Tits and dragons FTW?
Game Of Thrones also won this award in both 2015 and 2016, so this choice is hardly out of left field for the Television Academy. But when compared to the high-wire act of The Americans and the sucker punch that was The Handmaid’s Tale season two, it feels a bit unearned.
Ryan Murphy provides some sobering statistics on hate crimes against LGBQT+ folks while accepting his award for outstanding limited series. Wonder if Che and Jost will knock him for making things political.
Perhaps sensing how anticlimactic SNL’s win would be, Dave Chappelle and Neal Brennan take time on stage to joke about the emotional voids filled by accolades: “Here’s to the Emmy-sized hole in your stomach.”
This is now an “I can’t believe Sandra Oh didn’t win the Emmy” thread.
Claire Foy accepts the award for outstanding lead actress in a drama for portraying Elizabeth II on The Crown for two seasons. Other nominees wrapping up their acclaimed small-screen tenures include Tatiana Maslany and Keri Russell.
Hannah Gadsby inadvertently gets another one-woman show, both presenting the outstanding directing award and accepting it on Stephen Daldry’s behalf.
Thandie Newton brought the fire as Maeve in what was otherwise a middling sophomore season for Westworld.
“45, 44, 43...”—Peter Dinklage, counting down the remaining seconds for his acceptance speech, or the dwindling chances of people of color winning an Emmy tonight?
The In Memoriam reel is set to Aretha Franklin, and includes the late icon, as well as Anthony Bourdain, Harry Anderson, Della Reese, Jerry Van Dyke, Craig Zadan, Reg E. Cathey, Steven Bochco, Jim Nabors, Bill Daily, Bob Schiller, Paul Junger Witt, David Ogden Stiers, John Mahoney, Charlotte Rae, David Cassidy, Robert…
We can all agree this is the lowest-stakes category, right? But damn, if Glenn Weiss didn’t steal every other winner’s thunder by proposing to his girlfriend ON LIVE TV.
“Marginally,” get it?
The “Reparations Emmys” segment is marginally better than the diversity song at the top. So there’s that.
Kicking off a round of enthusiastic nodding here at AVC Emmys HQ, Darren Criss accepts the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie for his portrayal of Andrew Cunanan.
As TV editor Erik Adams predicted (grudgingly), Ryan Murphy edges out David Lynch for outstanding directing. (Our condolences to Katie Rife.)
“It’s incredible that I’m still in this business, and that you are still putting up with me.”—Betty White, showbiz legend
Eight awards have now been handed out, and despite the “most diverse group of nominees ever” pat on the back early on, all eight winners have been white.
Jeff Daniels thanks Netflix for letting “artists be artists” as he accepts his Emmy for Godless. We assume he’s got some kind words for Hulu in the event that he wins the Outstanding Leading Actor in a Limited Series or Movie award.
Bill Hader, who’s “lost” two Emmys tonight, is named outstanding lead actor in a comedy for his killer work as Barry Block. (He’s still up for outstanding guest actor for hosting Saturday Night Live.)
Amy Sherman-Palladino, making Emmy history tonight as the first woman to win both the best comedy writing and best comedy directing awards.