2018 Emmys: Snubs and Surprises

by IMDb-Editors | last updated - 6 months ago

The IMDb editors weigh in on the winners, wedding proposals, and WTF? moments from TV's biggest night.

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Elisabeth Moss and Alexis Bledel in The Handmaid's Tale (2017)

Snub: "The Handmaid's Tale" Has a Rough Night

It dominated last year's awards, taking advantage of an absent "Game of Thrones" to win Outstanding Drama Series and taking home several acting awards, too. But "Handmaid's Tale" had tough go of things at Monday night's show. Defending champ Elisabeth Moss lost Outstanding Actress in a Drama to Claire Foy, Joseph Fiennes dropped Supporting Actor to Peter Dinklage, and the show somehow came away without a Supporting Actress win despite having three nominees in the field. Oh yeah, and relinquished the Outstanding Drama Series crown to "Thrones," too. Now that's a lousy night.

Glenn Weiss and Jan Svendsen at an event for The 70th Primetime Emmy Awards (2018)

Surprise: We Had a Proposal!

Glenn Weiss went off script while accepting his Directing for a Variety Special Emmy for "The Oscars," proposing to girlfriend Jan Svendsen mid-speech. "You wonder why I don't like to call you my girlfriend?" he said to a stunned Svendsen. "Because I want to call you my wife." He then called her on stage, dropped to one knee, and presented a ring. Thankfully, she said yes. Who says love is dead?

Matthew Rhys at an event for The 70th Primetime Emmy Awards (2018)

Snub: Matthew Rhys Gets Shot Down

Clearly emboldened by his Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series win for "The Americans" (and perhaps feeling the love in the room), Matthew Rhys wanted to seize the moment and pop the question to his girlfriend, co-star Keri Russell. Alas, he never got the chance: "She said, 'If you propose to me, I will punch you clean in the mouth,'" he joked during his speech.

Hannah Gadsby at an event for The 70th Primetime Emmy Awards (2018)

Surprise: Hannah Gadsby Saves the Night

On a night when much of the comedy fell flat, give credit to presenter Hannah Gadsby, who had the audience howling with an extended riff on her fantastic Netflix special, "Nanette." She claimed she got the presenter gig, "Because I don't like men," let the line sink in for a second, then followed it up with "That's a joke, fellas. Hashag 'not all men.' But a lot of them." In a time so ripe for ridicule, it was the rare barb that not only stuck but also stung.

Donald Glover, Brian Tyree Henry, and LaKeith Stanfield in Atlanta (2016)

Snub: "Atlanta" Gets Shut Out

At the very least, Donald Glover's surreal series seemed poised to take the Best Comedy Series crown (especially with "Veep" out of the running) and clean up in the acting categories, too. Instead, it was shut out during Monday night's show and counted only a pair of wins during the Creative Arts ceremony to its 2018 Emmy tally. But, hey, at least one of those wins went to Katt Williams.

Donald Glover

Surprise: Teddy Perkins Was There

Donald Glover covered himself in layers of latex makeup to play the reclusive Teddy Perkins in a tense, terrific episode of "Atlanta," and then the character showed up in the audience at the Emmys. Even more surreal? Clearly, it wasn't Glover in that smoking jacket — according to some viewers, it was co-star Lakeith Stanfield who pulled the prank. But maybe we'll never know. (Also, LOL @ Issa Rae's face in the background of this pic ... she's just as confused as the rest of us! )

Bill Hader at an event for The 70th Primetime Emmy Awards (2018)

Surprise: Bill Hader, Best Actor

Think you were surprised that "Barry" star Bill Hader bested Donald Glover for Lead Actor in a Comedy Series? Hader looked (and sounded) like he couldn't believe it, either, proclaiming, "I didn’t think this was going to happen!" as he hoisted his hardware. Nobody did, Bill!

Henry Winkler at an event for The 70th Primetime Emmy Awards (2018)

Surprise: Henry Winkler Finally Wins One!

Henry Winkler's Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series win for his work on "Barry" wasn't a total shock — if anything, he was a slight favorite in the category. So considering it was the actor's first Emmy win, 42 years after his first nomination, let's call it a pleasant surprise instead.

Alex Borstein at an event for The 70th Primetime Emmy Awards (2018)

Surprise: Alex Borstein's Win

She's marvelous on "Mrs. Maisel," but Alex Borstein's Comedy Supporting Actress win still counts as a surprise — especially considering her competition, a loaded field that included "SNL" standouts Kate McKinnon, Aidy Bryant, and Leslie Jones. How did she celebrate? By dramatically removing a piece of her clothing and begging women everywhere to "stop peeing on the seat." Now that's seizing the spotlight!

Merritt Wever at an event for The 70th Primetime Emmy Awards (2018)

Surprise: Merritt Wever (and Her Speech)

She not only bested a field Oustanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series field that featured a pair of big-name stars in a big-name project (Penélope Cruz and Judith Light, both for "American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace,") but Merritt Wever — a winner for "Godless" — actually got to deliver a full acceptance speech, unlike her 2011 win for "Nurse Jackie," when she spoke exactly 11 words. Progress!