And the award for best proposal during a live telecast goes to… Glenn Weiss! Who knew one of the most exciting moments of the Emmys would come during the award for Outstanding Directing for a Variety Special?
As Weiss, who won for directing the 2018 Oscars telecast, climbed the stage to accept his trophy, he called the moment “bittersweet,” as “the person most proud of this moment” would be his mother, who passed away two weeks ago.
“Part of my heart is broken, I don’t think it will ever be repaired,” he told the celebrity-packed audience. “Mom always believed in finding the sunshine in things, and she adored my girlfriend, Jan.”
“Jan,” he said addressing his girlfriend, “You are the sunshine in my life, and mom was right, don’t ever let go of your sunshine. You wonder why I don’t like to call you my girlfriend? Because I want to call you my wife.”
The audience gasped. Jan Svendsen looked shocked at the declaration — almost as shocked as Leslie Jones, whose reaction was priceless. (Thank you, cameraperson for capturing that!) Everyone inside the Microsoft Theater rose to their feet as Jan made her way to the stage.
“Hey, I didn’t ask yet!” Weiss joked before his love joined him up there.
“This is the ring that my dad put on my mom’s finger 67 years ago,” he continued. “And to my sisters and brothers: I didn’t swipe it, Dad knows I have it, OK? Jan, I want to put this ring that my mom wore on your finger in front of all these people, and in front of my mom and your parents watching from above.”
As Weiss got down on one knee he finally asked, “Will you marry me?”
Of course, Jan said yes — much to the delight of Javier Bardem. (Again, great work to the camera folks those reaction shots). Twitter was equally as thrilled.
— ChiLove (@KoolChic17) September 18, 2018
— Kristin Dos Santos (@KristinDSantos) September 18, 2018
The best part of this wedding proposal is that this guy is winning this award for directing an award show and he knows that he is probably throwing the control room into utter and complete chaos right now. #Emmys2018
— Kevin Fallon (@kpfallon) September 18, 2018
WE ALL NEEDED THAT
THANK YOU GLEN AND JAN!!!!!!
— Amy Kaufman (@AmyKinLA) September 18, 2018
— Brittany Kaplan (@BrittanyLKaplan) September 18, 2018
Okay it IS funny that the Oscars director shows up to the Emmys, wins one and then somehow directs the best moment of the entire show
— LW (@lindseyweber) September 18, 2018
— Breanne L. Heldman (@BreanneNYC) September 18, 2018
Hold up!!!! #emmy show-stopping moment! Director Glenn Weiss just proposes to his gf during his acceptance speech on stage!!!! “I don’t call you my girlfriend because I want to call you my wife!” #EmmyAwards2018 #glennweiss
— Jay Edwards (@jayed105) September 18, 2018
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