The “Emmys” last night were a pretty dry affair, but two moments REALLY stuck out. One was kind of tragic, but the other was totally redemptive and hopeful.
Okay, the bad news first: BETTY WHITE was brought out onstage and honored for . . . well, I guess for still being alive. After all, she’s 96 years old. Sadly, she wasn’t quite the Betty White of a few years ago.
She’s in great shape for 96, and she produced several moments of genuine comedy, but she also had a little trouble delivering her speech. It may finally be time to accept the fact that the years are catching up to her. (Check it out here.)
But not long after that, the show was completely stolen by a guy you’ve never even heard of. His name is Glen Weiss, and he won an Emmy for directing the “Oscars”.
And during his acceptance speech, he PROPOSED to his fiancée. He actually brought her onstage and gave her his mother’s ring . . . Which was even more poignant because his mother had just DIED two weeks ago. (Here’s video.)
As for the rest of the show, it started off with an all-star musical number called “We Solved It“, about how television had finally gotten past its diversity issues. Which was pretty ironic in retrospect, because the winners were overwhelmingly white.
(One other thing that stuck out last night: Alex Borstein’s nipples. When she won Supporting Actress in a Comedy for “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”, she made it very clear, both verbally and otherwise, that she wasn’t wearing a bra.)
Netflix tied HBO for the most Emmys, with 23. It’s the first time a streaming service sat at the top of the heap.
Amazon also had a great night, thanks to “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”, which won EIGHT trophies. But “Game of Thrones”had the biggest total of any show, with 9 Emmys.
During last night’s show, there were literally only TWO wins for broadcast TV. That guy who won for directing the “Oscars” and then proposed to his girlfriend, and “Saturday Night Live” for Best Variety Series.
(Odds and Ends: Here’s your obligatory list of snubs . . . check out the best-dressed lists here and here . . . and the worst-dressed lists here and here . . . and here’s a list of highs and lows.)
Here are all the Emmy winners you care about . . .
Best Drama Series: “Game of Thrones” (HBO)
Best Actor in a Drama Series: Matthew Rhys, “The Americans” (FX)
Best Actress in a Drama Series: Claire Foy, “The Crown” (Netflix)
Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: Peter Dinklage, “Game of Thrones” (HBO)
Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Thandie Newton, “Westworld” (HBO)
Best Comedy Series: “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (Amazon)
Best Actor in a Comedy Series: Bill Hader, “Barry” (HBO)
Best Actress in a Comedy Series: Rachel Brosnahan, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (Amazon)
Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: Henry Winkler, “Barry” (HBO)
Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: Alex Borstein, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (Amazon)
Best TV Movie: “USS Callister (Black Mirror)” (Netflix)
Best Limited Series: “The Assassination Of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” (FX)
Best Actor in a Limited Series: Darren Criss, “The Assassination Of Gianni Versace” (FX)
Best Actress in a Limited Series: Regina King, “Seven Seconds” (Netflix)
Best Supporting Actor in a Limited Series: Jeff Daniels, “Godless” (Netflix)
Best Supporting Actress in a Limited Series: Merritt Wever, “Godless” (Netflix)
Best Reality Host: RuPaul Charles,“RuPaul’s Drag Race” (VH1)
Best Reality-Competition Program: “RuPaul’s Drag Race” (VH1)
Best Structured Reality Program: “Queer Eye” (Netflix)
Best Unstructured Reality Program: “United Shades of America With W. Kamau Bell” (CNN)
Best Variety Talk Series: “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” (HBO)
Best Variety Sketch Series: “Saturday Night Live” (NBC)
Best Live Variety Special: “Jesus Christ Superstar Live In Concert” (NBC)
Best Pre-Recorded Variety Special: “Dave Chappelle: Equanimity” (Netflix)
(There’s a complete list of the winners and nominees at Emmys.com.)