A Marvelous night, for some
|1||Game of Thrones (HBO)||9|
|2||The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon)||8|
|Saturday Night Live (NBC)||8|
|4||The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story (FX)||7|
Winners of the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards were announced Monday night in Los Angeles in a ceremony televised live on NBC and hosted by first-timers Michael Che and Colin Jost of SNL.
Amazon's first-year comedy The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel was the big winner on the evening, adding five trophies to the three it collected during the Creative Arts ceremonies last weekend, and becoming the first streaming series to be named best comedy. Among the dramas, HBO's Game of Thrones, returning from a one-year absence, captured a pair of Emmys (including best drama) to go with the seven it won last weekend. It was another strong performance by what was this year's most-nominated show.
The evening's biggest winners also included HBO and Netflix (which finished the year with 23 Emmys apiece) and Amy Sherman-Palladino, who personally won a pair of Emmys for writing and directing Maisel in addition to producing the series. The biggest losers? Hulu's The Handmaid's Tale and FX's Atlanta were the shows expecting to go home with trophies on Monday but wound up empty-handed.
Below, find out what TV critics thought of Jost and Che and this year's Emmy telecast as a whole, and see which experts and users were the most accurate in their predictions this year. Before that, here is a quick recap of the 2018 Emmy Award winners in each of the major categories (including many of the creative arts winners announced in a pair of ceremonies last weekend). If you are curious about the remaining technical categories not listed below (or are just dying to know which ad was named best commercial of the year), find a complete list of winners at the official Emmy website.
Drama Winners - 70th Primetime Emmy Awards
|Outstanding Drama Series||Game of Thrones (HBO)|
|Lead Actor||Matthew Rhys The Americans (FX)|
|Lead Actress||Claire Foy The Crown (Netflix)|
|Supporting Actor||Peter Dinklage Game of Thrones (HBO)|
|Supporting Actress||Thandie Newton Westworld (HBO)|
|Guest Actor||Ron Cephas Jones This Is Us (NBC)|
|Guest Actress||Samira Wiley The Handmaid's Tale (Hulu)|
|Writing||Joel Fields & Joe Weisberg The Americans, "Start" (FX)|
|Directing||Stephen Daldry The Crown, "Paterfamilias" (Netflix)|
Experts saw the outstanding drama category as a two-horse race between Game of Thrones, which won in 2015 and 2016, and The Handmaid's Tale, which took the trophy last year while Thrones was on hiatus. But those same experts gave the edge to Handmaid, which proved to be wrong. (And it became increasingly clear that would be the case as the telecast progressed, as Handmaid was shut out of the major acting categories.)
The big upset here is in lead actress, where just one of the 59 experts we surveyed correctly predicted The Crown's outgoing queen, Claire Foy, as the winner. Elisabeth Moss had been heavily favored to repeat, while Killing Eve's Sandra Oh was a potential spoiler. But none of the four main acting categories went to plan. Sterling K. Brown also failed to repeat in the lead actor category despite being favored, though over 40% of experts (and Metacritic's users) correctly forecast Matthew Rhys as the winner. (It was his first trophy for his widely praised, six-season performance on The Americans.) Thandie Newton's win was a bigger surprise, though it is possible that the favorite, Yvonne Strahovski, wound up splitting votes with her Handmaid's Tale co-star (and last year's winner) Ann Dowd. Peter Dinklage's win is also technically an upset—Stranger Things's David Harbour was the favorite—though Dinklage has, of course, won the category twice before for the same role. Finally, the directing win for Daldry was another upset—and yet another category where The Handmaid's Tale had been the favorite.
Comedy Winners - 70th Primetime Emmy Awards
|Outstanding Comedy Series||The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Prime Video)|
|Lead Actor||Bill Hader Barry (HBO)|
|Lead Actress||Rachel Brosnahan The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Prime Video)|
|Supporting Actor||Henry Winkler Barry (HBO)|
|Supporting Actress||Alex Borstein The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Prime Video)|
|Guest Actor||Katt Williams Atlanta (FX)|
|Guest Actress||Tiffany Haddish Saturday Night Live (NBC)|
|Writing||Amy Sherman-Palladino The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, "Pilot" (Prime Video)|
|Directing||Amy Sherman-Palladino The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, "Pilot" (Prime Video)|
Coming into the evening, Maisel had been expected to take home three trophies; instead, it collected five, many coming at the expense of the critically acclaimed FX series Atlanta, which was shut out on Monday night. Among the categories the latter had been expected to win was lead actor (for Donald Glover), which instead went to Bill Hader, who, like Glover, is a triple threat as writer, director, and star of the first-year HBO series Barry. While Hader was not a first-time Emmy winner (though his prior win was not for SNL, but for an episode of South Park), his Barry castmate Henry Winkler did receive his first career Emmy on Monday night, much to the delight of the audience at the ceremony. Maisel star Rachel Brosnahan is also a first-timer, though upset winner Alex Borstein (SNL's Kate McKinnon had been favored) isn't—solely because she also won an Emmy last weekend for her work on Family Guy.
Movie/Miniseries Winners - 70th Primetime Emmy Awards
|Outstanding Limited Series||The Assassination of Gianni Versace (FX)|
|Outstanding Made for Television Movie||Black Mirror, "USS Callister" (Netflix)|
|Lead Actor||Darren Criss The Assassination of Gianni Versace (FX)|
|Lead Actress||Regina King Seven Seconds (Netflix)|
|Supporting Actor||Jeff Daniels Godless (Netflix)|
|Supporting Actress||Merritt Wever Godless (Netflix)|
|Writing||William Bridges & Charlie Brooker Black Mirror, "USS Callister" (Netflix)|
|Directing||Ryan Murphy The Assassination of Gianni Versace, "The Man Who Would Be Vogue" (FX)|
The enormous surprise here is the win for Regina King, an outcome nobody predicted (mainly because her nomination was for a show we guarantee you didn't know about until tonight); even King herself seemed shocked to win. (Laura Dern had been the overwhelming favorite.) Merritt Wever's win was also a bit of a surprise; Versace's Penélope Cruz had been favored in the supporting actress race.
Variety Winners - 70th Primetime Emmy Awards
|Variety Sketch Series||Saturday Night Live (NBC)|
|Variety Talk Series||Last Week Tonight With John Oliver (HBO)|
|Writing for a Variety Series||Last Week Tonight With John Oliver (HBO)|
|Directing for a Variety Series||Don Roy King Saturday Night Live (NBC)|
|Variety Special - Pre-Recorded||Dave Chappelle: Equanimity (Netflix)|
|Variety Special - Live *||Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert (NBC)|
|Writing for a Variety Special||John Mulaney John Mulaney: Kid Gorgeous at Radio City (Netflix)|
|Directing for a Variety Special||Glenn Weiss The Oscars (ABC)|
Short Format Winners - 70th Primetime Emmy Awards
|Short Form Series (Comedy or Drama)||James Corden's Next James Corden (CBS on Snapchat)|
|Short Form Series (Variety)||Carpool Karaoke: The Series (Apple Music)|
|Short Form Series (Reality/Nonfiction)||Anthony Bourdain: Explore Parts Unknown (CNN.com)|
|Short Form Animation Program||Robot Chicken, "Freshly Baked" (Adult Swim)|
|Actor in a Short-Format Program||James Corden James Corden's Next James Corden (CBS on Snapchat)|
|Actress in a Short-Format Program||Christina Pickles Break a Hip (Vimeo)|
Additional Winners - 70th Primetime Emmy Awards
|Reality Competition||RuPaul's Drag Race (VH1)|
|Reality Program - Structured||Queer Eye (Netflix)|
|Reality Program - Unstructured||United Shades of America (CNN)|
|Reality Host||RuPaul Charles RuPaul's Drag Race (VH1)|
|Animated Program||Rick and Morty, "Pickle Rick" (Adult Swim)|
|Childrens Program||The Magical Wand Chase: A Sesame Street Special (HBO)|
|Documentary/Nonfiction Series||Wild Wild Country (Netflix)|
|Documentary/Nonfiction Film||Strong Island (Netflix)|
|Documentary/Nonfiction Special||The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling (HBO)|
|Informational Series or Special||Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown (CNN)|
|Interactive Program||Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)|
How accurate were the predictions?
Prior to the broadcast, we collected Emmy predictions from 59 TV critics and industry experts in 24 different categories. As a whole, the expert consensus was correct in 13 of the 24 categories, for a 54% accuracy rate. No, that's not good.
And none of the experts performed well individually. The top success rate (among experts who picked all 24 categories) was 63%, shared by five people (EW's Lynette Rice, E!'s Chris Harnick, USA Today's Kelly Lawler, TV Insider's Matt Roush, and Gold Derby's Susan Wloszczyna). Awards Daily's David Phillips performed the worst, somehow guessing just seven of the 24 winners (that's a 29% success rate).
This summer, we also invited Metacritic users to make their own Emmy picks in the same 24 categories (plus a 25th category, TV movie, which was awarded last weekend and which users guessed correctly). Over 2,300 of you submitted predictions. As a group, our users performed even worse than the experts, getting just 10 of 24 (42%) correct—and that's far worse than last year's 72% success rate. But several users outperformed the top experts, led by Carlos Abril, who correctly named 17 of 24 winners (and 18 of 25, including TV movie). Several additional users were just one off Abril's total, including Robert Chardello and Oswald Muhammad.
How was the telecast?
Well, it managed to end on time, despite being waylaid by a surprise marriage proposal from a winning variety special director. So there's that. But what are critics saying about Monday's ceremony, and about the SNL duo of Che and Jost as first-time Emmy hosts? Below, you'll find a sampling of reviews of this year's broadcast (in no particular order); click on any publication name to read the full review.
Only the winners, an occasional bit from guests, and one unprecedented proposal livened things up, but overall it was a long, languid ceremony to watch — and the monologues weren’t much better. ... Most of Che and Jost’s material just felt soft.
The opening musical number was basically a super-sized version of a "Saturday Night Live" musical monologue, and it was the worse for it. ... The broadcast sprinted through the awards, which is good for everyone who wants to go to bed at a reasonable hour, but also a little overwhelming.
This year’s Emmys ceremony was a pretty staid affair. ... A problem the Emmys, or any awards show, can’t really fix is the same-iness of a sweep. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel won for lead actress, supporting actress, writing, directing, and best comedy. So we got a lot of the same folks on stage and thanked in the speeches. Nothing to be done about that, I suppose, short of inducting newer, less group-thinking members, and encouraging voters to think a little more broadly.
It was mostly a self-congratulatory bore. All awards shows are self-congratulatory, of course, but this one, arriving at the height of the cultural discussion about diversity and inclusion, was almost suffocatingly smug.
The Hollywood Reporter
Michael Che and Colin Jost ... did a flat monologue and essentially vanished, confirming pre-show submissions that the Weekend Update anchors were ill-matched to the event. ... The selected winners, some excellent and some a little disappointing, muddled the narrative of what could have been a Hollywood rally on behalf of Hollywood. The general feeling was, instead, one of Lorne Michaels making the Emmys all about him and his friends, with entirely too many conspicuous missteps.
The New York Times
The Television Academy and NBC hadn’t solved the problem of how to make the Emmys broadcast funny, vibrant and relevant in the peak-TV era. ... The real problem was simply a preponderance of bad ideas and feeble writing.
Rarely has the opening of an awards show felt as inauspicious as the first 10 minutes or so of Monday night's Emmy Awards. ... Regrettably, it got worse before it got better. ... [Jost and Che] seemed awkward, miserable, unfunny, and cursed with mostly weak jokes.
Some surprise winners, overdue recognition for one of TV’s best series and an impromptu marriage proposal helped add a little zip to an otherwise low-energy 2018 Emmy Awards show. Hosts Michael Che and Colin Jost ... seemed to have forgotten how to tell jokes as they delivered a monologue with wan cracks about low viewership and allusions to #MeToo.
Colin Jost and Michael Che were completely adequate as hosts, and they reproduced their Weekend Update dynamic to perfection. ... The problem with Colin Jost and Michael Che as masters of ceremonies is that recreating their Weekend Update dynamic made for something of a subdued affair.
[The Emmys] quickly became mired in some of the worst tendencies of [SNL]. ... A lot of that had to fall on the skinny shoulders of the Weekend Update duo who seemed dwarfed by almost everyone else on stage and in the Theater with their weak banter and low wattage chemistry once out from behind their SNL desk.
Thank a slate of winners fueled in large part by sheer shock for enlivening a dull ceremony. (The choice to cut back on presenter banter by playing actors’ clips before the presenters took the stage seemed like a welcome time-saver at first, but came to make the show feel airless between gleeful speeches.)
But whatever excitement [Che and Jost] had talked about summoning beforehand did not appear once they took the stage; the duo had the energy of two students giving a dutiful book report, and even their banter with audience members was nonexistent.
Those unexpected wins (and one unexpected marriage proposal), coupled with a seesaw battle in the limited series categories between Godless and The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story (which ultimately won the biggest trophies), were the only moments that made for a lively telecast. That was in spite of how awful most of the planned parts of the show were, thanks to the awkwardness of hosts Colin Jost and Michael Che, presenter banter that rarely worked and interminable comedy bits like Fred Armisen and Maya Rudolph as unprepared Emmys “experts.”
Throughout the night, hosts Michael Che and Colin Jost were largely overshadowed by the presenters around them. Following a lukewarm monologue and similarly flat bits throughout the ceremony, Che and Jost generally came off as stiff and indifferent to being at the Emmys, an air that only played worse in light of how peppy everyone else seemed to be.
It was like watching an assortment of “Weekend Update” jokes cut because they hadn’t worked in rehearsal.
The Daily Beast
Perhaps the worst-produced award show since James Franco and Anne Hathaway co-hosted the Oscars. ... It might have been easier to swallow Atlanta’s shutout or the lack of diverse winners had the night not repeatedly begged to be patted on the back for its inclusivity, or had Jost or Che had a modicum of insight or energy in their otherwise lifeless and lazily written hosting bits.
[The hosts'] low energy and vague befuddlement intensified as the evening dragged on; it’s as though they absorbed and internalized the audience’s disappointment during every commercial break.
Jost and Che were bad enough to give me horror flashbacks to David Hyde Pierce and Jenna Elfman interpretive-dancing TV show titles in purple leotards. “At least they weren’t just standing there awkwardly clasping their hands saying unfunny jokes!” is something I’ll forever say in Pierce and Elfman’s defense now.
Los Angeles Times
At three hours, the Emmys are twice the length of a “Saturday Night Live” episode, which is to say, they are unwieldy and subject to patches where nothing is funny. Still, even the routines that fell flat, such as an unfortunately recurring bit with “SNL” alumni (and “Forever” co-stars) Fred Armisen and Maya Rudolph as unprepared Emmy experts, had their moments. Which, after all, is very like “Saturday Night Live.”
The New Yorker
The Emmys dragged last night, a bland and choppy evening.
Too often it felt as though the life was being leached out of the proceedings. A lot of the blame for that falls on Jost and Che, whose blasé attitudes were a weird fit for an awards show. Instead of seeming energized, they came across like two high schoolers who were just hosting the Emmys to earn community service hours toward graduation. Many of their jokes fell flat, and even when they brought in more able entertainers to help them out, like Rudolph and Armisen, the Che/Jost ambivalence managed to drag them down too.
Hosts Che and Jost were solid but certainly not spectacular.
What do you think?
Were you happy with this year's Emmy winners? What did you think of the broadcast, and of Che/Jost as hosts? Let us know in the comments section below.