It was the year of moving hearts and minds.
Facing dwindling viewer numbers, the Emmys promised to be a more inclusive and entertaining event in 2018.
While there were no shock winners, there were some surprising (and heartfelt) moments.
An onstage wedding proposal
Glenn Weiss was already having a good night when he won Best Director for a Special (The Oscars — Hollywood, am I right?) but decided to make it the best of nights.
Weiss said his mother, who died two weeks ago, told him to “never let go of his sunshine”.
“Jan, you are the sunshine in my life,” Weiss said.
“You wonder why I don’t like to call you my girlfriend. Because I want to call you my wife.”
She said yes!
Hannah Gadsby’s #NotAllMenButALotOfThem speech
Australian comedian Hannah Gadsby brought her same style of firebrand comedy to presenting an Emmy as she did to her Netflix special Nanette.
“The world’s gone a bit crazy. I mean for somebody like me, a nobody from nowhere, gets this sweet gig, free suit, new boots just cause I don’t like men.”
“That’s a joke of course. Just jokes fellas, calm down. Hashtage not all men but a lot of them.”
Betty White is the First Lady of TV
Golden Girl Betty White proved she can still make them laugh at the ripe young age of 96.
“It’s incredible that I’m still in the business and you are still putting up with me,” White said.
White has never won an Emmy, but she has been nominated 24 times.
Henry Winkler won an Emmy 42 years after his first nomination
In 1976, Henry Winkler received an Emmy nomination for his role as Fonzie in Happy Days.
He didn’t win that one, but he did write an acceptance speech.
Today he got to make that speech.
“Skip Brittenham said to me a long time ago, ‘if you sit at the table long enough, the chips will come your way’ — tonight, I got to clear the table.”
Henry Winkler, right, won the award for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series, Barry. His co-star, Bill Hader, won the award for Outstanding Lead Actor, also in Barry. (AP: Willy Sanjuan/Invision for the Television Academy)
Sandra Oh brought her parents to see history
Sandra Oh was the first Asian woman to be nominated for a lead actress Emmy for her role in Killing Eve.
So who better to bring along to the awards ceremony than her parents?
Oh, who is Korean-Canadian, previously received five supporting actress nods for Grey’s Anatomy.
Only thing is, she didn’t win. The statue went to Claire Foy.
Claire Foy and Matthew Rhys’ bitter sweet victory
The Crown’s Claire Foy and The Americans’ Matthew Rhys both won the award for best actress and actor in a drama series.
But the nod to their performances comes after the final curtain has fallen.
Foy won her first Emmy for her performance as Queen Elizabeth, a role that has now passed onto Olivia Colman.
“I dedicate this to the next cast, the next generation, and to Matt Smith,” Foy said.
Rhys claimed his statue for his role in the final season of The Americans.
Thandie Newton dropped the F-bomb
Westworld actress Thandie Newton won the Emmy for supporting actress for her role as Maeve.
Visibly shocked, Newton took to the stage to thank God before suffering a slip of the tongue.
“I don’t believe in God but I’m going to thank her tonight,” Newton said.
“I am so blessed. Without this I am even so f**king blessed.”
Female-led comedy sweeps the statues
Amazon’s The Marvelous Mrs Maisel became the first streaming series to win top Emmy comedy honours.
Overall the show had five wins including best actress in a comedy, Rachel Brosnahan, and best supporting actress in a comedy, Alex Borstein.
Brosnahan used her acceptance speech to give a shout-out to her comedy’s celebration of women power.
“It’s about a woman who’s finding her voice anew, and it’s one of the things that’s happening all over the country now,” she said.
Brosnahan also urged the audience to exercise that power by voting.
Game of Thrones is off air but on fire
It’s been over a year since the last Game of Thrones episode went to air, but the series crushed the awards like the Dothraki crushed the Lannister army.
The show won the Emmy for best drama series while Peter Dinklage won the supporting actor trophy.
“Thank you for letting us take care of your people,” producer DB Weiss said to George RR Martin, whose novels fuel the drama.
Game of Thrones is set to return next year.