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September 18, 2018

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):

6:20 p.m.

Darren Criss is the winner of the Emmy Award for best actor in a limited series for his role in “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story.”

It’s the first Emmy for Criss, who played rampaging killer Andrew Cunanan on the FX series.

He was nominated once before for songwriting on “Glee,” where he was a cast member for five years.

In his acceptance speech, Criss said: “You guys are witnessing the most extraordinary moment of my life so far.”

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6:15 p.m.

Regina King has won the best actress in a limited series Emmy Award for her role in “Seven Seconds.”

It’s the third Emmy for King, who won best supporting actress in a limited series in 2015 and again in 2016 for “American Crime.”

In “Seven Seconds,” a show already canceled by Netflix, she plays a mother whose teenage son is hit and critically injured by a police officer. In her acceptance speech, King said she wasn’t expecting the honor and gave a heartfelt speech, saying wanted to curse before stopping herself and saying “Thank you, Jesus.”

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5:50 p.m.

The best supporting actor Emmy Awards for a limited series have gone to Jeff Daniels and Merritt Wever of the Netflix western “Godless.”

It’s the second Emmy win for Daniels, who previously won best lead actor in a drama series for HBO’s “The Newsroom” in 2013.

The 63-year-old Daniels played outlaw Frank Griffin on the Netflix Western.

It’s the second Emmy for Wever, who also won best supporting actress in a comedy series for “Nurse Jackie” in 2013.

In the Netflix western “Godless” she played Mary Agnes McNue, the widow of a town’s mayor and sister of its sheriff, who is skeptical of a mining company that comes to town.

Daniels is also nominated Monday night for best actor in a limited series for “The Looming Tower.”

In his acceptance speech, he thanked his horse on “Godless,” which he said threw him and broke his left wrist. Daniels, holding up his Emmy with his left hand, said it is now officially healed.

5:40 p.m.

Bill Hader has won the best actor in a television comedy Emmy Award for his role in “Barry.”

It’s the first time Hader has won an Emmy for his acting. He’s been nominated four times for his performances on “Saturday Night Live” and won his only previous Emmy as a producer of South Park in 2009.

He plays the HBO show’s title character, an elite hitman who takes an interesting in acting after wandering into a class. Hader was also up for three more Emmys Monday night, for his writing, directing and executive producer on “Barry.” The writing and directing awards were awarded Amy Sherman-Palladino.

In his acceptance speech, Hader first mentioned Henry Winkler, who won an Emmy earlier in the night for best supporting actor in a comedy series.

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5:35 p.m.

Rachel Brosnahan is the winner of the best actor in a television comedy Emmy Award for her role in “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.”

It’s the first Emmy for Brosnahan, and comes in the first season of her first leading role on television. She plays Miriam “Midge” Maisel, a housewife in New York in the 1950s who finds she has a knacke for stand-up comedy.

She won a Golden Globe for the role earlier this year. Hers is the latest win for the Amazon series, which has also won a supporting actress Emmy Award for Alex Borstein and Emmys for best writing and directing.

In her acceptance speech, Brosnahan says the show is “about a woman who is finding her voice anew” like so many women in the country right now.

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5:20 p.m.

“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’s” Alex Borstein is the winner of the Emmy Award for best supporting actor in a comedy series.

It’s the second 2018 Emmy for Borstein, who already won best character voice-over performance for her longtime role of Lois Griffin on “Family Guy.”

She plays Susie Myerson on Amazon’s “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.”

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5:15 p.m.

Henry Winkler is the winner of the Emmy Award for best supporting actor in a comedy series.

It’s the first Emmy in a 40-year television career for Winkler. He was nominated three times in the 1970s for playing Arthur “Fonzie” Fonzarelli on “Happy Days,” a character that spawned a cultural craze and made him one of the biggest stars on TV.

The 72-year-old Winkler has played mostly small comic roles in movies and TV since.

Winkler got a standing ovation for his win. 

He started his speech by saying, “I wrote this 43 years ago.”

He ended it by telling his adult children to go to bed.

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5:10 p.m.

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.

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4:45 p.m.

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

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4:20 p.m.

“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)

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4 p.m.

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)

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3:30 p.m.

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)

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3 p.m.

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)

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2 p.m.

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

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3 a.m.

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.

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