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You thought a promposal in Chapel was public, you ain’t seen nothing yet.
The 70h annual Emmy Awards were on September 18th, the most by the books award show was sprinkled with a few highlights
The show started with a song performed by Kate McKinnon and Kenan Thompson of SNL fame, Kristen Bell, Sterling K. Brown and Tituss Burgess with cameos from other actors from the Television Industry. The song celebrated the most diverse group of nominees by proclaiming that Hollywood has officially solved their diversity problem, until they got a call making it clear that their celebration was premature. Watch the full opening here:
Next was an average monologue where the hosts, Michel Che, and Collin Jost, commented on the #metoo movement, the downfall of the networks and landed a few jabs at the president. After the monologues, the hardware was given out. It was clear that the producers of the show this year wanted to get through the awards as fast as possible, sometimes even starting the announce the nominees for the next award before the winner was off the stage. A full list of nominees and winners are here. This article will focus on some of the highlights.
Henry Winkler wins after 40 years on TV
After 40 years on TV and 6 Emmy Nominations including for his work on Happy Days and The Practice, Henry Winkler won the Best Actor in a Comedy Emmy. He was ecstatically accepting the award saying, “If you stay at the table long enough, the chips come to you, tonight I got to clear the table. It was clear that many in the industry were pulling for him, as he got one of the biggest applause of the night and many congratulated him on stage.
Jeff Daniels thanks his horse
While accepting his Emmy for Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie for his work on the Western, Godless, Jeff Daniels found time to thank the horse that he used in the show: “Finally, I would like to thank my horse, Apollo. He was Jeff Bridge’s horse on True Grit, and I felt he was making unfair comparisons. Three times, three times he flew me off the horse, three times, on the third, and last time, I broke my wrist… It was my left wrist, it is now officially healed.”
The absolute highlight of the night came from an unexpected place: The Emmy for Directing of a Variety Special. Glenn Weiss, the man who won the award, started his speech like every other before him, thanking his daughters and those he works with. But, at the end of his speech, he said “Jan you are the sunshine in my life, and mama’s right, never let go of your sunshine. You wonder why I don’t like calling you my girlfriend, because I want to call you my wife.” The stunned crowd erupted in applause as Jan went to the stage. Watch the full video below. (
Overall, it was a big night for Netflix and HBO, as they shared the lead of total wins at 23. As for specific shows, Game Of Thrones had the most with 9, followed by The Marvelous Ms. Maisel and Saturday Night Live with 8 and 7, respectively.