So the Emmys were last night. As always, a whole bunch of stuff happened. Too much, even. So I’ve decided to condense the three hours of jokes and awards and acceptance speeches into three key things that you need to know. Or, at least, what I think you need to know. This is my blog after-all.
1) Host Stephen Colbert was great (except for the one thing he did that wasn’t)
In a move that would surprise nearly no one, Stephen Colbert did a wonderful job hosting the Emmys. He was charming and funny while still poking fun at the absurdity of it all. He started the show with a great opening number (featuring the always delightful Chance the Rapper, who at this point should be required to appear on every award show at least once) that moved into a hilarious and thoughtful monologue that both acknowledged the first responders and everyone helping with the hurricane relief in Texas and Florida and called out the many ridiculous comments from our current president, who himself has never won an Emmy despite being nominated for his old dumb show. But then, things took a bit of a turn. To cap his monologue off, Colbert brought out a certain someone who was formerly a part of the current presidential administration, someone who, in a way, played a role in Melissa McCarthy winning the Guest Actress in a Comedy Series Emmy this year. The choice clearly didn’t sit well with many in the audience and somewhat soured what had started off as a fun night. I certainly didn’t love the decision to play nice with someone who supported and perpetuated hateful and dangerous policies and practices, someone who has yet to really face any consequences for his actions. Colbert did end up winning the audience back, as he is wont to do, but that move just felt weird and inappropriate.
2) There were several big (and well-deserved) firsts
While many of last night’s wins were a bit on the predictable side (hi, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep” and just about everyone and everything from “Big Little Lies“) there were also some not-so-surprising but exciting moments for Emmy history. Donald Glover became the first black person to win an Emmy for Comedy directing for the excellent “B.A.N.” episode of “Atlanta.” (He also won for Leading Actor in a Comedy Series, just like I hoped he would.) Lena Waithe became the first black woman to win an Emmy for Comedy writing for her work alongside Aziz Ansari on the also excellent “Thanksgiving” episode of “Master of None.” Riz Ahmed became the first South Asian man to win an acting Emmy for this work on “The Night Of.” And, in a somewhat surprising step-up on the competition, Hulu became the first streaming service to get a best drama series win, in this case for “The Handmaid’s Tale.” (Netflix did get two wins for the wonderful “San Junipero” episode of “Black Mirror,” which definitely wasn’t a TV movie but won for best TV movie, so maybe that’s a first?) For the rest of the wins, click here.
3) Whoever was in charge of the play-off music needed to chiiiiiill
In another somewhat first, the fantastic Sterling K. Brown won the Emmy for outstanding lead actor in a drama series, becoming the first black man to win the award in 19 years. In the midst of his incredibly charming speech, probably the best of the night, the play off music started, clearly indicating that his time was up. But Brown wasn’t finished, and while we all absolutely wanted to hear what he was going to say next, the music started to play louder and louder and eventually Brown’s mic was cut off. He wasn’t the only one. Both Kate McKinnon and Elisabeth Moss received the play off treatment, as did the winners for both Best Comedy and Best Drama series. Luckily Brown was able to finish his speech off stage, but it was still incredibly rude to cut off one of the biggest (and most historic) wins of the night. Did we learn nothing from Bette Midler at the Tonys? If they were really pressed for time, they could have definitely decided to cut a clearly unwanted cameo from earlier in the show. Just saying.
So there you have it, the three biggest takeaways from the 2017 Emmy Awards. Now, when your friends or co-workers bring it up, you’ll have something to say even if you didn’t watch. Although for real, if you didn’t watch, what were you doing? Watching football? Gross. Get out of here with that nonsense.
What did you think of the 2017 Emmys? Have any other memorable moments or wins that stuck out to you? Are you just relieved that “This Is Us” didn’t win Best Drama, like many predicted it would? Hard same. Share your thoughts in the comments. And, as always…