History was made at the Emmy’s as many nominees became the winners for numerous awards categories in the very diverse pool of contenders.
Of course, from the beginning, the Emmy’s were noticeably permeated with politics as Stephen Colbert began a monologue that bashed President Donald Trump. His monologue went viral after he brought out former White House press secretary, Sean Spicer. Spicer’s appearance received mixed reviews as some people appreciate him making light of his former role while others felt like there was a normalization of an administration they didn’t agree with.
Big wins went to shows that were highly lauded before the Emmy’s nominations like The Handmaid’s Tale and Big Little Lies, shows who had female led casts and spoke about women rising up to serial abusers and objectification.
Riz Ahmed marked one of the notable wins, as he earned the first Emmy won by a male actor of Asian descent for his role in HBO’s The Night Of.
Making her own history, Lena Waithe, of Netflix’s Master of None, became the first black woman to win an Emmy for writing in a comedy series.
Of course, not all big moments were marked by first awards but by the distance since the last award. Sterling K. Brown won his second Emmy for his Lead role on NBCs This Is Us, the first time a black man has won it since Andre Braugher in 1998.
These big wins were a step towards diversity in award shows but many still felt like there was a tinge of hypocrisy with Spicer’s entrance and the mocking of the current White House administration, as it seemed to be done for laughs and not to create any formidable stances.
Of course, there were shows however, that many felt didn’t deserve the big wins. For example, as Veep veteran, Julia Louis-Dreyfus won another Emmy for Outstanding lead actress in a comedy series- setting a new record for the most Emmy wins by an actor playing the same character- there was some frustration that others actresses were snubbed. And for well acclaimed shows, The Crown and Stranger Things left with few or no awards when put up against other recognizable and well-liked shows.
Nevertheless, the Emmy’s once again caught the attention of many through its historical and captivating moments through the night.