Political Emmys surprise with live proposal, grab bag of winners

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Saturday Night Live won the award for best variety sketch series.

In the writing category, Sherman-Palladino topped Glover again, as well as Stefani Robinson ("Atlanta"), Alec Berg ("Silicon Valley"), Alec Berg and Bill Hader ("Barry") and Liz Sarnoff ("Barry").

Claire Foy beat presumed front runner Elisabeth Moss, star of The Handmaid's Tale, to win for her quiet but formidable portrayal of Queen Elizabeth in Netflix drama The Crown. Jill Soloway was the most recent woman to win the comedy directing Emmy (for "Transparent") in 2016.

"This is nuts!" Rachel Brosnahan said of being on the gold carpet at the 2018 Emmys on Monday night.


Matthew Rhys took the best drama actor statuette for playing a conflicted Russian spy in the final season of the FX's Cold War series The Americans.

"I think we can keep TV going for another 5-6 years tops", Jost quipped.

Thandie Newton won outstanding supporting actress in a drama series for Westworld.

"It's about a woman who's finding her voice anew, and it's one of the things that's happening all over the country now", she said.


"We solved it!" crooned "Saturday Night Live" nominees Kate McKinnon and Kenan Thompson, with back-up from pop stars John Legend and Ricky Martin - and even RuPaul - about the problem of diversity on the small screen. "Because I want to call you my wife", he added to cheers, applause and a few teary-eyed actors in the audience.

"I'll be thanking you for the rest of my life for trusting me with your Midge", she said, referencing her character.

Her co-star Alex Borstein, who plays Mrs. Maisel's comedy mentor, set a zany tone by mouthing an obscenity right after she was announced as the supporting actress victor (reacting either to the win or to presenter Tracy Morgan's creative pronunciation of her name) and then showily doffing the top layer of her slinky dress before marching to the stage.

The pressure's on Michaels because NBC and other broadcasters are increasingly reliant on awards and other live events to draw viewers distracted by streaming and more 21st- century options.


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