2018 Emmys: 'Game of Thrones' and 'The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel' Win the Night's Top Honors
By John Boone and Meredith B. Kile
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It's TV's biggest night -- and ET live blogged every minute of it!
Monday's Emmy Awards was a night of endless possibilities: Which series would take home the most trophies this year? (Perhaps the show needs a rebranding to The Unbeatable Mrs. Maisel.) Would we see any upsets or history-making wins? (Sadly, Sandra Oh did not get the Emmy this time, but there's always season two!) Would hosts Colin Jost and Michael Che be funny? In the end, it didn't matter! It was the director of the Oscars, after all, who provided the most memorable moment of the 2018 Emmys.
You can find everyone who is taking home an Emmy in our Complete Winners List and below, ET has your minute-by-minute breakdown of 70th annual Primetime Emmy Awards, from the red carpet to the main stage to all of the biggest moments backstage:
'Game of Thrones' Wins Outstanding Drama Series
Kenan Thompson, acting as the unofficial third host of the night, presented the final award of the night to Game of Thrones. "We didn't invent these characters," creator David Benioff began. "The show could not be without the mad genius of George [R.R. Martin]. Thank you for letting us take care of your people." D. B. Weiss took the mic to shout out Belfast, where they film the series, before Benioff slipped in a sweet word for his wife: "Amanda Peet, I love you so much."
'The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel' Wins Outstanding Comedy Series
An incredibly winded Will Ferrell presented the award for Outstanding Comedy Series to The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, following up the series’ earlier wins for Outstanding Comedy Actress, Supporting Actress, Directing and Writing. “Thanks to the cast, who bite into our 150-page scripts every week. We just wrapped season two, and we’re looking forward to season three,” producer and creator Dan Palladino told the crowd, also giving a special shout-out to his and Amy Sherman-Palladino’s mothers, and hilariously noting, “Guys, they are available.”
'The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story' Wins Outstanding Limited Series
Ryan Murphy held hands with Penelope Cruz as he took the stage to accept Outstanding Limited Series for the second season of American Crime Story. Murphy did his requisite thank yous, then noted statistics of how many LGBTQ+ people will experience a hate crime in their lifetime. "We dedicate this award to them," Murphy said. "To awareness."
‘Last Week Tonight’ Wins Outstanding Variety Talk Series
Dirty John co-stars Eric Bana and Connie Britton presented the award for Outstanding Variety Talk Series to Last Week Tonight With John Oliver, and Oliver used his acceptance speech to poke a little fun at the ceremony’s most buzzworthy moment: “On behalf of everyone in this room, I’d like to thank Glenn Weiss’ fiancee for saying yes,” he joked. “It could have been a very different evening.”
'Saturday Night Live' Wins Outstanding Variety/Sketch Series (Again!)
Dave Chappelle presented Lorne Michaels and his SNL gang -- including Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones and Aidy Bryant, among others -- with their 65th Emmy. "Let me just say I love my job and I love the people I work with," Michaels began, before dedicating his acceptance speech to...plugging NBC. "In 1975, when we started, there were a lot of articles about how the networks wouldn't be here much longer. It's 2018, we're at the Emmys and we're on NBC."
‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ Wins Outstanding Reality-Competition Program (Finally!)
The animated stars of Rick and Morty presented the award for Outstanding Reality-Competition Program to RuPaul’s Drag Race, the series’ first win in the category. RuPaul celebrated onstage with his creative team and said his effusive thank yous “on behalf of the 140 drag queens we have released into the wild.” “If you can’t love yourself,” he concluded, “how the hell you gonna love somebody else?”
Claire Foy Wins Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series
"This wasn't supposed to happen!" The Crown's Claire Foyexclaimed after accepting her Best Actress in a Drama trophy from Sarah Paulson. Foy went on to point out that even amid all the discussions about opportunities for women in Hollywood, "If that's anything to go by, bloody hell. That's not swearing! Sandra Oh, I love you." (We all do! And unfortunately, this does mean Oh's would-be historical win will have to wait for another year.)
Matthew Rhys Wins Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
The stars of Queer Eye presented the award to The Americans’ Matthew Rhys, who beat out the powerhouse stars of Westworld and This Is Us to earn a statuette in celebration of the FX spy series’ final season. Rhys thanked his cast, crew and team, but ended with a special shout-out to his co-star and real-life partner, Keri Russell, “the woman who truly got me this award,” but also noted, “She said, ‘If you propose to me, I will punch you clean in the mouth.’”
Thandie Newton Wins Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Three of their Handmaid’s Tale co-stars were nominated, but Samira Wiley and Elisabeth Moss presented the Emmy to Westworld star Thandie Newton, who mused, “I don’t even believe in God, but I’m gonna thank her tonight!” The actress also thanked her co-stars and family, including her eldest daughter, Ripley, who turned 18 on Monday!
Peter Dinklage Wins Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
We don't know who will win the game of thrones, but Game of Thrones' Peter Dinklage won Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, presented by Samantha Bee and Taraji P. Henson. "Thank you, Dave and Dan, for changing my life. I cannot walk down the street anymore," he deadpanned of the series' creators, made good on thanking his wife and concluded, "And George Martin, for creating this darn thing."
Tina Fey and the Late Aretha Franklin Present In Memoriam
"It feels like we lost a friend," Tina Fey said of the reaction we have when one of our favorite television stars dies. "Because we have." Set to Aretha Franklin belting a stirring rendition of "Amazing Grace," the In Memoriam segment honored the likes of Franklin, Anthony Bourdain, Della Reese, Charlotte Rae, Hugh Hefner, Mitzi Shore, Burt Reynolds, John McCain and so many more we lost this year.
Outstanding Directing Winner Glenn Weiss Proposes During His Acceptance Speech
Glenn Weiss took home the Emmy for directing the 2018 Oscars on Monday, but his moment became even bigger when he used his acceptance speech to propose!
"Do you know why I don’t like to call you my girlfriend?” Weiss said to his girlfriend during his speech. “Because I want to call you my wife,” As the crowd cheered him on, Weiss presented his emotional now-fiancee with his mother’s engagement ring, getting down on one knee on stage. She said yes!
John Mulaney Wins Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special
Abbi Jacobson and her "father," Ilana Glazer, presented John Mulaney with an award for his special, Kid Gorgeous at Radio City. Mulaney shouted out each of his fellow nominees before sending a message to his wife, who was working in New York. "She was very busy," he explained, "And said to me, 'I just can't fly across the country to watch you lose.'"
Michael Che Presents the "Reparations Emmys"
Che decided to right some wrongs during this year’s awards show, sharing a hilarious, pre-taped sketch in which he handed out “Reparations Emmys” to legendary, yet overlooked black TV actors and actresses like The Jeffersons’ Marla Gibbs, Good Times’ Jimmie Walker, A Different World’s Kadeem Hardison, Martin’s Tichina Arnold, the legendary John Witherspoon, and Steve Urkel himself, Jaleel White. But where did he get the statuettes to hand out? “Let’s just say I stole it from Bill Cosby.”
Darren Criss Wins Outstanding Actor in a Limited Series or Movie
Darren Criss got a standing ovation from the cast of Queer Eye as he took to the stage to accept the Best Actor in a Limited Series award for The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story. "You guys are witnessing the most extraordinary moment of my life," he said after accepting the statuette from Larry David and Rachel Brosnahan. He saved thanking his fiancée for last, saying, "To my darling Mia, you roll the windows down and pump the music up in my life."
Regina King Wins Outstanding Actress in a Limited Series or Movie
RuPaul and Leslie Jones were thrilled to present the American Crime star with her award, even though King told the crowd that she was panicking moments earlier after getting lipstick on her stunning, lime green gown. “Thank you! This is amazing, I wanna curse right now,” King joked, before throwing a thank you to Jesus, as Che suggested during his monologue.
Betty White Honored as an Emmys Legend
Betty White is a legend, and at tonight's Emmys, she was treated as such. After a delightful introduction from Alec Baldwin and Kate McKinnon (the latter joked, "At 96 years old, she still thinks about all those Emmys she didn't win. And she's still bitter."), White took the stage to a standing ovation. "I'm just going to quit while I'm ahead," White joked and pretend to walk offstage. "It's incredible that I'm still in this business and you're still putting up with me."
Black Mirror’s 'USS Callister' Wins Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series, Movie or Dramatic Special
Bob Odenkirk and Aidy Bryant hilariously introduced Black Mirror’s latest Emmy win with some outstanding awards show patter, before presenting the award to William Bridges and Charlie Brooker. “What a delightful but horrifyingly out-of-body experience this is!” laughed Brooker, before paying tribute to Star Trek and The Twilight Zone as the series that inspired the winning episode “USS Callister.”
Jeff Daniels Wins Outstanding Supporting Actor in Limited Series or Movie
Constance Wu and Kit Harington passed off the statuette to Godless's Jeff Daniels, who along with his cast and crew, wife and family, thanked "the man who trained me on a horse" and his horse wrangler. "Little tip for you young actors. When they call and ask if you can ride a horse, don't die!" he grinned. "Finally, I'd like to thank my horse, Apollo. He was Jeff Bridges' horse in True Grit and I felt he was making unfair comparisons. Three times he threw me off the horse, the third time he broke my wrist.
Merritt Wever Wins Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie
Chrissy Teigen and John Legend paired up to present the award to Wever, whose speech was slightly longer than her 11-word walk-off when she won for Nurse Jackie back in 2013. “I really hope that you don’t mistake my fear right now for a lack of gratitude,” the actress told the crowd, before paying tribute to her Godless character: “Thank you for making space for me, and for Mary Agnes.”
Maya Rudolph and Fred Armisen Are the Hapless Emmy Experts
The Forever co-stars teamed up as the “Emmy experts” in recurring segments throughout the show. The only problem was, they didn’t really know anything about the Emmys at all. When Jost and Che asked for some facts about the Emmy statuette, the pair offered, “Well, it has a top. And it has a bottom.” Cue everyone calling for these two to host next year.
Bill Hader Wins Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series
Barry star and executive producer Bill Hader followed in co-star Henry Winkler’s footsteps when he took home the statuette for his starring turn on the dark HBO comedy. But Hader’s humble speech paid tribute to the show’s supporting cast and his early roots at the Second City theater. “I was taught to make other people look good, so what I did was I hired a bunch of really great actors that made me look good," he said.
Rachel Brosnahan Wins Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel's streak continues! Tiffany Haddish and Angela Bassett Wakanda Forever-ed each other before announcing Mrs. Maisel herself, Rachel Brosnahan, as the winner of Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series. "One of the most important ways we can find and use our voices is to vote," she concluded her speech. "Vote and show up and bring a friend to the polls!"
'The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel' Has a Major Emmys Moment
Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg introduced the Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series category with a bit in which Oh ripped the envelope in half, to which Samberg exclaimed, "Why'd you rip the envelope?" "I was in the moment!" she replied. "The winner is La La Land!"
The award went to The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel's Amy Sherman-Palladino, who had just left the stage after collecting the comedy writing award and returned (with jazz hands!) to quip, "My panic room is going to be so pretty!"
Alex Borstein Wins Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel's Alex Borstein -- who received the award from Tracy Morgan and Jimmy Kimmel -- stole the show before she'd even made it to the stage with a delightful outfit reveal as she got out of her seat. "I went without a bra!" she exclaimed from the stage, then used her "platform" to beg other women to not pee on the seat in public bathrooms.
Henry Winkler Wins Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Two of our most serious actors -- The Crown's Claire Foy and Matt Smith -- were on hand to award Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series to Barry's Henry Winkler. "I wrote this 43 years ago," he began, before thanking his cast and crew and his kids: "You can go to bed now. Daddy won!"
The Opening Monologue Becomes 'Monday Night Live'
5:15 PM: In their monologue, Colin Jost and Michael Che touched on all of the topics you'd expect, from hit series like This Is Us ("The next season explores Jack's experiences in Vietnam,"Jost joked, "which will answer viewers who wrote in and said, Sadder please.") and The Handmaid's Tale ("It's Roots for white women," Che quipped) to Roseanne ("Roseanne was canceled by herself, but then picked up by White Nationalists"). All the while, Chrissy Teigen remained the awards show gift that keeps on giving when the camera cut to her following a joke about cops and the BET Awards and she shrunk away and made a very Chrissy Teigen face.
The Emmys Sing About Solving All of Hollywood's Problems
The show kicked off with a kicky song-and-dance number from Kate McKinnon and Kenan Thompson about how this year boasts the most diverse group of nominees in Emmys history. "Yes, indeed-y! One step closer to a Black Sheldon," Thompson joked. "I'm going to say it, We solved it!"
"So, diversity is not a problem in Hollywood anymore?" McKinnon replied.
Thus kicked off the musical number that featured Kristen Bell, Sterling K. Brown, Ricky Martin, RuPaul and John Legend and touched on diversity ("There's room for all the voices, but mostly Shonda Rhimes") and the #MeToo movement ("Pat yourself on the back...but don't touch your neighbor!") and, of course, some shade for Roseanne.
EGOT and Tiegen-gate
Chrissy Teigen dropped a bombshell ahead of the Emmys -- announcing on Twitter that her last name is actually pronounced Tie-gen, not Tee-gen -- but had to skip out on interviews on the gold carpet due to losing her voice. (Instead, she blew kisses to those shouting the correct pronunciation of her surname.) Hubby John Legend, meanwhile, continued his celebration after EGOT-ing last weekend, telling ET, "It's a very special group of people to belong to...I never set out to do it."
Tiffany and the Technicolor Dreamcoat
No one makes an entrance quite like Tiffany Haddish, and it doesn't hurt that she is donning one of the most colorful dresses of the night. The custom Prabal Gurung gown is colored in honor of the Eritrean flag, but she joked to ET that it reminds her of that "parachute in first grade." As for the first thing she'll do after she takes the dress off: "Drop a deuce!" Haddish exclaimed. "Because pretty girls take poops."
Roll Out the Red Carpet
We're well into the Emmys gold carpet and ET's own Nancy O'Dell and Kevin Frazier have chatted with some of the biggest stars of the night: Ricky Martin reflected on his first Emmy nomination and the 20-year anniversary of "Livin' La Vida Loca," Justin Timberlake gushed over how proud he is of Jessica Biel and -- of course -- we talked happy crying with the cast of This Is Us. Click to ETonline.com for all of the interviews.