While accepting the award for Outstanding Directing for a Variety Special, Weiss paid special tribute to his mother who died just two weeks earlier, saying she was particularly fond of his girlfriend, Jan Svendsen.
“Mom always believed in finding the sunshine in things and she adored my girlfriend Jan,” he told the audience inside the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. “Jan, you are the sunshine in my life. And mom was right, don’t ever let go of your sunshine. You wonder why I don’t like to call you my girlfriend? Because I want to call you my wife.”
A tearful Svendsen joined Weiss on stage to accept the proposal and the two earned a standing ovation from the audience, with stars like Saturday Night Live performer Leslie Jones visibly emotional over the touching moment. Weiss then gave Svendsen the ring his dad gave his late mom over 65 years ago.
“And to my sisters and brothers, I didn’t swipe it,” he quipped. “Dad knows I have it, okay?”
This year’s Emmy awards were hosted by Saturday Night Live writers Michael Che and Colin Jost, and had plenty of big moments in the night beyond a touching proposal. Happy Days star Henry Winkler finally won an Emmy, taking home the award for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for his role as acting coach in HBO’s comedy Barry. The actor, who has been nominated for an Emmy six times before, took to the stage to accept his award and joked, “I wrote this [speech] 43 years ago.”
His co-star, Bill Hader, won his first solo Emmy award as Best Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for his performance in the title role.
Amazon Studios’ The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel won for Best Comedy Series, with Rachel Brosnahan, the star of the series, taking home Lead Actress in a Comedy Series.
The 2018 Emmys also featured the most diverse slate of nominees in history, with 36 of those up for acting awards being of a visible minority.
Check out the full list of last night’s winners below. ~Caitlyn Clancey
Full List of Emmy Winners:
Drama Series: Game of Thrones
Comedy Series: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Limited Series: The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
Variety Talk Series: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
Variety Sketch Series: Saturday Night Live
Reality-Competition Program: RuPaul’s Drag Race
Lead Actress, Drama Series: Claire Foy, The Crown
Lead Actor, Drama Series: Matthew Rhys, The Americans
Directing, Drama Series: Stephen Daldry, The Crown – “Paterfamilias”
Writing, Drama Series: Joe Fields and Joe Weisberg, The Americans – “Start”
Supporting Actress, Drama Series: Thandie Newton, Westworld
Supporting Actor, Drama Series: Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
Directing, Variety Special: Glenn Weiss, The Oscars
Writing, Variety Special: John Mulaney, Kid Gorgeous At Radio City
Lead Actor, Limited Series or Movie: Darren Criss, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
Lead Actress, Limited Series or Movie: Regina King, Seven Seconds
Directing, Limited Series, Movie or Dramatic Special: Ryan Murphy, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story – “The Man Who Would Be Vogue”
Writing, Limited Series, Movie or Dramatic Special: William Bridges and Charlie Brooker, Black Mirror – “USS Callister”
Supporting Actor, Limited Series or Movie: Jeff Daniels, Godless
Supporting Actress, Limited Series or Movie: Merritt Wever, Godless
Lead Actor, Comedy Series: Bill Hader, Barry
Lead Actress, Comedy Series: Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Directing, Comedy Series: Amy Sherman-Palladino, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Writing, Comedy Series: Amy Sherman-Palladino, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel – “Pilot”
Supporting Actress, Comedy Series: Alex Borstein, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Supporting Actor, Comedy Series: Henry Winkler, Barry