After John Oliver's Last Week Tonight won its third consecutive Emmy for best variety talk series on Monday night, Oliver fielded a few questions from the press. The first question, from an Australian reporter, was about Russell Crowe's Cinderella Man jockstrap, which Oliver paid $7,000 for in a bid to keep a Blockbuster video store in Alaska from going under. "I had a close, personal experience with Russell Crowe's jockstrap, the kind of experience that you don't go into life desiring and you end life regretting," he joked.
The jockstrap and other Crowe memorabilia did not save the Anchorage Blockbuster, Oliver said, and after the store closed, the jockstrap went missing. "The current location of that jockstrap is not clear. I know they sent the rest of that stuff to the Blockbuster in Oregon, but no one knows where the jockstrap is."
One journalist asked Oliver if he was surprised nobody mentioned President Trump during the Emmys. He called it a public service, pointing to "the drinking game" and explaining, "I think we're just trying to keep America sober. Everyone needs their wits about them right now. You can't drink the pain away." When the journalist asked Oliver if he thinks the lack of Trump jokes meant that "we're moving on," Oliver has an animated, NSFW response, and if that doesn't bother you, watch below. Peter Weber
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel was the big winner at the 70th annual Emmy Awards Monday night, with several actresses taking home awards and the show winning best comedy series.
Rachel Brosnahan won best lead actress in a comedy series, Alex Borstein won best supporting actress in a comedy series, and Amy Sherman-Palladino picked up two awards — writing for a comedy series and directing for a comedy series.
Other winners include: Game of Thrones for best drama series; Claire Foy (The Crown) for lead actress in a drama series; Matthew Rhys (The Americans) for lead actor in a drama series; Bill Hader (Barry) for lead actor in a comedy series; Henry Winkler (Barry) for supporting actor in a comedy series; Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones) for supporting actor in a drama series; and Thandie Newton (Westworld) for supporting actress in a drama series. The show was hosted by Saturday Night Live's Michael Che and Colin Jost. Visit Variety for a full list of the night's winners. Catherine Garcia
Hannah Gadsby, who upended the comedy world this summer with her brilliant Netflix special Nanette, appeared on the Emmy stage Monday night not to accept an award (yet), but to give one. "This is ... not normal," Gadsby joked of her presence on the awards stage, crediting the honor to "just that I don't like men."
Laughing at herself, Gadsby added: "That's a joke, of course ... Hashtag #NotAllMen. But a lot of 'em." She then gave out the outstanding directing award to Stephen Daldry for The Crown and, in his absence, accepted it on his behalf.
Hannah Gadsby looks perfectly at home on the emmy stage, if you ask me.
— Netflix US (@netflix) September 18, 2018
In a night full of bad and ill-conceived jokes, Gadsby was a breath of fresh air — prompting fans to take to social media calling for her to host future shows. Watch her brief moment on stage below. Jeva Lange
Here's Hannah Gadsby's whole great bit. Though the world is garbage, we must take joy when we find it! pic.twitter.com/Aogu7xKTeQ
— BuzzFeed Arts & Entertainment (@BuzzFeedEnt) September 18, 2018
The Emmys hadn't even made it to the drama portion of the night, but Oscars director Glenn Weiss had no trouble improvising a real-life happily ever after on stage. While accepting the award for directing a variety special, Weiss announced to his girlfriend, Jan Svendsen: "You wonder why I don't like to call you my girlfriend — because I want to call you my wife."
— Los Angeles Times (@latimes) September 18, 2018
As the audience reacted with explosive cheers, Weiss slipped his mother's ring on Svendsen's finger. The moment was all the more emotional because, as Weiss explained, his mother had died just two weeks earlier.
"Jan, I want to put this ring that my mom wore on your finger," Weiss said. "Will you marry me?" Watch the special moment below. Jeva Lange
— New York Magazine (@NYMag) September 18, 2018
Atlanta's brilliant "Teddy Perkins" episode already took home two well-deserved Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards last week, and it is up for a directing award on Monday night, so it should be no surprise that its titular star was spotted in the audience. Except, of course, Teddy Perkins does not really exist. Or … does he?
Donald Glover totally dressed like Teddy Perkins to get that award smh my mans deserved that pic.twitter.com/1ir9YVZUTb
— Elise Swopes (@Swopes) September 18, 2018
— Austin Grant (@AustinPlanet) September 18, 2018
WHEN DID DONALD GLOVER CHANGE BACK? DID HE HIRE SOMEONE ELSE TO COME AS TEDDY PERKINS?? IS TEDDY PERKINS REAL??? #Emmys2018
— karen han (@karenyhan) September 18, 2018
I'm happy to see Betty White, but for a second, I held out hope that they were introducing Teddy Perkins.
— Emily Nussbaum (@emilynussbaum) September 18, 2018
The terrifying man whom Darius (Lakeith Stanfield) encounters in Season 2's sixth episode was portrayed by Donald Glover, although the show's credits list "Teddy Perkins as himself." Which leaves us with three possible explanations for the strange man in the audience: Did Donald Glover dress up as Teddy Perkins to attend the Emmys? Did Lakeith Stanfield, who was earlier seen on the red carpet in Ermenegildo Zegna Couture?
Or does Teddy Perkins actually walk among us? Jeva Lange
The moment Betty White came onstage during the Emmy Awards Monday night, the audience got up in unison and gave the beloved actress a standing ovation.
"Thank you, I'm just going to quit while I'm ahead," the 96-year-old joked. White is an Emmy winner herself, nominated 24 times during her career, and stuck her hand out so Kate McKinnon and Alec Baldwin could both give her a kiss. "You think I'm going to miss a chance when I get it?" she asked.
White told the audience she was recently approached by a woman who told her she was "the first lady of television," and at first, she took it as "a big compliment." Then she heard the woman tell her daughter, "'Yeah, she's that old, she was the first one way, way back.'" White took it in stride, and said all those decades ago when she started her career, "little did I dream that I would be here, and it's incredible that I'm still in this business, and you are still putting up with me." Catherine Garcia
More than four decades after he was nominated for his first Emmy Award in 1976, actor Henry Winkler, 72, at last got to take home a winged statuette of his own on Monday night. The honor, for best supporting actor in a comedy series, was earned by Winkler's performance as Gene Cousineau on HBO's Barry. He had been nominated six previous times.
The Happy Days actor joked that he wrote his speech "43 years ago" and noted ecstatically, "If you stay at the table long enough, the chips come to you, and tonight I got to clear the table."
The speech ended as all acceptance speeches should — by shouting at his children to go to bed. Watch below. Jeva Lange
Sandra Oh celebrated her historic Emmy nomination by bringing her parents to the ceremony Monday evening in Los Angeles.
"I'm just so excited to be able to bring them," she told Today's Hoda Kotb and Savannah Guthrie. Oh is nominated for best lead actress in a drama series for her role in Killing Eve, making her the first Asian woman nominated for a lead actress Emmy. "I've never really been separate from it, my Asian-ness," she told People on the red carpet. "How can you be? But it's absolutely so special. I can feel it. It means something, hopefully, to our community."
Oh went further with Entertainment Tonight, explaining that "images are extremely important to culture, and being a part of that image making, I take a great responsibility, and I'm very grateful for my job to be able to do so. I hope that the wave continues and we see real change." Change is slow, she added, "and I don't want people to ever give up on it." Catherine Garcia