Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Bill Hader (L) and Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Henry Winkler pose with their trophies during the 70th Emmy Awards at the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles, California on September 17, 2018. ((Valerie Macon, AFP/Getty Images)
While not many people would say they were surprised when “Game of Thrones” walked away with the Emmy Award for Drama Series, Monday night’s broadcast was still able to leave some jaws on the floor.
For one thing, a Cherry Creek High School and University of Colorado graduate walked away a winner.
Alexis Martin Woodall went home with her third Emmy after one of her many shows with Ryan Murphy, “The Assassination of Gianni Versace,” won for Outstanding Limited Series. The 38-year-old recently spoke to John Wenzel about how job on some of TV’s biggest shows.
But all of tomorrow’s water-cooler convos (OK fine, social media) will be about one big shocker: a live proposal.
As a director of awards shows, Glenn Weiss specializes in making big moments on the stage. He’ll have a hard time topping this one.
In what could become the most talked-about moment of Monday night’s Emmy Awards, Weiss used his acceptance speech for directing the Oscars telecast to propose to his girlfriend, stunning the celebrity-filled audience.
He was giving the sort of speech from a non-celebrity that makes most viewers tune out when he said that his mother died two weeks ago, and she was fond of his girlfriend, Jan Svendsen.
“You wonder why I don’t want to call you my girlfriend?” he said to Svendsen. “It’s because I want to call you my wife.”
Audience members jumped to their feet with cheers. “Saturday Night Live” actress Leslie Jones was caught on camera with her mouth agape and eyes wide in surprise.
Svendsen was sitting shocked in her seat as Weiss tried to quiet the crowd so he could finish. He politely told his counterpart directing the Emmys telecast that he was going to need “a moment.”
Svendsen got up on stage for the formal, knee-bent proposal as Weiss presented her with the same ring that his father gave his mother 67 years ago and asked her to marry him.
She nodded without a word and sealed it with a kiss.
Full list of Primetime Emmy Awards 2018 winners:
Drama Series: “Game of Thrones”
Comedy Series: “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”
Actor, Drama Series: Matthew Rhys, “The Americans”
Actress, Drama Series: Claire Foy, “The Crown”
Supporting Actor, Drama Series: Peter Dinklage, “Game of Thrones”
Supporting Actress, Drama Series: Thandie Newton, “Westworld”
Writing, Drama Series: Joel Fields and Joe Weisberg, “The Americans”
Directing, Drama Series: Stephen Daldry, “The Crown”
Actor, Comedy Series: Bill Hader, “Barry”
Actress, Comedy Series: Rachel Brosnahan, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”
Supporting Actor, Comedy Series: Henry Winkler, “Barry.”
Supporting Actress, Comedy Series: Alex Borstein, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”
Writing, Comedy Series: Amy Sherman-Palladino, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”
Directing Comedy Series: Amy Sherman-Palladino, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”
Limited Series: “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”
Actor, Limited Series or Movie: Darren Criss, “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”
Actress, Limited Series or Movie: Regina King, “Seven Seconds”
Supporting Actor, Limited Series or Movie: Jeff Daniels, “Godless”
Supporting Actress, Limited Series or Movie: Merritt Wever, “Godless”
Writing, Limited Series: William Bridges and Charlie Brooker, “USS Callister (Black Mirror)”
Directing, Limited Series: Ryan Murphy, “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”
Writing, Variety Special: John Mulaney, “John Mulaney: Kid Gorgeous at Radio City”
Directing, Variety Special: Glenn Weiss, “The Oscars”
Variety Sketch Series: “Saturday Night Live”
Variety Talk Series: “Last Week Tonight With John Oliver”
Reality-Competition Program: “RuPaul’s Drag Race”