“Let the Trump-bashing begin” seem like appropriate words to sum up the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards – not that we’re complaining. Between host Stephen Colbert’s overtly political opening monologue to the 9 to 5 cast’s more subtle jabs at Donald Trump, it frequently seemed that the storied awards ceremony was more about the glitterati’s disdain for the US President, and less about celebrating television’s finest. But interspersed throughout the evening were plenty of moments that either made history or the audience laugh. Here, Savoir Flair recaps the seven worth knowing.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus Makes Emmy History
Julia Louis-Dreyfus made history at the Emmys last night, courtesy of her sixth consecutive win in the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series category for her role on Veep. Her award marks the most Emmys won by a single performer for one role. “This is and continues to be the role of a lifetime,” she said in her acceptance speech.
As expected, her sentiments were quickly followed by a joke that was in keeping with the rest of evening: “We did have a whole storyline about an impeachment, but we were worried that someone else might get to it first.”
As Do Lena Waithe and Donald Glover
TV buffs were thrilled when Master of None star Lena Waithe won the award for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series alongside co-star Aziz Ansari, thereby becoming the first African-American woman to win. Sharing her joy was Atlanta director Donald Glover, who also made Emmy history by becoming the first black director to win in the Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series category.
The '9 to 5' Stars Take a Jab at Trump
“We refused to be controlled by a sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot,” said Jane Fonda, making a reference to her 1980 comedy film 9 to 5. “And in 2017, we still refuse to be controlled by a sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot,” continued Lily Tomlin, before reading out the nominations for the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie category. It seems that, in retrospect, more people will remember this moment as opposed to the fact that Alexander Skarsgård won.
Jackie Hoffman Doesn't Hold Back
Between her on-camera reaction to losing in the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie category and her subsequent tweets, Jackie Hoffman baffled spectators with her deadpan humor. The Feud star lost to Laura Dern, animatedly yelling “Damn it” multiple times, a comedic response that many took way too literally.
— Jackie Hoffman (@JackieHoffman16) September 18, 2017
Alec Baldwin Is (Finally) Recognized
Alec Baldwin has been in the business for 35 years now, yet somehow feels synonymous with his parody of a certain political figure. The actor was finally recognized for his portrayal of the US president on Saturday Night Live, winning the award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series. Naturally, his acceptance speech was riddled with Trump-related jokes, risqué innuendos included.
Sean Spicer Makes a Surprise Appearance
This brief yet immensely unexpected moment spoke volumes about Sean Spicer’s ability to be a good sport, podium in tow. “This will be the largest audience to witness an Emmys, period, both in person and around the world,” he joked in reference to both Colbert’s opening monologue and Trump’s inauguration crowd size. His cameo prompted a truly priceless reaction by Melissa McCarthy who, of course, won in the Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for her portrayal of the former White House Press Secretary on Saturday Night Live.
Rachel Bloom Acknowledges the Accountants
Aah, the award-show accountants – once residing safely in the background, now in the limelight thanks to the infamous Best Picture blunder at the Oscars earlier this year. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend star Rachel Bloom celebrated the accountants from Ernst & Young with a musical number, introducing them as “the best part of the show”. To say she’s now an obvious choice for future Emmys host is an understatement.