Despite wins by Thandie Newton and Regina King, few of the awards went to people of color. And the show failed to address #MeToo.
The Emmys could have done more than act like it cared about diversity.
Despite the show kicking off with a Kate McKinnon and Kenan Thompson’s skit about how diverse this year’s nominees were, actors of color were snubbed Monday night at the 70th annual award show on NBC.
Out of the 26 awards presented, only three went to people of color. Regina King won outstanding lead actress in a limited series for her role as Latrice Butler in Netflix’s now canceled drama “Seven Seconds.” “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” took home the Emmy for outstanding reality-competition program. And Thandie Newton, who stuns as the feminist heroine Maeve Millay in “Westworld,” won outstanding supporting actress in a drama series.
It’s worth noting that it would have been only the second time an African-American woman won the category for outstanding lead actress in a comedy had nominees Issa Rae or Tracee Ellis Ross won. But Rachel Brosnahan took home the award for her role in “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.” And Darren Criss was the only actor of Asian descent to win an award.
There was also no talk about #MeToo, just 10 days after former CBS CEO Les Moonves was forced to step down after multiple reports of sexual harassment and assault. The New York Post called the show “tone deaf” for ignoring the Hollywood movement.
Despite some glaring misses, there were fun and heartfelt moments sprinkled throughout the show — like director Glen Weiss proposing live on stage to his girlfriend after his big win. Here are some of the top highlights of the evening:
Thandie Newton says God is a woman
The actress took the stage to receive the Emmy for best supporting actress in a drama series for her powerhouse role of Maeve in “Westworld” and referred to God as “her” while giving thanks in her speech.
Tiffany Haddish and Angela Bassett fan girl over each other’s success
Tiffany Haddish and Angela Bassett stole the show when they got up onstage to present Rachel Brosnahan with the award for lead actress in a comedy series. The duo praised each other for their success over the last year and gave each other a wakanda forever salute from “Black Panther.”
Sandra Oh takes her parents as her date
The “Grey’s Anatomy” star sweetly brought her parents with her to the award ceremony, walking with them on the red carpet. “My parents are here, and I’m just so excited to be able to bring them,” Oh told Hoda Kotb and Savannah Guthrie ahead of the show.
Oh was up for best actress in a drama series for her role in “Killing Eve,” the first Asian woman to be nominated in a leading actress category; however, she lost to Claire Foy.
Sandra Oh brought her mom and dad. 😭😭 pic.twitter.com/kd0xc0nUdt
— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) September 17, 2018
Director Glen Weiss proposes to his girlfriend
After winning an Emmy for outstanding directing for a variety special, Glen Weiss used the opportunity to propose to his girlfriend, Jan Svendsen. Weiss got down on one knee on stage and presented a shocked Svendsen with his mother’s ring as the audience cheered on the heartfelt moment.
Betty White’s cameo
The golden girl and eight-time Emmy award winner took the stage to a standing ovation Monday night to be honored for her more than 80 years in showbiz. “Somebody said something the other day about first lady of television, and I took it as a big compliment,” White said winding up to the punchline, “And then I heard her talking to her daughter a little later, and she said, ‘first lady, she’s that old. She was the first one way back.'”
A “Marvelous” evening
The hit Amazon comedy “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” about Rachel Brosnahan’s brilliant character Midge Maisel as she goes from housewife to empowered stand-up comic, swept the night with a total of seven awards. Brosnahan took home one for her lead actress role along with another for Alex Borstein and two for creator Amy Sherman-Palladino in the writing and directing categories. Brosnahan’s acceptance speech hit all the right notes: “One thing I love about this show is it’s about a woman who is finding her voice anew. It’s something happening all over the country right now. And one of the best ways to find our voice is to vote.”
Horsing around with Jeff Daniels
Jeff Daniels took home the Emmy for best supporting actor in a limited series or movie for his performance in “Godless” on Netflix and he thanked a four-legged animal during his acceptance speech: his horse on the show, which was apparently the same horse that Jeff Bridges rode in “True Grit.” Daniels went on to say that the horse ended up throwing him and breaking his wrist during filming. The weird moment garnered some laughs.
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