Yes, these days, EVERYTHING is about Trump, even the Emmys. Host Stephen Colbert said in his opening monologue,
“You can’t deny that every show was influenced by Donald Trump in some way. All the late night shows, obviously. ‘House of Cards.’ The new season of ‘American Horror Story…. And of course next year’s Latin Grammys, hosted by Sheriff Joe Arpaio.”
The Handmaid’s Tale, based on Margaret Atwood’s dystopian tale where America becomes an theocracy where dissidents are executed and women become property, won best drama.
It made history as the first streaming series to win top drama and it swept all the big categories in which it was nominated — writer, director, supporting actress and actress. Every one of those winners was played onto the stage by the Lesley Gore hit You Don’t Own Me. (They played that song a LOT.)
Alec Baldwin and Kate McKinnon, spent last year playing Trump and Hillary Clinton, respectively, on SNL and both won for it and the show won four Emmys on Sunday, adding to it’s 231 nominations overall, making it THE most nominated show in TV history.
“We all know the Emmys mean a lot to Donald Trump. Because he was nominated multiple times for ‘Celebrity Apprentice,’ but he never won. Why didn’t you give him an Emmy? I tell you this, if he had won an Emmy, I bet he wouldn’t have run for president. So in a way this is all your fault.”
So, when Alec Blawin won for his Trump portrayal, he said,
“At long last, here, Mr. President, is your Emmy.”
Melissa McCarthy rode onstage as former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, a role she won an Emmy for this year as well. No, it wasn’t McCarthy, that was ACTUALLY Spicer who said, referring to his exaggerations about Trump’s inauguration crowd.
“This is the largest audience to witness the Emmys, period. Both in person and around the world!”
There was a reunion of the 9 to 5 gals, Lily Tomlin, Dolly Parton & Jane Fonda where they referred to their roles and being oppressed by a “sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot”, which they redirected at Trump.
Female-driven narratives were big across top categories. The Handmaid Tale made a sweep, Big Little Lies, started out the show with Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern, Zoey Kravitz and Shalene Woodley which won five Emmys. Kidman ended her acceptance speech for lead actress by expressing gratitude that the series shed light on the problem of domestic violence.
Lena Waithe won for writing in a comedy series for her work on Master of None, specifically for an episode about a black woman coming out as lesbian. She became the first black woman to win an Emmy for comedy writing.
Donald Glover was the first black director to win in the comedy category, for Atlanta. When he won his second Emmy of the night, in the acting category, he was just as to the point as Colbert was,
“I want to thank Trump for making black people No. 1 on the most oppressed list. He’s probably the only reason I’m up here.”
It was a big night for people of color. Sterling K. Brown, Riz Ahmed and Aziz Ansari all won in their categories.
RuPaul’s Drag Race won best host of a reality competition for the second time last week (along with best costumes) but last night with the WOW gang in attendance, they lost to The Voice. But not before Ru actually BECAME a Emmy herself and was interviewed by Colbert. (Watch it here.)
But the loss didn’t seem to ruin anyone’s night, as RuPaul, Michelle Visage, Randy Barbato, Fenton Bailey and company’s smiling faces kept popping up on social media last night.
ConDRAGulations to everyone at World of Wonder. As my friend Rags used to say,
“Proud to know ya!”
Here’s a full list of winners:
The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu)
Sterling K. Brown (This Is Us)
Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid’s Tale)
Donald Glover (Atlanta)
Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep)
Big Little Lies (HBO)
Limited Series Actor
Riz Ahmed (The Night Of)
Limited Series Actress
Nicole Kidman (Big Little Lies)
Black Mirror (Netflix)
Variety Talk Series
Last Week Tonight With John Oliver (HBO)
Variety Sketch Series
Saturday Night Live
The Voice (NBC)
Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
John Lithgow (The Crown)
Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Kate McKinnon (Saturday Night Live)
Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie
Laura Dern (Big Little Lies)
Directing for a Comedy Series
Donald Glover (Atlanta)
Writing for a Drama Series
Bruce Miller (The Handmaid’s Tale)
Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Alec Baldwin (Saturday Night Live)
Directing for a Limited Series, Movie or Dramatic Special
Jean-Marc Vallee (Big Little Lies)
Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie
Alexander Skarsgård (Big Little Lies)
Writing for a Variety Series
Kevin Avery, Tim Carvell, Josh Gondelman, Dan Gurewitch, Geoff Haggerty, Jeff Maurer, John Oliver, Scott Sherman, Will Tracy, Jill Twiss & Juli Weiner (Last Week Tonight with John Oliver)
Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Ann Dowd (The Handmaid’s Tale)
Writing for a Comedy Series
Aziz Ansari & Lena Waithe (Master of None)
Directing for a Drama Series
Reed Morano (The Handmaid’s Tale)
Writing for a Limited Series, Movie or Drama
Charlie Brooker (Black Mirror: San Junipero)
Directing for a Variety Series
Don Roy King (Saturday Night Live)
(Photos, social media/ screen grabs; via L.A. Times)