You get the sense that the 2018 Emmys came here to party. It was loose, it was funny, it was political, and they kept it snappy (god bless). Everyone was feeling crummy, getting honest (remember when Jeff Bridges thanked his horse, Apollo?) and a little political. And like all good TV, it struck just the right note of realistic about the whole 2018 situation and trying to distract you from the insanity of the current political climate. Maybe that’s why The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel swept: It’s realistic but spritely, thoughtful but not dour. It’s the perfect show for right now, reminding us why we turn to the TV without letting us get too lost in fantasy worlds.
All of it made for a wildly entertaining night of television. Was this, dare I say it, extremely good awards show that was fun for the viewers at home to watch too? It can be done! Who knew it was even possible?!
Now that the main event is underway, what have you missed? Between the awkward moments on the red carpet, the unappreciated jokes from hosts Colin Jost and Michael Che, and the way current events permeated the evening, it was hard to keep track of everything. But we did it only for you.
Here get a taste of the Top Emmys Moments of 2018
“We solved it!”
Kate McKinnon and Kenan Thompson were the first faces we saw this Emmys—despite the fact that their SNL costars Colin Jost and Michael Che hosted—and they were singing an ode to the most diverse Emmys of all time. They were here to tell us that, yup! Diversity! No more racism! We fixed it!
Along for the musical interlude were cameos from Kristen Bell, Sterling K. Brown, Titus Burgess, Andy Samberg, and the “One of Each” Dancers, who ushered in RuPaul with a phone call for Kenan telling him that, actually, no it wasn’t solved. Oh. Well, okay. John Legend sing us off!
“I don’t even believe in God, but I’m going to thank her tonight.”
Thandie Newton won Best Supporting Actress in a Drama and couldn’t help but fly the a-religious flag. Michael Che, who earlier complained that his mother didn’t watch the Emmys because of no one thanks Jesus, should be sort of happy. So, should Ariana Grande:
Holy Shit, Was That An On-Stage Proposal?
Leslie Jones Hyping Up Regina King
When she went out with RuPaul to award Lead Actress in a Limited Series, their intro was cute. But when the award went to Regina King for her work on Seven Seconds, she absolutely flipped. Her pumping up of Regina King— “Yes, baby! Yes, Regina!”—probably helped the actress, who seemed charmingly taken aback that she won. “I didn’t expect...I dropped lipstick down my dress…” Been there.
'The Fonz' is back
Jesse Plemmons' Moustache
Nobody saw that 'stache coming, and these two met making Fargo.
The Obamas producing The Apprentice
Another good Colin Jost joke:
The Obamas now even have their own production deal at Netflix. And my dream is that the only thing they produce is their own version of The Apprentice and it gets way higher ratings.”
That’s all of our dreams, Colin. That's all of our dreams.