BY DOMINIQUE PRICE
The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences presented the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards on Monday, Sept. 17 at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.
“This year’s Emmy Awards has the most diverse group of nominees in Emmy history,” said comedian Kenan Thompson as he opened the show with co-star, Kate McKinnon.
The pair welcomed audience members and viewers at home with a song about diversity entitled, “We Solved It!” featuring cameos from Tituss Burgess, Kristen Bell, RuPaul, Andy Samberg, Ricky Martin, and John Legend.
Hosts, Saturday Night Live comedians, Michael Che and Colin Jost amused the audience with their monologue punchlines.
The award show featured numerous categories with prominent nominations, triumphant wins, and shocking acceptance speeches.
According to the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences website, HBO and Netflix tied with the most Emmy wins for the night. Both won 23 Emmy Awards.
While Amazon did not win as many awards, the streaming service still dominated many Emmy categories with its series, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.”
Rachel Brosnahan took home the Emmy Award for “Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series” with “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,’ over “Insecure’s” Issa Rae, “Black-ish’s” Tracee Ellis Ross, and “Mom’s” Allison Janney.
HBO’s “Game of Thrones” took home the win for “Outstanding Drama Series” over both Netflix’s “The Crown” and “Stranger Things,” FX’s “The Americans,” NBC’s “This Is Us,” and Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale.”
One of the biggest categories was, “Outstanding Lead Actor and Actress in a Drama Series.” Matthew Rhys took home the Emmy for “Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series” with FX’s “The Americans,” and Claire Foy took home the Emmy for “Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series” with Netflix’s “The Crown.”
Another big win came for actress Regina King who took home the Emmy for “Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie” with Netflix’s “Seven Seconds.”
“I was very happy to finally see such a great African American actress take home such a big award for a series that holds so much power and meaning,” said senior Myer Segal.
Regina King was among many other great actresses including “Godless’” Michelle Dockery, “The Tale’s” Lauren Dern, “The Sinner’s” Jessica Biel, and “American Horror Story’s” Sarah Paulson who were nominated for the award.
As for “Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series,” sophomore Tabatha Maxime hoped comedian Kenan Thompson would take home the win.
“I love Kenan Thompson on Saturday Night Live. I was so happy that he was nominated because he truly deserved to win, but maybe he’ll take home the Emmy next year,” said Maxime.
“Barry’s” Henry Winkler took home the Emmy Award for “Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series.”
Some speeches left the audience and viewers at home in shock and joy. After winning the Emmy for “Outstanding Directing for a Variety Special,” Glenn Weiss’ proposal to girlfriend, Jan Friedlander, leaving the audience speechless and in awe.
“I did not think anyone would propose at the Emmy’s on National television, but it was actually really cute,” said junior Gianna Nutile.
According to People Magazine, Weiss said that it had been a rough couple of weeks for him, but he knew he was nominated and if his name was called, it would be a special moment he would share with the world.
Aside from the awards, the nominees themselves made a statement with their red-carpet fashion choices. Actress and comedian Tiffany Haddish wore a multicolored gown representing unity in diversity.
“When I first saw Tiffany Haddish’s gown, I thought it was a bit too much, but it definitely fits her personality and portrays a good message,” said Nutile.