Emmys 2018: Grade Michael Che and Colin Jost's Opening Monologue

Peter Dinklage poses backstage with his Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series award for “Game of Thrones.” REUTERS  Mike Blake

Peter Dinklage poses backstage with his Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series award for “Game of Thrones.” REUTERS Mike Blake

"Saturday Night Live" stars Kate McKinnon and Kenan Thompson opened the show with a musical number that riffed on the most diverse slate of Emmy nominees in the history of the Television Academy.

It was an offbeat yet amusing start to the Primetime Emmys, which was unusually held on a Monday night. In the meantime, grade Che and Jost's monologue via the poll below, then hit the comments!

As expected, Darren Criss won the star-studded race for best actor in a limited series or movie for his searing work on FX´s "The Assassination of Gianni Versace" as the designer´s killer Andrew Cunanan. To his grown children, he said: "You can go to bed now, daddy won!"

"Saturday Night Live" creator Lorne Michaels, producing his second Emmy telecast in 30 years, was tasked with turning viewership around after the 2017 show's audience of 11.4 million narrowly avoided the embarrassment of setting a new low.

There were many almosts, too. If Atlanta's Hiro Murai would have won the directing Emmy for the episode, "Teddy Perkins", he would have become one of only a few Asian directors - Cary Fukunaga (True Detective) and Tony To (Band of Brothers) - to win a directing prize.

Charlie Brooker won an Emmy for the USS Callister episode of Black Mirror. Donald Glover was also nominated in the same category.

At the most prestigious awards show in USA television, Welsh star Matthew Rhys won the lead actor in a drama series prize for his role in FX's The Americans, while English actress Claire Foy scooped the equivalent award in the female category for her portrayal of the Queen in Netflix's The Crown.

Claire Foy of "The Crown" and Matthew Rhys of "The Americans" won top drama acting Emmys, their first trophies for the roles and last chance to claim them, with Foy's role as Queen Elizabeth II going to another actress and Rhys' show wrapped.

Amazon´s "The Marvelous Mrs Maisel" won both for lead actress (Rachel Brosnahan) and supporting actress (Alex Borstein). "I hope that the wave continues and we see real change", she told ET on Monday. "It's because I want to call you my wife", Weiss said.

"We can talk about how long it is, but change does take a long time, so the more that we talk about it, the more that we have opportunities to be in front of an audience, to say, 'Hey, we're a part of culture too, ' I think just the better", Oh noted.

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