- Yes, there really was a proposal: Glenn Weiss popped the question during his acceptance speech. (She said yes!)
- “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” took an early lead and kept the momentum going, winning multiple awards including best comedy series.
- “Game of Thrones” won best drama series.
- Colin Jost and Michael Che kicked off the show with an opening monologue that focused on diversity.
10:59: HBO’s “Game of Thrones” wins best drama series.
That’s one of the least surprising awards ever given out. The show entered this year’s Emmys with 22 nominations, which brought its series-long total to 129. Earlier in the evening, Peter Dinklage beat out co-star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau for best supporting actor in a drama series.
The win comes after the show took a year off its hobby of winning awards, since its schedule made it ineligible for the Emmys last year.
D.B. Weiss accepted the award on behalf of the show, thanking his network and cast (while co-showrunner David Benioff gave love to his wife, Amanda Peet, along with his children.)
He also made a point of thanking the man who wrote the “Game of Thrones” books, despite the tension that has existed between George R.R. Martin and the showrunners ever since the show’s plot went beyond that of the books.
“The show could not be without the mad genius of George,” Weiss said, as Martin stood behind him.
10:50: Amazon’s “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” wins best comedy series.
This win should be no surprise to anyone who caught the beginning of the Emmys, when the 1950s New York-set comedy picked up four awards. (Directing, writing, lead actress for Rachel Brosnahan, supporting actress for Alex Borstein.)
Dan Palladino thanked the crew and especially the cast “who bite into 80-page scripts.” He revealed that they just wrapped Season 2 — and luckily for Amazon, the show has already been renewed for Season 3.
10:40: FX’s “The Assassination of Gianni Versace” wins best limited series.
This is the show’s third victory of the night, following creator Ryan Murphy’s directing win and Darren Criss’s lead actor award in the limited series category.
“ ‘The Assassination of Gianni Versace’ is about a lot of things,” Murphy said while accepting the Emmy. “It’s about homophobia — internalized and externalized. It’s about a country that allows hatred to go unfettered and unchecked.”
10:38: HBO’s “Last Week Tonight With John Oliver” wins best variety talk series.
For every Emmy Awards, “we fly our staff here, and we put them in the worst seats in the building to send a mixed message,” Oliver said, who also shouted out the children of staff members.
“Our son is 2. He hates our show,” Oliver said. “He loves ‘Paw Patrol.’ If our show is anything, it’s the exact opposite of ‘Paw Patrol.’ ”
Oliver also thanked Glenn Weiss’s girlfriend for saying yes to the evening’s earlier marriage proposal; the rest of the show would have had quite a different tone otherwise.
10:31: NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” wins outstanding variety sketch series.
The sketch show doubled down on its political humor during the last season, targeting the Trump administration with a bevy of celebrity guests including Robert De Niro, Ben Stiller and Alec Baldwin.
But when Lorne Michaels, who also produced the Emmys, accepted the award on behalf of the show, he didn’t talk politics. Instead, he focused on the idea that network television won’t be able to survive in the streaming age.
“Working on this show over the last month or so, when you’re urging everyone to talk for a very short time, it would be wrong for me to talk at length. So just let me say I love my job, and I love the people I work with,” Michaels said.
“In 1975 when [SNL] started, there were a lot of articles in that decade about how the networks wouldn’t be around much longer. And here we are, it’s 2018, and we’re at the Emmys on NBC,” he added, before closing with a dry, “Thanks.”
10:28: “RuPaul’s Drag Race” wins best reality-competition program.
Although “The Amazing Race” and “The Voice” have always dominated the category, VH1’s hit managed to snag the trophy.
“This is so lovely!” RuPaul said, accepting the prize “on behalf of 140 drag queens we have released into the wild.”
10:12: Claire Foy wins best lead actress in a drama for Netflix’s “The Crown.”
Foy played Queen Elizabeth for two seasons. In its next season, “The Crown” is jumping ahead several decades, and the actress won’t be on the show anymore.
“I had the most extraordinary two and a half years of my life,” she said. “I was given a role that I never thought I would get a chance to play.”
She continued: “The show goes on, which makes me so, so proud. I dedicate this to the next generation, and also to Matt Smith” — her co-star.
10:09: Matthew Rhys wins best lead actor in a drama for “The Americans,” which ended its six-season run in May. This is his first Emmy.
Rhys thanked the show’s creator, Joe Weisberg. “Parts like these come along so rarely,” Rhys said, adding, “I will be forever in your debt.”
Rhys — who starred opposite his real-life partner, Keri Russell, in the Cold War-era spy drama — joked that Russell had threatened to punch him “clean in the mouth” if he proposed to her while accepting his award. But he thanked her, addressing her as “Keri Lynn.”
10:03: Stephen Daldry wins best directing for a drama for Netflix’s “The Crown.”
And the first no-show of the night! Presenter Hannah Gadsby accepts in his place and says, “Good for him.”
10:02: It was a surprise to those of us at home and those in the audience when Hannah Gadsby strolled on the stage to present the outstanding directing award for a drama.
“This is not normal. The world’s gone a bit crazy,” said the comedian, whose Netflix special “Nanette” turned into a sensation and inspired a bunch of think pieces about the end of comedy. “I mean for somebody like me, a nobody from nowhere, who gets this sweet gig. Free suit, new boots. Just because I don’t like men.”
Then she joked about all of the consternation that her special sparked about the state of comedy.
“It’s just jokes,” she said. “But what are jokes these days? We don’t know. Nobody knows what jokes are — especially not men. Am I right, fellas? That’s why I’m presenting alone.”
9:59: Joel Fields and Joe Weisberg win best writing in a drama for FX’s “The Americans.”
The critically acclaimed drama earned only three Emmys during its six-season run. The writers made sure to thank “our passionate, die-hard, slightly treasonous fans.”
9:52: Thandie Newton wins best supporting actress in a drama series for HBO’s “Westworld.”
Newton was so shocked that she said something bleep-worthy — thanks to those NBC censors, we’ll never know what it was. “I don’t even believe in God, but I’m going to thank Her tonight,” Newton said.
9:50: Peter Dinklage wins best supporting actor in a drama series for HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” which returned to the ceremony after being ineligible last year.
Dinklage, who also won the trophy in 2011 and 2015, thanked the show’s creators, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, before joking, “I cannot walk down the street anymore.”
The actor, who plays Tyrion Lannister on the fantasy series, also thanked his wife, whom he said he forgot to thank in a previous acceptance speech, and his co-star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, a fellow nominee. Plus, Dinklage thanked “Game of Thrones” writer George R.R. Martin “for creating this darn thing.”
9:35: One of the mysteries of tonight: Teddy Perkins.
For the uninitiated, Teddy Perkins is a character (and episode title) in “Atlanta.” Donald Glover wore heavy, whitish makeup (and probably prosthetics) to play Perkins with a haunting quality.
Some shots of the Emmy awards telecast show Teddy Perkins sitting in the audience.
But Glover was also shown earlier, as himself.
Could Perkins actually be his fellow “Atlanta” castmate Lakeith Stanfield instead? If it is, he has one of the world’s quickest makeup teams.
9:29: Glenn Weiss wins best directing for a variety special for the Oscars on ABC.
But his speech quickly became personal.
“I’m really grateful to be here. But it’s bittersweet,” he said, tearing up. “The person that would be most proud at this moment would be my mom, and she passed away just two weeks ago. Part of my heart is broken, and I don’t think it will ever be repaired. But she’s in me.”
Weiss added that his mother said to always hold onto sunshine. That’s when he shocked everyone by addressing his girlfriend.
“Jan, you are the sunshine in my life, and Mom was right, don’t ever let go of my sunshine,” he said. “You know why I don’t like to call you my girlfriend? Because I want to call you my wife.”
She looked shocked. After gasping, she walked to the stage, as he said, “I didn’t ask yet.”
“This is the ring that my dad put on my mom’s finger 67 years ago,” he told her. “Jan, I want to put this ring that my mom wore on your finger.”
He dropped to one knee, as the audience erupted in cheers.
“Will you marry me?”
She said yes.
After they shared a passionate kiss, he said, “Thank you to the Academy!”
9:28: John Mulaney wins best writing for a variety special for Netflix’s “John Mulaney: Kid Gorgeous at Radio City.”
Mulaney seemed stunned as he picked up the trophy — and apparently his wife didn’t think he had much of a shot, as she’s in New York and told him, “I just can’t fly across the country to watch you lose.” Mulaney didn’t seem to mind: “I still think you made the right decision,” he told her from the stage.
9:24: In a prerecorded sketch, Michael Che went around and handed out Emmys to black actors in what he called the “Reparation Emmys.”
Marla Gibbs, Jimmy Walker (who said, “I cannot believe this. I just got one word for this thing: Dy-na-mic!”) and Kadeem Hardison from “A Different World” all got awards. So did Jaleel White, whom Che called “the O.G. black nerd.”
Without White, there’d be no Donald Glover, Che said, no Obama. To which, White said: “Did I do that?”
“Yeah man,” Che said. “You did that.”
9:15: Darren Criss wins best lead actor in a limited series for FX’s “The Assassination of Gianni Versace.”
“You guys are witnessing the most extraordinary moment of my life thus far,” he said. “Actors are really only as good as the moments they are given, that they are granted,” he added, before thanking Ryan Murphy.
It’s the second win for the show, as Murphy earned best directing for a limited series earlier in the evening.
9:13: Regina King wins best lead actress in a limited series or a movie for Netflix’s “Seven Seconds.”
King started by saying she dropped lipstick on her dress, then added that she was truly stunned to win this award — so much that she didn’t have a speech ready. Still, she thanked her team and showrunner Veena Sud … and Jesus, to the delight of Michael Che, who had joked earlier that his mother doesn’t watch “white award shows” because people don’t thank Jesus enough.
9:10: Ryan Murphy wins best directing for a limited series for FX’s “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story.”
It’s the first Emmy for the FX series tonight.
9:05: Betty White, 96, got a standing ovation when she came onstage to be honored for her decades of contributions to the television industry. She was working in 1949, when the first of 70 Emmy ceremonies took place.
“Oh my goodness, goodness, goodness. This is very exciting,” the veteran actress said before thanking the telecast’s executive producer, Lorne Michaels, for the honor.
She paused to accept a kiss on the hand from SNL’s Kate McKinnon and Alec Baldwin. “You think I’m gonna miss a chance when I get it?” she joked.
White said that she had recently been called “the first lady of television” and that she took it as a compliment — until she overheard the person say, “She’s that old, she was the first one way back when!”
“But little did I dream then that I would be here, and it’s incredible that I’m still in this business . . . and you are still putting up with me,” White added. The audience applauded, but she demurred. “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,” she quipped.
“All I can say is it’s such a blessed business to be in and . . . I say thank you to each and every one of you,” White added before blowing the audience a kiss.
8:55: William Bridges and Charlie Brooker win the Emmy for best writing in a limited series for “USS Callister,” an episode of Netflix’s “Black Mirror.”
The two thanked Netflix, their children, and famous sci-fi shows like “Star Trek” and “The Twilight Zone.”
8:52: Jeff Daniels wins best supporting actor in a limited series or a movie for Netflix’s “Godless.”
It’s the second win so far tonight for the western series. “A tip for young actors,” Daniels said. “When they call you and say can you ride a horse, don’t lie.”
He continued: “Finally, I’d like to thank my horse. Apollo, he was Jeff Bridges’s horse on ‘True Grit,’ and I felt he was making unfair comparisons. Three times he threw me off.”
8:50: Now, with smoothies in hand, Rudolph and Armisen answered some questions about the Emmys. First, they were asked to explain the trophy. They weren’t very helpful.
“It’s got a top and a bottom,” Armisen said, to which Rudolph added, “And that’s the history. ”
“I’ve always wondered what she’s holding,” Che said. “What is that?”
“That is her famous ball of ribbons,” Rudolph said.
“And she’s holding it up to the light to see if it’s dirty,” Armisen added. “We good?”
8:47: Merritt Wever wins outstanding supporting actress in a limited series or a movie for Netflix’s “Godless.”
“I really appreciate this, and I really hope you don’t mistake my fear right now for a lack of gratitude,” Wever told the audience while seeming a little flustered by her big moment. “I came prepared, and it’s bombing already,” she joked.
Wever famously gave an 11-word acceptance speech back in 2013 when she won an Emmy for her supporting role in “Nurse Jackie.”
And even though she said she preferred to thank people in private, her Emmy acceptance speech was a bit longer. “I just want to say that I’m still shocked that you made a space for me and that you made a space for Mary Agnes,” she said, referring to her character on the critically acclaimed western.
8:44: Che and Jost returned for a quick break in the festivities, during which Che pointed out that there were six awards and six white winners, “and not one of them thanked Jesus.”
Maya Rudolph and Fred Armisen joined the pair to share some fascinating facts about the history of television, because, as Che said, “you guys know everything there is to know about the Emmys.” The two, however, didn’t seem so confident at first, pointing out that they hadn’t done much research. Finally, though, Rudolph said, “We’re, like, overprepared.”
Armisen, meanwhile, was a little thirsty. “Is there a smoothie place around here?” he asked, before being ushered offstage.
8:38: Bill Hader wins best actor in a comedy series for HBO’s “Barry.”
Hader, who also created the dramedy about a hit man trying to break into acting, is nominated for four Emmys tonight.
“I did not think this was going to happen,” Hader said, before thanking his show’s cast by saying, “I was taught you should always make other people look good, so what I did was hire a bunch of great actors who make me look really good.”
8:36: Rachel Brosnahan wins best actress in a comedy series for Amazon’s “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.”
That makes the fourth straight win for the Amazon show about a 1950s housewife on the Upper West Side who’s trying her hand at a comedy career.
Brosnahan said one reason she loves the show is because it’s about a woman finding her voice.
“It’s something happening all over the country right now,” she said. “One of the most important ways to find our voices is to vote.”
8:28: Amy Sherman-Palladino wins outstanding directing for a comedy series for “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.”
Sherman-Palladino barely had time to sit down after accepting a writing award for the Amazon show.
8:25: Amy Sherman-Palladino wins for outstanding writing in a comedy for Amazon’s “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.”
It’s her first Emmy nomination in 26 years, her last being for her work on the original “Roseanne.”
“Whoever put that carpet down hates women. I just want to say that right away. Time’s up!” Sherman-Palladino kicked off her speech with a joke, before giving an extremely brief speech in which she thanked her father and “especially the cast.”
8:23: Alex Borstein wins best supporting actress in a comedy for “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.”
Borstein started her acceptance speech with a joke about not getting pee on the toilet seat: “What a platform. Ladies, when you use a public bathroom: Sit. When you sit, we can all sit.”
8:15: Henry Winkler wins best supporting actor in a comedy for HBO’s “Barry.”
This is the first Primetime Emmy win for Winkler, 72, who has been nominated a total of six times in his multi-decade career — including three times for “Happy Days,” which premiered in 1974. “Oh my God,” Winkler repeated several times as he took the stage.
“I wrote this 43 years ago,” he quipped before offering some advice that was given to him. “If you stay at the table long enough, the chips come to you, and tonight, I got to clear the table.”
After thanking his now-grown children, Zoe and Max, he joked: “You can go to bed now, Daddy won!”
8:10: Following the song, Michael Che and Colin Jost’s monologue riffed on everything from the #MeToo movement to the recent rise of white nationalism.
Che started by saying how great it is to be around so many talented people “who haven’t been caught yet.”
The political jokes didn’t stop there. Jost quickly threw his own punch at the current cultural landscape by saying: “The first Emmys were held back in 1949. Things were very different back then . . . We all agreed that Nazis were bad.”
The two also took on the new landscape of streaming TV. First, Che said, “NBC has the most nominations of any broadcast network, which is kind of like being the sexiest person on life support.”
Jost then responded by pointing out that Netflix makes so many shows, having a script rejected would be like “being turned down for a CVS rewards card.”
In fact, Jost said, Netflix is probably the scariest thing to a network executive, except for hearing “Sir, Ronan Farrow is on Line 1,” referring to the reporter who has published several exposes in the New Yorker tracing patterns of sexual assault by such men as Les Moonves and Harvey Weinstein.
The two also took on race, such as when Che described “The Handmaid’s Tale.” It “takes place in an imaginary future where an entire group of people are forced to work and make babies against their will,” Che said. “It’s what black people call ‘history.’ ”
They closed the monologue by echoing the opening sketch and addressing diversity on the small screen.
“As we know, TV has always had a diversity problem. Can you believe they did 15 seasons of ‘ER’ without a Filipino nurse? Have you ever been to a hospital?” Che said, while Jost imagined an all-white version of Donald Glover’s hit show “Atlanta” — called “Fifteen Miles Outside of Atlanta.”
8:00: Annnnd we’re off. The Emmys kicked off with a pretty epic song-and-dance number, led by Kate McKinnon and Kenan Thompson, that basically made fun of Hollywood’s self-congratulatory approach to diversifying TV.
“This year’s Emmy awards has the most diverse group of nominees in Emmy history,” Thompson said. “I’m gonna go ahead and say it: We solved it.”
The cast of singers included Sterling K. Brown, Kristen Bell, Tituss Burgess, RuPaul and even Ricky Martin, and they were accompanied by “The One-of-Each Dancers,” as McKinnon put it.
Sandra Oh, the first Asian woman to be nominated in the lead actress category, said from her seat: “Thank you, but it’s an honor just to be Asian.”
The burns ranged from veiled digs at Harvey Weinstein (“We solved it! We banished every creep who broke the law”) and Louis C.K.
“Congratulations all around,” the group of actors sang, “and do us all a favor: Pat yourself on the back but don’t touch your neighbor.”
“We solved it, this group is so diverse,” Brown sang, “from Democrat to liberal Democrat!”
But then RuPaul told Thompson he had a call. Thompson picked up the phone, listened, then answered: “Oh, we did not solve it? I see . . . Long way to go? Okay . . . Cart before the horse?”
7:48: The official carpet celebrity photo op for celebrities at the Emmys: The “Queer Eye” cast, of course! Mandy Moore was pretty psyched.
7:42: Every red carpet has a handful of moments when celebrities use their time in the spotlight to bolster a cause. This year, Evan Rachel Wood (nominated for “Westworld”) brought a special guest: activist Amanda Nguyen, who helped draft the Sexual Assault Survivors’ Bill of Rights.
Earlier this year, the two women testified on Capitol Hill about their experiences with sexual abuse.
“We’re at a crucial time in history right now, especially for women and civil rights,” said Wood, who pointed to a blue ribbon pinned to her outfit. “I’m also here to support ACLU and the fight to reunite immigrant families separated at the border.”
7:32: On the red carpet, Elisabeth Moss revealed her secret for dealing with the extremely dark themes of her standout show, “The Handmaid’s Tale.” The filming of the show can be emotionally intense, so she does something fun when she gets home. When asked what that thing is, she said with a chuckle: “I sleep. It’s fun.”
7:20: Chrissy Teigen surprised us all Sunday night when she revealed on Twitter that we’ve all basically been butchering her last name, and that it should be pronounced “Tie-gan.”
But, according to her, “the bigger story is Ariana Grande,” she said on the red carpet. “Mine is the least of anyone’s worries.”
(Back in August, Grande said in an interview that she grew up saying “Grandee.”)
As for Teigan, she said we should all keep pronouncing her name the way we have all along.
“I think for consistency, we’re going with Tee-gan,” her husband, John Legend, added. “But Tie-gan is the real, official Norwegian name.”
7:09: Why does “Saturday Night Live” star Leslie Jones — nominated for best supporting actress in a comedy — always look so excited in photos with other celebrities? “Because I watch TV too,” she told Giuliana Rancic. (A recent run-in with Ted Danson almost prompted the comedian to sing the “Cheers” song.)
Jones was wearing an iridescent pink-and-blue pantsuit by designer Christian Siriano, who famously created a dress for the six-foot-tall comedian in 2016 after she was unable to find anyone to dress her for the “Ghostbusters” premiere. They have continued to collaborate. “We have a good time together,” Jones said.
Outside of SNL, Jones reports she’s working on a comedy special. Asked what we should expect, Jones replied: “Some funny, funny stuff, baby!”
7:09: “GLOW” director Jesse Peretz hit the red carpet in a traditional tuxedo, but his wife, actress and director Sarah Sophie Flicker, wore a slightly louder outfit. It wasn’t the red dress that stood out, but what was scrawled in Sharpie on her upper arm: “STOP KAVANAUGH” and the phone number for the U.S. Capitol switchboard.
The temporary, handwritten tattoo refers to President Trump’s choice to fill the open Supreme Court seat, Brett Kavanaugh, who has recently been accused of sexually assaulting a teenager when he was 17. Kavanaugh denies the allegations.
6:59: “This Is Us” star Chrissy Metz revealed that perhaps, just maybe, her character Kate and husband Toby may try to have a baby. “That might be a possibility,” she said.
“I just know there’s going to be some good news for Kate and Toby, even though it’ll be difficult to get there,” she said. Well, that just about explains nearly every plot line in the weepy NBC drama.
But Metz promised that “people will be really happy.” Hey, after the last gut-wrenching season, we’ll take it.
6:56: Sandra Oh, who made history as the first woman of Asian descent to be nominated for best lead actress in the drama category, praised other Hollywood women on the red carpet.
She said it was Phoebe Waller-Bridge, the writer-producer behind “Killing Eve,” who drew her to take her critically acclaimed role in the BBC thriller. “When I read that script, I felt like I understood her voice,” Oh told Rancic. “I knew it was special, and I knew I wanted to be a part of it.”
When Rancic asked Oh who inspired her, she cited actor and writer Lena Waithe, who had her own historic win at last year’s Emmys ceremony for “Master of None.”
“I met her yesterday, and I can’t go into what she said to me, but it made me so emotional,” Oh said. “She is a brilliant woman, and she is a rule-breaker.” Their conversation was so impactful, Oh said, “I’m carrying it with me today.”
6:51: Although Justin Timberlake tends to steal the spotlight, this night is all about Jessica Biel, his wife — she’s thrilled to be nominated for her role in USA’s “The Sinner,” which she helped produce.
“It was a really transformative experience,” she said on the red carpet of her executive-producer role. “I was listened to. I had an opinion, and people cared about it.”
And although Timberlake mostly stayed quiet, he warned everyone that if Biel wins, he will not hold back. “I might do something obnoxious,” he admitted to Giuliana Rancic. “I’m very good at obnoxious.”
6:44: A joyful Trevor Noah, with his jacket slung over his shoulder, pointed out that if his version of “The Daily Show” wins for outstanding variety talk series, he might be making history.
“I don’t think a South African has ever won an Emmy,” Noah said, adding (with a laugh), “at least not in this category.”
He also shouted out Jon Stewart, who hosted the fake news program from 1999 to 2015, when Noah took over. Finally, Noah said he’s mostly just enjoying the road to success — not the success itself.
“I remember the first time I did a show in the U.K., it was 170 people who came out to see me,” he said. One of his latest shows drew an audience of 16,000.
“I appreciate every single moment of the journey,” he said. “You work hard and enjoy the results.”
6:35: Tiffany Haddish twirled on the red carpet in a custom, multicolored Prabal Gurung gown. The comedian said she asked the designer to make her a dress representing the flag of her father’s native Eritrea.
Haddish, who took home an Emmy last weekend for her well-received “Saturday Night Live” hosting gig, told Giuliana Rancic that her upcoming movie “Night School,” which co-stars Kevin Hart, is really funny. So funny, Haddish said, “I almost peed on myself a little bit because I was laughing so hard.”
6:27: The “Stranger Things” kids (Caleb McLaughlin, Noah Schnapp, Gaten Matarazzo) always steal the show on the red carpet — but they’re pretty savvy Hollywood stars now, because they won’t give up ANY information about Season 3. (Except they do reveal that it’s set in summer 1985.) However, they’re more than happy to talk about what they did over the summer: pretty normal teen stuff, like sleepovers and sleepaway camp and starring in movies.
6:20: In case you didn’t know: Brian Tyree Henry and Sterling K. Brown are really close friends. They met 10 years ago at the Sundance Theater Lab, according to the New York Times, and recently worked together on “This Is Us” and “Hotel Artemis.” Henry playfully asked Brown if he still thought he was “the guy from ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.’ ” (We think he might be referring to Tituss Burgess, who is nominated alongside Henry in the best supporting actor comedy category.) Brown is also nominated — twice — as lead actor in a drama series for “This Is Us,” and for his guest role on “Brooklyn Nine-Nine.”
6:14: The first television role that Milo Ventimiglia of “This Is Us” fame had: a brief spot on “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” as “a kid with one line.” And it was on the set that he learned a lesson, inspired directly by Will Smith.
“What I did was I watched [Smith], and what I saw him doing is treat everyone with kindness and respect, and he loved his crew and knew all their names,” Ventimiglia said on the Emmy red carpet. “I thought, I want to be just like him.”
6:13: Politics appeared early on Emmy night, when Broadway veteran and “Blackish” star Jenifer Lewis donned a Nike sweater on the red carpet in support of the brand’s new spokesman, Colin Kaepernick.
“I am wearing Nike to applaud them for supporting Colin Kaepernick and his protest of racial injustice and police brutality,” Lewis said, adding that she thought: “’What can I do? What can I do that’s meaningful? I’ll wear Nike. I’ll wear Nike to say thank you.’ ”
“Thank you for leading the resistance,” she said in addressing the brand. “We need more corporate America to stand up also.”
This summer, Nike made Kaepernick one of the faces of the 30th anniversary “Just Do It” campaign, after the former NFL player made waves by protesting police brutality by kneeling during the national anthem before football games — much to the chagrin of President Trump.
6:05: “Seven Seconds” star Regina King, up for best lead actress in the limited series or movie category, appeared relaxed on the red carpet in a vibrant, lime green, custom Christian Siriano gown. She has two Emmys already, but she told E!’s Jason Kennedy it also helped that she “didn’t have any real wardrobe snafus.” King said she was initially hesitant to accept her role as grieving mother Latrice Butler in the Netflix series. “That was just a heavy place to be for six months,” she said.
Kennedy tried to get King to tell him who she might have been referring to in a recent Instagram post, which urged: “Stop Making Stupid People Famous.” She managed to stay pretty cryptic. “We all know a few,” she said. “If you live in the world right now. You might know the same few.” King said she shared the post after seeing it on the set of “Insecure,” an episode of which she recently directed.
6:05: Yvonne Strahovski and husband Tim Loden let it out on E!’s red carpet that they will be having a boy. (The “Handmaid’s Tale” actress announced back in May that she’s pregnant).
As for what she channels to play the cruel yet tragic Serena Joy, Strahovski told Giuliana Rancic that she digs deep into “the evil side of me.” That, and she finds inspiration in the “Game of Thrones” character Cersei (played by Lena Headey.)