2018 Emmys live blog: Let’s dish the best, worst and craziest moments of the 70th annual Emmy Awards [UPDATING LIVE]

Gold Derby editors and contributors can’t stifle what we think of every moment of the Emmy Awards. Here are live blog musings on the best, worst and craziest moments of Emmys 2018 from Chris BeachumAndrew Carden, Riley ChowMarcus Dixon, Sam Eckmann, Zach LawsRob Licuria, Daniel Montgomery, Tom O’Neil, Paul Sheehan, Tony Ruiz and myself.

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MATT NOBLE: There you have it. In the battle between the former champions it is the dragons and wolves that reign supreme. Check out our live webshow to unpack all the shocks and twists, starting in minutes.

BEST DRAMA SERIES – “Game of Thrones”

MATTT NOBLE: What a night for “Maisel!” It’s won as many Emmys as “Game of Thrones” this year. Although “Thrones” could still take out drama series.

BEST COMEDY SERIES – “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”

ROB LICURIA: FX and John Landgraf have had a very good night!

BEST LIMITED SERIES – “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”

MATT NOBLE: Third win straight for John Oliver, and continues the long run those from the school of Jon Sewart winning the series award.

BEST VARIETY TALK SERIES – “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver”

MATT NOBLE: After being nominated every year, shame that “Portlandia” couldn’t take out a win for their final season.


MATT NOBLE: In a category that’s been dominated by “Amazing Race” and “The Voice” for most of it’s history, it’s great to have a new winner.


DANIEL MONTGOMERY: There are 40 minutes left in the show, but only 5 awards left to present. Maybe the could have shown more substantial clips of the nominated performances.

ROB LICURIA: What is happening with “The Handmaid’s Tale” tonight? Despite this, I’m so very happy for Matthew Rhys and Claire Foy…

MATT NOBLE: So two wins for “The Americans” and “The Crown.” I’m wondering if either series could stage a series coup? So far “Handmaid’s” and “Atlanta” have won nothing tonight. Only one category left for them to rally, but it’s the big one!

BEST DRAMA ACTRESS – Claire Foy (“The Crown”)

DANIEL MONTGOMERY: Gay men are bringing tuxes to life tonight: Ryan Murphy, Tituss Burgess, RuPaul, and the Fab Five. I’m loving the bold fashion choices!

BEST DRAMA ACTOR – Matthew Rhys (“The Americans”)

MATT NOBLE: “The Crown” takes a surprise win. Perhaps this bodes well for Claire Foy’s chances? All I know is wins for “Thrones,” “Crown” and “Americans” has completely thrown the series race up in the air.

BEST DRAMA DIRECTING – “The Crown” (Episode: “Paterfamilias”), directed by Stephen Daldry

ZACH LAWS: “The Americans” win an Emmy for writing. It’s about time!

MATT NOBLE: Great to see “The Americans” final pick up an Emmy. Will they win anymore?

BEST DRAMA WRITING – “The Americans” (Episode: “START”), written by Joel Fields and Joe Weisberg

TOM O’NEIL: OMG, I predicted Thandie Newton all through Emmy derby season till just the other day and dropped her for Ann Dowd. I’d kill myself if it wasn’t a mortal sin!

ROB LICURIA: Vote Split! But deserved win.

TONY RUIZ: Are you kidding? Two “Handmaids” actresses present a category where three of the women from “Handmaids” are nominated?? SHAME!!

MATT NOBLE: So in these two races “Handsmaid’s” loses it’s first acting wins.

BEST DRAMA SUPPORTING ACTRESS – Thandie Newton (“Westworld”)

MATT NOBLE: Peter Dinklage gets his third win for the series. The academy loves him as much as Regina King!

BEST DRAMA SUPPORTING ACTRESS – Thandie Newton (“Westworld”)

MATT NOBLE: Peter Dinklage gets his third win for the series. The academy loves him as much as Regina King.

BEST DRAMA SUPPORTING ACTOR – Peter Dinklage (“Game of Thrones”)

CHARLIE BRIGHT: That was one of, if not the best “In Memoriam” segments I’ve ever seen. Beautifully done!

In Memoriam

ZACH LAWS: I hope the Motion Picture Academy watches that and realizes why moving categories to commercial breaks is a BAD IDEA.

DANIEL MONTGOMERY: Who would have thought that Best Variety Special Directing would be the moment of the night? That was a sensationally sweet, surprising marriage proposal.

MARCUS JAMES DIXON: The audience inside the Microsoft Theatre just … went … crazy for the live proposal. My ears are still ringing!

MATT NOBLE: Am I watching the Emmys or a rom-com?

CHRIS BEACHUM: Leave it to a man who directs live awards shows to know how to be the most memorable person of the night.

JOYCE ENG: What would Glenn Weiss have done had he lost?

CHARLIE BRIGHT: HOLY COW! Glenn Weiss goes from directing awards history to making it on stage!

BEST VARIETY SPECIAL DIRECTING – “The Oscars,” directed by Glenn Weiss – who proposes to his girlfriend

MATT NOBLE: Should have picked Mulaney. Great special and, like Hader, is very respected in comedy world.

ROB LICURIA: John Mulaney’s comedy special was fantastic. Deserved win!!

BEST VARIETY SPECIAL WRITING – “John Mulaney: Kid Gorgeous” at Radio City, written by John Mulaney

CHARLIE BRIGHT: I know it’s not completely about the Emmys but in watching the promo for the new NBC live musical, all I can think is, How the hell are you going to do “Hair” for television?

DANIEL MONTGOMERY: I’m loving the Reparations Emmys segment. Justice for Tichina Arnold!

BEST MOVIE/MINI ACTOR – Darren Criss (“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”)

ROB LICURIA: I just let out an almighty scream when Regina King was announced! What a beautiful, amazing shock! I should have trusted my gut… If you have seen this performance, you knew that it was a real contender.

TOM O’NEIL: Those 2 queens of Emmy upsets DID IT AGAIN! — Regina King and Merritt Wever! What’s your secret, ladies?

ZACH LAWS: Love how Regina King is always amazed whenever she wins an award.

MATT NOBLE: Her third win in four years. The Emmys love Regina King.

BEST MOVIE/MINI ACTRESS – Regina King (“Seven Seconds”)

MATT NOBLE: That win keeps “Versace” out in front for the series race.

BEST MOVIE/MINI DIRECTING – “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” (Episode: “The Man Who Would Be Vogue”), directed by Ryan Murphy

ANDREW CARDEN: Welp, Betty White just stole the entire ceremony.

MATT NOBLE: “Black Mirror” wins writing in back to back years.

BEST MOVIE/MINI WRITING – “Black Mirror: USS Callister,” written by William Bridges and Charlie Brooker

MATT NOBLE: Three shows have won 2 acting awards tonight: “Godless,” “Maisel” and “Barry.

TONY RUIZ: Would it kill these presenters to learn the names of the nominees and winners? The mispronunciations are killing me!


ROB LICURIA: Wow, Merritt Wever is now a two-time Emmy winner! And I just moved her out of my #1 spot at the very last minute. Lesson: Never EVER do last minute prediction switcheroos!!!!


MATT NOBLE: Had Hader picked from the ‘Pilot,’ such a respected comedic actor in a show about acting with a great performance. Perhaps “Barry” is a dark horse to take series away from “Maisel.”

ROB LICURIA: Favorite moment of the night so far is Michael Douglas’ pre-award announcement banter. He’s a national treasure!!! So funny!!! And wow, the first big surprise is “Atlanta” completely misses all primetime categories… what will happen in the big one???

TOM O’NEIL: For a telecast preaching so heavily about diversity, it’s weird: we’re seeing all of the awards go to the same 3 TV shows.

ZACH LAWS: Oh my poor “Atlanta.” Barring a miracle, looks like you’ll have to wait another year to claim that Comedy Series prize.

CHARLIE BRIGHT: Holy crap! Is Donald Glover there as Teddy Perkins?

BEST COMEDY ACTOR – Bill Hader (“Barry”)

MATT NOBLE: Rachel Brosnahan is such a deserving winner.

BEST COMEDY ACTRESS – Rachel Brosnahan (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”)

MATT NOBLE: Wonderful night for “Mrs. Maisel,” in the lead to take comedy series. But “Atlanta” and maybe “Barry,” can rally.

DANIEL MONTGOMERY: It’s looking like a “Maisel” sweep tonight. That win for Best Comedy Directing might just seal the deal.

JOYCE ENG: The way they’re announcing the nominees is SO WEIRD.

BEST COMEDY DIRECTING – “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (Episode: “Pilot”), directed by Amy Sherman-Palladino

BEST COMEDY WRITING – “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (Episode: “Pilot”), written by Amy Sherman-Palladino

MATT NOBLE: After a win for voicing Louis on “Family Guy” this is a second Emmy for Borstein this year.

ANDREW CARDEN: If Alex Borstein could win, this is gonna be a HUGE night for “Mrs. Maisel.”

BEST COMEDY SUPPORTING ACTRESS – Alex Borstein (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”)

TOM O’NEIL: Wow! Good luck to all subsequent Emmy winners tonight who try to top the performance that Henry Winkler just gave at the podium! He may have written that acceptance speech 43 years ago, but we all shared his JOY today. Huzzah!

MARCUS JAMES DIXON: Henry Winkler just received a standing ovation BEFORE and AFTER his speech. That’s love there.

MATT NOBLE: Yes Winkler had two interviews with Gold Derby on the campaign trail.

CHRIS BEACHUM: Henry Winkler finally wins! And he really appreciates Gold Derby!!

MATT NOBLE: Hit the jukebox! On his 6th nomination Henry Winkler finally wins an Emmy. Great start to the night for one of the most iconic TV actors of all time.

ANDREW CARDEN: The Fonz, at last! Really hoping this isn’t the lone win for “Barry”…


TOM O’NEIL: That opening monolog had a zillion great zingers. My fave: “How does Netflix make $6 billion a year? It only costs like $9 a month and everyone I know shares the same account! … What do you really do?”

DANIEL MONTGOMERY: Brian Tyree Henry’s reaction to the “Atlanta” joke was probably the funniest thing in that monologue.

MATT NOBLE: Good on point opening number with a great host of talent.

DANIEL MONTGOMERY: RuPaul’s shoes and Tituss Burgess’s pants are giving me life. Also, can Tituss Burgess host the next everything?

ANDREW CARDEN: RuPaul, per usual, stealin’ the show!

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