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Best Moments at the 2018 Emmys

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Jenifer Lewis at Emmy Awards

LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 17: Jenifer Lewis attends the 70th Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 17, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images)

Even before the show officially started, the 70th annual Emmy Awards was an interesting, unprecedented night. The special moments began on the gold carpet, where “Black-ish” actress Jenifer Lewis showed support of former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick by wearing a Nike shirt rather than the standard fare — a custom designer gown. She made her own statement, and so went the rest of the show.

During the opening number of the show, Kate McKinnon and Kenan Thompson announced, “We solved it!” They were taking aim at Hollywood’s contentious issue of diversity.

“You see, there were none, and now there’s one,” Thompson said, referring to “Killing Eve’s” Sandra Oh, the first Asian woman to be nominated for a lead in a drama series. Oh added, “It’s an honor just to be Asian!”

Amy Sherman-Palladino‘s period piece, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” about housewife-turned-stand-up comedian, nabbed five wins, including Best Comedy and Best Actress in a Comedy for its star, Rachel Brosnahan. Sherman-Palladino became the first woman to win both a writing and directing Emmy award. She gushed, “My panic room’s gonna be so pretty.”

What major night in entertainment, since the 2016 presidential election, would be complete without the mention of politics or social campaigns. While there was little mention of #MeToo or #TimesUp, Brosnahan encouraged women to vote in the midterms. “One of the most important ways that we can find and use our voices is to vote,” she urged. “So if you haven’t already registered, do it on your cell phone, right now. Vote, show up, and bring a friend to the polls.”

Other legendary moments occurred not by nomination, but by personal dedication and affection. Glenn Weiss, who won for Outstanding Direction for a Variety Special, surprised the audience, viewers and his girlfriend, Jan Svendsen, when he got on one knee to propose to her after his speech. That moment drew a thunderous applause, standing ovation and tears. Simply giddy, Svendsen said yes even before she got to the stage.

When actress Regina King had an admittedly unexpected win as Lead Actress in a Limited Series for the Netflix limited series “Seven Seconds,” the audience was visibly moved by her humility and sincerity. Initially, she said, “I didn’t have nothing to say ’cause I wasn’t really expecting this, but I am so grateful.”

By the end of her speech, King gathered herself, extemporaneously thanking all she had worked with on the show and in her career. “Thank you. This is amazing. I wanna curse right now.”

Faced with a similar decision to curse or not, Thandie Newton went for it in a major way. She won for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series category for “Westworld.” Her speech left some people speechless and the network forced to bleep parts of it. “I don’t even believe in God, but I’m going to thank her tonight,” Newton began. “I am so f**king blessed to work with the people I have gotten to work with. The cast and crew of — I can’t believe I’m here — the cast and crew of Westworld, I love you all so much.”

 

For her role as Queen Elizabeth II in Netflix’s “The Crown,” actress Claire Foy won the career-crowning role as Lead Actress in a Drama Series. She thanked her co-star Matt Smith and the new cast members, including her replacement Olivia Colman, who will continue on to the show’s third season without her. She said, “I dedicate this to the next generation.”

 

Everyone who remembered Merritt Wever‘s three-second 2013 Emmy Award speech for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy was probably anxiously awaiting this year’s speech. In that first win, she merely said, “I gotta go. Bye,” and left the stage. This year, winning her second Emmy for Supporting Actress in Netflix’s “Godless,” she acknowledged that she wanted to be “grown-up,” before saying, “I’m still shocked you made a space for me and you made a space for Mary Agnes.”

In announcing Director for a Drama Series, comedian Hannah Gadsby used her time to deliver a few semi-serious jokes aimed at men, taking a dig at Emmy co-host Michael Che, who admitted to not watching her comedy. She said, “This is … not normal. The world’s gone a bit crazy. I mean, for somebody like me — a nobody, from nowhere — gets this sweet gig, free suit, new boots, just ’cause I don’t like men? That’s a joke, of course. Just jokes, fellas, calm down. #NotAllMen, but a lot of ’em. No, it is just jokes, 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.”

Some online went as far as suggesting that Gadsby would have been a better Emmy host than Che and co-host Colin Jost.

Rachel Brosnah Emmy

Rachel Brosnah wins for ‘Marvelous Ms. Maisel’

 

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