Emmy Awards 2018: A Quick Recap

HBO, which has dominated the Primetime Emmy Awards for almost two decades, had to share the honors with Netflix, this time around, with 23 awards each – here’s a brief recap of the rather lackluster show and the full list of the nominees and winners

Emmy Awards 2018: A Quick Recap

It was SNL’s Kate McKinnon and Kenan Thompson, instead of hosts Colin Jost and Michael Che, who kicked off the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards, Monday night, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California, to honor the best in U.S. prime time television between June 2017 and May 2018.

“Tonight is a celebration of the hard work and the talent of everyone in this room,” McKinnon opened, which was all good, but in the next few lines spoken by the duo came the word “diversity” that would be repeated ad nauseam over the course of the entire show.

“We’re also celebrating the fact that this year’s Emmy Awards has the most diverse group of nominees in Emmy history,” said the tuxedoed Thomson.

I’m going to go ahead and say it. We solved it,” he said – the “it” obviously referring to “diversity.”

Not to be outdone in the use of the word, McKinnon asked, “Seriously? So, diversity is not a problem in Hollywood anymore?”

With that, the pair got into a “We solved it” song and dance act and were soon joined onstage by a procession of performers, including Kristen Bell, Tituss Burgess, Ricky Martin, John Legend, RuPaul, and Sterling K. Brown.

Oh yes, there was a straight white man representation, too, in the form of Andy Samberg, albeit for a brief moment, as he had to make way for a troop of dancers.

Hosts Colin Jost and Michael Che’s opening monologue was, well, as flat and boring as a monologue can be, although they did elicit a few laughs, here and there, with some well-directed barbs at NBC, which ran the show Monday night, and also at Emmy’s depleting viewership.

“We just want to say a quick hello to the thousands of you here in the audience tonight, and to the hundreds watching at home,” Jost jested.

“Our network NBC has the most nominations of any broadcast network, which is kind of being like the sexiest person on life support, it’s not great,” said Che.

The Emmys have historically rated low in the popularity graph as compared to some of the other awards we know of.

Esquire’s Tyler Coates hits the nail on the head when he says that “the Emmys make for a strange award show,” lacking the allure of the Oscars, the performances variety of the Grammys, the headiness of the Golden Globes, and so on.

Here’s what he wrote in his piece entitled, “The Emmys Quickly Became the Butt of Its Own Joke.”

“The Emmys make for a strange award show. They lack the glamour of the Oscars, even if more and more A-list actors are flocking to the small screen. There’s also fewer opportunities for celebratory performances, as with the Grammys; other than the silly opening number, there were no musical sequences. It lacks the drunken perkiness of the Golden Globes or the wacky camp of the Tonys. The Emmys, devoted solely to the production of television, is fairly stoic. You have to rely on the show’s emcee to lighten the mood.”

Here’s the full nominees and winners list

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
o Louie Anderson,” Baskets”
o Alec Baldwin, “Saturday Night Live”
o Tituss Burgess, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”
o Brian Tyree Henry, “Atlanta”
o Tony Shalhoub, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”
o Kenan Thompson, “Saturday Night Live”
o HENRY WINKLER, “BARRY” (WINNER)

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
o Zazie Beetz, “Atlanta”
o ALEX BORSTEIN, “THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL” (WINNER)
o Aidy Bryant, “Saturday Night Live”
o Betty Gilpin, “GLOW”
o Leslie Jones, “Saturday Night Live”
o Kate McKinnon, “Saturday Night Live”
o Laurie Metcalf, “Roseanne”
o Megan Mullally, “Will & Grace”

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A LIMITED SERIES OR TV MOVIE
o Antonio Banderas, “Genius: Picasso”
o DARREN CRISS, “THE ASSASSINATION OF GIANNI VERSACE: AMERICAN CRIME STORY” (WINNER)
o Benedict Cumberbatch, “Patrick Melrose”
o Jeff Daniels, “The Looming Tower”
o John Legend, “Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert”
o Jesse Plemons, “USS Callister (Black Mirror)”

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A LIMITED SERIES OR TV MOVIE
o Jessica Biel, “The Sinner”
o Laura Dern, “The Tale”
o Michelle Dockery, “Godless”
o Edie Falco, “Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders”
o REGINA KING, “SEVEN SECONDS” (WINNER)
o Sarah Paulson, “American Horror Story: Cult”

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
o Anthony Anderson, “Black-ish”
o Ted Danson, “The Good Place”
o Larry David, “Curb Your Enthusiasm”
o Donald Glover, “Atlanta”
o BILL HADER, “BARRY” (WINNER)
o William H. Macy, “Shameless”

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
o Pamela Adlon, “Better Things”
o RACHEL BROSNAHAN, “THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL” (WINNER)
o Allison Janney, “Mom”
o Issa Rae, “Insecure”
o Tracee Ellis Ross, “Black-ish”
o Lily Tomlin, “Grace and Frankie”

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE
o Sara Bareilles, “Jesus Christ Superstar Live In Concert”
o Penelope Cruz, “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”
o Judith Light, “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”
o Adina Porter, “American Horror Story: Cult”
o MERRITT WEVER, “GODLESS” (WINNER)
o Letitia Wright,”Black Mirror (Black Museum)”

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE
o JEFF DANIELS, “GODLESS” (WINNER)
o Brandon Victor Dixon,”Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert”
o John Leguizamo, “Waco”
o Ricky Martin, “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”
o Edgar Ramirez, “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”
o Michael Stuhlbarg, “The Looming Tower”
o Finn Wittrock, “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
o Jason Bateman, “Ozark”
o Sterling K. Brown, “This Is Us”
o Ed Harris, “Westworld”
o MATTHEW RHYS, “THE AMERICANS” (WINNER)
o Milo Ventimiglia, “This Is Us”
o Jeffrey Wright, “Westworld”

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
o CLAIRE FOY, “THE CROWN” (WINNER)
o Tatiana Maslany, “Orphan Black”
o Elisabeth Moss, “The Handmaid’s Tale”
o Sandra Oh, “Killing Eve”
o Keri Russell, “The Americans”
o Evan Rachel Wood, “Westworld”

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
o Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, “Game of Thrones”
o PETER DINKLAGE, “GAME OF THRONES” (WINNER)
o Joseph Fiennes, “The Handmaid’s Tale”
o David Harbour, “Stranger Things”
o Mandy Patinkin, “Homeland”
o Matt Smith, “The Crown”

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
o Alexis Bledel, “The Handmaid’s Tale”
o Millie Bobby Brown, “Stranger Things”
o Ann Dowd, “The Handmaid’s Tale”
o Lena Headey,”Game of Thrones”
o Vanessa Kirby, “The Crown”
o THANDIE NEWTON, “WESTWORLD” (WINNER)
o Yvonne Strahovski, “The Handmaid’s Tale”

OUTSTANDING REALITY/COMPETITION SERIES
o “The Amazing Race”
o “American Ninja Warrior”
o “Project Runway”
o “RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE” (WINNER)
o “Top Chef”
o “The Voice”

OUTSTANDING VARIETY SKETCH SERIES
o “At Home with Amy Sedaris”
o “Drunk History”
o “I Love You, America”
o “Portlandia”
o “SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE” (WINNER)
o “Tracey Ullman’s Show”

OUTSTANDING VARIETY TALK SERIES
o “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee”
o “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”
o “LAST WEEK TONIGHT WITH JOHN OLIVER” (WINNER)
o “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah”
o “The Late Late Show with James Corden”
o “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”

OUTSTANDING LIMITED SERIES
o “The Alienist”
o “THE ASSASSINATION OF GIANNI VERSACE: AMERICAN CRIME STORY” (WINNER)
o “Genius: Picasso”
o “Godless”
o “Patrick Melrose”

OUTSTANDING COMEDY SERIES
o “Atlanta”
o “Barry”
o “Black-ish”
o “Curb Your Enthusiasm”
o “GLOW”
o “THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL” (WINNER)
o “Silicon Valley”
o “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”

OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES
o “GAME OF THRONES” (WINNER)
o “The Handmaid’s Tale”
o “Stranger Things”
o “The Americans”
o “This Is Us”
o “Westworld”

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