The old unwritten rule that men should stick to simple black suits and ties on awards carpets has been gradually changing over the years, but the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards firmly killed that notion for good. Whether it was Darren Criss in his funky patterned suit, RuPaul in a chic, punk-influenced moment or Chris Sullivan being the definition of peacocking, this was the year the boys showed the rules have finally been forever changed.
Colin Jost and Michael Che's opening monologue wasn't as bad as it could have been -- Che didn't shout "Louie C.K. innocent!" or anything -- but it wasn't good. It was mostly just mediocre. Give the job to funny comedians next year, or at least ones ready to step out from behind the "Weekend Update" desk.
Oscars director Glenn Weiss proved he REALLY knows how to put on show. Moments into his acceptance speech, he confessed his love for his girlfriend Jan Svendsen and put his mom's ring on it in front of the entire world. To call the moment surprising is an understatement: the whole audience was shook, most of all Leslie Jones, whose priceless reaction will be the meme to carry us through the rest of 2018.
In a surprising upset, Bill Hader took home the Emmy for Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series for his performance in HBO's Barry over Atlanta's Donald Glover, who infamously donned white face for the character of Teddy Perkins in one of the greatest episodes of TV ever. When a shocked Bill Hader rose to accept the award, fans were not prepared for who he hugged next: Teddy Perkins. We're still unsure if it was actually Donald as Teddy or just an illustrious extra but undoubtedly if Donald had won, Teddy Perkins would have given the most bizarre and iconic speech in Emmys history.
The actor won the Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series for Godless and gave the funniest speech of the night when he thanked his horse -- specifically the one he rode on the set of Godless and which threw him resulting in a broken wrist. You know what they say, Jeff, no gains without pain.
Who doesn't love the cast of SNL? Undeniably some of the funniest entertainers of all time have come out of the living institution, but that doesn't mean they're always on. It's gutting to see your faves bomb, but unfortunately that's exactly what happened with Maya Rudolph's and Fred Armisen's poorly conceived bit as Emmys experts. Maybe next year, friends.
From drinking from a flask on the red carpet and sliding out of her seat to duck out of John Legend's shot to taking shots at folks on twitter, Chrissy Teigen was the second-most viral Emmys presence of the night. You might have grabbed first if you had re-proposed to John, Chrissy!
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel showrunner picked up two statuettes at the Emmys, one for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series and one for Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series, but she overshot the charming, off-the-cuff Emmys speech by a mile. "Whoever put that carpet down hates women. I just want to say that right away. Time's up, OK?" Sherman-Palladino quipped, eliciting many a side-eye from her audience and exponentially more from Twitter.
After three nominations for his performance on The Americans, Matthew Rhys finally took home the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series. In his heartfelt speech, Rhys thanked the cast and the crew -- who by default also gave him a son, the actor joked. Sharing the special moment with his co-star and girlfriend, Keri Russell (with whom he has a child), Rhys glowed with well-earned happiness. What a send off for The Americans.
The first woman of Asian descent to be nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series in Emmys history, Sandra Oh lost the statuette to Claire Foy's final portrayal of the Queen on The Crown. It would have been a historic win for Oh, who brought her mom as her date to the awards, as well as the Emmys as an institution. The only silver lining here is that Oh will likely be back in the race next year as the titular Eve of Killing Eve.