Diversity in Hollywood – or a lack thereof – was the name of the game at the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards last night. Ricky Martin was joined by Tituss Burgess, Kristen Bell, Sterling K. Brown, Kate McKinnon, Kenan Thompson, and Andy Samberg as they opened the show with a musical number titled “We Solved It”, mocking the longstanding problem.
The dig – sorry, song – continued with John Legend joining them on stage for a performance with the “One of Each” dancers. Later in the evening, “Reparations Emmys” were jokingly handed out to iconic black actors such as Marla Gibbs from The Jeffersons and Jaleel White from Family Matters in a pre-taped montage. And did we mention all this happened alongside at least eight white winners in a row?
In contrast to last year, when Trump-bashing reigned supreme, hosts Michael Che and Colin Jost of SNL fame steered clear of all things political. Instead, they tackled subjects such as sexual harassment in Hollywood and the cancellation of TV show Roseanne in the name of humor. Our ears perked up when Che compared Netflix to “that Instagram model who’s always in Dubai”. So did the two hosts do justice to television’s biggest night? Or did their jokes fall flat? Here, Savoir Flair catches you up on audience reactions and all the other moments worth knowing.
Chrissy Teigan Cringes
The term “mixed reaction” is putting it mildly when describing the universal response to Che and Jost hosting the Emmys. For one, both comedians have a track record of publicly making off-putting statements, so they weren’t exactly fan favorites from the get-go.
Most of their tepid jokes fell by the wayside, but ironically enough, it was Chrissy Teigen cringing at one of their Roseanne Barr jokes that has already secured a place as everyone’s new favorite meme – as evidenced by the Tweet below.
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A long time coming would be an understatement. After over four decades of truly deserving an Emmy award, Henry Winkler finally has one. The beloved 72-year-old actor boasts a whopping six nominations – three for his iconic role as Fonzie on Happy Days – but playing Gene Cousineau on Barry has finally brought him that Emmy statuette.
Winkler joked that he wrote his acceptance speech “43 years ago” but everyone laughed most loudly when he ended with a shout-out to his three (very adult) children, saying, “You can go to bed now. Daddy won!”
Jan Svendsen Says Yes
This year’s edition of the Emmys may not have been the funniest or most eventful, but it certainly deserves props for being the most romantic. In a moment that equally shocked and delighted audiences worldwide – and A-listers like Benedict Cumberbatch and Claire Foy – winner Glenn Weiss (who won the award for Outstanding Directing for a Variety Special) took his few moments on stage to get down on one knee and propose to his girlfriend, Jan Svendsen.
Yes, she accepted and we’re happy for the newly engaged couple, but can we all just acknowledge that Leslie Jones had the most priceless reaction?
RuPaul's Drag Race Makes History
Between RuPaul’s Drag Race winning in the Outstanding Reality-Competition Program category and eponymous host RuPaul Charles winning in the Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program category at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards last week, it’s the first time that a reality show has nabbed both series and host wins in the same year. Can we get a “Shante, you stay”?
Amazon also made history as its series The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel claimed five wins, including for Outstanding Comedy Series. This is the first time that a streaming service has taken the best comedy award.
Teddy Perkins Spooks Everyone
In a case of blink-and-you’ll-miss-it, Donald Glover made an appearance in the audience dressed as his terrifying Atlanta character Teddy Perkins, scaring just about everyone who caught it – or did he? Some fans are saying that Glover himself was spotted during the awards ceremony, which means there was someone else beneath all that makeup.
The mystery remains.
Angela Bassett and Tiffany Haddish Salute
The Wakanda Forever salute made its mark in pop culture history – and became a symbol of celebrating black excellence – thanks to superhero film Black Panther, but it’s Angela Bassett and Tiffany Haddish bringing it back into our conversations today.
The two actresses were on stage to present the award in the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series category, but took a couple of seconds to cross their arms as they faced each other and bow down. It was enough to get fans going on Twitter.