The Women Who Made History At The 2018 Emmys
Yes, the gowns were stunning. Yes, the pant suits were even more stunning. And yes, the Queer Eye cast was a sartorial dream. But many of the 2018 Emmys' biggest moments actually didn't involve apparel (shocking, right?).
The three-hour program was chalk-full of incredibly monumental "firsts": The first time a woman won back-to-back awards for Comedy Writing and Comedy Directing, the first live, on-stage proposal, the first Asian woman to be nominated in the Lead Actress category, and the first time RuPaul's Drag Race won in the Outstanding Reality-Competition Series (finally).
It also had some more serious girl-power moments thanks to the always-perfect Betty White and totally authentic Alex Borstein. And what would an award show be without a hilarious Chrissy Teigen moment?
It was certainly an entertaining night, to say the very least, not to mention a great night for women. Ahead, check out the moments of "firsts" — as well as the simply priceless ones — that made millions of viewers laugh, cheer, and tear up a little (OK, a lot).
Amy Sherman Palladino Wins Big
Making for arguably the most major moment of the night, Amy Sherman Palladino picked up awards for both Comedy Writing and Comedy Directing, a first for a woman in the show's 70-year history.
And while the speeches could've been bathed in emotion and tears, Sherman Palladino kept things light and hilarious, of course.
Sandra Oh Is The First Asian Woman To Be Nominated For Lead Actress
Although she technically didn't take home the award, Sandra Oh's nomination was a win in itself as it made her the first Asian woman to be nominated for the Lead Actress category.
The First On-Stage Proposal In Emmys History
During his acceptance speech for best directing for a variety special, Glenn Weiss took the opportunity to execute the first proposal on the Emmys stage. The director got down on one knee in front of girlfriend Jan Svendsen, who of course said yes ... and sealed the deal with a kiss.
Rupaul's Drag Race Wins ... Finally
After 11 fantastic seasons, Rupaul's Drag Race finally walked away with the award for Outstanding Reality-Competition Series, an honor that's only ever gone to The Amazing Race, The Voice, and Top Chef. Because RuPaul Charles was honored with the award for Outstanding Host at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards last week, the show officially made history for earning both honors in one year.
"All of the dreamers out there, listen," Charles said in his acceptance speech. "If you can't love yourself, how in the hell are you gonna love somebody else? Can I get an amen up in here? Now let the music play!"
Alex Borstein's Perfect Acceptance Speech (And Dance)
As she made her way up the aisle to accept her award for Best Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series, Alex Borstein threw off the matching bolero jacket from her gorgeous silver gown and shimmied up the stage. After accepting her award, she kicked off her speech with: "I went without the bra."
Betty White Serves Up Classic Betty
Betty White was appropriately honored for her 70 years in entertainment, and fittingly received a standing ovation. She then delivered a speech that was quintessentially her: “It’s incredible you can stay in a career this long and still have people put up with you," she joked. "I wish they did that at home.”
Chrissy Teigen Delivers Another Priceless Reaction (And Meme)
As if people needed another reason to love Chrissy Teigen. The author and model went viral once again when she was caught hilariously ducking out of the frame when the camera centered on her during the opening monologue. The rest is meme history.