From Proposals to Strip Teases: All The Best Moments From The 2018 Emmys
THE WE SOLVED IT OPENING NUMBER
Saturday Night Live costars Kate McKinnon and Kenan Thompson kicked off the evening with a star-studded song and dance honoring the nigh'ts historic number of diverse nominees, joking that Hollywood has "finally" solved its diversity problem.
Sterling K. Brown, Kristen Bell and Tituss Burgess quickly joined in on the performance, which also featured cameos by Andy Samberg, RuPaul, Ricky Martin and John Legend — as well as a troupe of dancers representing "one of each" race.
THE ROSEANNE ROAST
Co-hosts Michael Che and Colin Jost started off the show with a mini version of their popular SNL Weekend Update segment, featuring one-liners about Harvey Weinstein and Roseanne Barr.
"Roseanne was canceled by herself, but picked up by white nationalists," Che joked. "How messed up is your life that you have to go to the Middle East just to get peace of mind?" he said of Barr’s plans to move to Israel after she likened former Barack Obama advisor Valerie Jarrett to an "ape" on Twitter in May.
TRACY MORGAN JOKES HE'S 'ONLY ROOTING FOR THE BLACK PEOPLE'
After the nominees for best supporting actress in a comedy series were listed off, Morgan, 49, told co-presenter Jimmy Kimmel "I’m only rooting for the black people."
"I’m rooting for Leslie Jones, Zazie Beetz, and Millie Bobby Brown," he informed Kimmel - and when he was informed that the Stranger Things actress was not black, nor nominated, he joked that she was uninivited to the cookout.
THE FAUX STRIP TEASE
Before even stepping onstage to accept the award for outstanding supporting actress in a comedy, Borstein expressed her excitement by standing up in the aisle and shimmying out of her (former wedding dress's) matching jacket in a playful strip tease.
"I went without the bra," The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel star began her speech.
THE 'JUST HORSING AROUND' SPEECH
"Little tip for you young actors: When they call and ask if you can ride a horse, don’t lie," he joked, revealing that his horse, Apollo, threw him off three times. On the third time, "He broke my wrist, my left wrist." But fear not — it's strong enough to lift an Emmy now!
THE OPPORTUNE MOMENT
Betty White coyly offered her hand to Alec Baldwin while being honored for her 70-year career. "You think I’m gonna miss a chance when I get it?" joked the 96-year-old as Baldwin kissed her hand.
THE DRAG NAMING
When RuPaul and Leslie Jones — an avid Drag Race fan — took the stage to present, they took the liberty of assigning 'drag names' to a few of the nominees: Sir Lady Alec Baldwin and Sandra Oh No She Better Do were some of the highlights.
THE HOLY SHOUTOUT
In a humorous nod to host Michael Che’s joke from the show’s opening monologue that only black actors thank Jesus in their speeches, Regina King made sure to sneak in a quick "Thank you Jesus (Michael Che!)," as she accepted the award for lead actress in a limited series — the first award of the night to go to a person of color.
"Wow, I didn’t have nothing to say because I wasn’t really expecting this, but I am so grateful television academy," King said.
Oscars director Glenn Weiss brought the room to tears when he proposed to girlfriend Jan Svendsen while accepting the award for outstanding directing for a variety special.
"You wonder why I don't like to call you my girlfriend — because I wanna call you my wife," Weiss said as Svendsen began to cry before coming onstage to accept his late mother's engagement ring.
THE EMOTIONAL REACTIONS
Weiss' acceptence speech proposal sparked tears and cheers throughout the audience, from Leslie Jones screaming to a misty-eyed Benedict Cumberbatch clapping enthusiastically. Even Claire Foy — who stoically joked early on in the show that if it seemed like she couldn't show emotion while presenting, it was because she was British — was moved to tears.