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Shirley McMarlin
From left: Betty White speaks with Kate McKinnon and Alec Baldwin onstage during the 70th Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on Sept. 17, 2018, in Los Angeles.

Both winners and losers have gone home in their limos, the borrowed gowns have gone back to the designers, the statuettes are already on the shelf and the 2018 Emmy Awards are in the books.

Now that the dust — er, glitter — has settled, here’s a look back at a few defining moments of this year’s awards for excellence in television, emerging media and broadband programming.

Reparations Emmys

Co-host Michael Che introduced the “Reparation Emmys” for black actors from past comedy television shows who never received awards recognition. The “Reparations Emmys” went to Marla Gibbs for “The Jeffersons,” Jimmy Walker for “Good Times,” Jaleel White for “Family Matters,” Kadeem Ardisson for “A Different World,” Tichina Arnold for “Martin” and John Witherspoon for “The Wayans Bros.”

There was a lot of talk throughout the evening about a need for diversity in the television industry, but as far as the winners themselves, it was something of the same old, same old. Of 26 awards overall, 22 went to white performers, directors, writers and producers.

Betty White honored

The 96-year-old “First Lady of Television” — herself the winner of eight Emmys — was honored at the 70th awards ceremony for a career spanning more than seven decades. White’s TV resume includes roles in classics such as “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and “The Golden Girls.”

Following a standing ovation, she said, “I’m just going to quit while I’m ahead … It’s incredible you can stay in a career this long and still have people put up with you. I wish they did that at home.”

A marriage proposal

It couldn’t have been scripted any better for maximum impact. Director Glenn Weiss took the stage to accept the Emmy for his work on The Academy Awards show and turned the moment into a marriage proposal to his girlfriend, Jan Svendsen.

“Jan, you are the sunshine in my life,” he said before proffering his mother’s ring. Of course she said yes.

She stole the show

In the midst of what pundits said was a lackluster ceremony, Australian comedian Hannah Gadsby provided both laughs and food for thought in her presentation of the award for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series.

Gadsby’s Netflix “sleeper phenomenon” comedy special “Nanette” deals with sexism, homophobia, assault and mansplaining, and her one-minute Emmy appearance made light of that: “I mean, for somebody like me — a nobody, from nowhere — gets this sweet gig, free suit, new boots, just ’cause I don’t like men? That’s a joke, of course. Just jokes, fellas, calm down.”

A message from the red carpet

“Blackish” star Jennifer Lewis went casual in a Nike sweatshirt with a silver bedazzled swoosh, black leggings and black and white shoes in a show of support for former NFL quarterback and activist Colin Kaepernick.

“I am wearing Nike to applaud them for supporting Colin Kaepernick and his protest against racial injustice and police brutality,” she said.

Don’t mess with Chrissy

And just because you can’t seem to have an awards show anywhere, any time, without Emmy-Grammy-Oscar-Tony award-winner John Legend and his wife Chrissy Teigen — who never shies away from offering an opinion A viewer commented on the figure of the model and TV host, who delivered the couple’s second child, son Miles, in May. You know Teigen clapped back.

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Shirley McMarlin is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 724-836-5750, [email protected] or via Twitter @shirley_trib.

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