Was Sandra Oh robbed? Was Amazon founder Jeff Bezos in charge of picking the winners in the comedy category? Was the show actually over by … 11 p.m.?
There were a lot of surprises at the 2018 Emmy awards, as there are every year. Here’s a rundown of the seven biggest shockers from Monday night’s ceremony, hosted by Colin Jost and Michael Che of Saturday Night Live.
1. Claire Foy’s win for best actress in a drama
Oh was the first woman of Asian descent ever nominated in this category, and her tour-de-force performance was considered a favorite to take the category … if the equally amazing Keri Russell didn’t win.
Instead, Foy, who plays the queen in The Crown quite well, earned the trophy, in one of the night’s biggest upsets. Perhaps Oh and Russell split the votes.
2. The buzziest moment came from the technical categories
You know those awards that are given out in the middle of the ceremony, when most people switch over to Monday Night Football or take their bathroom break? Well, they actually became a must-see. Glenn Weiss, who won best director for a variety special, pulled a surprise proposal that had people on social media talking for hours. Thank goodness he wasn’t played off during his acceptance speech, as per usual for such categories.
3. Mrs. Maisel marks a coming out for Amazon
No one predicted the dominance of Amazon’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, which earned the night’s biggest awards haul, including best actress in a comedy and best comedy and best hat (OK, that’s not actually a category, but Amy Sherman-Palladino would have taken it). Amazon may have its new defining show, following the awards success of Transparent a few years back.