The Best Emmys Moment, That Surprise Wedding Proposal, Came Courtesy of the Oscars

Glenn Weiss capped his directing win by popping the question to his girlfriend onstage

Glenn Weiss popped the question to Jan Svendsen onstage during the Emmys. Getty Images
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Leave it to a director to come up with most memorable Emmy Awards moment.

Glenn Weiss, who won the outstanding directing for a variety special Emmy, concluded his acceptance speech by proposing onstage to his girlfriend, Jan Svendsen, in what appeared to be an Emmy Awards first.

Weiss, who won for directing this year’s Oscar ceremony on ABC, talked about his mother, who had died just two weeks ago. He said that part of his heart is “broken. I don’t think it will ever be repaired.”

He went on to note that his mother believed in “finding the sunshine,” and called Svensen “the sunshine in my life.” Then, Weiss directed his own big moment: “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 crowd began cheering, and helped usher Svendsen, who had been screaming “yes” from her seat, up onstage.

Weiss dropped to his knees when she reached the stage, and pulled out the same ring “that my dad put on my mom’s finger 67 years ago.” He had a quick side to his siblings: “I didn’t swipe it. Dad knows I have it, OK?”

He then popped the question to Svendsen, who said yes.

Weiss’ win, which came an hour and a half into the telecast, marked the first time all evening that a broadcast network (ABC) had won an Emmy. Prior to that, Netflix, Amazon, HBO and FX had received all of the evening’s awards.

UPDATE: On Tuesday morning, Lin-Manuel Miranda, who is a friend of the couple’s, shared more details about them on Twitter:


@jasonlynch jason.lynch@adweek.com Jason Lynch is TV/Media Editor at Adweek, overseeing trends, technology, personalities and programming across broadcast, cable and streaming video.
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