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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

The Emmys think Darren Criss, RuPaul and Mrs. Maisel are all marvelous



The highlight of last night's 70th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards has to be the surprise marriage proposal by Glenn Weiss (whose direction of the 90th Academy Awards won him an Emmy for Outstanding Directing for a Variety Special). The audience went wild as his girlfriend joined him on stage to accept his engagement ring with a kiss. It was a very sweet and amusing moment.



Other highlights included standing ovations for Henry "The Fonz" Winkler (who won his first Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for HBO's Barry) and, of course, 96-year-old Betty White (who received her first Emmy nomination in 1951).




As for hosts Michael Che and Colin Jost, I enjoyed their opening monologue and jokes throughout the evening. But lowlights of the night included the "We Solved It!" opening number (which just wasn't that funny) and the appearances by Maya Rudolph and Fred Armisen (whose lame attempt at humor was increasingly painful to watch - and I usually like them both). Also, the "In Memoriam" tribute left out some deserving TV stars, including Tab Hunter (who had his own series), Nanette Fabray (who won three Emmys), Dorothy Malone (Peyton Place), Robert Mandan (Soap), John Hillerman (who won an Emmy for Magnum, P.I.) and Robin Leach (Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous).

I give Che and Jost and the telecast a grade of B.

Last night's big winner was the Amazon series, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, which received Emmys for Outstanding Comedy Series, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series (Rachel Brosnahan), Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series (Alex Borstein), and Outstanding Directing and Writing for a Comedy Series (creator Amy Sherman-Palladino became the first woman to win in both categories at the same Emmys).



Now here are the rest of the winners (including some from last weekend's Creative Arts Emmy Awards). And my nine correct predictions are the ones in pink:

Outstanding Drama Series: HBO's Game of Thrones won for the third time.
Outstanding Variety Talk Series: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver won for the third consecutive year.
Outstanding Variety Sketch Series: Saturday Night Live won for the fourth time.
Outstanding Variety Special (Pre-Recorded): Dave Chappelle: Equanimity
Outstanding Variety Special (Live): NBC's Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert
Outstanding Limited Series: FX's The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
Outstanding Television Movie: Netflix's Black Mirror: USS Callister
Outstanding Animated Program: Adult Swim's Rick and Morty won for the first time.
Outstanding Reality-Competition Program: RuPaul's Drag Race won for the first time.



Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series: Bill Hader (HBO's Barry) won his second Emmy (but the first time in this category).
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: Matthew Rhys (FX's The Americans) won for the first time.
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series: Claire Foy (Netflix's The Crown) won for the first time.
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie: Regina King (Netflix's Seven Seconds) won her third Emmy (but the first time in this category).
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie: Darren Criss (FX's The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story) won for the first time.



Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: Peter Dinklage (HBO's Game of Thrones) won for the third time.
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Thandie Newton (HBO's Westworld) won for the first time.
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie: Merritt Wever (Netflix's Godless) won her second Emmy (but the first time in this category).
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie: Jeff Daniels (Netflix's Godless) won his second Emmy (but the first time in this category). He also delivered the most amusing speech, in which he thanked his horse.



Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series: Katt Williams (FX's Atlanta) won for the first time.
Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series: Tiffany Haddish (Saturday Night Live) won for the first time.
Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series: Ron Cephas Jones (This Is Us) won for the first time.
Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series: Samira Wiley (Hulu's The Handmaid's Tale) won for the first time.
Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program: RuPaul Charles (RuPaul's Drag Race) won for the third consecutive year.

Outstanding Directing for a Variety Series: Don Roy King (Saturday Night Live) won for the seventh time in this category.
Outstanding Directing for a Limited Series, Movie or Dramatic Special: Ryan Murphy (FX's The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story) won his sixth Emmy (but the first time in this category).
Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series: Stephen Daldry (Netflix's The Crown) won for the first time (and comedian Hannah Gadsby was the most amusing presenter).



Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series: FX's The Americans won for the first time.
Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver won for the third consecutive year.
Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special: John Mulaney won his second Emmy for John Mulaney: Kid Gorgeous at Radio City (but the first time in this category).
Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series, Movie or Dramatic Special: Black Mirror: USS Callister

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