2018 Emmy Awards: “Game of Thrones” and “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” win big

Emmy Awards

TV’s biggest night is here. Colin Jost and Michael Che of “Saturday Night Live” hosted the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles


“Game of Thrones” and “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” won big, picking up outstanding drama series and outstanding comedy series, respectively.

Here’s the list of winners from the show.

Read updates as they happened Monday night.

  • 11:00 p.m.: Kenan Thompson presented the final award of the night: the Emmy for outstanding drama series. “Game of Thrones” won the Emmy.

    D.B. Weiss accepted the award with the show’s cast and crew, who said, “The show cannot be without the mad genius of George [R.R. Martin].” David Benioff said, “We are blessed and lucky to have the greatest cast, the greatest crew and the greatest team of producers.”

  • “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” wins outstanding comedy series

    10:52 p.m.: A very out-of-breath Will Ferrell took the stage.

    “The walk to this stage is endless,” he said, panting. “It looks much shorter on television. These were not the shoes to do it in, either.”

    He presented the Emmy for outstanding comedy series, which went to “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.” Producer Daniel Palladino — husband of writer and director Amy Sherman-Palladino — accepted the award on behalf of the show. His wife, and the show’s cast members and crew joined him on stage to accept the award.

  • 10:46 p.m.: Eric Bana and Connie Britton presented the award for outstanding variety talk series, which went to “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.” Oliver joked that every year he flies out the staff to attend the show, but puts them in the worst seats in the house “to send them a mixed message.” He thanked the show’s staff and his wife, who he called his personal backbone. He also thanked his children, including his toddler son, who he said hates the show and prefers “Paw Patrol.”

    Ben Stiller, Patricia Arquette and Benicio Del Toro took the stage to present outstanding limited series. After Stiller and Arquette talked about their work as actors, Del Toro said, “We kill and we will kill again.” Stiller asked, “What’s that?” and Del Toro said, “I said what Patricia said.”

    The award went to “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story.” Creator Ryan Murphy held star Penelope Cruz’s hand as he walked on stage with his cast and crew.

    Murphy said about his show, “It’s about homophobia, internalized and externalized … One out of every four LGBTQ people in this country will be the victim of a hate crime. We dedicate this award to awareness, to stricter hate crime laws and mostly this award is to Gianni [Versace] and Jeff [Trail] and David [Madsen].” Versace, Trail and Madsen were all murdered by spree killer Andrew Cunanan.

  • 10:33 p.m.: Cartoon characters Rick and Morty presented outstanding reality-competition program, which went to “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” RuPaul said, “I would like to thank on behalf of the 140 drag queens we have released into the wild … ” before thanking all of his colleagues.

    RuPaul closed off by saying, “To all of the dreamers out there, listen, if you can’t love yourself, how in the hell you gonna love somebody else? Can I get an amen for that?”

    Dave Chappelle and Neal Brennan presented the award for outstanding variety sketch series.

    Brennan joked, “Everyone in this room has emotional wounds that no amount of money or prizes could ever fix.”

    “Here’s to the Emmy-sized holes in your stomachs,” said Chappelle before announcing that “Saturday Night Live” won the award.

    Lorne Michaels and the cast of “Saturday Night Live” took the stage and Michaels pointed out that in 1975, when “Saturday Night Live” was first on air, newspapers claimed the networks would soon shut down.

    “And here we are,” he said.

  • 10:23 p.m.: Haima Washington, president of the Television Academy, talked about celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Emmys. He asked viewers to try to imagine being at the first Emmys in 1949 and said, “We are more diverse, inclusive and dedicated to telling stories that represent all of us in 2018.”

    Washington introduced a reel of Emmy moments in history that included clips of Lucille Ball, Candice Bergen and Carol Burnett speaking. Washington talked about the Television Academy’s internship program and introduced the audience to the interns present to hand out trophies at the awards show.

    Jost and Che introduced the accountants of Ernst & Young, who help safeguard the voting process. The accountants were eating pizza with Rudolph and Armisen.

  • Claire Foy wins lead actress in a drama series

    10:15 p.m.: Sarah Paulson presented the award for outstanding lead actress in a drama series, which went to Claire Foy for her role on “The Crown.”

    Foy said, “This wasn’t supposed to happen. I just felt so proud then of being in the company of such extraordinary performances.” Foy gave a shoutout to Sandra Oh in particular. She also dedicated her award to co-star Matt Smith.

    Jost took a moment to acknowledge the people of North and South Carolina, and Virginia, who are beginning to rebuild after Hurricane Florence. He urged viewers to donate to relief efforts.

  • Matthew Rhys wins lead actor in a drama series

    10:11 p.m.: The fab five from “Queer Eye” — Bobby Berk, Karamo Brown, Tan France, Antoni Porowski and Jonathan Van Ness — took the stage to present outstanding lead actor in a drama series, but not before giving all of their characters some style advice. Matthew Rhys won the award for his work on “The Americans.”

    “Joe Weisberg — parts like these come along so rarely, what you created and risked, I will be forever in your debt,” he said. Rhys closed off his speech by thanking his co-star and partner, Keri Russell. He revealed that Russell, with whom he shares a child, told him that she would punch him if he proposed on stage.

  • 10:04 p.m.: Jost congratulated Peter Dinklage on his award and said he was a big “Game of Thrones” fan. Jost quipped, “I’m so happy that he didn’t start his speech, then wait a year and a half to finish it.”

    Gina Rodriguez and Lil Rel Howery took the stage to present outstanding writer for a drama series, which went to Joel Fields and Joe Weisberg for “The Americans.”

    Hannah Gadsby of “Nanette” presented the award for outstanding directing for a drama series. The award went to Stephen Daldry for “The Crown.” Daldry could not be there to accept the award; Gadsby joked, “Probably because of me,” and saw herself off the stage.

  • Thandie Newton wins outstanding supporting actress in a drama series

    9:54 p.m.: “The Handmaid’s Tale” stars Elisabeth Moss and Samira Wiley presented outstanding supporting actress in a drama series, which went to Thandie Newton for her role in “Westworld.”

    Newton said, “I don’t even believe in God, but I’m going to thank her tonight. I am so blessed. I’m so blessed. Without this I am even [expletive],” as she covered her mouth.

  • Peter Dinklage wins outstanding supporting actor in a drama series

    9:51 p.m.: Che and Jost returned to the stage.

    “There are so many guys who didn’t win with engagement rings in their pockets right now,” said Jost. They decided to quiz Rudolph and Armisen, who were stuffing their mouths with salad, again.

    “Has there ever been a tie at the Emmys?” asked Che.

    “Yeah, you’re wearing one,” retorted Rudolph. “Thank you and goodnight.”

    Che and Jost introduced the next category, outstanding supporting actor in a drama series.

    Samantha Bee and Taraji P. Henson took the stage to present the award. Henson asked Bee what her favorite drama was, and Bee said she had been watching a very dark, terrifying drama: “The news.”

    They announced that Peter Dinklage won the award for “Game of Thrones.” He said thanks to the show’s creators, “I can’t walk down the street anymore.” He thanked his wife and admitted that he forgot to thank her the last time he won an Emmy, and thanked her for putting up with him. He also thanked author George R. R. Martin, who was in the audience.

  • In memoriam

    9:43 p.m.: Tina Fey took the stage to introduce the in memoriam segment of the Emmys and said, “To work in TV is a privilege … We challenge your assumptions. We gently deliver bad news. We feel a responsibility to always tell you the truth. It’s understandable to feel that when someone from our favorite show has passed away, we’ve lost a friend.”

    The video opened with Aretha Franklin singing “Amazing Grace.” The montage showed TV personalities including Anthony Bourdain, Della Reese, Reg. E. Cathey, Jim Nabors, John Mahoney, David Cassidy, Hugh Hefner, Mitzi Shore, Neil Simon, Burt Reynolds, John McCain and others. The tribute closed with more video of Franklin.

  • An Emmys proposal

    9:35 p.m.: Ron Cephas Jones and Sterling K. Brown of “This is Us” took the stage to present the Emmy for directing for a variety special. Cephas Jones tested out some dad jokes before announcing that the Emmy went to Glenn Weiss for “The Oscars.”

    Weiss took the stage and said his win was bittersweet because his mother passed away two weeks ago. Weiss also said that his mother loved his girlfriend; then the director said to his girlfriend, who was in the audience, “You wonder why I don’t like to call you my girlfriend? Because I want to call you my wife.”

    As everyone cheered he said, “Hey, I didn’t ask yet!” Weiss’s girlfriend walked from her seat to the stage, where Weiss presented her with his mother’s ring, promised from his father decades ago.

    Weiss said he wanted his girlfriend to wear his mother’s ring with everyone watching at home, and “with our parents watching from above.” She said yes and put on the ring as the two hugged and kissed.

  • Che hands out “Reparation Emmys”

    9:29 p.m.: Che talked about how black comedians have been overlooked in history and presented a video called “The Reparations Emmys,” in which he presented Reparations Emmys to actors like Marla Gibbs of “The Jeffersons,” Kadeem Hardison of “A Different World” and John Witherspoon from “The Wayans Brothers” and the “Friday” movies. Che claimed that the Emmys were the awards taken back from Bill Cosby.

    Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer of “The Broad City” presented outstanding writing for a variety special.

    “What a lot of people don’t know is that in real life, I’m Abbi’s father,” claimed Glazer. Jacosbon looked uncomfortable and coughed before the two announced that John Mulaney won the award for “Kid Gorgeous at Radio City.” Mulaney said he shared the award with all the other nominees and thanked them for making him laugh. He also thanked his wife, who he said told him she couldn’t fly all the way across the country “to watch you lose.” He said he still thinks she made the right decision.

  • Regina King wins best lead actress in a limited series or movie

    9:19 p.m.: RuPaul and Leslie Jones presented the award for outstanding lead actress in a limited series or movie, which went to Regina King for “Seven Seconds.”

    King inhaled and exhaled and said, “Really?” as she faced the audience. She admitted that she dropped her lipstick because she was so surprised.

    “I wasn’t really expecting this, but I am so grateful,” she said, before thanking her cast mates and crew.

    She also said, “Thank you, Jesus — Michael Che,” a callback to Che’s claim that only black actors and reformed drug addicts thank Jesus at the Emmys.

    Larry David and Rachel Brosnahan took the stage, and David, who looked uncomfortable said, “I can’t do it. I can’t do the banter.” Brosnahan gave him a strained look, and announced that Darren Criss was the winner of outstanding lead actor in a limited series or movie.

    Criss said it was an incredible moment for him, and thanked Murphy for believing him. The actor, who played Gianni Versace’s killer Andrew Cunanan, thanked his family for raising him with so much love, pointing out that his character did not have the same upbringing.

  • Ryan Murphy wins best directing in a limited series

    9:11 p.m.: Alec Baldwin and Kate McKinnon took the stage to talk about Emmy history, and said the first show was in 1949. Baldwin joked that the TV industry decided to celebrate itself after a year on air. The two applauded the accomplishments of Betty White, who has eight Emmy wins under her belt. McKinnon claimed White still thinks about all of the Emmys she didn’t win, though: “She’s still bitter.” White walked onto the stage as the audience gave her a standing ovation.

    White said, “Thank you. I’m just going to quit while I’m ahead!”

    The actress said that someone referred to her as the “first lady of television,” and she was flattered, but then realized that the woman meant she was the first lady on television. “She said, ‘She’s that old!'” joked White.

    “It’s incredible that I’m still in this business, and you are still putting up with me,” she said.

    White thanked “Saturday Night Live” producer Lorne Michaels, who is also producing this year’s Emmys.

    James Corden took the stage to present best directing in a limited series, movie or dramatic series.

    “Betty White. Last night she broke up a fight between Tom Arnold and Mark Burnett. She never stops,” joked Corden.

    The award went to Ryan Murphy for “The Man Who Would Be Vogue” from “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story.” He thanked his colleagues, and gave a special thanks to the women in his life.

  • Jeff Daniels wins best supporting actor in a limited series

    9:00 p.m.: Kit Harington and Constance Wu presented the award for best supporting actor in a limited series. The award went to Jeff Daniels for “Godless.”

    The actor thanked his horseback riding instructor and his horse wrangler, among other colleagues. He advised other actors not to lie about knowing how to ride. He thanked his horse from the show, Apollo, as well, “He was Jeff Bridges’ horse on ‘True Grit’ and I felt he was making unfair comparisons,” he joked. Daniels revealed that he was thrown from the horse and injured his wrist. He held up the Emmy with his left hand and said it was now healed.

    Aidy Bryant and Bob Odenkirk took the stage to present the award for outstanding writing for a limited series, movie or dramatic special, which went to Charlie Brooker and William Bridges for “U.S.S. Callister (Black Mirror).”

    Brooker said he owed thanks to “Star Trek” and “The Twilight Zone” for inspiration for the episode.

  • Merrit Wever wins best supporting actress in a limited series

    8:52 p.m.: Jost and Che returned to the stage, and invited Maya Rudolph and Fred Armisen to join them. Jost and Che said that Rudolph and Armisen were Emmy experts.

    “You guys must know a lot about the Emmys, right?” Che asked Rudolph. Rudolph and Armisen made uncomfortable faces, but then claimed they were “over-prepared.”

    John Legend and Chrissy Teigen took the stage to present supporting actress in a limited series. Legend said that it had been an incredible week for them, and Teigen told him to stop bragging about his newly won EGOT.

    “I was talking about my anniversary,” Legend responded.

    The award went to Merritt Wever for “Godless,” who admitted she was very nervous and would thank her colleagues and family members in person later.

    “I really hope you don’t mistake my fear right now for a lack of gratitude,” she said.

    Che and Jost returned to ask Rudolph and Armisen about the history about the Emmy Statuette.

    Armisen said, “It’s got a top, and it’s got a bottom.”

    Rudolph said, “Yup, and that’s its history.”

  • Bill Hader wins lead actor in a comedy

    8:43 p.m.: Michael Douglas presented the award for lead actor in a comedy and offered some advice for

    the losers: “Carry that rage. Let it fuel everything you do from this night forward. Know that you were cheated. You were robbed. That’s a fact. Let that fire burn in your belly until your cold, dead body is in a pine box, six feet deep, clutching all its Emmys to its chest.” Then he announced that Bill Hader won the award for “Barry.”

    Hader said, “I took classes at Second City L.A. and I was taught there that you should always make other people look good, so I did that and hired a bunch of actors that make me look really good,” before thanking his cast mates.

  • Rachel Brosnahan wins lead actress in a comedy

    8:38 p.m.: Angela Bassett and Tiffany Haddish presented lead actress in a comedy, and Bassett pointed out that Haddish had had a big year. Haddish responded, “I have … but I’m standing here with Angela Bassett.” The two gave each other a Wakanda salute.

    Bassett then announced that Rachel Brosnahan was the winner of the category for “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.” After thanking her colleagues, Brosnahan said, “One of the things I love most about this show is it’s about a woman who’s finding her voice anew. It’s something that’s happening all over the country … One of the ways you can do that is to vote … If you haven’t already registered, do it on your cellphone right now.”

  • Amy Sherman-Palladino wins two awards

    8:31 p.m.: Amy Sherman-Palladino won the Emmy for writing for a comedy.

    She took the stage and gestured toward the carpet on the theater’s floor and said, “Whoever put that carpet down hates women. Time’s Up!” She thanked her “Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” colleagues and her family.

    Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg presented the award for best director of a comedy, which went to Sherman-Palladino, her second award of the night.

    “My panic room is going to be so pretty!” she joked, holding her two Emmys.

  • Alex Borstein wins best supporting actress in a comedy

    8:26 p.m.: Jimmy Kimmel and Tracy Morgan presented supporting actress in a comedy. Kimmel said that Che and Jost were doing a great job, then Kimmel gestured toward himself and Morgan and said, “This is what they’re going to look like in 30 years.”

    Alex Borstein won the award for her work in “Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” and pretend to strip off her dress — instead, she merely took off a matching bolero from the top of her outfit, then told everyone she had gone braless. Borstein had a public service announcement before thanking her colleagues and family.

    “Ladies when you use the public bathroom, sit down. If you sit, we can all sit,” she said.

  • Colin Jost and Michael Che deliver opening monologue

    8:17 p.m.: Hosts Colin Jost and Michael Che took the stage for their monologue. Che joked that the Emmys are a night to celebrate “the many many people in Hollywood who haven’t been caught yet.”

    Jost pointed out that this year, people are allowed to drink at the Emmy Awards and deadpanned that the one thing Hollywood actors need is to “lose their inhibitions at a work function.”

    Che and Jost talked about how NBC had the most nominations of the networks, but Che claimed that it was “kind of like being the sexiest person on life support.”

    The two also talked about how Netflix had the most nominations, which they claimed was one of the scariest things a network executive could hear — except that “Ronan Farrow is on the line.”

    The “SNL” writers talked about a few of the nominated TV shows, including “black-ish.” Che joked, “‘black-ish’ is also how I’ve been asked to behave tonight.”

    Che and Jost talked about shows that have been canceled but then rescued by other networks, like “Brooklyn 99.”

    Jost said, “‘Roseanne’ was canceled by herself, but picked up by white nationalists,” referring to the controversy over Roseanne Barr’s firing from ABC. Jost and Che praised Laurie Metcalf for snagging a nomination for her work on the show in spite of the drama.

    Che and Jost continued to riff on TV’s diversity problem, pointing out that “ER” never had any Filipino nurses and “Cheers” never had a black man who walked into the bar and walked right out. They jokingly claimed that “Atlanta” has an all-white reboot in the works, as well.

    Che claimed that his mother was not watching the Emmys because she didn’t like that people “don’t thank Jesus” during the show. Che added that black actors thank Jesus, and “former crackheads.”

    Che and Jost introduced the award for outstanding supporting actor in a comedy series. “The Crown” stars Matt Smith and Claire Foy presented the award, which went to Henry Winkler for his work on “Barry.”

    “I only have 37 seconds; I wrote this 43 years ago,” joked Winkler. “Can I just say, Skip Brittenham said to me a long time ago, ‘If you stay long enough, the chips come to you.’ ” Winkler went on to thank his colleagues and loved ones in an exuberant acceptance speech.

  • “We Solved It”

    8:08 p.m.: Kate McKinnon and Kenan Thompson opened the Emmy Awards arm in arm.

    “This year’s Emmy Awards has the most diverse group of nominees in Emmy history,” said Thompson. “Yes indeedy. One step closer to a black ‘Sheldon.’ I’m going to go ahead and say it. We solved it.”

    “Diversity is not a problem in Hollywood anymore?” asked McKinnon.

    “Nope, we solved it,” said Thompson just before the pair broke into song.

    “We solved it. We’ve gotten with the times … You’re welcome Asian people we gave you that one show. And who can forget the amazing Sandra Oh?”Sandra Oh waved from the audience.

    “You see, there were none. And now there’s one,” sang Thompson.

    “So we’re done,” said McKinnon.

    Kristen Bell and Tituss Burgess joined Thompson and McKinnon on stage to sing about how the #MeToo movement has also been “solved” and sang, “We solved it.”

    Sterling K. Brown joined just before Ricky Martin took the stage and sang, “You haven’t solved it. This song is way too white.”

    Burgess asked if Roseanne Barr would be joining them, while the others shushed him. Andy Samberg descended from the ceiling and asked if he, as a straight white male could join the song.

    “You can’t be a part of this,” McKinnon said.

    RuPaul brought a telephone on stage and gave the receiver to Thompson, who listened and said, “You mean we haven’t solved it?”

    John Legend and dozens of dancers joined the group on stage to close off the song.

  • Sandra Oh on her historic nomination

    7:58 p.m.: Sandra Oh says she’s grateful for her historic Emmy nomination for best lead actress in a drama series, but she said she doesn’t mind being patient. Oh talked about being the first Asian actor nominated for a lead actress category.

    “Images are extremely important to culture, and being a part of that image making, I take a great responsibility, and I’m very grateful for my job to be able to do so. I hope that the wave continues and we see real change,” she told ET. “But it’s also [important] to be patient, you know what I mean? Because change is slow and I don’t want people to ever give up on it.”

    Oh continued, “We can talk about how long it is, but change does take a long time, so the more that we talk about it, the more that we have opportunities to be in front of an audience, to say, ‘Hey, we’re a part of culture too,’ I think just the better.”

  • Jessica Biel on her nomination

    7:57 p.m.: Jessica Biel, who is nominated for best lead actress in a limited series or movie says she’s “floating” over her Emmy nod.

    “It feels amazing, it’s like a dream,” Biel told ET on the red carpet. “Who knows if this will ever happen again, so I’m trying to enjoy every moment of it. I feel like I’m floating along and smiling a lot. My cheeks hurt a lot.”

    Justin Timberlake gushed about his wife to ET.

    “I’m just so proud,” he said. “I know how hard she worked, you know, not just as a lead actress, but also a producer … I’m just so happy to be here.”

  • Stars hit the red carpet

    7:14 p.m.: Celebrities are arriving on the red carpet, including Tina Fey, creator of “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.” Emmys co-host Colin Jost’s girlfriend, Scarlett Johansson, kept her boyfriend company on the red carpet.

  • Emmy co-hosts Colin Jost (L) and Michael Che arrive for the 70th Emmy Awards at the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles on September 17, 2018. VALERIE MACON /AFP/GETTY IMAGES

    The hosts, Colin Jost and Michael Che, have arrived on the Emmys red carpet. Jost and Che are head writers on NBC’s long-running sketch comedy show and perform as the anchors of the weekly “Weekend News” segment.

  • Sandra Oh stars in “Killing Eve.” SOPHIE MUTEVELIAN/BBC AMERICA

    Sandra Oh made history when she became the first Asian actress to be nominated for a leading role. She would have been the first Asian actress to win for a leading role for her portrayal of MI-5 officer Eve Polastri the BBC series, “Killing Eve,” but Claire Foy won the award for outstanding lead actress in a drama for “The Crown” instead.


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