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September 18, 2018

5 Moments That Deserved Their Own Award At The 2018 Emmys

Text by Sadaf Shaikh

From a sassy parody featuring a diverse cast to a surprise proposal, these episodes were as juicy as your favourite television shows

We solved it (but did they?)

The opening number from the night, ironically titled We solved it!, was a cheeky way of highlighting the continued lack of diversity in Hollywood even though this year’s edition was touted as the most inclusive one to have ever taken place. Featuring a stellar star cast that included Kate McKinnon, Kenan Thompson, Kristen Bell, Tituss Burgess, Sterling K. Brown, Ricky Martin, John Legend, and RuPaul — plus Andy Samberg, who discovered there was no place for a straight white guy in the performance, the satirical performance was a parody of the industry snags that were believed to have been dealt with, but clearly weren’t. That’s some great television right there.

A whole new world

In a move that saw the awards embrace modern media wholeheartedly, Amazon’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel became the first streaming series to win top Emmy comedy honours. Centered around the life of an unhappy 1950s homemaker liberated by stand-up comedy, the sitcom earned lead actress honours in a comedy show for star Rachel Brosnahan; Alex Borstein went home with the best supporting actor trophy, and the series creator Amy Sherman-Palladino nabbed writing and directing awards.

Love (and a proposal) is in the air

When Glenn Weiss began delivering his speech for winning the Emmy for outstanding directing for a variety special, his monologue took a turn that none of us were expecting. He earnestly confessed to his girlfriend Jan Svendsen, “You wonder why I don’t like to call you my girlfriend? Because I want to call you my wife.” Weiss made the proposal official by inviting Svendsen up to the stage, where he got down on one knee and said, “Jan, I want to put this ring that my mom wore, on your finger, in front of all these people and in front of my mom and your parents watching from above. Will you marry me?” Svendsen accepted to the sound of thunderous applause.

The Great Gadsby

Dealing openly with the sexism, homophobia, and assaults that Gadsby has dealt with in her own life, Nanette became a topic of conversation for all the right reasons earlier this year. So, it was quite natural for the Australian comedian-cum-writer to be greeted warmly when she went on stage to present the award for outstanding directing for a drama series. What was not expected was the furore it created on social media, clamouring for her to host the entire show next year, based on her one-minute bit. We think it had something to do with one of her lines: “Nobody knows what jokes are these days, especially men. That’s why I’m presenting alone.”

A golden moment for a golden girl

The Emmys are practically home to Betty White considering that the Golden Girls star has racked up 24 nominations since her first one in 1951, winning eight awards over the years. In her speech — that she had to wait to begin because the applause just wouldn’t die down — she said, “Little did I dream that I would be here and it’s incredible that I’m still in this business, and you are still putting up with me. Believe me, I’m thanking you. It’s incredible that you can stay in a career this long and still have people put up with you. I wish they did that at home.”

Meanwhile, we trained our sartorial lens on the red carpet to pick the most glamorous celebrities:

  • Allison Janney in Prabal Gurung, 70th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, Betty White, Emmys 2018, Fashion, Featured, Glenn Weiss, Hannah Gadsby, highlights, Jav Svendsen, Online Exclusive, Style, The Marvellous Mrs. Maisel, top moments, We solved it, Diversity
    Allison Janney in Prabal Gurung
  • Angela Sarafyan in Christian Siriano, 70th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, Betty White, Emmys 2018, Fashion, Featured, Glenn Weiss, Hannah Gadsby, highlights, Jav Svendsen, Online Exclusive, Style, The Marvellous Mrs. Maisel, top moments, We solved it, Diversity
    Angela Sarafyan in Christian Siriano
  • Chrissy Teigen in Zuhair Murad Couture with John Legend, 70th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, Betty White, Emmys 2018, Fashion, Featured, Glenn Weiss, Hannah Gadsby, highlights, Jav Svendsen, Online Exclusive, Style, The Marvellous Mrs. Maisel, top moments, We solved it, Diversity
    Chrissy Teigen in Zuhair Murad Couture with John Legend
  • Claire Foy in Calvin Klein by Appointment, 70th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, Betty White, Emmys 2018, Fashion, Featured, Glenn Weiss, Hannah Gadsby, highlights, Jav Svendsen, Online Exclusive, Style, The Marvellous Mrs. Maisel, top moments, We solved it, Diversity
    Claire Foy in Calvin Klein by Appointment
  • Constance Wu in Jason Wu, 70th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, Betty White, Emmys 2018, Fashion, Featured, Glenn Weiss, Hannah Gadsby, highlights, Jav Svendsen, Online Exclusive, Style, The Marvellous Mrs. Maisel, top moments, We solved it, Diversity
    Constance Wu in Jason Wu
  • Emilia Clarke in Christian Dior Haute Couture, 70th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, Betty White, Emmys 2018, Fashion, Featured, Glenn Weiss, Hannah Gadsby, highlights, Jav Svendsen, Online Exclusive, Style, The Marvellous Mrs. Maisel, top moments, We solved it, Diversity
    Emilia Clarke in Christian Dior Haute Couture
  • Evan Rachel Wood in Altuzarra, 70th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, Betty White, Emmys 2018, Fashion, Featured, Glenn Weiss, Hannah Gadsby, highlights, Jav Svendsen, Online Exclusive, Style, The Marvellous Mrs. Maisel, top moments, We solved it, Diversity
    Evan Rachel Wood in Altuzarra
  • Issa Rae in Vera Wang, 70th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, Betty White, Emmys 2018, Fashion, Featured, Glenn Weiss, Hannah Gadsby, highlights, Jav Svendsen, Online Exclusive, Style, The Marvellous Mrs. Maisel, top moments, We solved it, Diversity
    Issa Rae in Vera Wang
  • Jessica Biel in Ralph and Russo Couture with Justin Timberlake, 70th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, Betty White, Emmys 2018, Fashion, Featured, Glenn Weiss, Hannah Gadsby, highlights, Jav Svendsen, Online Exclusive, Style, The Marvellous Mrs. Maisel, top moments, We solved it, Diversity
    Jessica Biel in Ralph and Russo Couture with Justin Timberlake
  • Joey King in Zac Posen with Zac Posen, 70th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, Betty White, Emmys 2018, Fashion, Featured, Glenn Weiss, Hannah Gadsby, highlights, Jav Svendsen, Online Exclusive, Style, The Marvellous Mrs. Maisel, top moments, We solved it, Diversity
    Joey King in Zac Posen with Zac Posen
  • Leslie Jones in Christian Siriano, 70th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, Betty White, Emmys 2018, Fashion, Featured, Glenn Weiss, Hannah Gadsby, highlights, Jav Svendsen, Online Exclusive, Style, The Marvellous Mrs. Maisel, top moments, We solved it, Diversity
    Leslie Jones in Christian Siriano
  • Mandy Moore in Rodarte, 70th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, Betty White, Emmys 2018, Fashion, Featured, Glenn Weiss, Hannah Gadsby, highlights, Jav Svendsen, Online Exclusive, Style, The Marvellous Mrs. Maisel, top moments, We solved it, Diversity
    Mandy Moore in Rodarte
  • Michelle Dockery in Carolina Herrera, 70th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, Betty White, Emmys 2018, Fashion, Featured, Glenn Weiss, Hannah Gadsby, highlights, Jav Svendsen, Online Exclusive, Style, The Marvellous Mrs. Maisel, top moments, We solved it, Diversity
    Michelle Dockery in Carolina Herrera
  • Millie Bobby Brown in Calvin Klein by Appointment, 70th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, Betty White, Emmys 2018, Fashion, Featured, Glenn Weiss, Hannah Gadsby, highlights, Jav Svendsen, Online Exclusive, Style, The Marvellous Mrs. Maisel, top moments, We solved it, Diversity
    Millie Bobby Brown in Calvin Klein by Appointment
  • Padma Lakshmi in J. Mendel, 70th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, Betty White, Emmys 2018, Fashion, Featured, Glenn Weiss, Hannah Gadsby, highlights, Jav Svendsen, Online Exclusive, Style, The Marvellous Mrs. Maisel, top moments, We solved it, Diversity
    Padma Lakshmi in J. Mendel
  • Penelope Cruz in Chanel Haute Couture, 70th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, Betty White, Emmys 2018, Fashion, Featured, Glenn Weiss, Hannah Gadsby, highlights, Jav Svendsen, Online Exclusive, Style, The Marvellous Mrs. Maisel, top moments, We solved it, Diversity
    Penelope Cruz in Chanel Haute Couture
  • Rachel Brosnahan in Oscar de la Renta, 70th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, Betty White, Emmys 2018, Fashion, Featured, Glenn Weiss, Hannah Gadsby, highlights, Jav Svendsen, Online Exclusive, Style, The Marvellous Mrs. Maisel, top moments, We solved it, Diversity
    Rachel Brosnahan in Oscar de la Renta
  • Regina King in Christian Siriano, 70th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, Betty White, Emmys 2018, Fashion, Featured, Glenn Weiss, Hannah Gadsby, highlights, Jav Svendsen, Online Exclusive, Style, The Marvellous Mrs. Maisel, top moments, We solved it, Diversity
    Regina King in Christian Siriano
  • Samira Wiley in Jenny Packham, 70th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, Betty White, Emmys 2018, Fashion, Featured, Glenn Weiss, Hannah Gadsby, highlights, Jav Svendsen, Online Exclusive, Style, The Marvellous Mrs. Maisel, top moments, We solved it, Diversity
    Samira Wiley in Jenny Packham
  • Sandra Oh in Ralph And Russo Couture, 70th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, Betty White, Emmys 2018, Fashion, Featured, Glenn Weiss, Hannah Gadsby, highlights, Jav Svendsen, Online Exclusive, Style, The Marvellous Mrs. Maisel, top moments, We solved it, Diversity
    Sandra Oh in Ralph And Russo Couture
  • Sarah Paulson in Oscar de la Renta, 70th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, Betty White, Emmys 2018, Fashion, Featured, Glenn Weiss, Hannah Gadsby, highlights, Jav Svendsen, Online Exclusive, Style, The Marvellous Mrs. Maisel, top moments, We solved it, Diversity
    Sarah Paulson in Oscar de la Renta
  • Thandie Newton in Brandon Maxwell, 70th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, Betty White, Emmys 2018, Fashion, Featured, Glenn Weiss, Hannah Gadsby, highlights, Jav Svendsen, Online Exclusive, Style, The Marvellous Mrs. Maisel, top moments, We solved it, Diversity
    Thandie Newton in Brandon Maxwell
  • Tiffany Haddish in Atelier Prabal Gurung, 70th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, Betty White, Emmys 2018, Fashion, Featured, Glenn Weiss, Hannah Gadsby, highlights, Jav Svendsen, Online Exclusive, Style, The Marvellous Mrs. Maisel, top moments, We solved it, Diversity
    Tiffany Haddish in Atelier Prabal Gurung
  • Tracee Ellis Ross in Valentino Haute Couture, 70th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, Betty White, Emmys 2018, Fashion, Featured, Glenn Weiss, Hannah Gadsby, highlights, Jav Svendsen, Online Exclusive, Style, The Marvellous Mrs. Maisel, top moments, We solved it, Diversity
    Tracee Ellis Ross in Valentino Haute Couture
  • Vanessa Kirby in Tom Ford, 70th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, Betty White, Emmys 2018, Fashion, Featured, Glenn Weiss, Hannah Gadsby, highlights, Jav Svendsen, Online Exclusive, Style, The Marvellous Mrs. Maisel, top moments, We solved it, Diversity
    Vanessa Kirby in Tom Ford
  • Yara Shahidi in Gucci, 70th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, Betty White, Emmys 2018, Fashion, Featured, Glenn Weiss, Hannah Gadsby, highlights, Jav Svendsen, Online Exclusive, Style, The Marvellous Mrs. Maisel, top moments, We solved it, Diversity
    Yara Shahidi in Gucci

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