassination of Gianni Versace‚ÄĚ wins best limited series.
This is the show‚Äôs third victory of the night, following creator Ryan Murphy‚Äôs directing win and Darren Criss‚Äôs lead actor award in the limited series category.
‚Äú‚ÄČ‚ÄėThe Assassination of Gianni Versace‚Äô is about a lot of things,‚ÄĚ Murphy said while accepting the Emmy. ‚ÄúIt‚Äôs about homophobia ‚ÄĒ internalized and externalized. It‚Äôs about a country that allows hatred to go unfettered and unchecked.‚ÄĚ
10:38: HBO‚Äôs ‚ÄúLast Week Tonight With John Oliver‚ÄĚ wins best variety talk series.
For every Emmy Awards, ‚Äúwe fly our staff here, and we put them in the worst seats in the building to send a mixed message,‚ÄĚ Oliver said, who also shouted out the children of staff members.
‚ÄúOur son is 2. He hates our show,‚ÄĚ Oliver said. ‚ÄúHe loves ‚ÄėPaw Patrol.‚Äô If our show is anything, it‚Äôs the exact opposite of ‚ÄėPaw Patrol.‚Äô‚ÄČ‚ÄĚ
Oliver also thanked Glenn Weiss‚Äôs girlfriend for saying yes to the evening‚Äôs earlier marriage proposal; the rest of the show would have had quite a different tone otherwise.
10:31: NBC‚Äôs ‚ÄúSaturday Night Live‚ÄĚ 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‚Äôt talk politics. Instead, he focused on the idea that network television won‚Äôt be able to survive in the streaming age.
‚ÄúWorking on this show over the last month or so, when you‚Äôre 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,‚ÄĚ Michaels said.
‚ÄúIn 1975 when [SNL] started, there were a lot of articles in that decade about how the networks wouldn‚Äôt be around much longer. And here we are, it‚Äôs 2018, and we‚Äôre at the Emmys on NBC,‚ÄĚ he added, before closing with a dry, ‚ÄúThanks.‚ÄĚ
10:28: ‚ÄúRuPaul‚Äôs Drag Race‚ÄĚ wins best reality-competition program.
Although ‚ÄúThe Amazing Race‚ÄĚ and ‚ÄúThe Voice‚ÄĚ have always dominated the category, VH1‚Äôs hit managed to snag the trophy.
‚ÄúThis is so lovely!‚ÄĚ RuPaul said, accepting the prize ‚Äúon behalf of 140 drag queens we have released into the wild.‚ÄĚ
10:12: Claire Foy wins best lead actress in a drama for Netflix‚Äôs ‚ÄúThe Crown.‚ÄĚ
Foy played Queen Elizabeth for two seasons. In its next season, ‚ÄúThe Crown‚ÄĚ is jumping ahead several decades, and the actress won‚Äôt be on the show anymore.
‚ÄúI had the most extraordinary two and a half years of my life,‚ÄĚ she said. ‚ÄúI was given a role that I never thought I would get a chance to play.‚ÄĚ
She continued: ‚ÄúThe show goes on, which makes me so, so proud. I dedicate this to the next generation, and also to Matt Smith‚ÄĚ¬†‚ÄĒ her co-star.
10:09: Matthew Rhys wins best lead actor in a drama for ‚ÄúThe Americans,‚ÄĚ which ended its six-season run in May. This is his first Emmy.
Rhys thanked the show‚Äôs creator, Joe Weisberg. ‚ÄúParts like these come along so rarely,‚ÄĚ Rhys said, adding, ‚ÄúI will be forever in your debt.‚ÄĚ
Rhys ‚ÄĒ who starred opposite his real-life partner, Keri Russell, in the Cold War-era spy drama ‚ÄĒ joked that Russell had threatened to punch him ‚Äúclean in the mouth‚ÄĚ if he proposed to her while accepting his award. But he thanked her, addressing her as ‚ÄúKeri Lynn.‚ÄĚ
10:03: Stephen Daldry wins best directing for a drama for Netflix‚Äôs ‚ÄúThe Crown.‚ÄĚ
And the first no-show of the night! Presenter Hannah Gadsby accepts in his place and says, ‚ÄúGood for him.‚ÄĚ
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.
‚ÄúThis is not normal. The world‚Äôs gone a bit crazy,‚ÄĚ said the comedian, whose Netflix special ‚ÄúNanette‚ÄĚ turned into a sensation and inspired a bunch of think pieces about the end of comedy. ‚ÄúI mean for somebody like me, a nobody from nowhere, who gets this sweet gig. Free suit, new boots. Just because I don‚Äôt like men.‚ÄĚ
Then she joked about all of the consternation that her special sparked about the state of comedy.
‚ÄúIt‚Äôs just jokes,‚ÄĚ she said. ‚ÄúBut what are jokes these days? We don‚Äôt know. Nobody knows what jokes are ‚ÄĒ especially not men. Am I right, fellas? That‚Äôs why I‚Äôm presenting alone.‚ÄĚ
9:59: Joel Fields and Joe Weisberg win best writing in a drama for FX‚Äôs ‚ÄúThe Americans.‚ÄĚ
The critically acclaimed drama earned only three Emmys during its six-season run. The writers made sure to thank ‚Äúour passionate, die-hard, slightly treasonous fans.‚ÄĚ
9:52: Thandie Newton wins best supporting actress in a drama series for HBO‚Äôs ‚ÄúWestworld.‚ÄĚ
Newton was so shocked that she said something bleep-worthy ‚ÄĒ thanks to those NBC censors, we‚Äôll never know what it was. ‚ÄúI don‚Äôt even believe in God, but I‚Äôm going to thank Her tonight,‚ÄĚ Newton said.
9:50:¬†Peter Dinklage wins best supporting actor in a drama series for HBO‚Äôs ‚ÄúGame of Thrones,‚ÄĚ which returned to the ceremony after being ineligible last year.
Dinklage, who also won the trophy in 2011 and 2015, thanked the show‚Äôs creators, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, before joking, ‚ÄúI cannot walk down the street anymore.‚ÄĚ
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 ‚ÄúGame of Thrones‚ÄĚ writer George R.R. Martin ‚Äúfor creating this darn thing.‚ÄĚ
9:35: One of the mysteries of tonight: Teddy Perkins.
For the uninitiated, Teddy Perkins is a character (and episode title) in ‚ÄúAtlanta.‚ÄĚ 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 ‚ÄúAtlanta‚ÄĚ castmate Lakeith Stanfield instead? If it is, he has one of the world‚Äôs 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.
‚ÄúI‚Äôm really grateful to be here. But it‚Äôs bittersweet,‚ÄĚ he said, tearing up. ‚ÄúThe 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‚Äôt think it will ever be repaired. But she‚Äôs in me.‚ÄĚ
Weiss added that his mother said to always hold onto sunshine. That‚Äôs when he shocked everyone by addressing his girlfriend.
‚ÄúJan, you are the sunshine in my life, and Mom was right, don‚Äôt ever let go of my sunshine,‚ÄĚ he said. ‚ÄúYou know why I don‚Äôt like to call you my girlfriend? Because I want to call you my wife.‚ÄĚ
She looked shocked. After gasping, she walked to the stage, as he said, ‚ÄúI didn‚Äôt ask yet.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúThis is the ring that my dad put on my mom‚Äôs finger 67 years ago,‚ÄĚ he told her. ‚ÄúJan, I want to put this ring that my mom wore on your finger.‚ÄĚ
He dropped to one knee, as the audience erupted in cheers.
‚ÄúWill you marry me?‚ÄĚ
She said yes.
After they shared a passionate kiss, he said, ‚ÄúThank you to the Academy!‚ÄĚ
9:28: John Mulaney wins best writing for a variety special for Netflix‚Äôs ‚ÄúJohn Mulaney: Kid Gorgeous at Radio City.‚ÄĚ
Mulaney seemed stunned as he picked up the trophy¬†‚ÄĒ and apparently his wife didn‚Äôt think he had much of a shot, as she‚Äôs in New York and told him, ‚ÄúI just can‚Äôt fly across the country to watch you lose.‚ÄĚ Mulaney didn‚Äôt seem to mind: ‚ÄúI still think you made the right decision,‚ÄĚ 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 ‚ÄúReparation Emmys.‚ÄĚ
Marla Gibbs, Jimmy Walker (who said, ‚ÄúI cannot believe this. I just got one word for this thing: Dy-na-mic!‚ÄĚ) and Kadeem Hardison from ‚ÄúA Different World‚ÄĚ all got awards. So did Jaleel White, whom Che called ‚Äúthe O.G. black nerd.‚ÄĚ
Without White, there‚Äôd be no Donald Glover, Che said, no Obama. To which, White said: ‚ÄúDid I do that?‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúYeah man,‚ÄĚ Che said. ‚ÄúYou did that.‚ÄĚ
9:15: Darren Criss wins best lead actor in a limited series for FX‚Äôs ‚ÄúThe Assassination of Gianni Versace.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúYou guys are witnessing the most extraordinary moment of my life thus far,‚ÄĚ he said. ‚ÄúActors are really only as good as the moments they are given, that they are granted,‚ÄĚ he added, before thanking Ryan