Published: Wed, September 19, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Drew Collins

Emmy Awards Viewers Hit All-Time Low Monday Night

Emmy Awards Viewers Hit All-Time Low Monday Night

Saturday Night Live's Colin Jost and Michael Che kicked off the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards with a monologue that leaned heavily on the rapport the pair have built as co-hosts of SNL's Weekend Update segment.

HBO's medieval fantasy "Game of Thrones" won a total of nine Emmys, including technical awards for special effects and stunts, and was named best drama series for a third time, beating last year's champion "The Handmaid's Tale". So were the Emmys destined to become a popularity contest with results more like the SAG Awards, where we often see results like seven straight wins for Alec Baldwin ("30 Rock")?

"Maisel", a freshman sitcom about an unhappy 1950s homemaker liberated by stand-up comedy, earned best actress honors for star Rachel Brosnahan. It's the first time the Television Academy selected a TV series from a streaming service in this category.

Claire Foy beat Moss to win for her quiet but formidable portrayal of Queen Elizabeth in Netflix drama "The Crown".

Her castmate Alex Borstein earned the supporting actress trophy and the series creator, Amy Sherman-Palladino ("Gilmore Girls"), nabbed writing and directing awards.

The Creative Arts Emmy Awards were presented September 8 and 9.

Representing the ad-supported networks, FX snagged two surprising and deserved wins for "The Americans" and multiple for "The Assassination of Gianni Versace", including best actor in a limited series and best limited series. And we can't forget director Glenn Weiss - who proposed to his girlfriend during his acceptance speech. "Because I want to call you my wife", he added to cheers, applause and a few teary-eyed actors in the audience.

The Emmys opened with a daring song-and-dance number poking fun at myriad controversies, including the problem of ensuring diversity in Hollywood productions.

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