Emmys 2018: The good (Foy, Winkler, King), bad (‘Atlanta’ snubs) and ugly (Armisen and Rudolph)

For the awards-obsessed writers and editors of Gold Derby, the Emmy Awards are like every Christmas, birthday and wedding rolled into one. We eagerly await the opening of every envelope, transcribe every speech and celebrate our savvy predictions while bemoaning those upsets that show us up. Below are our collective thoughts on the highs, lows and WTF moments from Monday night’s Emmys. And check out the complete list of winners here.

GOOD

God save the queen! I was so happy for Claire Foy, and for another queen, the new queen of the Emmys Regina King – Rob Licuria

Henry Winkler finally winning his first Primetime Emmy after 45 years! – Chris Beachum

I hope the motion picture academy watches Glenn Weiss‘s acceptance speech and realizes why moving categories off-air is a bad idea. Also, RuPaul! – Zach Laws

So awesome that John Mulaney won. After never winning for his writing on “SNL” and being snubbed in Comedy Guest Actor, it was very fitting to see Mulaney take home Emmy gold for his hysterical Netflix special – Charles Bright

Two words: Betty. White. The moment she graced the stage she stole the entire ceremony. Everything before and after couldn’t help but pale in comparison – Andrew Carden

“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” sweep makes up for those losses at Creative Arts – Paul Sheehan

Thandie Newton gets her just rewards for learning all that Japanese and being an all-around badass. “Westworld” finally lands a win in the main ceremony as a result. Glad I stuck to my guns and kept her as my predicted winner – Sam Eckmann

Emmy winner Matthew Rhys for “The Americans”! Emmy winners Joel Fields and Joe Weisberg for “The Americans”! Those were the very best wins of the night. I would have liked a Best Drama Series win too, but that would have been greedy – Daniel Montgomery

Very little rubber-stamping among acting winners. While the Emmys have been known for picking the same winners over and over, Peter Dinklage is the only acting winner to repeat for playing the same character. Special kudos for picking previous losing nominees Matthew Rhys, Claire Foy and Thandie Newton – Kevin Jacobsen

“The Americans” pulled a “Friday Night Lights,” and two-time Emmy winner Merritt Wever – Joyce Eng

So happy for Regina King‘s win for “Seven Seconds.” Much deserved! – Cordell Martin

SEE Emmy winners 2018: Full list of winners and nominees at the 70th Emmy Awards

BAD

The Emmys need to be more entertaining. Better comedy bits, better banter, better presenting pairs – Rob Licuria

The Fred Armisen/Maya Rudolph segments just were not that funny – Chris Beachum

Having the nominees read before the presenters took the stage made the awkward banter even more awkward – Zach Laws

Really sad that “Atlanta” and “Twin Peaks” got shut out, but especially the former after Donald Glover showed up as Teddy Perkins. That is a bizarre acceptance speech that we will sadly never know – Charles Bright

Michael Che and Colin Jost may flourish on “Saturday Night Live” but they flatlined as first-time Emmy hosts, their opening monologue an especially lackluster sight on the heels of the infectious Kate McKinnonKenan Thompson musical number. Why couldn’t they have hosted instead? – Andrew Carden

Too much time wasted on comedy bits that went nowhere – Paul Sheehan

“RuPaul’s Drag Race” finally wins Reality Competition Series. Shantay, you stay. But someone mistakenly used a clip from the drama-filled “Untucked” in the nominee package (which lost Unstructured Reality Series last week)? Sashay away – Sam Eckmann

I was thrilled that the producers made time for clips of the nominated material in every category, but those clips were awfully short. The show was going so fast that the last 5 awards were stretched over the course of 30-40 minutes. There was plenty of time to celebrate the nominated shows a little more fully – Daniel Montgomery

Hosts Colin Jost and Michael Che provided very little life to the ceremony, with only a few jokes really landing – Kevin Jacobsen

Look, Peter Dinklage is great and all, but he should not have won for this season and tied Aaron Paul’s record – Joyce Eng

Colin Jost and Michael Che didn’t bring much to the show as hosts – Cordell Martin

SEE ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ sweeps Emmys, winning 8 including Best Comedy Series

UGLY

Maya Rudolph and Fred Armisen are two of the funniest people on Earth. What the hell happened? – Rob Licuria

All due respect to the Movie/Mini Writing and Directing winners (who were certainly deserving), but David Lynch should’ve won SOMETHING for his achievement on “Twin Peaks” – Zach Laws

That 70th anniversary montage was so underwhelming. After a beautiful In Memoriam segment, I would have expected better for something like that. Getting rid of those Maya and Fred bits as Emmy experts could have freed up some time for a better segment – Charles Bright

There’s no denying the fabulousness of “Barry” and “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” but a shutout on the big night for “Atlanta”? That’s just wrong – Andrew Carden

Lorne Michaels should stick to producing late-night shows – Paul Sheehan

Maya Rudolph and Fred Armisen are two of the funniest people I’ve ever had the pleasure of watching. I was ecstatic when they were introduced. So why on earth were they saddled with the least funny bits of the night? Talk about a script that WON’T be nominated for a Best Writing Emmy – Sam Eckmann

Very few of the comedy bits landed. I liked the “Reparations Emmys” with Michael Che celebrating some of the underappreciated black actors who have never won, but there wasn’t much else there. The opening monologue felt like a string of jokes that didn’t make “Weekend Update.” The Maya Rudolph and Fred Armisen bits as Emmy “experts” never really went anywhere. And a lot of the Emmy presenter banter felt like jokes that trailed off halfway to the punchlines. Except for Hannah Gadsby, we should just ban presenter banter from now on. There are better ways to spend a telecast – Daniel Montgomery

The complete snubbing of “Atlanta” and “The Handmaid’s Tale” (at least at the main telecast) just felt wrong, particularly for the “Teddy Perkins” episode of “Atlanta” and Yvonne Strahovski‘s bravura performance in “The Handmaid’s Tale.” Same goes for “Twin Peaks,” which won literally nothing this year despite having the most uniquely artistic season of television in decades – Kevin Jacobsen

I sound like a broken record, but for the love of god, please stop giving presenters categories in which their project is nominated – Joyce Eng

Bummed about “Atlanta” being shutout tonight – Cordell Martin

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