2018 Emmy Awards: The complete winners list and all the best behind-the-scenes moments

And that’s a wrap for the 2018 Emmy Awards. After sitting out a year, winter returned with gusto as “Game of Thrones” reclaimed its drama series award. The other big winners of the night included “Barry,” “The Americans,” limited series winner “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” and comedy series winner “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.” Explore The Times’ complete coverage for more on the evening’s biggest moments, the best quotes from the press room, reports from the after-parties and more.

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Emmys recap: The winners, the hosts and that Teddy Perkins cameo

The scene at the Governors Ball on the L.A. Live event deck after the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards.
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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.

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Jeff Daniels’ hilarious horse-riding lesson and more Emmy highlights

Jeff Daniels accepts the supporting actor in a limited series or TV movie award for "Godless."
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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 Emmys 2018: The whole baffling night was a surprise

By the way, Jeff, when can we hear the rest of that story?

Relive those Emmy highlights and more in the video above.

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Ratings: Emmy Awards’ TV audience hits new low with 10.2 million viewers

Colin Jost, left, and Michael Che host the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards.
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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.

The audience levels for the Emmy Awards have taken a hit since 2013, when the telecast scored 17.7 million viewers. The decline has coincided with the proliferation of programming on online streaming services.

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#OscarsSoWhite creator weighs in on #EmmysSoWhite joke

Sterling K. Brown, from left, Kristen Bell, Tituss Burgess, Kate McKinnon, Kenan Thompson, and RuPaul perform at Monday's Emmys ceremony.
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“We solved it”!

That was the sentiment from stars such as Kenan Thompson, Kate McKinnon, Kristen Bell and Titus Burgess at the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards when it came to diversity in Hollywood.

But while there was a whole song and dance about it, literally, at the top of Monday’s show, the actual early Emmy winners portrayed a very different picture.

And Hollywood couldn’t help but notice. After early winners included Henry Winkler, Alex Borstein, Bill Hader, Rachel Brosnahan, Jeff Daniels and Merritt Wever, presenter James Corden commented on the surprising trend: “Let’s get it trending: #EmmysSoWhite,” he said.

(Thankfully, Regina King won lead actress in a limited series for “Seven Second” minutes later.)

However, that didn’t put an end to the question of diversity. Later in the show, co-host Michael Che starred in an entire sketch about Emmy reparations, in which he handed out trophies to black TV actors who had been looked over in past years, such as Jaleel White and Marla Gibbs.

On Tuesday morning, #OscarsSoWhite creator April Reign weighed in on Corden’s joke and the question about true diversity at the Emmys.

“If you can count on one hand the number of people from a particular marginalized community that were on @TheEmmys stage last night, and still have fingers left over? You’re not doing enough,” she tweeted.

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‘Mrs. Maisel’ creator Amy Sherman-Palladino enjoys a victory lap at the revamped Emmy Governors Ball

Daniel Palladino, Amy Sherman-Palladino and Rachel Brosnahan of "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" attend the 70th Emmy Awards Governors Ball.
Daniel Palladino, Amy Sherman-Palladino and Rachel Brosnahan of “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” attend the 70th Emmy Awards Governors Ball.
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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.

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Henry Winkler, ‘Game of Thrones’ Emmy wins feted at HBO after-party

Henry Winkler attends HBO's post-Emmy Awards reception at the Pacific Design Center.
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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.”

Considering that actors in “Barry” and “Westworld” won awards and “Game of Thrones” took the honor for outstanding drama series, a jubilant mood prevailed at this party.

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The 2018 Emmys: A complete list of winners

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Is there too much TV? We asked some of your favorite stars of the small screen

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Issa Rae, Trevor Noah, Milo Ventimiglia and other stars weigh in on the gold carpet at the Emmys, and the feeling is, the more, the merrier.

If Monday’s Primetime Emmy Awards proved one thing, it’s that there’s a lot of television out there that you 1) have never seen or 2) never even knew about.

This new golden age of television — where the glut of TV shows requires a spreadsheet to wade through — is showing no signs of slowing down. But is that a bad thing?

The Times polled some of TV’s elite on the Emmys gold carpet before the big show to get their take.

“To me that’s like saying there are too many books, says “Insecure” star Issa Rae. Of course, she admits it’s hard to keep up.

But hey, as Ann Dowd suggests: “Take a deep breath, and choose.”

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Governors Ball draws Anthony Anderson and John Legend, but most guests call it an early evening

Anthony Anderson and Cedric the Entertainer attend the 70th Emmy Awards Governors Ball.
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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.

A rotating stage that rose to the ceiling featured singers and dancers in sparkling attire and a live band playing jazzy-funk versions of hit songs like Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You,” or Cardi B’s summer jam “I Like It” (which also featured an energetic tap dance routine).

Inside, EGOT winner John Legend and wife Chrissy Teigen were all smiles as they chopped it up with late-night TV host Jimmy Kimmel across a long white table. Sporting one of his signature hats and a dapper suit, Cedric the Entertainer chatted with “black-ish” actor Anthony Anderson near the stage. “Black-ish” creator Kenya Barris escorted his wife Rainbow out of the indoor area, lifting her voluminous golden gown just enough so that she wouldn’t trip.

Outside, Emmy winners stopped by a station dedicated to engraving their statues. Others took selfies with a life-size statuette or got a quick makeup touch-up at a L’Oreal booth.

After making history by winning Emmys for both her writing and directing the series pilot of “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” creator Amy Sherman-Palladino was all smiles in her black top hat as she took pictures with her award. And in their gowns and tuxedos, some guests also took part in the unglamourous task of waiting in line for the portable restrooms.

But around 10:30 pm, the lavish party had mainly cleared out, despite the blasting music and copious food and drinks. It was a Monday night after all.

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Analysis: ‘We solved it’? Why Emmys’ 2018 ceremony was as muddled as the current state of peak TV

Kate McKinnon, Tituss Burgess, Kristen Bell, and Kenan Thompson during the show at the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards.
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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.”

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See Donald Glover, Stephen Colbert and more after-party photos from the Governors Ball

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.

Check out the full gallery here.

Donald Glover at the Governors Ball on the L.A. LIVE Event Deck after the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards.
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Stephen Colbert at the Governors Ball on the L.A. LIVE Event Deck after the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards.
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Emmy winner Tiffany Haddish waits to have her Emmy engraved at the Governors Ball.
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Hollywood's new favorite power couple, Glenn Weiss and Jan Svendsen, stick close together at the Governors Ball.
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Regina King makes an entrance at the Governors Ball.
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‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ creator Amy Sherman-Palladino makes Emmy history

Amy Sherman-Palladino won the prizes for both writing and directing the pilot episode of 'The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.'
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“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.

The show picked up five awards at the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards, dominating the comedy categories and beating out critical favorites such as “Atlanta” and “Barry.”

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Emmy fashion trends: TV mom and daughter Tracee Ellis Ross and Yara Shahidi go bold with shades of pink

Tracee Ellis Ross arriving at the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards.
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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.

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Review: ‘Weekend Update’ meets Hollywood in oddly downbeat Emmy Awards

Hosts Colin Jost and Michael Che during the show at the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards.
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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?

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Netflix honored to tie for most Emmy wins ‘with our friends at HBO’

Emmy winner Regina King and Netflix Vice President of Original Series Cindy Holland attend a pre-Emmy party Saturday.
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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.”

Monday’s draw between the two competitors comes after Netflix squeezed past HBO to lead the 2018 Emmy nominations. Netflix grabbed 112, while HBO drew 108.

Netflix’s 23 wins were up three from last year’s total. HBO, meanwhile, was down six from the 2017 Emmys, when it picked up 29 trophies.

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Emmys fashion trends: Pants and pantsuits rule the arrivals gold carpet

Leslie Jones arrives at the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards.
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Issa Rae, Mary Steenburgen and Leslie Jones formed their own pantsuit nation at Monday’s Emmys in Los Angeles.

The actresses stepped onto the gold carpet at the Microsoft Theater for the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards in pants-based ensembles that dazzled with thousands of crystals and shimmered with a metallic sheen.

Nominated for supporting actress in a comedy series for “Saturday Night Live,” Jones stood out from the crowd in a glitzy iridescent suit by Christian Siriano. The look was accessorized with iridescent drop earrings and a big smile on the gold carpet.

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This year’s unpredictable Emmys delivered plenty of surprises (and snubs)

Claire Foy won the award for lead actress in a drama series, beating out last year's winner, Elisabeth Moss.
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The Emmy Awards are often derided for being predictable, but with this year’s baffling ceremony, it was shocking when an expected winner actually made it to the podium.

“This wasn’t supposed to happen,” Claire Foy, lead actress in a drama winner for “The Crown,” said during her speech, summing up the evening’s vibe.

Foy winning, and not Elisabeth Moss (“The Handmaid’s Tale”) or Sandra Oh (“Killing Eve”)? That wasn’t supposed to happen. A visibly shocked Regina King (“Seven Seconds”) earning another Emmy, this time for lead actress in a limited series or movie? Didn’t Laura Dern have that honor locked for “The Tale”?

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Matthew Rhys reflects on the ‘terrifying’ experience of giving an Emmy acceptance speech

Matthew Rhys backstage after winning the Emmy for lead actor in a drama series for "The Americans."
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What was it like being part of a show with an arc “bigger than Noah’s”?

Matthew Rhys, who picked up his first Emmy for his role as a Russian spy on FX’s “The Americans,” thought back on the series, which said farewell in May after six seasons.

“The dimensions that every character had in that show was tenfold, and I’ll miss the challenge of that,” Rhys said.

But perhaps the role was less challenging than the sheer terror of giving an Emmys acceptance speech. Rhys jokingly compared the experience to a nightmare.

“Everything you’ve dreamed of onstage, playing Hamlet and you don’t know the words...you become a babbling, bumbling idiot,” he said.”Nobody ever sees the giant jumbotron flashing red, going stop, stop — it is terrifying.”

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‘Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ creator Amy Sherman-Palladino welcomes Emmy love (and free booze) with open arms

"The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" team celebrates their multiple Emmy wins Monday.
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“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” the Amazon comedy about a 1950s housewife who finds refuge on stage, picked up five Emmys on Monday including for comedy series, lead actress in a comedy and supporting actress in a comedy. (And that was on top of the three awards the show picked up at the Creative Arts Emmys over the weekend.)

Being a top winner for the night was just “delightful icing” (specifically buttercream), the show’s creator Amy Sherman-Palladino said backstage in the Emmys press room.

“We’ve been very fortunate to have a stable of actors who are not only incredibly… kind, generous actors, they take care of each other. They want the best for everyone’s performance,” Sherman-Palladino said. “When you get into a situation like that, everybody’s so tight, it’s like it’s one in a million.”

“The statues are wonderful. The free booze I’m going to drink a lot of is terrific, but the work itself is the true reward,” she continued. “That’s what you can hope for when you’re a thousand years old.”

Standing with the show’s cast members and creative team including Emmy winner Rachel Brosnahan, Michael Zegen and husband and creative partner Daniel Palladino, Sherman-Palladino discussed the parallels between women in the 1950s and today.

“It was an interesting fluke; at the time ‘Maisel’ came out, we were taking some trolls down. I’m glad it’s a character that still resonates,” Sherman-Palladino said. “Even though it’s still 1959, women can look at her struggle… a lot of those problems still exist and that just makes us still relevant.”

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Amazon is marvelous as ‘Maisel’ takes top comedy Emmy prize, the first for a streaming service

Creator Amy Sherman-Palladino holds Emmy Awards for writing and directing, before her show took home the prize for comedy series.
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A year after Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” became the first original content from a streaming service to win the top drama prize at the Emmy Awards, Amazon’s “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” scored the Emmy for comedy series.

It was a banner year for the Amazon comedy created by Amy Sherman-Palladino, who shares executive-producing duties with husband Daniel Palladino.

Nominated for 14 Emmy Awards, the series about a housewife turned stand-up comic in 1958 New York City took home eight awards total between last week’s Creative Arts Emmys and Monday’s ceremony.

The success of “Maisel” seems to signal a new level of legitimacy for streaming services among the elite awards bodies.

And though Netflix didn’t score the showiest wins Monday, the streaming giant still received the most Emmy nominations overall, with 112, to HBO’s 108.

Even though the main prizes continue to elude them, Netflix did go home with the most wins of any network Monday night with seven. HBO followed with six, and Amazon and FX each took home five apiece. ABC, NBC and VH1 each won a single award.

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RuPaul celebrates ‘Drag Race’ win at the Emmys: ‘Our show adds a little relief for the outsider’

RuPaul speaking backstage at the Emmys after the first reality competition win for "RuPaul's Drag Race."
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Dressed in a white tuxedo emblazoned with the Statue of Liberty, a fabulous RuPaul Charles was ecstatic after snagging the first Emmy win over the 10 season run of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” in the reality competition category. Backstage in the Emmys press room, the entertainer spoke about the wider message of the series.

“We’re living in a country that’s very divided right now,” Charles said. “Our show adds a little relief for the outsider. We celebrate people who dance outside the box...those stories need to be told.”

Surrounded by about 20 of his creative staff on the show, RuPaul said it’s the intersection of entertainment and touching stories on “Drag Race” that helps it resonate with audiences.

“We started out this show to celebrate the art of drag, and in doing so, we brought along a bunch of kids who had varied backgrounds,” Charles said. “These kids bring their courage and their stories, and that’s where the heart is.”

Charles also took time to offer up some advice to his younger self.

“Young RuPaul, don’t take life too seriously. It’s important for you to understand that this is a gift,” he said. “Don’t co-opt certain negative ideas that other people have,” he said. “Pay no attention to all the noise. Follow your heart, kiddo, and you’re going to be just fine. You’re going to be snatching trophies, hun!”

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‘Game of Thrones’ team explains delayed final season: ‘It’s the biggest thing we’ve ever done’

The cast and producers of "Game of Thrones" backstage after winning the drama series Emmy.
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A partial cast of HBO’s hit “Game of Thrones” (including stars Kit Harington, Emilia Clarke, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Gwendoline Christie, Nathalie Emmanuel, Isaac Hempstead Wright, Liam Cunningham and Jacob Anderson), along with creator George R.R. Martin and showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss arrived backstage to the Emmys press room fresh off their third win for outstanding drama series.

Clarke and Harington were singled out to be asked how the show has changed their lives.

“I met my wife on this show, so in that way, it gave me my future family and my life from here on in,” said Harington, who wed former costar Rose Leslie in June. “That’s the main thing it did for me. It’s changed it completely. You could not ask for a better job to take you through your 20s than to be an actor on ‘Game of Thrones.’ ”

“Yeah, really similar, apart for the wife bit,” said Clarke. “It’s given me my entire career. It’s given me my entire life as we know it. It’s changed absolutely everything.”

The producers were asked what factor they think contributed most to the show’s stratospheric success.

“Westeros doesn’t belong to anyone,” said Weiss. “Nobody is personally connected to it, and that means that everybody can be equally connected to it. And I think that that touches on George’s genius. He took all of world history, condensed it into his world, and I think it’s a mirror image everybody can see themselves and their people and their history [in].”

They were also asked whether they felt the same agony that audiences feel in waiting for increasingly shorter seasons to premiere after longer stretches of time.

“The final season is taking a long time because it’s the biggest thing we’ve ever done,” said Benioff. “Even though it’s six episodes, it was nearly a full year going out there and shooting.”

“No one’s gone on vacation, no one’s slacking off,” he added. “It’s [bigger] than anything we’ve ever attempted before and it’s taking a really ... long time.”

When asked whether he thought the show changed television as a whole, Martin said it at least changed science fiction and fantasy television, making the niche genre “equal to any genre.”

“They’re wrapping [‘Game of Thrones’], but we do have five prequels in various stages of development,” he said. “So we’re not done with Westeros yet.”

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For Emmy winner Ryan Murphy, the themes in ‘Assassination of Gianni Versace’ are ‘as modern as ever’

Ryan Murphy accepts the Emmy for his limited series "The Assassination Gianni Versace: American Crime Story."
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Produced by Ryan Murphy, FX’s “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” is far more than a narrative about the 1997 murder of the Italian fashion designer by serial killer Andrew Cunanan. It’s also a dramatic window into what it was like to be gay in America in the ’90s.

Which may be why the show, which starred Edgar Ramirez as Versace and Darren Criss as Cunanan, won the Emmy for limited series on Monday night and Murphy received directing honors in the category.

Backstage, the cast and its director crowded onto the press room stage for what might have been the evening’s fastest group interview. Murphy was to-the-point but poignant.

“It was a story I was passionate about very early on,” he said. “I wanted to tell the story. I was in L.A. five years when Andrew Cunanan started his spree. I felt it was a story that needed to be told. The [themes] are as modern as ever.”

Later, he echoed what he’d spoken about when accepting his award at the podium earlier that evening.

“I was happy to make a political statement. One in four LGBT Americans will be the victim of a hate crime, which is heinous,” he said, adding later that “the idea that I get to tell this story is important to me.”

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HBO ties Netflix for most Emmy wins, 23, on the strength of ‘Game of Thrones’

The cast and crew of "Game of Thrones" onstage accepting the award for drama series.
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It was a nail-biter until the last award was won.

HBO’s “Game of Thrones” and Amazon Prime Video’s “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” captured the top honors in drama and comedy at the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards, while a tie between HBO and Netflix for most wins demonstrated g just how splintered — and wide open — the television landscape has become in the era of streaming services.

When the Emmy nominations were announced in July, Netflix seemed the big winner, dethroning HBO, television’s long-reigning tastemaker, with 112 nominations compared to 108. It marked the first time in 17 years that the premium network had fallen short in the tally for TV excellence.

But redemption for HBO came Monday night during the three-hour ceremony televised by NBC. With wins for “Game of Thrones,” “Westworld” and “Barry” among others, HBO came away with 23 Emmys, as did Netflix, which picked up trophies in acting categories for “Godless” and British monarchy drama “The Crown.”

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Fashion designers colored outside the lines on the Emmys gold carpet

Allison Janney, from left, Regina King, Tracee Ellis Ross and Tatiana Maslany at Monday's Emmy Awards.
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Maybe it was an unconscious effort to beat the Monday night blues, but the most noticeable trend on the 70th Emmy Awards red — well, make that gold — carpet was an emphasis on bright, bold and otherwise unusual (at least for an awards show) colors ranging from Dakota Fanning’s jade-green pleated chiffon crossover Dior dress with a tied back to Tracee Ellis Ross’ voluminous fuchsia Valentino gown.

Other head-turners in candy-colored clothes were Regina King in a curve-hugging chartreuse strapless gown with a graceful arc of fabric across the breastbone; Tatiana Maslany in a custom lime green and black jumpsuit; and Leslie Jones in a custom iridescent pantsuit that seemed to waver between silver and pink depending on the light.

Plus, a noticeable number of women wore pants at this year’s Emmy Awards arrivals.

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Emmy winner Regina King explains why she was sure she wasn’t going to win

Regina King after she won her Emmy on Monday night.
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Regina King arrived backstage at the Emmys press room with Miles Davis’ “Kind of Blue” album playing in her head as the soundtrack to her victory.

“I’m feeling kind of blue,” she said. “In such a good way in my chartreuse.”

In fact, that show-stopping chartreuse gown was blemished with an almost imperceptible red stain, the result of her lipstick dropping onto her lap just before the nominees in her category were announced. (King won the Emmy for lead actress in a limited series or movie for her work in “Seven Seconds.”)

“I was going in my purse to get my phone to Google something,” she said. “Not telling you what I was Googling — and my lipstick popped out my purse and landed in my lap like the universe was [saying], ‘Get off your damn phone.’”

Her agent, Dar Rollins, suggested that she bring her purse up to cover the spot if she were to win. “I was like, ‘I’m not going to win.’ And he was just saying to me, ‘I told you, I told you.’ I’m still … my heart is giggling still right now.”

King was asked whether, in her experience as both an actress and a budding director, she felt we’ve reached a turning point in diversity. Her answer skirted the question.

“I’m going to be 100% honest … I do feel a lot of times that we’re so divided as a country ... things aren’t always in black and white, and I am guilty of that a lot of times as well,” she said. “I think that probably played a big part in my assumption that the chances of me winning were so small. Also looking at the numbers of different people in the category, the numbers do definitely weigh larger on the white population.

“This is the Television Academy, an academy of my peers,” she continued. “And my peers don’t just have the same skin color as me and they’re not just only interested in the things that represent what they look like. They’re interested in art and storytelling. and they’re interested in seeing things from different perspectives.”

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Jeff Daniels reveals the important acting advice he got from Meryl Streep

Jeff Daniels won the Emmy for supporting actor in a limited series for "Godless."
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Sixty-three-year old actor Jeff Daniels used his time backstage at the Emmys press room to give a mini-lesson on the craft of acting.

The two-time Emmy winner scored an award for supporting actor in a limited series for his role as a scripture-spouting villain in Netflix’s feminist western “Godless.” He was also nominated this year for lead actor in a limited series for Hulu’s “The Looming Tower.”

“You don’t want to get caught going for the joke in a comedy. In a drama, you look for the humor. It’s kind of basic,” he said. “Also Meryl [Streep] taught me this — I leave a lot to chance now … you just get the basic idea of what this guy is thinking and then jump off the cliff and start flapping your arms.”

With a career spanning nearly 40 years, Daniels reflected on his versatility playing dramatic roles including those in “Godless” and “The Looming Tower” and others like airhead Harry Dunne in 1994’s “Dumb and Dumber.”

“You don’t just act stupid or be dumb, it’s got to be specific, you start thinking like them,” Daniels said. “And how soon can you forget about the camera. You learn all the mechanical techniques and then you put them in the back of your mind and try not to think about them.”

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Here are more photos of the couple who got engaged at the Emmys to prove love isn’t dead

Glenn Weiss and Jan Svendsen backstage at the Emmys after his surprise proposal.
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Sure, a bunch of people won Emmy awards Monday night, but the evening’s real winners were Glenn Weiss and his girlfriend, Jan Svendsen.

The couple stole the show when Weiss won the Emmy for directing “The Oscars” and used his time at the podium to propose to Svendsen. (Spoiler alert: She said yes.)

And that romantic proposal in front of millions of viewers was just the beginning of their romance tour.

Check out a few more behind-the-scenes photos of the happy couple to warm your icy cold heart.

The happy couple backstage.
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Weiss and Svendsen shared a kiss backstage.
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Backstage at the Emmys as the first couple, Glenn Weiss and Jan Svendsen, met the press

Glenn Weiss reenacts his proposal to Jan Svendsen backstage at the Emmys.
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Amid an auditorium filled with power couples and A-list celebrities at the Emmys on Monday night, the “It couple” of the evening might just be Glenn Weiss and his new fiancée, Jan Svendsen.

Accepting his award for directing a variety special (this year’s Oscars), Weiss proposed onstage to a shocked Svendsen. She made her way to the podium, her hands visibly shaking as he placed his recently deceased mother’s wedding ring on her finger.

“It’s not a diamond ring; it’s my mom’s wedding ring — it’s more valuable than the Hope diamond,” he told journalists backstage. “And walking down the red carpet like nothing’s happening with this in my pocket was nerve-wracking. But now, it’s where it belongs.”

Which sent an “awwww” rippling through the press room.

Weiss and Svendsen met in 2001, he said, in New York at the Tonys. Svendsen had worked for the Broadway League and had been chief marketing officer for the Tonys, she said.

On Monday, no one, Weiss said, had any idea he was planning to propose except his father.

“I had no suspicions whatsoever,” Svendsen said. “I was just hoping he’d dedicate the award to his mother — and he did, and then some. I’m just still processing this.”

How did she get his mother to approve of her, one journalist asked?

“Oh, that was never a problem,” Svendsen said. “I fell in love with her the first time I met her.”

“My mom passed away two weeks ago and it’s been a lot of emotion,” Weiss said, soon adding, “It feels bittersweet but really, really nice.”

Was this always Weiss’ plan, to propose in front of millions of people during a televised awards show?

“Um, nooo?” he said. “You can’t plan this … it’s been an interesting couple of weeks in my life, and it became a thought, and the thought picked up steam as we got here. The timing just lined up nicely, and it was a really magical moment.”

Then he turned to Svendsen : “Thank you for saying yes.”

Then the couple continued on with their night, which will later include a celebratory stop at In-N-Out Burger (“our staple after award shows,” Weiss had said). And the room erupted in another round of “awwwww.”

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Glenn Weiss used his time onstage, accepting the variety special directing award for this year’s Oscars, to propose.

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Matt Smith and Claire Foy of ‘The Crown’ stay close at the Emmys

Matt Smith and Claire Foy during the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles.
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Not long after taking the stage to accept her Emmy for lead actress in a drama, “The Crown’s” Claire Foy made her way through the lobby alongside co-star Matt Smith. As fans beseeched Foy for a selfie as they passed, Smith stood by his castmate, who portrays Queen Elizabeth II on the Netflix drama, just as his character — Prince Philip — might.

“That was fantastic to see her up there,” Smith, who was also a nominee tonight, told The Times. “She’s so deserving.”

Foy’s win marks a celebratory end to her run as the royal monarch. The actress finished her stint as the character with the show’s second season. Olivia Colman will take over the role when the drama returns for its third season.

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‘Game of Thrones’ wins for outstanding drama series

“Game of Thrones” wins the 2018 Emmy for outstanding drama series.

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‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ wins for outstanding comedy series

“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” wins the 2018 Emmy for outstanding comedy series.

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‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ takes home first Emmy for reality competition program

Ross Mathews, from left, RuPaul Charles, Michelle Visage and Carson Kressley arrive at the Emmy Awards.
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“RuPaul’s Drag Race”: Shante, you stay.

The beloved VH1 series took home its first Emmy Award for reality competition program Monday night, triumphing over a fierce field of competition to snatch the crown.

It was only the second nomination for the series, which aired its 10th season earlier this year.

On the other hand, host RuPaul Charles has been victorious each year he’s been nominated for reality competition program host, beginning in 2016 and including earlier this month.

Charles accepted the award “on behalf of the 140 drag queens we have released into the wild.”

“Thank you to the academy,” he added. “This is so lovely. We are so happy to present this show.”

The double win is the first time a series has won reality competition program and reality competition program host in the same year.

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‘The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story’ wins for outstanding limited series

“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” wins the 2018 Emmy for outstanding limited series.

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‘Last Week Tonight With John Oliver’ wins for outstanding variety talk series

“Last Week Tonight With John Oliver” wins the 2018 Emmy for outstanding variety talk series.

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‘Saturday Night Live’ wins for outstanding variety sketch series

“Saturday Night Live” wins the 2018 Emmy for outstanding variety sketch series.

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‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ wins for outstanding reality-competition program

The 2018 Emmy winners for outstanding reality-competition program are Rupaul, Tim Palazzola, Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato, Tom Campbell, Mandy Salangsang, Steven Corfe, Bruce McCoy, Michele Mills, Jacqueline Wilson, Thairin Smothers and Pamela Post for “RuPaul’s Drag Race.”

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Here’s what was bleeped from Thandie Newton’s Emmys speech

Thandie Newton onstage at the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards.
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Thandie Newton delivered an emotional speech Monday night when she received the Emmy for supporting actress in a drama.

However, not all of what the “Westworld” actress had to say was fit for print, or in this case, for broadcast television. (Don’t blame Newton, she’s not used to having to deal with censors now that she works for HBO.)

So what got bleeped from her speech? Newton saying, “I’m so [F-word] blessed.”

Among the other highlights? Thanking her (female) God and wishing her daughter a happy birthday.

Newton takes the baton from Elisabeth Moss, who also got a visit from the censor fairy last year when she won lead actress in a drama series for “The Handmaid’s Tale.”

This was Newton’s second nomination and first win for the role.

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Peter Dinklage discusses the end of ‘Game of Thrones’: ‘It was definitely hard to say goodbye’

Peter Dinklage holds his Emmy for supporting actor in a drama series at the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards.
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Peter Dinklage arrived backstage to the press room, setting his Emmy down by his feet as he answered journalists’ questions.

He was asked about the rumor that he didn’t originally want the role of Tyrion in HBO’s “Game of Thrones” for which he won his third Emmy.

“Where’d you hear that?” he said. “That’s nonsense. How did that rumor get started?”

He admitted that he’d been concerned about the genre, particularly because he hadn’t read the books and wasn’t yet familiar with the “complexity of Tyrion.”

“Many times people my size weren’t complicated enough for me to be interested in doing it,” he said. “But they relieved my concerns very quickly.”

Dinklage revealed that his last day on the “Game of Thrones” set was back in July and that it was “very sad.”

“This is not only a great TV show to be a part of, but it was an enormous family to be a part of,” he said. “And I’m sure you’ve heard that before from actors, but in this case, I was far from home. I live in N.Y. and we shot the show over in Europe so many times I had to stay there; I wasn’t able to go home on the weekends so I really developed deep roots in the community, deep roots in Ireland and some of the other countries we shot in. It was definitely hard to say goodbye because I wasn’t just saying goodbye to the show, I was saying goodbye to a life over there.”

“How do you top this?” a journalist asked.

“How do I top ‘Game of Thrones?’ Or winning an Emmy? Or everything?” Dinklage responded. “You just keep searching, hoping that the next writer you come across is equally as talented as [showrunners] David Benioff and Dan Weiss.”

“I absolutely adored this character and the stories we were telling,” he added. “It’s just so beautiful when other people feel the same way you do.”

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#EmmysSoWhite joke from James Corden prompts nervous laughter

James Corden presents at the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards.
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James Corden kept everyone on their toes Monday night when he presented at the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards.

After Betty White delivered one of the most heartfelt moments of the evening, Corden set a completely new tone when he took the mic.

He joked that it was the 96-year-old White who had broken up the scuffle that transpired Sunday night between Tom Arnold and Mark Burnett.

And then Corden went further into cringe-laughter territory with a joke about #EmmysSoWhite after all of the early acting wins of the night went to white actors and actresses.

(Thankfully, shortly after Corden’s crack, Regina King won lead actress in a limited series or movie for “Seven Seconds.”)

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Matthew Rhys wins for outstanding lead actor in a drama series

Matthew Rhys wins the 2018 Emmy for outstanding lead actor in a drama series for “The Americans.”

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Forget the traditional tux: Men step out in bold style on the Emmys red carpet

"Queer Eye's" Jonathan Van Ness, from left, Bobby Berk, Tan France, Antoni Porowski and Karamo Brown arrive for Monday's Emmy Awards.
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Judging by the nontraditional formal wear donned by leading men Ricky Martin, Justin Hartley, Antonio Banderas and the hosts of “Queer Eye,” a muster of peacocks has descended upon the 70th Primetime Emmys.

Although the peak-lapel tuxedo in impenetrable black is a staple of the red carpet, men’s sartorial selections at the Emmys on Monday were anything but staid. Several went with hues of white, midnight blue, olive green, red and also a plaid print.

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Claire Foy wins for outstanding lead actress in a drama series

Claire Foy wins the 2018 Emmy for outstanding lead actress in a drama series for “The Crown.”

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Rachel Brosnahan feels like ‘the new kid at the party’ backstage at the Emmys

"The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" star Rachel Brosnahan with her award for lead actress in a comedy backstage at the Emmys
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Rachel Brosnahan’s appearance backstage in the Emmys press room was short but charming. In her flowing crimson dress and bright red lipstick, she conjured a sense of 1950s glamour consistent with her show, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.”

“This is very, very new — I feel like the new kid at the party,” she said of her lead actress in a comedy win. She tilted her head to the side, appearing demure and a bit shy.

As to why her Amazon series has resonated with audiences, she said: “The show is equal parts fantasy and reality. It has beautiful clothes and sets. It’s aspirational too; it’s about a woman reinventing herself ... and it’s never too late to do that. And it’s funny and filled with joy at its core — and that’s something we need a lot more of right now.”

Playing Miriam “Midge” Maisel, a 1950s Jewish housewife who enters the world of stand-up comedy, wasn’t anything Brosnahan could have possibly imagined for herself.

“Truthfully, this is a dream I didn’t know I had. If you told me [this] five years ago, I would have told you to sit down,” she said. “But I’ve always wanted to play complex and grounded women. And this is an opportunity to do that.”

And with that, Brosnahan pivoted and elegantly made her way off the small stage, her red gown trailing behind her.

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