A director, familiar with live broadcasts, stole the night Monday when he proposed to his girlfriend on the Emmys.
Glenn Weiss, winning for directing the Oscars, surprised the crowd and got much more acceptance time than others might.
Betty White, at 96, held her own, too, and a host of streaming service winners made the 70th edition with as many ups and downs as a regular episode of “Saturday Night Live.”
Interestingly, the show was produced by Lorne Michaels and hosted by the Update hosts, Michael Che and Colin Jost. The best monologue joke: “The Handmaid’s Tale” is “Roots” for white women.
Among the surprises: Regina King and Meritt Wever winning in the Limited Series/Movie acting categories. King (from “Seven Seconds”) and Wever (“Godless”) were shocked, too.
When the night got off to a big start for “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (Actress, Supporting Actress, Writing and Directing), it looked like viewers were going to need to get AmazonPrime memberships. (It got Best Comedy, too, resulting in the biggest sweep of the night.)
When Bill Hader won Best Actor (for “Barry”), he was congratulated by what looked like Teddy Perkins, a character Donald Glover played in “Atlanta.” Since Glover didn’t repeat (he won last year), it might have been a risk that didn’t pay off. (Observers are still split over who that really was – Glover or a lookalike.)
Among the great wins: Henry Winkler, who won Best Supporting Actor for “Barry.” It was his first primetime Emmy, even though he was nominated numerous times for playing Fonzie on “Happy Days.” He was as excited as the crowd.
While the SNL crowd showed up throughout the ceremony (some shouldn’t have), the bits were mere filler. The only good one: a “Reparation Emmy” bit in which Che handed Emmys to stars from the past, including Marla Gibbs and Jimmie Walker. The opening number saluted diversity, but the performers were largely from NBC’s stable.
For a network like NBC, which aired the event, the show probably prompted thoughts of adding a “popular” category, particularly since cable and streaming services dominated the wins.
Among the notable achievements:
• Amy Sherman-Palladino, who created “Mrs. Maisel” and, earlier, “The Gilmore Girls,” won three trophies – director, writer and series, which is a first for a female showrunner.
• “The Assassination of Gianni Versace” won Best Limited Series, Best Actor (Darren Criss) and Best Director, giving producer Ryan Murphy a stranglehold on the category.
• Broadcast networks only won Best Sketch Series (“Saturday Night Live”) and Directing (“The Oscars”).
- Alex Borstein is a double winner. She got Best Supporting Actress for "Mrs. Maisel" and Best Voiceover for her role in "Family Guy."