Public proposals can be difficult, right? They can either be the grandest gesture you have ever made or go terribly wrong.
The Oscars director Glenn Weiss bet against all odds though when he chose the stage of 2018 Emmys to propose to his girlfriend Jan Svendsen.
This story, thankfully, has a happy ending.
When Weiss stepped onto the stage to accept his award for “Outstanding Directing for a Variety Special,” he gave the audience one of the most memorable speeches of the night.
He paid a tribute to his mother, who had recently passed away, before turning his attention to his girlfriend and deliver a speech that made almost all the audience giddy — some even shed tears of joy.
“Mom always believed in finding the sunshine in things, and she adored my girlfriend Jan. Jan, you are the sunshine in my life,” he said. “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 arena boomed with applause as cameras focused on a frantically nodding, almost crying Svendsen. She then got onto stage and accepted the ring in Weiss’ hands.
For those wondering how the night might have unfolded had Weiss not won the award, it was actually a safe bet. Weiss has almost won in this category every year since 2003. So, for him to plan one of the biggest nights of his life seemed to make sense.
While public proposals can be daunting and seem coercive — more often than not, Weiss was considerate enough to share his limelight with his soon-to-be-wife rather than stealing her spotlight, as has been the case with several Olympians, whose boyfriends thought it apt to propose to them while they received medals.
However, the stars in the audience were all for the proposal.
Here’s what Glenn Weiss’s proposal looked like inside theater — everyone on their feet just in awe it was really happening. What’s crazy is #Oscars director used #EMMYS stage for proposal. “That was an amazing moment,” said guy behind me. “Good thing they didn’t play him off.” pic.twitter.com/cVBcNWZh2P— Chris Gardner (@chrissgardner) September 18, 2018
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