More than 28,800 individual LED lights suspended from the ceiling of the L.A. Live event deck make up a twinkling, multicolored expanse that evokes the feeling of being “under the stars.”
It’s the theme of this year's lavish Emmy Awards after-party, the Governors Ball. To celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Emmy Awards, the annual event is forgoing a sit-down dinner in exchange for an interactive indoor/outdoor rooftop setting at the L.A. Live event deck.
Over three nights of the Governors Ball, more than 8,000 guests, including nominees, presenters and of course Emmy winners, will be able to mix and mingle among life-size Emmy statuettes and man-made and natural stars.
Now that the awards (and the after-parties) are over, it’s only fitting to recap TV’s biggest night. TV reporter Yvonne Villarreal and TV critics Lorraine Ali and Glenn Whipp join host Mark Olsen to analyze the surprises and disappointments, the performances of hosts Michael Che and Colin Jost, and that unexpected visit from “Atlanta’s” Teddy Perkins.
Sure, that surprise marriage proposal at Monday’s Emmy awards was far and away the most talked about (and tweeted about) moment of the evening.
But Glenn Weiss’ bold gesture wasn’t the only highlight from the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards. For starters, there were a few memorable lines from hosts Michael Che and Colin Jost’s monologue. Then there were the winners’ speeches, ranging from the powerful (when Rachel Brosnahan encouraged viewers to vote) to the hilarious (when Jeff Daniels encouraged young actors not to lie about their horse-riding abilities while accepting his Emmy for the Netflix western “Godless.”)
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The ratings slide for the Emmy Awards that has come with the rise of streaming TV shows continued with Monday’s telecast, which scored its smallest audience in history.
NBC’s live broadcast, hosted by “Saturday Night Live” Weekend Update anchors Colin Jost and Michael Che at the Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles, averaged 10.17 million viewers, down 10.5% from last year’s show, according to Nielsen.
Last year, the Emmys scored 11.4 million viewers on CBS, a touch above the show’s previous all-time low of 11.37 million in 2016, when ABC had the telecast.
How could anyone miss Amy Sherman-Palladino at the Governors Ball? At the official after-party for the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards, she strode onto the rooftop Event Deck at L.A. Live in Los Angeles in her top hat and fuchsia-lined tailcoat. She’d won that night both for comedy writing and directing, and later ascended the stage when “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” captured the award for comedy series.
After admitting she felt “a little overwhelmed,” Sherman-Palladino said she was especially happy to see Alex Borstein win the supporting actress award. She said she’d already figured Rachel Brosnahan, who soon joined the group, would win in the lead actress category.
Themed “Emmys Under the Stars,” the ball featured hundreds of lights suspended overhead that continually changed colors. In the center of the venue, an orchestra played on a revolving platform, while a singer performed on the top level.
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.”