A proposal, the big winners, and other highlights you might have missed at the 2018 Emmys


By Su Fen Tan

A proposal, the big winners, and other highlights you might have missed at the 2018 Emmys

This year’s ceremony was hosted by comedians Colin Jost and Michael Che, but before the Saturday Night Live duo took to the stage, the show kicked off with ‘We Solved It’—a cheeky song-and-dance number highlighting the issue of diversity by an ensemble that included the likes of Kate McKinnon, Kenan Thompson, Ricky Martin, Titus Burgess, RuPaul, and Kristen Bell. Sandra Oh—the first Asian actress to be nominated in the lead actress category!—gets a part from the audience seat too.

Those with sharp eyes might have noticed Donald Glover’s (creepy) Teddy Perkins character from Atlanta in the audience, prompting curiousity on who was in disguise at the awards show. It was later reasoned that it wasn’t Glover in makeup—the actor was captured on camera applauding Thandie Newton’s win for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama. Some say it was his Atlanta co-star Lakeith Stanfield. Was it?

Later that evening, Glenn Weiss’ win for Outstanding Directing for a Variety Special turned into one of the most memorable moments of the show. After his thankyous, he said his win was bittersweet as his mother just passed away two weeks ago. “Mum always believed in finding the sunshine in things, and she adored my girlfriend Jan. Jan, you are the sunshine in my life, and mum was right, don’t ever let go of your sunshine. You wonder why I don’t like to call you my girlfriend—because I want to call you my wife.” After Jan went on stage, Glenn proceeded to propose, presenting her with his late mother’s ring while the A-list crowd gave their stamp of approval with a standing ovation. Benedict Cumberbatch’s reaction says it all.

Fan favourite Game of Thrones had the honour of being the biggest winner of the night, taking home nine awards, including Outstanding Drama and an Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series win for Peter Dinklage. It was a big night for the Brits too, with Claire Foy nabbing the best actress in a drama award, while Welsh actor Matthew Rhys won best leading actor in a drama series, and Westworld‘s Thandie Newton took home her first Emmy for best supporting actress in a drama series, just to name a few.


See the full list of winners here:

Drama Series“The Handmaid’s Tale”“Game of Thrones”“This Is Us””The Crown””The Americans””Stranger Things””Westworld”

Comedy Series“Atlanta” (FX)”Barry” (HBO)”Black-ish” (ABC)”Curb Your Enthusiasm” (HBO)”GLOW” (Netflix)“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (Amazon)“Silicon Valley” (HBO)”The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” (Netflix)

Limited Series“The Alienist”“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”“Genius: Picasso””Godless””Patrick Melrose”

Variety Talk Series“The Daily Show With Trevor Noah””Full Frontal With Samantha Bee””Jimmy Kimmel Live”“Last Week Tonight with John Oliver”“Late Late Show with James Corden”Late Show with Stephen Colbert”

Variety Sketch Series“Saturday Night Live” (NBC)“Portlandia” (IFC)”Drunk History” (Comedy Central)”Tracey Ullman’s Show” (HBO)”At Home with Amy Sedaris” (TruTV)”I Love You, America” (Hulu)

Reality Competition“The Amazing Race””American Ninja Warrior””Project Runway”“RuPaul’s Drag Race”“Top Chef””The Voice”

Lead Actress in a Drama SeriesClaire Foy (“The Crown”)Tatiana Maslany (“Orphan Black”)Elisabeth Moss (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)Sandra Oh (“Killing Eve”)Keri Russell (“The Americans”)Evan Rachel Wood (“Westworld”)

Lead Actor in a Drama SeriesJason Bateman (“Ozark”)Sterling K. Brown (“This Is Us”)Ed Harris (“Westworld”)Matthew Rhys (“The Americans”)Milo Ventimiglia (“This Is Us”)Jeffrey Wright (“Westworld”)

Directing for a Drama SeriesStephen Daldry (“The Crown”)Alan Taylor (“Game Of Throne”)Jeremy Podeswa (“Game of Thrones)Kari Skogland (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)Jason Bateman (“Ozark”)Daniel Sackheim (“Ozark”)The Duffer Brothers (“Stranger Things”)

Writing for a Drama SeriesJoe Weisberg and Joel Fields (“The Americans”)Peter Morgan (“The Crown”)D.B. Weiss (“Game Of Thrones”)Bruce Miller (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)Phoebe Waller-Bridge (“Killing Eve”)The Duffer Brothers (“Stranger Things”)

Supporting Actress in a Drama SeriesAlexis Bledel (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)Millie Bobby Brown (“Stranger Things”)Ann Dowd (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)Lena Headey (“Game of Thrones”)Vanessa Kirby (“The Crown”)Thandie Newton (“Westworld”)Yvonne Strahovski (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)

Supporting Actor in a Drama SeriesNikolaj Coster-Waldau (“Game of Thrones”)Peter Dinklage (“Game of Thrones”)Joseph Fiennes (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)David Harbour (“Stranger Things”)Mandy Patinkin (“Homeland”)Matt Smith (“The Crown”)

Directing for a Variety SeriesStan Lathan (“Dave Chappelle: Equanimity”)Michael Bonfiglio (“Jerry Seinfeld: Jerry Before Seinfeld”)Glenn Weiss (“The Oscars”)Marcus Raboy (“Steve Martin & Martin Short: An Evening You Will Forget For The Rest Of Your Life”)Hamish Hamilton (“Super Bowl LII Halftime Show Starring Justin Timberlake”)

Outstanding Writing For A Variety SpecialFull Frontal With Samantha Bee Presents: The Great American* Puerto Rico (*It’s Complicated)John Mulaney: Kid Gorgeous At Radio City Patton Oswalt: AnnihilationSteve Martin & Martin Short: An Evening You Will Forget For The Rest Of Your Life

Lead Actor in a Limited Series or MovieAntonio Banderas (“Genius: Picasso”)Darren Criss (“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”)Benedict Cumberbatch (“Patrick Melrose”)Jeff Daniels (“The Looming Tower”)John Legend (“Jesus Christ Superstar”)Jesse Plemons (“USS Callister”)

Lead Actress in a Limited Series or MovieLaura Dern (“The Tale”)Jessica Biel (“The Sinner”)Michelle Dockery (“Godless”)Edie Falco (“The Menendez Murders”)Regina King (“Seven Seconds”)Sarah Paulson (“American Horror Story: Cult”)

Directing for a Limited Series, Movie or Dramatic SpecialRyan Murphy (“The Assassination Of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”)Scott Frank (“Godless”)David Leveaux, Alex Rudzinski (“Jesus Christ Superstar Live In Concert”)Craig Zisk (“The Looming Tower”)Barry Levinson (“Paterno”)Edward Berger (“Patrick Melrose”)David Lynch (“Twin Peaks”)

Writing for a Limited Series, Movie or DramaKevin McManus, Matthew McManus (“American Vandal”)Tom Rob Smith (“The Assassination Of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”)Scott Frank (“Godless”)David Nicholls (“Patrick Melrose”)David Lynch, Mark Frost (“Twin Peaks”)William Bridges, Charlie Brooker (“USS Callister” (Black Mirror))

Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or MovieJeff Daniels (“Godless”)Brandon Victor Dixon (“Jesus Christ Superstar”)John Leguizamo (“Waco”)Ricky Martin (“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”)Edgar Ramirez (“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”)Michael Stuhlbarg (“The Looming Tower”)Finn Wittrock (“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”)

Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or MovieSara Bareilles (“Jesus Christ Superstar Live In Concert”)Penelope Cruz (“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”)Judith Light (“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”)Adina Porter (“American Horror Story: Cult”)Merritt Wever (“Godless”)Letitia Wright (“Black Museum” (Black Mirror))

Lead Actor in a Comedy SeriesDonald Glover (“Atlanta”)Bill Hader (“Barry”)Anthony Anderson (“Black-ish”)William H. Macy (“Shameless”)Larry David (“Curb Your Enthusiasm”)Ted Danson (“The Good Place”)

Lead Actress in a Comedy SeriesPamela Adlon (“Better Things”)Rachel Brosnahan (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”)Tracee Ellis Ross (“Black-ish”)Allison Janney (“Mom”)Lily Tomlin (“Grace and Frankie”)Issa Rae (“Insecure”)

Directing for a Comedy SeriesDonald Glover (“Atlanta”)Hiro Murai (“Atlanta”)Bill Hader (“Barry”)Mark Cendrowski (“The Big Bang Theory”)Jesse Peretz (“GLOW”)Amy Sherman-Palladino (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”)Mike Judge (“Silicon Valley”)

Writing for a Comedy SeriesDonald Glover (“Atlanta”)Stefani Robinson (“Atlanta”)Alec Berg, Bill Hader (“Barry”)Liz Sarnoff (“Barry”)Amy Sherman-Palladino (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”)Alec Berg (“Silicon Valley”)

Supporting Actress in a Comedy SeriesZazie Beetz (“Atlanta”)Alex Borstein (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”)Aidy Bryant (“Saturday Night Live”)Betty Gilpin (“GLOW”)Leslie Jones (“Saturday Night Live”)Kate McKinnon (“Saturday Night Live”)Laurie Metcalf (“Roseanne”)Megan Mullally (“Will & Grace”)

Supporting Actor in a Comedy SeriesLouie Anderson (“Baskets”)Alec Baldwin (“Saturday Night Live”)Tituss Burgess (“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”)Brian Tyree Henry (“Atlanta”)Tony Shalhoub (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”)Kenan Thompson (“Saturday Night Live”)Henry Winkler (“Barry”)


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