The 2017 Emmy Awards were a big night for shows like The Handmaid’s Tale, Big Little Lies, Saturday Night Live and for diversity in general.
History was made as Atlanta’sDonald Glover became the first black person to win for directing a comedy series. In addtion he took home Best Actor in a Comedy. Master of None’sLena Waithe became the first black woman to win for writing in a comedy series. She shared her award with co-writer Aziz Ansari.
Other diverse winners included Riz Ahmed (The Night Of) for Lead Actor in a Limited Series, Sterling K. Brown (This Is Us) for Lead Actor in a Drama, and out lesbianKate McKinnon (Saturday Night Live) for Supporting Actress in a Comedy.
Without further ado, here are the five must-see moments from the 69th Annual Emmy Awards.
It’s been 37 years since the release of the iconic comedy 9 to 5 and the film’s three stars- Lily Tomlin, Dolly Parton, Jane Fonda – worked that Emmy stage like true legends. Another iconic moment, Jane showing the world that you can be 79 and rock bangs and a pony like a boss! SLAY!
3. LENA WAITE’S EMPOWERING ACCEPTANCE SPEECH
After her historic win for comedy writing for Master of None (with Aziz Ansari), Lena Waite gave a big shout out to the LGBT community and thanks audiences for embracing a “little queer black girl from the southside of Chicago.” Yaaassss!!!
4. STERLING K. BROWN WINS BUT GETS CUT-OFF
This Is Us star Sterling K. Brown became the first black actor to win Lead Actor in a Drama in nearly 20 years and they still didn’t let him finish his speech. “You can play, you can play. Nobody got that loud music. Our writers, I love you. You are our life’s blood. Our producers and directors, I love you,” Brown said as the band tried to drown out his words. While the sound was eventually cut off from his mic, the actor later gave his full speech backstage.
5. SEAN SPICER’S SURPRISE CAMEO
Former White House press secretary Sean Spicersurprise appearance during Stephen Colbert’s opening monologue caused a lot of mouths to drop. While Spicer mocked his infamous claim that Trump’s Inauguration crowds were the biggest in history, many didn’t find it funny and saw it as an attempt to normalize his behavior of presenting false news and attacking the media.
Here is the full list of Emmy winners:
Outstanding drama series: The Handmaid’s Tale
Outstanding comedy series: Veep
Outstanding limited series: Big Little Lies
Outstanding television movie: Black Mirror: San Junipero
Lead actress in a drama series: Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid’s Tale
Lead actor in a drama series: Sterling K. Brown, This is Us
Lead actor in a comedy series: Donald Glover, Atlanta
Lead actress in a comedy series: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Lead actor in a limited series or movie: Riz Ahmed, The Night Of
Lead actress in a limited series or movie: Nicole Kidman, Big Little Lies
Supporting actor in a drama series: John Lithgow, The Crown
Supporting actress in a drama series: Ann Dowd, The Handmaid’s Tale
Supporting actress in a comedy series: Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live
Supporting actor in a comedy series: Alec Baldwin, Saturday Night Live
Supporting actress in a limited series or movie: Laura Dern, Big Little Lies
Supporting actor in a limited series: Alexander Skarsgard, Big Little Lies
Variety sketch series: Saturday Night Live
Variety talk series: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
Reality-competition program: The Voice
Writing for a drama series: Bruce Miller, The Handmaid’s Tale
Writing in a comedy series: Aziz Ansari and Lena Waithe, Master of None
Writing for a limited series or movie: Charlie Brooker, Black Mirror
Writing for a variety series: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
Directing in a drama series: Reed Morano, The Handmaid’s Tale
Directing for a comedy series: Donald Glover, Atlanta
Directing for a limited series or movie: Jean-Marc Vallee, Big Little Lies
Directing for a variety series: Don Roy King, Saturday Night Live