Los Angeles, Sep 18 (AP/UNB) — Claire Foy of "The Crown" and Matthew Rhys of "The Americans" won top drama acting Emmys as Monday's ceremony spread its wealth around to streaming and cable but largely snubbed broadcasting and, largely, diversity.
"The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel," Amazon's freshman sitcom about a 1950s homemaker turned edgy stand-up comedian, took an early lead at the Emmy Awards, which gently mocked itself for its own lack of diverse winners.
"Mrs. Maisel" star Rachel Brosnahan was honored as best comedy actress, Alex Borstein earned the supporting actress trophy and the series creator, Amy Sherman-Palladino, nabbed writing and directing awards.
The field bested by Foy included last year's winner Elisabeth Moss for "The Handmaid's Tale" and Sandra Oh of "Killing Eve," who could have been the first actor of Asian descent to get a top drama award.
"This wasn't supposed to happen," said Foy, honored for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II in the Netflix series.
In a ceremony that started out congratulating TV academy voters for the most ethnically diverse field of nominees ever, the early awards all went to whites.
"Let's get it trending: #EmmysSoWhite," presenter James Corden joked at the midway point, riffing off an earlier tribute to Betty White.
"I want to say six awards, all white winners, and nobody has thanked Jesus yet," co-host Michael Che said, referring back to his earlier joke that only African-American and Republican winners do.
Then Regina King broke the string, with a best actress trophy in a limited series or movie for "Seven Seconds," which tracks the fallout from a white police officer's traffic accident involving a black teenager.
She was followed by Darren Criss, who won the lead acting award for the miniseries "The Assassination of Gianni Versace" and who is of Filipino descent.
Thandie Newton won best supporting drama actress for "Westworld," and Peter Dinklage added a third trophy to his collection for "Game of Thrones."
The ceremony had a real-life drama moment when winning director Glenn Weiss, noting his mother had died two weeks ago, proposed to his girlfriend, Jan Svendsen.
"You wonder why I don't want to call you my girlfriend? It's because I want to call you my wife," Weiss said. She said yes, he put his mother's ring on her finger and the crowd whooped and cheered.
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. She urged the audience to exercise that power by voting.
Bill Hader collected the best comedy actor award for "Barry," a dark comedy about a hired killer who stumbles into a possible acting career.
Henry Winkler, aka "The Fonz," won a supporting actor award — his first Emmy — for "Barry," four decades after gaining fame for his role in "Happy Days."
"If you stay at the table long enough, the chips come to you. Tonight, I got to clear the table," an ebullient Winkler said, with an equally delighted auditorium audience rising to give him a standing ovation. To his children, he said: "You can go to bed now, daddy won!"
The biggest award so far won by a broadcast network was "Saturday Night Live" for best Variety Sketch Series.
The Emmys kicked off with a song, "We Solved It," a celebration to the diversity of nominees sung by stars including Kate McKinnon and Kenan Thompson. The tune included that Oh was could become the first woman of Asian descent to win an Emmy. "There were none, now there's one, so we're done," the comedians sang.
Oh played along from her seat: "Thank you, but it's an honor just to be Asian," said the Korean-Canadian actress.
While Emmy nominees nervously waited to hear their name called, or not, there's more on the line at the ceremony on NBC than personal glory.
"Saturday Night Live" creator Lorne Michaels, producing his second Emmy telecast in 30 years, is tasked with turning viewership around after the 2017 show's audience of 11.4 million narrowly avoided the embarrassment of setting a new low.
The ceremony clearly bears his stamp, with Che and Jost as hosts and familiar "SNL" faces, including Kate McKinnon and Alec Baldwin, as presenters and nominees. The long-running NBC sketch show, already the top Emmy winner ever with 71, could snare up to three more.
The pressure's on Michaels because NBC and other broadcasters are increasingly reliant on awards and other live events to draw viewers distracted by streaming and more 21st- century options. The networks, which air the Emmy telecast on a rotating basis, are so eager for the ad dollars it generates and its promotional value for fall shows that they endure online competitors sharing the stage.
New York, Sep 17 (AP/UNB) — Soon-Yi Previn, the wife of Woody Allen and the estranged adopted daughter of Mia Farrow, defended her husband against what she contends is unfair treatment in the #MeToo era and attacked her adoptive mother in her first public comments about the relationships in decades.
New York magazine posted on its website Sunday night an in-depth article about Previn in which she talks of a troubled relationship with her mother and tells how she fell in love in 1992 with Allen, who was Farrow's boyfriend at the time.
The 47-year-old said she and her mother clashed soon after Farrow adopted her and that her mother many times treated her like a maid. She denies being manipulated into a relationship by Allen.
Previn told the magazine that she decided to speak out now because Dylan Farrow, who is an adopted daughter of Allen, is, in her view, unfairly accusing her husband of sexual abusing her when she was a child.
"I was never interested in writing a 'Mommie Dearest,' getting even with Mia — none of that," Previn told the magazine. "But what's happened to Woody is so upsetting, so unjust. (Mia) has taken advantage of the #MeToo movement and paraded Dylan as a victim. And a whole new generation is hearing about it when they shouldn't."
She also said of Farrow: "Mia wasn't maternal to me from the get-go."
An email sent to Mia Farrow's agent Sunday night was not immediately returned.
The Associated Press does not typically name victims of sexual abuse, but Dylan Farrow has commented extensively on her allegations that Allen abused her in 1992 when she was 7-years-old. Allen was investigated but wasn't charged, and he has long denied inappropriately touching Farrow. In a statement in January after Dylan Farrow's allegations resurfaced, Allen reiterated his denial and accused her and her family of using the Time's Up movement "to repeat this discredited allegation."
In separate statements posted on Twitter Sunday night, Dylan Farrow and Ronan Farrow say their mother is a good parent and that the New York magazine article is inaccurate and unfair. Dylan Farrow also noted that the New York magazine piece's author, Daphne Merkin, calls herself a longtime friend of Allen's.
The director, who faced a wave of backlash earlier this year including several prominent actors vowing not to work with him again, is also quoted in the New York magazine piece. "I am a pariah," Merkin quotes the director as saying during a lunch. "People think that I was Soon-Yi's father, that I raped and married my underaged, retarded daughter."
Washington, Sep 16 (AP/UNB) — President Donald Trump's former chief strategist says he's surprised the #MeToo movement hasn't had more impact on corporate America.
Steve Bannon says he thinks Time's Up is "the single most powerful potential political movement in the world."
Bannon spoke Saturday in New York during an ideas festival sponsored by The Economist. His comments came the same week Les Moonves (MOON'-vehz) stepped down as head of CBS Corp. and the network fired "60 Minutes" executive producer Jeff Fager. Both men deny sexual misconduct allegations against them.
Asked about Time's Up, Bannon said: "I'm quite shocked that the #MeToo movement hasn't cut through corporate America with a bigger scythe, because I think there's a lot of potential there."
Time's Up is a movement against sexual harassment that Hollywood celebrities created last year.
Las Vegas, Sept 15 (AP/UNB) — Serena Williams talked about her fashion business and her family, but not tennis fouls during a Friday appearance before a business trade group in Las Vegas.
The 23-time Grand Slam champion wasn't asked about gender equality in sports or an argument she had last weekend with the chair umpire at her U.S. Open finals match in New York during about 25 minutes onstage with Sarah Robb O'Hagan, chief executive of Flywheel Sports, at the National Retail Federation trade show.
Williams, who took no questions from the audience, said previously she felt she had been treated more harshly than a male player would have been for smashing her racket and arguing with match official Carlos Ramos during her straight-set finals loss to Naomi Osaka of Japan on Sept. 8 in New York.
Williams received three code violations and was penalized one game. She was later fined $17,000.
The incident drew a volley of commentary in recent days.
Tennis icon Billie Jean King said she believes tennis applies a double standard to women compared with men, and that a similar outburst by a male player would have drawn no repercussions.
A cartoon caricature of Williams appeared in an Australian newspaper drew comparisons to U.S. racial stereotypes of the past.
In Croatia, U.S. Davis Cup team captain Jim Courier said he thought the gender issue had been polarized and in some ways politicized.
"It's been quite the week," O'Hagan said before steering the conversation away from controversy.
"It isn't the first time you have had to deal with unfair judgment against you, and yet you have this amazing an ability to come back with such courage and grace," she said.
She drew applause praising Williams for calming a riled-up audience that booed the U.S. Open outcome to refocus the moment on Osaka's victory.
"I feel it's really important to stand up for what you believe in," Williams said, "especially if it can affect the future and affect a lot of people in the future. That's what it's all about."
Williams also was asked about what O'Hagan termed "epic comebacks" during her 20-year tennis career, including having a baby a little more than a year ago.
The tennis star, who has her own fashion line, advised business owners to "really figure out, 'What can I do to revamp and bring it back to the top?'"
"Really it's just about having a great team ... and rolling up your sleeves and hard work," Williams said. "I work really, really hard at my game. And then I work super hard at my fashion business. And I'm working incredibly hard at being a mom."
Los Angeles, Sep 14 (AP/UNB) — Michael Che and Colin Jost, typically stuck behind a desk as "Saturday Night Live" news anchors, are moving to a grander setting Monday as Emmy Awards hosts.
The comedians got in the mood at Thursday's rollout of the traditional arrivals carpet — yellow-hued this time around, not red, as the ceremony marks its 70th year.
"This isn't as gold as I thought it would be. I was expecting a much tackier gold. But this is a reasonable gold," Che observed.
After carpet duty, he and Jost talked to The Associated Press about the high-profile job of hosting and what it's like to be tapped for it by Lorne Michaels, their "SNL" boss and this year's Emmys telecast producer.
The "Weekend Update" anchors were serious, sometimes. Remarks were edited for clarity and brevity.
AP: How does it feel to get this high-profile gig?
Jost: We love going to the Emmys. Anytime we're nominated, it feels like a big honor. And to go and get asked to host, and they trusted us, it's great. Am I right (to Che)?
Che: Your hair is gorgeous.
AP: What did Michaels say about how to approach it?
Che: It was something along the lines of, 'Have fun out there' and 'We trust you.' So that's exciting when maybe the greatest producer in TV trusts us with a show. So I think the (TV) academy is in good hands.
AP: Will you include political humor?
Jost: We don't totally know yet because we don't even know what's going to happen over the weekend politically. There might be some, and there might not.
Che: There's gonna be political jokes. And we're gonna come out on the wrong side of history, for sure. We're aiming toward it.
AP: Some awards hosts who have taken a different approach, such as David Letterman and his 'Oprah-Uma' bit at the 1995 Oscars, have fallen flat. Will you be more traditional hosts?
Jost: I don't even know really what a traditional host for it is.
Che: Ed McMahon. Ed McMahon is a traditional host.
Jost: Well, should we do that?
Che: If we could be half as good as Ed McMahon, we've nailed it. We're Ed McMahon-ing it.
AP: Given the Oscars envelop mix-up, are you concerned about mishaps?
Jost: We have lots of those planned.
AP: Best worst-case scenario for what could go wrong?
Che: All the winners will be announced via Jack-in-the-box (toy). So we're just going to have to crank and crank and crank till it pops out. And it will be a puppet of the winner's face.
Jost: That's a subtle change that you'll notice. And then the show's going to be five hours.
Q: Will the ceremony be very "SNL"-ish?
Jost: There will be a lot of people from the 'SNL' family involved. But also a lot of people that are just the stars of television now that have nothing to do with 'SNL,' because people want to see everyone who's on TV.
Q: Some nominees have said they hope that politics won't dominate the night. But you two tackle serious issues on "Weekend Update," so is it a tightrope for you?
Che: We're overthinking it if we're thinking about that. It's a celebration for a lot of people who worked really hard this year to be nominated and (for) a lot of shows that people really enjoy. We're just gonna have fun at the top and keep the show moving and make sure it's an enjoyable show to watch.
Jost: You want to make it celebratory. You want people to be laughing and you want people to have a fun time. You're lucky to be doing this job and you're lucky to get recognized in some way, so why not make it a fun night?