On Sunday night, September 17th, the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards took place and were full of many memorable moments. The award show, which took place at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, featured many televisions celebrities and personalities. The show, which was hosted by comedian Stephen Colbert, featured many jokes and laughs, including humor directly targeted at President Donald Trump. At one point, former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer came out and made fun of his first press conference, in which he criticized reporters for slamming the size of the crowd at Trump’s Inauguration.
As far as the awards, several big names and shows came out on top. Julia Louis-Dreyfus took home the award for best actress in a comedy for the sixth consecutive year for her hilarious role in HBO’s political comedy “Veep,” which itself took home the award for best comedy for a third consecutive year. In a first, Donald Glover became the first African-American to win best director for a comedy series for his directing in the hit show “Atlanta.” In another first, Lena Waithe took the award for best writing in a comedy series, although she shared the award for Aziz Ansari.
The “Handmaid’s Tale” arguably had the most successful night at the awards. It beat out “The Crown” and “House of Cards” for best drama, Elisabeth Moss won best actress in a drama series, and Ann Dowd for best supporting actress in a drama series. “Saturday Night Live” also did very well at the awards, with Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, and Alec Baldwin all taking home awards for their various political impressions. Dave Chappelle also won for his first guest hosting on the first episode after the 2016 election.
As expected, Donald Trump responded to the Emmys after being slammed and attacked the whole night. After the awards, Trump tweeted, “I was saddened to see how bad the ratings were on the Emmys last night – worst ever. Smartest people of them all are the “DEPLORABLES.” Sunday night’s Emmys gathered 11.38 million viewers, which was even with last year’s ratings which were the worst ever.