There was a surprise onstage proposal at the Emmys—And it was so sweet

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And the award for best marriage proposal in the history of marriage proposals goes to… Oscars director Glenn Weiss!

It’s the moment from the 2018 Emmy Awards that everyone is still buzzing about: Weiss, who won the award for Directing for a Variety Special for his work on this year’s Oscars telecast, used his acceptance speech to take his relationship with Jan Svendsen to the next level.

Shocking the audience, the award-winning director asked Svendsen for her hand in marriage while onstage.

Watch a clip of the proposal posted to YouTube by the Television Academy and try not to tear up:

After thanking his daughters and friends at ABC, Weiss began to talk about his mother, who passed away earlier this month. The director told the crowd that his mother always believed in “finding the sunshine,” and that his sunshine was Svendsen, his girlfriend.

“And Mom was right, don’t ever let go of your sunshine,” he continued. “You wonder why I don’t like to call you my girlfriend? Because I want to call you my wife.”

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The words “my wife” sent the audience into a frenzy. Everyone cheered wildly as Svendsen made her way to the stage so that the award-winning director could pop the question officially. The cameras even caught a few celebrities, including Sterling K. Brown and Benedict Cumberbatch, in a happy state of shock.

But it was comedian Leslie Jones who stole the show as far as reactions go. The “Saturday Night Live” cast member stood up, slack-jawed, and pointed in Svendsen’s direction. Page Six senior reporter Lindsey Kupfer captured the moment on Twitter:

Jones later posted a video to Twitter with her reaction to the proposal, which she called “the best speech ever.”

“First of all, the man that’s gonna be with me is gonna propose to me on the Emmys,” the “Ghostbusters” star says in the clip as people are heard laughing in the background. “If you don’t do that, then you ain’t serious about our love. Real talk, nah.”

Once an ecstatic Svendsen got onstage, Weiss went down on one knee and popped the question.

“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,” Weiss told Svendsen in front of the audience. “Will you marry me?”

And she said yes!

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Later in the ceremony, John Oliver delivered his hilarious take on the proposal.

While accepting his Emmy Award for best variety talk series, the “Last Week Tonight” host said, “On behalf of everyone in this room, I would like to thank Glenn Weiss’ fiancee for saying yes. This could have been a very different evening. You really came through.”

The proposal may have been an Emmys shocker, but it wasn’t just spectacle. Weiss said after the ceremony that he would have proposed to Svendsen even if he would have lost the category.

Here’s to a lifetime of happiness!

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