The Latest: Emmys open with song solving Hollywood’s issues
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on the 70th prime-time Emmy Awards being presented Monday at the Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles (all times local):
The Emmys have started with a song whose chorus was “We Solved It,” a comic ode to the diversity of nominees — and Hollywood self-satisfaction.
“Saturday Night Live” stars and Emmy nominees Monday night Kate McKinnon and Kenan Thompson started the song, pointing out that Sandra Oh could become the first woman of Asian descent to win an Emmy.
The comedians sang: “There were none, now there’s one, so we’re done.”
They were joined by Tituss Burgess, Kristen Bell, Sterling K. Brown and Ricky Martin, who declared the song “too white” and gave it a Latin turn.
Andy Samberg showed up to ask in song if there was a place for a straight white male in the song before being sent off. Martin and Samberg were met with loud cheers inside Microsoft Theater.
The group gave way to the night’s hosts Michael Che and Colin Jost, who continued to riff on Hollywood diversity and the sexual misconduct scandal that has roiled the industry.
John Oliver says Hollywood’s biggest award shows are “terrible gigs” for the hosts, not fun or glamorous.
The host of “Last Week Tonight With John Oliver” was feeling empathy on the gold carpet for this year’s Emmys hosts Michael Che and Colin Jost from “Saturday Night Live.”
Che and Jost, in their black tuxedos, were among the first to walk down the carpet before the show on Monday afternoon.
Oliver says the audience is tense and as the night goes on the crowd becomes increasingly resentful since most of them don’t win.
He says it’s not easy to do comedy in those conditions.
— Mike Cidoni Lennox (@CidoniLennox on Twitter) and Beth Harris (@BethHarrisAP) on the Emmys red carpet
“This Is Us” stars Mandy Moore and Milo Ventimiglia aren’t walking the golden carpet together at the Emmys, but bumped into each other in the long line for photos.
The two actors, who are married on the show, met in the middle Monday to pose for some pics and even took a few selfies with fans walking by.
Ventimiglia also waved over his co-star Justin Hartley and wife Chrishell Stause to say hello.
Elsewhere, another “This Is Us” co-star, Sterling K. Brown, says he loves the regular-guy role he plays on the NBC hit series.
Brown, nominated for lead actor in a drama, an award he won last year, says it’s nice going to work every day playing a character who “didn’t kill people, he’s not secrets and lies. He’s trying to find the best part of himself to share with humanity.”
— Lindsey Bahr (@ldbahr on Twitter) with Beth Harris (@BethHarrisAP) and Mike Cidoni Lennox (@CidoniLennox)
The biggest gathering of stars on the Emmys gold carpet is a bottleneck of celebs waiting patiently in a long line for the photo call.
Ralph Fiennes stood arm-in-arm with Max Minghella of “The Handmaid’s Tale.”
RuPaul, fan in hand, leaned over a rope and stanchion to hug Margo Martindale of “The Americans.”
Heidi Klum fixed her hair before stepping out for the cameras and Issa Rae of “Insecure” looked up from her phone to wave to LaKeith Stanfield of “Atlanta.”
Elsewhere on the carpet, “Insecure” actress Yvonne Orji and “This is Us” actor Justin Hartley posed for selfies with fans.
George R.R. Martin, author of the books behind “Game of Thrones,” got cheers from the fan bleachers. One person yelled, “Finish the book!” to laughs, referring “The Winds of Winter,” the very-long-awaited next volume in the series.
— Lindsey Bahr (@ldbahr on Twitter) with Amanda Lee Myers (@AmandaLeeAP on Twitter)
Jenifer Lewis of “black-ish” says she’s wearing Nike on the Emmys gold carpet “in support of Colin Kaepernick’s protest against police brutality and racial injustice.”
The 61-year-old actress said Monday that she wants “to speak to the millennials today to let them know they are not alone when they speak out.”
She wore a red-and-black sweat shirt emblazoned with Nike, which began using the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback in an ad campaign earlier this month.
The athletic company’s trademark swoosh was done in crystals. She accented her black leggings and black-and-white pattern boots with a diamond bracelet and ring.
Lewis says, “We are not living in dark times. We are living in awakening times, and I am proud to be one of the leaders in the movement.”
— Mike Cidoni Lennox (@CidoniLennox on Twitter) on the Emmys red carpet with Beth Harris (@BethHarrisAP)
Politics are top of mind on the golden carpet for many of the stars attending the Emmy Awards Monday.
RuPaul tells The Associated Press: “Every time I bat my false eyelashes I’m making a political statement.”
And actress Q’orianka Kilcher accessorized her red dress with a pin that reads “I am a voter.”
“The Alienist” actress says she felt it was important to send the message that “all of our voices matter and all of our votes matter.”
Margo Martindale took a different stance, however, saying that awards shows lately have backed off from being as political.
Martindale says, “I think it’s fine to be political, don’t get me wrong. But middle America is hard to reach.”
— Mike Cidoni Lennox (@CidoniLennox on Twitter) with Lindsey Bahr (@ldbahr)
The sprawling golden carpet for the 70th annual Emmy Awards is heating up as security readies for the deluge of television stars headed for the Microsoft Theater Monday afternoon.
NBC’s Natalie Morales and Hoda Kotb were among the very early arrivals, making their way down the carpet before the inevitable traffic jam of bodies. Extra host Mario Lopez, who has a foot injury, zipped down the carpet on a tiny scooter keeping his left leg off the ground.
Although the temperatures in downtown Los Angeles are in the 80s, arriving attendees will not have to bear the brunt of the heat. The carpet area is covered by a massive tent and an army of industrial-size ceiling fans.
— Lindsey Bahr (@ldbahr on Twitter) on the Emmys red carpet
As Emmy Award nominees nervously wait to hear their name called, or not, there’s more on the line at Monday’s ceremony than personal glory.
“Saturday Night Live” creator Lorne Michaels is tasked with turning viewership around, after the 2017 Emmy audience of 11.4 million narrowly avoided setting a new low.
“The Handmaid’s Tale” is the defending best drama series champ, with past winner “Game of Thrones” its top rival.
On the comedy side, the front-runners are FX’s “Atlanta” and Amazon Prime Video’s “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.”
Sandra Oh could become the first performer of Asian descent to win a top drama acting trophy for spy thriller “Killing Eve.”
The Emmys air 8 p.m. Eastern on NBC with “SNL” cast members Michael Che and Colin Jost as hosts.