2018 Emmys Liveblog and Open Thread

Hello, and welcome to your 2018 Emmys Liveblog and Open Thread! Before we get started, here’s two things you already probably know but they’re worth repeating: 1) We held our own Gay Emmys this year and they were awesome. 2) As always, Riese has put together (and is constantly maintaining) a fall TV preview for all the queer characters.

It’s a big night for queer people and straight people who play queer people. Samira Wiley already snagged her Emmy for Handmaid’s Tale this year. Also: Evan Rachel Wood for lead actress in a drama series for Westworld; Lily Tomlin for outstanding lead actress in a comedy series for Grace and Frankie; Kate McKinnon for outstanding supporting actress in a comedy series for SNL; Jane Lynch and Wanda Sykes for outstanding guest actress in a comedy series for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and black-ish, respectively; Jane Lynch also fro Host for Reality/Reality Competition Program for Hollywood Game Night; Ellen DeGeneres for Host for Reality/Reality Competition Program for Ellen’s Game of Games. Sarah Paulson for outstanding lead actress in a limited series or movie for American Horror Story: Cult; Cherry Jones for outstanding guest actress in a drama series for Handmaid’s Tale; Carrie Brownstein for Variety Sketch Series for Portlandia.

8:00 p.m. Hello and welcome! Tonight you’ve got Valerie, Carmen, Natalie, and Heather. You can also follow our whole Autostraddle TV Team on Twitter right here!

8:05 p.m.

Valerie: I wish literally any combination of the people who sang this opening number was hosting instead.
Natalie: Same.
Carmen: I know it’s all tongue in cheek… but I didn’t love that… because ain’t shit solved. And I don’t appreciate Colin Jost and Michael Che of all people pretending that we did
Natalie: No applause for them. None.
Carmen: A bad #MeToo joke! I won the bet! I want my money!

8:10 p.m.

Carmen: Oh!

8:15 p.m.

Heather This is too boring to stay awake for! HERE WAKE UP! WAKE UP!

8:15 p.m. // Henry Winkler wins for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy

Carmen: Best supporting actor in a comedy! Let’s see if they finally give Titus the honor he deserves! (Spoiler: They won’t)
Valerie: Titus! Titus! Titus!
Carmen: Three black men nominated and the old white man wins? Sounds like the Emmys to me
Natalie: What if we all die of boredom during this Emmy broadcast? What then, Heather?
Valerie: Sorry no more TV coverage we tried to do an Emmys liveblog but our misandry overwhelmed us.

8:25 p.m. // Alex Borstein wins for Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for Marvelous Mrs Maisel

Carmen: OMG OMG
Riese: is her character explicitly gay now??
Carmen: She’s very gay and very much in love with the main character!
Riese: oh wow
Carmen: That’s the ending arc
Riese: that’s so great!
Carmen: Also I would like everyone to officially tell everyone that Riese is the person who told me to watch The Marvelous Ms. Maisel and she was 100% right and I hope you all watch it. Alex Bornstein as Susie Myerson in Ms. Maisel fills all of my Janeane Garofalo gone butch dreams. So if that has ever been a dream of yours as well, I recommend it.

8:28 p.m. // Amy Sherman-Palladino wins for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy and Outstanding Directing in a Comedy

Heather: Holy cats, she is so Lorelai Gilmore it’s unreal.
Carmen: This is #JusticeForGilmoreGirls (Natalie I also agree, Atlanta is getting robbed though) I’m so excited for all of our readers who are going to get addicted to Ms. Maisel now!
Natalie: I’m just saying, ASP: DO SOMETHING WITH SOME POC IN IT

8:40 p.m. // Rachel Brosnahan wins best actress in a comedy. 

Heather: Maaan. This is the same thing as last year: so many POC presenters, all white winners.
Natalie: I’m gonna need some of your wine, Valerie.
Valerie: Seriously.
Carmen: For the second year in a row the Emmys broke their own record for most diverse nominations, for the second year in a row they send all those poc’s home with no gold
No. More. Participation. Trophies.
Riese: Also like that show is good but it’s not THAT good

8:49 p.m.

Carmen: Samira Wiley is such a celebrity that she’s doing ad campaigns in her instagram now like some kind of Khardasian!

8:50 p.m. // Merritt Wever wins Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie for Godless.

Heather: Much better than when she played a lesbian who was SHOT THROUGH THE EYEBALL on The Walking Dead.
Riese: butchy gay too
old-fashioned butch
Valerie: okay okay i’ll allow it. let it be known though, where my heart is. :shuri-emoji:

9:00 p.m. 

Valerie: what if constance wu somehow won that emmy
Natalie: Good Lord. Constance.
Carmen: What if Constance Wu even got nominated for an emmy???
What if the Emmy’s weren’t racist? what then?
Riese: i feel bored
Heather: yeah, this is boring as hell.
Riese: there are so many cool interesting shows happening and these are like, not those

9:05 p.m.

Carmen: While we are at commercial, I would like to let you know that my one straight husband is a supportive bae.

She will shine or neither of you will shine!

9:10 p.m. 

Valerie: betty white is the only white i want at these awards next year
Carmen: Hahahahahaaaaha! VALERIE!
Heather: amen!
Natalie: Yes!

9:10 p.m. // Ryan Murphy wins for Directing, Limited Series/Movie/Dramatic Special

9:13 p.m. // REGINA KING! REGINA KING wins for Best Lead Actress, Limited Series/Movie

Heather: WHOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!
Valerie: fucking finally
Valerie: leslie’s joy!!!
Heather: LESLIE!!!!!!
Carmen: I Just went hoarse!
Riese: Leslie Jones is going to be a meme now
i’m here for it
Natalie: YES!!!!
Carmen: You can hear leslie screaming without the mic! I love how we love on each other
Natalie: I have loved her since 227 and will never stop
Carmen: Listen I stan one queen now.

9:30 p.m. Some straight people got married. 

9:45 p.m. Well, we’ve reached the point of this boring-as-all-hec telecast where we’re just talking about posts we’re going to write this week, like a roundtable called MAKE IT GAY YOU COWARDS and Riese is showing us Getty images of Ellen and Mariska Hargitay.

9:50 p.m. It’s time for — what Riese has named — the White Men in Period Costumes Awards. Instead, please enjoy this gift from Carmen.

9:54 p.m. Thandie Newton wins for for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for Westworld

Natalie: Yes!
Carmen: “I don’t even believe in God, but I’m going to thank HER tonight”
Riese: just get up there and swear and say you are an athiest yes

10:00 p.m. 

Riese: russia rigged this election
Valerie: i just keep shouting WRONG at my tv at this point
Carmen: I said it in our gay emmys and I will say it again, the only reason that Jane the Virgin and One Day At A Time aren’t Emmy winners is racism.
Flat out.
Natalie: Fucking Russians.
Heather: 100% racism

10:07 p.m. Blah blah blah blah more white men. 

10:11 Claire Foy wins Best Actress for The Crown, Shouts out Sandra Oh, Sarah Paulson was also there. 

10:20 p.m. Valerie has a growing pile of stuff she’s throwing on her floor in outrage. 

10:30 p.m. RuPaul wins for Outstanding Reality Competition

10:48 Ryan Murphy wins again! 

10:52 Marvelous Mrs. Maisel wins Best Comedy

10:58 Game of Thrones wins Best Drama

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  1. Anyone have guesses for what time the first person of color will win tonight, if ever? This is ridiculous. Also, what are some POC awards shows I can support in the future? I just watched Black Girls Rock recently and it was great.

    • OMG! I love Black Girls Rock! I watch it every year!

      And yes, there are the Alma Awards (supporting Latinx Talent), the NAACP Image Awards (supporting POC – but largely black talent) and the summer’s BET Awards (supporting black talent)

      That’s off the top of my head! There’s more!

      And to answer your other question… I think it might Sterling K Brown, and his award isn’t until the end of the night!

  2. I had no idea these were tonight but I can never watch them because I can’t handle the heartbreak. I think if I had to watch Sandra Oh lose an emmy (which she better not) I’d gay cry into my wine glass.

  3. Muted it again, and then when I look up from my phone it’s a Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee commercial ? GO AWAYYY

  4. I gave up watching the lame-ass show so I could instead watch POV about a Hasidic Jewish woman starting an all female EMT service in Brooklyn.

    Yes, this is a real thing.

  5. I am the only one that didn’t think that proposal was cute? Like unless the couple has discussed and agreed to the marriage, as in talking about their future and such, a public proposal really puts the person getting proposed to on the spot. As in they are kind of pressured to say yes, and if they don’t it makes them look bad. Then again maybe I am overthinking this and being a downer.

  6. I’m very happy that The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel won a few but sad that Crazy Ex-Girlfriend wasn’t nominated at all this year.

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