The 70th Emmy Awards took place on Monday, September 17 and were hosted by Saturday Night Live’s Colin Jost and Michael Che. This year’s awards praised themselves for the diversity and inclusion taking place on the silver screen. This year’s winners featured some fresh faces including Amazon’s “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” taking home five Emmys that included Outstanding Best Supporting Actress, Alex Borstein and Outstanding Lead Actress in A Comedy, Rachel Brosnahan. However, Amazon won’t be stealing Netflix or HBO’s crown just yet, with the two networks winning 23 Emmys each.
There were a few snubs including a shutout for “The Handmaid’s Tale,” “This Is Us,” and “Atlanta.” But overall this year’s Emmys were refreshing and pumped some new blood into awards seasons thanks to the incredible golden age of television that is happening right now.
Here are 10 memorable moments from the Emmys in case you missed it!
Kenan Thompson and Kate McKinnon solved the diversity problem with a song and dance
Thompson and McKinnon were joined on stage with Kristen Bell, Sterling K. Brown and RuPaul for a diversity song and dance that took aim at the commentary that television diversity “is fixed.” I’m not sure if this was too soon or might be construed as making fun of the movement, but if you take it for a skit at the Emmys trying to keep the mood light, it was funny.
Chrissy Teigen (Tie-gen) strikes the GIF game again
Teigen was cut to during the Jost and Che monologue and tried to hide in reaction. Given everything that goes on with those reactions, I can’t blame Teigen for not wanting to be part of it. But she gave us another glorious GIF! #cringe
Henry Winkler wins his first Emmy
What a legend! The Fonz himself finally won an Emmy at the age of 72 and after a stellar career in the business. He ended his speech with “DADDY WON!”
Glenn Weiss proposed mid-acceptance speech to his girlfriend…and she said YES!
Want to win the best marriage proposal ever? Well, Glen Weiss took the cake. Take notes people. During Weiss’ acceptance speech, he decided to make his girlfriend, his wife and all chaos ensued. We were in for a live marriage proposal! And to top it off, the celebrity reactions from Leslie Jones to Sterling K. Brown were priceless. Sweetest moment ever!
Michael Che hands out Emmy Reparations
Michael Che dedicated a segment of the Emmys by handing out Reparation Emmys to those African American actors who influenced him along the way including John Witherspoon, Marla Gibbs, Jaleel White and more. This segment illuminated the diversity on-screen from previous decades that didn’t win awards, but made a huge impact for those to come.
“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” steals the show
“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” is an Amazon original from “Gilmore Girls” creators Amy Sherman-Palladino and Dan Palladino. Sherman-Palladino won best writing and directing for the series. Rachel Brosnahan who plays Midge Maisel won for Oustanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series alongside Alex Borstein who won for Outstanding Support Actress in a Comedy Series. The series also won the coveted Outstanding Comedy Series Emmy! If you have not watched this show, I highly recommend it. It’s funny, heartwarming, real and just really good.
Matthew Rhys finally gets his due
“The Americans” star Matthew Rhys finally gets the Emmy for playing KGB spy, Philip Jennings alongside Keri Russell. We are thrilled for Rhys and but sad he didn’t get to share the winning with Russell.
Alex Borstein goes braless
Alex Borstein shimmied her way up to the stage to accept her award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy! She revealed she went braless for the occasion and we dig it. Also, she recycled her wedding dress from 20 years ago to her now ex-husband. Feminists unite!
Hannah Gadsby stole the show in 20 seconds
I’m guessing a lot of people didn’t know who Hannah Gadsby was before yesterday, including mself. But jeez, I want to know more and I want to see more of her. Her playful banter to herself was funnier than the whole show combined!
“Game of Thrones” wins Best Drama
“Game of Thrones” beat out its HBO counterpart “Westworld” to win the coveted prize for Outstanding Drama Series. We can’t say we’re surprised. “Game of Thrones” has elevated television to cinema level and we are not upset about this win.
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