Monday night saw the 70th annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles. TV’s biggest and brightest stars gathered to celebrate the evening hosted by Saturday Night Live’s hilarious Michael Che and Colin Jost, with cameos from a myriad of famous friends.
The evening kicked off with a strange tongue in cheek performance by some of the nominees entitled “We solved it!”, a singing nod to the lack of diversity amongst Hollywood casting featuring Sterling K. Brown, Tituss Burgess and Kristen Bell amongst others, which will no doubt be stuck in the head of millions for days to come.
From there the serious business of awards were underway, and there were some definite standout winners of the evening. Amazon’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel took home five awards including Outstanding Comedy Series, and wins for showrunner Amy Sherman-Palladino in both the writing and directing categories. The Assassination of Gianni Versace took home three awards during the evening including Best Limited Series and Lead Actor in a Limited Series. No surprise that Game of Thrones was awarded Outstanding Drama Series and Peter Dinklage scored himself Best Supporting Actor. Godless, The Crown and The Americans also took home two awards each, no mean feat in cut-throat Hollywood.
HBO Comedy Barry also took home two trophies, which included the first ever win for Henry Winkler, who came to fame over four decades ago as his first nomination as The Fonz in Happy Days, as well as a trophy for its lead, Bill Hader.
But the best moment of the night may have come when Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series was presented by none other than our own Hannah Gadsby. While the award was won by The Crown director Stephen Daldry who was absent on the evening, the show was absolutely stolen by the 90 seconds of pure Hannah Gadsby gold that introduced the award.
Hilariously awkward Gadsby joked about her distaste for men, or “not all men” before presenting the award to no one in particular, musing that Daldry wasn’t attending the event “probably because of me. so I’ll just leave now” before showing herself off stage to roaring laughter and applause. Twitter is rightly demanding that Gadsby be next years host, and we couldn’t be more proud of our Aussie following her Emmy debut.
Heres a roundup of the winners of the evening:
Best Comedy: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Best Drama: Game of Thrones
Best Limited Series: The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
Best Actress, Comedy: Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Best Actor, Comedy: Bill Hader, Barry
Best Actress, Drama: Claire Foy, The Crown
Best Actor, Drama: Matthew Rhys, The Americans
Supporting Actress, Drama: Thandie Newton, Westworld
Supporting Actor, Drama: Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
Supporting Actress, Comedy: Alex Borstein, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Supporting Actor, Comedy: Henry Winkler, Barry
Best Actress, Limited Series or TV Movie: Regina King, Seven Seconds
Best Actor, Limited Series or TV Movie: Darren Criss, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
Supporting Actress, Limited Series or a Movie: Merritt Wever, Godless
Supporting Actor, Limited Series or Movie: Jeff Daniels, Godless
Variety Sketch Series: Saturday Night Live
Variety Talk Series: Last Week Tonight With John Oliver