Henry Winkler celebrates his first Emmy with dry pants, George R.R. Martin praises "Thrones" for changing television and the newly-engaged couple are still beaming.
One of the things that stood out through the three-hour Emmys broadcast was that a certain commander-in-chief's name wasn't mentioned. Not even once. But Emmy-winner John Oliver knows why.
It was a stark contrast to virtually every awards show since even before Donald Trump ascended to the presidency, with the notoriously left-leaning Hollywood crowd bashing him and his policies at every opportunity. And with "Saturday Night Live's" "Weekend Update" co-hosts helming the show, it seemed a certainty he would be a major topic of conversation.
So what happened?
"In the drinking game, I think we're just trying to keep America sober," the "Last Week Tonight" host explained to reporters backstage after accepting his Emmy for Outstanding Variety Talk Series. "Everyone needs their wits about them right now. You can't drink the pain away."
When a reporter asked if that meant he thought the country was moving on from their outrage over Trump, Oliver was quick to retort. "No, it f--king doesn't!"
He quickly added, "If anyone takes away from the Emmys that we are moving on past the presidency that we are currently either halfway through or a quarter of the way through, we are totally f--ked!"
That was just one of the more memorable backstage exchanges, as captured by https://toofab.com/tags/, where Emmy winners go to talk to reporters and get their pictures taken right after their big wins. Here are three other notable Emmys backstage moments.
Henry Winkler's Dry Eyes ... and Pants
Because things sometimes get weird backstage, Henry Winkler was asked if he had managed to keep dry pants in the excitement of winning his first-ever Emmy for his work on "Barry" after 43 years on television.
"You know what? I was wearing rubber pants, just in anticipation. And I used a little powder. But I had control," Winkler laughed, pointing toward his pants, as reported by USA Today.
"I was 27 when I started doing The Fonz. I'm now 72 and I'm standing right here in front of you with her," Winkler said, referring to the Emmy statuette. He was all smiles, dry eyes and dry pants.
An Emmy Proposal
After winning the Emmy for Oustanding Director for a Variety Special, Glenn Weiss brought the stars to their feet when he proposed to his girlfriend, seated in the audience. It was one of those fair tale moments you can't script, and quickly became the most talked about moment of the night.
"You can't really plan this," Deadline reports Weiss said backstage. "It became a thought and the thought picked up steam as we got here. This was coming. The timing just lined up really nicely and it was a magical moment."
Ever the director, Weiss gave props to fellow nominee Hamish Hamilton, who was directing this Emmys broadcast. He couldn't tell him his plan beforehand, in case he didn't win, but said Hamilton, "took the cue." He said that Hamilton "was on her at the right point."
As for his now-fiancee, Jane Svendsen, she was completely overwhelmed as she was coaxed onto the stage so Weiss could get down on one knee and present her with his mother's ring. "I really hoped he was going to dedicate the award to his mother. He did and then some," she said, adding, "I'm still processing this."
'Game of Thrones' Changed Genre Television
"Game of Thrones" creator George R.R. Martin told reporters backstage that he's proud not only of the work done on the show, but on how the reception to the show has elevated science-fiction and fantasy to respectability in the eyes of critics and awards shows alike.
"I don't know if [the show] has changed television but it has changed science fiction and fantasy television," he said, as reported by Deadline. "And we've achieved a level of respectability thanks to the genius of these actors, producers, and writers. That has made us equal to any genre."
He also teased impatient "Thrones" fans with those prequels still in development at HBO. "We're not done with Westeros yet," he said. "We have plenty of story to tell."
When asked why the final season is taking so long to come together, executive producer David Benioff said, "It's the biggest thing we ever done. It's quite extraordinary what the crew and the actors created. The last season is far beyond what we attempted before.
"It is taking a f--king long time," he admitted. "And I hope it will be worth it"
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