70th Emmy Awards of 2018: The Jubilee Ceremony Brought Some Surprises

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70th Emmy Awards of 2018: The Jubilee Ceremony Brought Some Surprises

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The 70th Television Emmy Awards for the best work of the previous TV season took place at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on 17th of September. Emmy annually rewards top TV shows, their creators, and actors. The 2018 Emmy Awards have passed solemnly, with love and many interesting languages. The ladies drew attention by fine evening dresses, and the actors dressed in classical costumes.

The prestigious television award gave the start to the autumn season of the red carpet: in the evening, not only the actors and creators of the favorite TV series appeared before the camera lenses, but also their colleagues and friends who came to support the nominees.

The ceremony was led by famous stars of "Saturday Night Live"- charismatic Michael Che and his colleague Colin Jost which, by the way, is also the boyfriend of the Hollywood star Scarlett Johansson

Among the series, in the first place with 22 nominations went the series "Game of Thrones". The second place won the "Westworld" with 21 nominations. The favorite of last year's  "The Handmaid's Tale" this year received 20 nominations.

The stars spoke inspirational speeches at the 70th anniversary of the prestigious Emmy Award ceremony, and director Glenn Weiss, who worked at the Oscars' Award ceremony, proposed to his beloved lady. There was no shortage of really great moments here. But let me tell you about everything from the beginning. 


Primetime Emmy Awards - Photo credit: thecelebrity.club

The Ceremony of Emmy Awards 

The right to compete for the Emmy Awards had the serials shown during the year from 1 June 2017 to 31 May 2018.

The main winner after the year's break was "Game of Thrones". It won the laurels in the category of the best drama series. Last year, this HBO hit simply could not pretend to Emmy Awards because it did not fit into the time frame, so it has been awarded in the seventh season this year. Peter Dinklage got a separate statue - he was named the best second-rate actor in drama series. This is his third carrier assessment. "Game of Thrones" now has a total 47 awards.

My modest opinion is that the "Game of Thrones" is an incredibly stretched product, and its popularity is strange. From the first to the seventh season, the number of the series watchers has grown 4 times from 2.5 to 10.5 million viewers on average over an episode in the USA alone. Otherwise, I can not explain in any way the reasons why the project, which weakens with each passing year, has received the main television award of America for the third year in a row. Perhaps the fact is that the series has become part of the way of life and some citizens around the world have actually sat on it as on a drug. Or maybe the other way round - corrupt critics reward the series with awards to support its interest?

Emmy Awards 2018: Winners and biggest moments - Video credit:WashingtonPost via Youtube.com 

A series portrays the fight of the noble families for the Iron Throne on the fictional Westeros continent, and the White Wave Army, which threatens the world. These series compete for the Emmy for many years with the NBC satyric show "Saturday Night Live" and the HBO science fiction series "Westworld.

To write to these actors … is a once-in-a-lifetime honor,- said one of the creators of the series, David Benioff.

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The other impressive award-winning series was the comic "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" that has received even eight Emmy titles, including the Best Comic Series Award. I do not like American comedies at all, but the "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" is really a quality product (I've watched all first and a half of the second episode). These e-commerce Amazon series tells about the housewife of the 1960s. In the center of the series - the jew Miriam Maisel, who after divorce begins her humor career in New York. The series featured in Prime Video has been rated as the best comedy, the statues went to starring Rachel Brosnahan, director, and scriptwriter Amy Sherman-Palladino, as well as second-rate actor Alex Borstein.

Alex Borstein came to the ceremony wearing her wedding gown, which she wore 20 years ago, and joked at the award that her marriage did not last so long, but the dress did and that she wanted to give the dress a new life - now it is her Emmy dress. By the way, this year, most of Emmy Award won women looked like bridal as white color's dresses were the most popular.


Emmys 2018 Hosts Michael Che & Colin Jost - Photo credit:accessonline.com

"The Handmaid's Tale" series has won the award of the best drama last year. This year, it was re-premiered but did not get anything at the Microsoft Theater. This year, it received only three of the secondary awards. It's an example of another furious escapism of modern Western society, which invented horror stories but it nothing changes in the horror of the surrounding world.

Thandie Newton from the "Westworld" drama series became the best second-rate actress this year. This is first Emmy statue in her career. Taking the award, Thandie who did not believe in her own success thanked God although she never was a faithful. It is interesting that she turned to God as a female person - this has wide gossiped on the Internet.

I don’t even believe in God but I’m going to thank her tonight. I am so blessed. I am so blessed. Without this, I am even - Emmy Winner Thandie Newton

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I forced myself to watch both seasons. Well, it was necessary to form my opinion about the most popular series of the last two years. The opinion is difficult to make. On the one hand, this is not the series that I ever want to rewatch, but there are some points, which made me respect the authors of the project.


Stars on red carpet, 70th Emmy Awards - Photo credit: a1.ro

The first time the Emmy Award got some actors:

  • Matthew Rhys got an award for the best thriller drama actor for the work "The Americans".
  • Claire Foy is a winner of the best actress award for Queen Elizabeth II's incarnation in "The Crown". I do not think that somebody gets interested in one more series about Elizabeth the Second. Every year a film or a TV series comes out about this queen.
  • Henry Winkler from the series "Barry" has triumphed as the best second-rate actor in the comedy.
  • Darren Criss of the "American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace" has been announced the Best Actor of the Miniseries in the Los Angeles' Microsoft Theater this year. Previously, the TV series of 2-4 episodes were called mini-series in the USA. But the inability to film not the stretched serials has led for the format has grown upright to 8 series and, I think, on this growth, it will not stop. In general, the tearful story of the love of one perverted person to another was boring to me already in the second series.
  • And Regina King of the NETFLIX series "Seven Seconds".

Emmy Award Winners list:

Best Drama Series

The victory in this nomination has won the series "Game of Thrones".


"Game of Trones" - Emmy Winner - Photo credit: youtube.com

The best comedy series

The victory in this nomination has won  the TV series "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel".

Best mini-series

The victory in this category has won the series "American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace".


Best mini-series "American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace" - Photo credit: thecut.com

The best female role in the drama series

The award in this nomination has won Claire Foy for the series "The Crown".

The best male role in the drama series

The victory in this category has won Matthew Reese ("Americans").

The best female role in the comedy series

The victory in this nomination has won Rachel Brosnahan ("The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel").


Rachel Brosnahan, Emmy Award Winner - Photo credit: variety.com

The best male role in the comedy series

The victory in this nomination has won Bill Hader ("Barry").

Best female role in a mini-series or a TV movie

The victory in this nomination has won Regina King ("Seven seconds").

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Best male role in a mini-series or a TV movie

The victory in this category has won Darren Criss ("The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story").

Politics and #MeToo

The celebratory ceremony held by Colin Boston and Michael Che from the NBC's "Saturday Night Live" had a clear political tone: there was no lack of satirical jokes on such high actuality issues as Hollywood diversity, the #MeToo, and President Donald Trump.

The festive evening began with a bold song and dance scene smirking from a variety of controversies, including the Hollywood variety.

We solved it! It is Hollywood’s diversity problem. Turns out, the solution is to just have exactly one of everyone. For example, now that Sandra Oh has been nominated, we don’t have to worry about any other Asian-American actresses getting Emmy noms: “There were none, now there’s one. And so we’re done!” Or as Oh herself put it in the bit, “It’s an honor just to be Asian!”.

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Those words were sung by Kate McKinnon and Kenan Thompson with the support of pop stars Ricky Martin, John Legend, and even RuPaul. Then they left the scene for C. Joshua and M. Che, who said some satirical jokes om #MeToo theme. 

Donald Trump, the President of the United States, became the hero of the television Oscar, as Emmy is also called, the second year in a row. The threats of impeachment on the stage of the Microsoft Theater turned into a joke that the heroine of actress Robin Wright, known for the political series "House of Cards", would have coped with presidential duties much better.

In the press, it was said that it was one of the most politicized Emmy Awards. They joked a lot from the stage and spoke seriously about national and social diversity, about lost bans of the workplace, sexual orientation, and victims of violence.

In addition, in their humor, the leaders also touched other hot topics, such as sexual harassment and scandals.


Stars at Emmy Primetime Awards ceremony - Photo credit: mega.onemega.com

Proposal Of The Laureate

During the awards, everyone became surprised by director Glenn Weiss, who won the award this year for a tremendous contribution to a range of projects. He also directed the Oscars' presentation ceremony. When he got on the scene to get the award, the director began to speak with thanks to his two daughters. He believed that he has nothing more precious in this word than his daughters.

In 2018, adding 12th Emmy winning on his shelf of awards, he honored his mother, who has died not long ago.

A part of my heart is broken. I don't think it will ever be repaired. Mom always believed in finding the sunshine in things, and she adored my girlfriend Jan. Now here's where things turned romantic. Jan, you are the sunshine in my life, and Mom was right, don't ever let go of your sunshine. You wonder why I don't like to call you my girlfriend? Because I want to call you my wife.- Glenn Weiss.

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Of course, the hall started to buzz straight away. The beloved of the actor went to the scene. Glenn gave the ring that had become a relic of the family, which was given to him by his mother 67 years ago. Soon the director realized that he had not made one important engagement tradition of gesture.

Correcting the mistake, he kneeled down to one knee, Jan just shrugged and laughed, saying that she needs one minute. Of course, she agreed to marry him before this one minute ended.

Glenn Weiss Proposes To His Girlfriend After Winning The Emmy - Video credit: PrimetimeEmmys via Youtube.com

 Drama Competition

Among other important laureates are the TV FX "The Assassination of Gianni Versace" that received the finest serial and best actor awards for such series. The latter went to Darren Kris, who played the designer's murderer Andrew Cunanan.

As I already mentioned, Thandie Niuton won the Best Drama Supporting Actress Award for work at HBO's futuristic western "Westworld".

This year, the leader in the number of nominations for the Emmy-2018 ceremony was Netflix - the online cinema has 112 nominations. Strange things sometimes happening. The first time in 18 years, the former winner of most Emmy Awards, HBO channel received only the second place this year with the number of 108 nominations. 

Funny, but the awards distribution between these two companies this time ended in a draw. According to Emmy's number, the giant Netflix shared the first place with the HBO. Both TVs received 23 statues.


Television Academy Awards - Photo credit: omni.se

  On the Final Note

There is an opinion that Emy Awards is losing the interest of the public, that less people are watching it, and all the winners could be guessed without expert knowledge in the television industry. In order to guess, you do not even needed to watch the nominated TV series

Myself, I rarely watch TV series, so I could not guess who will be the winners, but there was a lot of guessing in the press online, so the winners were not a big surprise to me. Of course, I watched the ceremony. It is not any secret that I love cinematography and never miss great movies to watch, so Emmy Awards were must watch for me.


Primetime Emmy Awards, 2018 - Photo credit: pictures.reuters.com

Total prizes were awarded in 26 categories, but the world is interesting only in those that relate to TV series and artists in them employed. However, one must understand the important feature of the Emmy Awards - decisions about nominees and winners are taken exclusively by American critics, while almost all of these series watch the whole world and watched much more intensely than even Hollywood movies.

Plus, the opinion of the establishment, the general public, and the Americans'opinion what is good in television and what is bad may not coincide with the opinion of an individual watcher of serials like me and may you.

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