Emmy stars upstaged by surprise marriage proposal

For those who care, here are the results from the 70th annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Los Angeles’ Microsoft Theater, hosted by Colin Jost and Michael Che of “Saturday Night Live,” who opened the little-watched telecast with their classic “Weekend Update”-anchor delivery.

Amazon’s “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” was the big winner Monday in the comedy category, getting five awards, including best series. Amy Sherman-Palladino won for directing and writing, Rachel Brosnahan for lead actress and Alex Borstein for best supporting actress. “Barry” rounded out the comedy category, with Bill Hader winning for lead actor and Henry Winkler for supporting actor.

HBO’s long-running fantasy hit “Game of Thrones” won for best drama, and Peter Dinklage of the show won supporting actor honors. Claire Foy of “The Crown” won for lead actress; Matthew Rhys of “The Americans” for lead actor; Thandie Newton of “Westworld” for supporting actress, Stephen Daldry of “The Crown” for directing, and Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields of “The Americans” for writing.

“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” won for limited series, as did its lead actor Darren Criss and director Ryan Murphy. Other limited series honorees include: Regina King of “Seven Seconds” for lead actress, supporting actor and actress Jeff Daniels and Merritt Wever, both of “Godless”; and writers William Bridges and Charlie Brooker for the “USS Callister” episode of ”Black Mirror.”

“Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” won for variety talk series; “RuPaul’s Drag Race” for reality competition; and “John Mulaney: Kid Gorgeous At Radio City” for writing for a variety special.

Still, everyone was upstaged by Glenn Weiss, who got down on one knee and proposed to his girlfriend Jan Svendsen while accepting his award for directing for a variety special, the 2018 Academy Awards telecast. (Brosnahan also notably urged people to vote in the upcoming elections during her speech.)

Only two awards on the televised ceremony went to major broadcast networks (ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox). In addition to Weiss’ work on the Oscars show, which aired on ABC, NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” won for best variety sketch series.

Many media outlets noted that the telecast’s low ratings followed the same thing that happened with the Grammy and Oscars. People would rather watch clips of the awards shows online than sit through the whole thing in regular time.

In more banal news from the scene, the Hollywood Reporter’s style section declared that the evening’s “top 14 best earrings” were worn by Brosnahan, Foy, King, Newton, Angela Bassett, Cara Buono, Emilia Clarke, Poppy Delevingne, Dakota Fanning, Tiffany Haddish, Allison Janney, Scarlett Johansson, Kate McKinnon, and Samira Wiley.

— Staff, wire reports

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