If the Emmy Awards ceremony had a category for best acceptance speech, there would have been a clear winner Monday night.
While accepting his Emmy for directing for a variety special for his work on “The Oscars” — his 14th overall — Glenn Weiss went off script and gave the ceremony its first-ever marriage proposal. (That’s assuming you don’t count Kit Harington popping the question to Andy Samberg at the 2016 Emmys, which, honestly, we don’t.)
Weiss is a 1983 graduate of the University of Maryland, according to a profile of him in the industry publication B&C.
“You wonder why I don't like to call you my girlfriend,” Weiss said, addressing his girlfriend, Jan Svendsen, from the stage. “It’s because I’d like to call you my wife.”
Back in her seat, Svendsen seemed stunned and overwhelmed. The audience was also shocked. “Saturday Night Live” cast member Leslie Jones was slack-jawed.
A wave of excitement then swept through the crowd as Svendsen made her way to the stage, although Weiss joked, “I didn't ask yet!”
“This is the ring that my dad put on my mom's finger 67 years ago,” Weiss declared to Svendsen as he took her hand. “And to my brothers and sisters, I didn't swipe it. Dad knows I have it.”
He then knelt and formally popped the question. And of course, she said, “Yes!”
Weiss wasn’t the only Maryland connection of the evening.
Arundel High graduate Wanda Sykes was nominated for guest actress in a comedy series, "Black-ish." She lost to Tiffany Haddish for her appearance on “Saturday Night Live.”
Coincidentally, another local nominee, "Drunk History" from Lutherville's Derek Waters, nominated for outstanding variety sketch series, also lost to “SNL.”
Baltimore Sun reporter Christina Tkacik contributed to this article.