2018 Emmy Award Winners, Best Moments & More

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The 2018 Emmy Awards were an unexpected surprise filled with plenty of emotional moments including a show-stopping opening number with TV’s top stars on solving the diversity issues, a wedding proposal, Paw Patrol and more. Here we’ve gathered some of the best acceptance speeches and highlight where you can watch some of the best Emmy moments from the Sept. 17, 2018 event.

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Henry Winkler on his first Emmy Award win after 42 years!

Glen Weiss emotional speech on losing his mother, and then his proposal to his girlfriend.

The opening monologue


The 2018 Emmy Winners and acceptance speech excerpts:

Winner of Outstanding Comedy Series: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Creator Amy Sherman-Palladino and husband/co-executive producer Daniel Palladino.
Daniel Palladino: “I had something memorized, and it all dumped out. Thank you to the Academy and to all the viewers who watch. To our agents at CAA: Joe Cohen, Ryan Fevreau, and Jeanne Newman, who guide us in our careers. Amy Palladino. I would also like to thank our crew, Donna Zakowska, Bill Groom. You guys turned modern-day New York into 1958 New York, and it’s amazing, the job you do. To our families watching at home, particularly our mothers, Maven Sherman and Ginger Palladino. And, guys, they are available. Also, to everyone at Amazon, it’s been a really great ride. You guys have been nothing but supportive from the very, very beginning. Thank you so much for that. And to our cast, who bite into our 80-page scripts every week. We just wrapped, a day and a half ago, Season 2, and we look forward to Season 3. Thank you so much from all of us. Again, thank you to the viewers. Thank you.”

Winner of Outstanding Drama Series: Game of Thrones
D.B. Weiss:
“Writing for these actors behind us is the honor of a lifetime, but we didn’t invent these characters, that was George R.R. Martin. We could not have — this show could not be without the mad genius of George. Thank you for letting us take care of your people. HBO: There is no better place to work. Thank you, Richard Plepler, you said yes to us 10 years ago and that’s the only reason we’re standing up here now. Thank you to everyone else at HBO.”

Winner of Outstanding Variety Talk Series: Last Week Tonight With John Oliver 
Jon Oliver: “All the shows every year we fly our staff here, and we put them in the worst seats in the building to send a mixed message. So, thank you to our staff. We are incredibly proud of you. Thank you. On behalf everyone in the room, I would like to thank Glenn Weiss whose fiance said yes. This could have been a very different evening. You really came through. We would like to thank HBO, Casey, and especially Nina for their constant support. They’ve been incredible. Whether we want to do a story about trade policy or about Russell Crowe’s jockstrap. I’d like to thank Liz Stanton and Tim Carvell, who are the backbone of the show. My wife, Kate, she’s my personal backbone. I love you very much. And our children, Greyson, Ella, Emmet, Hudson and Marlow. We love you very much. My son, two and a half years old, he hates our show. He likes Paw Patrol. And if our show is anything, it’s the precise opposite of Paw Patrol. Thank you very much.”

Winner of Outstanding Limited Series: The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
Ryan Murphy: “The Assassination of Gianni Versace is about a lot of things. It’s about homophobia, internalized and externalized. It’s about a country that allows hatred to grow unfettered and unchecked. One out of the every four LGBTQ people in this country will be the victim of a hate crime. We dedicate this award to them. We dedicate this award to awareness, to stricter hate crime laws. And mostly, this is for the memory of Jeff and David and Gianni and for all of those taken too soon. Thank you very much.”

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Winner of Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series: Bill Hader, Barry
Winner of Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series: Henry Winkle, Barry (pictured above)
Henry Winkler: “I wrote this 43 years ago. All right. Can I just say Skip Brittenham said to me a few years ago, ‘If you stay at the table long enough, the chips come to you.’ And tonight I got to clear the table. If you get a chance to work with Bill Hader or Alec Berg, run. Don’t walk. Thank you for producing us, for creating us, for directing us, and for Bill for acting with us and all of our wonderful writers. Sherry Thompson and a wonderful Sheri Goldberg, an extraordinary publicist, Cliff and Aaron and Chris, who represent me. Almost for the first time I feel represented. I can’t stop yet. My wife, Stacey. Oh, my God, my cast and crew and the kids. Kids: Jed, Zoe, and Max, you can go to bed now. Daddy won.“

Winner of Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series: Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel 
Winner of Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series: Alex Borstein, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Winner of Outstanding Lead Actress In A Limited Series Or Movie: Regina King, Seven Seconds
Winner of Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Limited Series Or Movie: Merritt Wever, Godless 

Winner of Outstanding Lead Actor In A Limited Series Or Movie: Darren Criss, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story 
Winner of Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Limited Series Or Movie: Jeff Daniels, Godless

Winner of Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series: Matthew Rhys – The Americans 
Matthew Rhys: “I’ve just had my last birthday. …Joel Weisberg, parts like this come along so rarely, and what you created, wrote, and risked, I will be forever in your debt. Your good-felt Gavin O’Connor and Leslie Feldman not only gave me the part and the opportunity of a lifetime, but by default, they also gave me a son. I just hope the little bugger is asleep. …And finally to the woman who truly got me this award, who stands in front of me every day and puts up with me. She said, ‘If you propose to me, I’ll punch you clean in the mouth.’ I don’t have the words. I don’t have the time, neither which would do you justice, Keri Lynn. Thank you. More to come. Thank you.
Winner of Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series:
Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones 

Winner of Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series: Claire Foy, The Crown
Claire Foy: “I know everyone’s always talking about women in the industry, but if that’s anything to go by, bloody hell. I’m technically not swearing. But Sandy Oh, I love you. Listen, thank you, Emmys. I’ve had the most extraordinary years of my life.

Winner of Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series: Thandie Newton, Westworld

Winner of Outstanding Reality-Competition Program: RuPaul’s Drag Race
RuPaul Charles: “
I would like to thank on behalf of the 140 drag queens we have released into the wild ‑‑ I’d like to thank Dick Richards for introducing me to Randy Barbato and Fenton Bailey, Tom Campbell, Tim Palazzola, and Pam Post and Steven Corfe and Mandy Salangsang, Thairin Smothers, Joelle Hawkes, and all of the dreamers out there. Listen, if you can’t love yourself, how in the hell you going to love somebody else? Can I get an amen up in here? Now let the music play.”

Winner of Outstanding Variety Sketch Series: Saturday Night Live
Lorne Michaels: “Let me just say, I love my job, and I love the people I work with and that, in 1975, when we started, there were a lot of articles for most of that decade about how the networks wouldn’t be here much longer. And here we are. It’s 2018, and we are at The Emmys, and we are on NBC. Thanks.”

Winner of Outstanding Directing Variety Special: Glenn Weiss for ‘The Oscars’
Glenn Weiss: “I’m really grateful to be here, but it’s bittersweet. The person most proud at this moment would be my mom, and she passed away just two weeks ago. Part of my heart is broken, and I don’t think it will ever be repaired, but she’s in me, and she always will be. Mom always believed in finding the sunshine in things and she adored my girlfriend Jan. Jan, you are the sunshine in my life. And Mom was right: Don’t ever let go of your sunshine. You wonder why I don’t like to call you my girlfriend; because I want to call you my wife. I didn’t ask yet. I didn’t ask yet. Hey, Mitch, I’m going to be a moment. This is the ring that my dad put on my mom’s finger 65 — 67 years ago. And to my sisters and brothers, I didn’t swipe it. Dad knows I have it. Okay? Jan, I want to put this ring that my mom wore on your finger in front of all these people and in front my mom and your parents watching from above. Will you marry me? Thank you to the Academy. Thank you everybody. Thank you.

Winner of Outstanding Directing Limited Series: Ryan Murphy, The Assassination of Gianni Versace
Winner of Outstanding Directing Comedy Series: Amy Sherman-Palladino, The Marvelous Ms. Maisel

Winner of Outstanding Writing Comedy Series: Amy Sherman-Palladino, The Marvelous Ms. Maisel

Winner of Outstanding Writing Drama Series: Joel Fields, Joseph Weisberg, The Americans

Winner of Outstanding Writing Variety Special: John Mulaney, Kid Gorgeous at Radio City

Writing for a Limited Series, Movie or Dramatic Special:
Black Mirror, William Bridges & Charlie Brooker