Rachel Brosnahan took home the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for her work in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. This was the 27-year-old actress' second Emmy nomination (she was first nominated for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series for her work in Netflix's House of Cards), and her first win. She also scored a Golden Globe in January for Best Actress in a Musical of Comedy for playing Midge Maisel, a 1950s single mother who sets out to become a stand-up comedian after her husband leaves her.
In her speech, Brosnahan thanked her family and the cast and crew of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, and also highlighted how proud she was to be on a show “about a woman who is finding her voice anew” like so many women in America are also doing right now.
"Thank you to our brilliant writers and creators Amy Sherman-Palladino and Dan Palladino. I'm going to be thanking you for the rest of my life for trusting me with your Midge," Brosnahan said. She also encouraged everyone watching to make like Midge and make their own voices heard by voting. "Vote, show up, and a bring a friend to the polls," she pleaded.
In addition to winning her first Emmy, Brosnahan also looked absolutely stunning in a red Oscar de la Renta gown, which she accessorized with Tiffany earrings and rings. The actress brought her boyfriend, actor Jason Ralph, to the Emmys. Ralph has appeared on Syfy's The Magicians and TV Land's Younger. The pair first met while working together on the WGN show Manhattan.
As fans of the series know, Midge is a very energetic woman. In an interview with Harper's Bazaar, Brosnahan explained how she pulls off the electric role.
"Midge is a lot! It helps when you really love the project and the role; that makes it easy to come to work every day, even when you're falling over tired," she told the outlet. "But as we went on, it definitely involved digging pretty deep, and a lot of coffee. Lots and lots and lots of coffee."
"The pilot is one of the best scripts I’ve ever read," she continued, "and even though I’d seen all of Gilmore Girls, I wasn’t thinking of it in 'the ASP tone' as I read it for the first time. I was so taken with it as a script that I didn’t notice the length, but I certainly felt it as we got about halfway through production! Our scripts are about 10-15 pages longer than normal, and a lot of those ten pages typically are taken up by a gigantic stand-up set of some kind. It’s a lot of talking."
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is having a stellar night at the 70th annual Primetime Emmys. Alex Borstein, who plays, Midge's friend and manager Susie Myerson on the Amazon series scored the Emmy for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy, while series creator Amy Sherman-Palladino — long ignored by the Emmys even though Gilmore Girls was a beloved fan favorite with stellar writing — has snagged two Emmys already for Best Comedy Writing and Best Comedy Directing. If The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel takes home the Emmy for Best Comedy Series, which it looks poised to do based on these early wins, Sherman-Palladino will make history as the first woman to win Emmys on the same night for writing, producing, and directing.
During her acceptance speeches, Sherman-Palladino joked, “Wow. Whoever put that carpet down hates women, I just want to say that right away. Times Up.” She also thanked her father, who she said “inspired this [series], really” along with her husband and fellow executive producer, Daniel Palladino.
The 70th annual Emmy Awards were held at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on September 17, 2018. SNL's Michael Che and Colin Jost hosted the festivities, and actors Samira Wiley and Ryan Eggold announced this year's nominations on July 12. The Handmaid's Tale stars Ann Dowd, Yvonne Strahovski, and Alexis Bledel were all up for Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, while Game of Thrones and Westworld were the most-nominated dramas of the year.