Sandra Oh, left, and Andy Samberg appear on stage to present the award for outstanding directing for a comedy series. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Was Sandra Oh robbed? Was Amazon founder Jeff Bezos in charge of picking the winners in the comedy category? Was the show actually over by … 11 p.m.?
There were a lot of surprises at the 2018 Emmy awards, as there are every year. Here’s a rundown of the seven biggest shockers from Monday night’s ceremony, hosted by Colin Jost and Michael Che of Saturday Night Live.
1. Claire Foy’s win for best actress in a drama
Oh was the first woman of Asian descent ever nominated in this category, and her tour-de-force performance was considered a favorite to take the category … if the equally amazing Keri Russell didn’t win.
Instead, Foy, who plays the queen in The Crown quite well, earned the trophy, in one of the night’s biggest upsets. Perhaps Oh and Russell split the votes.
2. The buzziest moment came from the technical categories
You know those awards that are given out in the middle of the ceremony, when most people switch over to Monday Night Football or take their bathroom break? Well, they actually became a must-see. Glenn Weiss, who won best director for a variety special, pulled a surprise proposal that had people on social media talking for hours. Thank goodness he wasn’t played off during his acceptance speech, as per usual for such categories.
3. Mrs. Maisel marks a coming out for Amazon
No one predicted the dominance of Amazon’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, which earned the night’s biggest awards haul, including best actress in a comedy and best comedy and best hat (OK, that’s not actually a category, but Amy Sherman-Palladino would have taken it). Amazon may have its new defining show, following the awards success of Transparent a few years back.
4. Hannah Gadsby steps up to the mike
A lot of people were wondering who Hannah Gadsby, who presented the award for outstanding drama series director, was. Those people clearly didn’t see the Netflix special Nanette, in which the stand-up delivered a blistering takedown of the comedy industry. She got raves online for her brief (and unexpected) Emmys appearance.
5. RuPaul claims an Emmy first
Believe it or not, a single show had never won best reality host and best reality program in the same year. VH1’s long-running RuPaul’s Drag Race became the first, and it’s also only the fourth show ever to win the latter category (which has had several multi-year winners in its short history).
6. Less love for previous winners
Remember This Is Us? The Handmaid’s Tale? Some of last year’s big winners in the major categories got snubbed this year. Sterling K. Brown 2019, everybody.
7. The show actually ended on time
Every host of every awards show ever includes a running joke (albeit a lame one, since it’s true) about how long the show is. This one actually ended just about on time, so file that under one thing Jost and Che did right — they received fairly dismissive reviews otherwise.