1. The Emmys solved diversity. (Not really.)
Emmy hosts Colin Jost and Michael Che didn’t actually open the 70th annual ceremony. That honour went to a star-studded group of actors—including Kate McKinnon, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’s Tituss Burgess, Kristen Bell and Sterling K. Brown—for a parody musical number poking fun at the award show’s historic lack of diversity. Canadian Sandra Oh also makes a very funny appearance, but to describe it wouldn’t do it justice. You’ll have to watch it for yourself.
What’s TV without a few guest stars??
— NBC Entertainment (@nbc) September 18, 2018
2. Mrs. Maisel’s big night
Amazon’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel dominated the comedy portion of the awards. Stars Rachel Brosnahan and Alex Borstein took home winged-statuettes in their acting categories, while series creator Amy Sherman-Palladino (yes, the woman we have to thank for Gilmore Girls) won for both writing and directing episodes of the show. “This show is about a woman who’s finding her voice anew, and it’s something that’s happening all over the country right now,” Brosnahan, who was visibly moved during her acceptance speech, said.
3. Regina King wins best speech
And the award for funniest and most endearing acceptance speech goes to Regina King, accepting the trophy for Outstanding Actress in a Limited Series or TV Movie for her role in Netflix’s Seven Seconds. “Really? Say word,” the actress began. “I want to curse right now.” Another reason to celebrate? It’s also King’s third-ever Emmy win.
4. Wedding bells ringing
While on stage accepting his award for directing the Oscars, Glenn Weiss proposed to very surprised girlfriend sitting in the audience. “You wonder why I don’t want to call you my girlfriend? It’s because I want to call you my wife,” he said. Cue the standing ovation from the audience.
— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) September 18, 2018
5. Swan Songs
The academy took their its last chance to honour certain nominees. Claire Foy took home the award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama for her last season as Queen Elizabeth on The Crown. (Foy also used the opportunity to shoutout fellow lead actress nominee Sandra Oh from on stage.) Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields also won a writing award for the final season of their twisty spy drama The Americans, while series star Matthew Rhys was also crowned for his role for the first time. While on stage, Rhys gave a touching tribute to his co-star and IRL partner Keri Russell, joking, “She said, ‘If you propose to me, I will punch you clean in the mouth.’”
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