A crowd gathered around Henry Winkler at the HBO reception following the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards. Having won an Emmy for his supporting role in the comedy series “Barry,” he smiled broadly as he shook hands with all those who came by.
So how did it feel to get a standing ovation?
“I was only kind of present,” he said, “but I’ll tell you something. I’m very thrilled. I’m so happy. I’ve been nominated a lot and I never got out of my chair. Tonight I stood up and got out of my chair. Then on Wednesday, we go back to work. So that’s an award in itself.”
After the Emmys ceremony, winners, nominees and attendees ascended sets of blue-carpeted stairs to the Governors Ball, the official after-party at L.A. Live.
Although this year’s theme was “Under the Stars,” cloudy skies prevented attendees from catching a glimpse of real ones. They were however dazzled by a twinkling sea of more than 28,000 LED lights suspended from the ceiling of the rooftop.
Instead of the party’s typical sit-down dinner, guests were treated to a mix and mingle soiree with small bites including beef sliders, truffle fries and hazelnut chocolate feuilletine, and of course plenty of Champagne and wine.
The 70th Primetime Emmy Awards opened on what seemed to be a confident voice.
“We Solved It!” sang Kristen Bell, Sterling K. Brown, Tituss Burgess, Kate McKinnon and Kenan Thompson in a satirical musical number celebrating steps the television industry has made in diversifying its very white, very male ranks. RuPaul sashayed across the stage in red heels. Ricky Martin salsa danced.
In their opening monologue at the Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles, hosts Colin Jost and Michael Che continued the diversity theme that has become so much a part of recent awards shows. When mentioning nominated show “black-ish,” Che said, “black-ish is also how I’ve been asked to behave tonight.” And they called Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” — one of the most politically prescient nominated shows of the night — “‘Roots’ for white women.”
The stars were out and ready to celebrate Monday after the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards. Many made the trek from the Microsoft Theater to the L.A. Live Event Deck immediately following the ceremony to get into the Governors Ball — the official Emmys after-party.
The Times has an inside look at the scene, including photos of Donald Glover, Stephen Colbert, Tiffany Haddish and even Glenn Weiss and his bride-to-be.
“This is very, very new — I feel like the new kid at the party,” said Rachel Brosnahan, who had every reason to be shocked and elated at the turn of events for her comedy series “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.”
Brosnahan spoke backstage after accepting the Emmy for her performance as Midge Maisel, an immaculately coiffed, fast-talking Jewish housewife in midcentury Manhattan who stumbles into a career in comedy in the wake of her marriage’s demise.
In all ways, Monday was a marvelous night for Amazon.
Actresses Tracee Ellis Ross and Yara Shahidi, who portray on-screen mother and daughter on ABC’s “black-ish,” appeared to have also shared style genes at the Emmys on Monday.
Both arrived at the Microsoft Theater for the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards in unconventional pink dresses as well as daring makeup that entailed using lipstick on their eyes and cheeks.
Shahidi, who just started her freshman year at Harvard, didn’t have much time to pick a gown for the big Hollywood event. Her glam team, including fashion stylist Jason Bolden and hairstylist Nai’vasha Johnson, flirted with the idea of showing a bit of her shoulders. Shahidi, who stars in the “black-ish” spinoff “grown-ish” on Freeform, selected a halter dress from Gucci that was accented with crystals along the neckline and a whimsical flower applique at the frock’s center.
And so we have put to bed the 70th running of the Emmy Awards, that night when the people of television go on to television to honor the people of television — some people of television anyway.
The broadcast, hosted by “Saturday Night Live’s” “Weekend Update” co-anchors Michael Che and Colin Jost, and produced by “SNL” creator Lorne Michaels, aired on a Monday, unusually, because NBC, whose turn it was to broadcast the ceremony, had football on Sunday.
Here are the questions a reviewer must ask of any modern awards show: Did it run on time? In running on time, was it cruel to the people it was supposedly made to celebrate? Was whatever was roiling the news, from outside the industry or within it, or from both at once, addressed seriously, whimsically, ironically, facetiously or embarrassingly, or not at all? Was the host or hosts funny? Did that crazy thing that happened make it all worthwhile?
Although it wasn’t a clear victory over HBO, Netflix was happy enough to tie the pay cable network for most wins.
The streaming service issued a statement Monday night celebrating its 23 wins and referring to HBO as “our friends” despite their years of competing for talent, eyeballs and, yes, awards.
“Tonight's recognition is a tribute to the creativity and talent of thousands of artists and we are thrilled to see their work awarded by the Academy,” said Cindy Holland, Netflix’s vice president of original series. “We are honored to share this night with our friends at HBO, who have paved the way for years by setting the highest possible standard."