Emmy Awards: On a historic night for diversity, 'SNL' quietly wins big

The race to 2017 Emmy Award for Best Drama promises to be close

The race to 2017 Emmy Award for Best Drama promises to be close

"SNL" winners included Kate McKinnon and Alec Baldwin, for best supporting actress and actor in a comedy, respectively, for their portrayals of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump throughout the 2016 presidential campaign and its aftermath. "I can tell you she's back and I still have one eye", Brewer explained. "The audience is counting on you". He recalled the future president's past complaints that the Emmys were rigged for not honouring his reality show "Celebrity Apprentice".

Even Emmy host Stephen Colbert couldn't help but comment on Netflix's growing influence, which has arrived over a relatively short period of time.

He won a year ago for his portrayal of O.J. Simpson prosecutor Christopher Darden in the FX series "The People v O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story". Colbert told the audience that "unlike the presidency, Emmys go to the victor of the popular vote". It took Kidman, possibly biggest star of night. "There will plenty of more shows like "Big Little Lies" on the air, but will there be more like 'Being Mary Jane?' 'Jane the Virgin?' 'Fresh Off the Boat?' 'Master of None?' Asian-American actors are barely on television at all, and when they are, they usually portray terrorists in shows like '24′ and 'Homeland'". The idea that women simply lose interest in any sexual pleasure as they age is addressed head-on in the most recent season of the show, where Grace and Frankie go into business together, creating and selling a vibrator designed for people of advanced age who also have vaginas. Yet, this is the year Emmy voters will be remembered for showing us that they were unafraid - of diversity, of ignoring Westworld, and of watching a television show that made them look like they had read the book. For a while pay TV giant HBO was producing the best shows on television, but now it's battling against streaming subscription services such as Netflix, Amazon and Hulu.

"We've made incredible progress, obviously", said Elisabeth Moss, who won the best actress Emmy for her starring role in "The Handmaid's Tale" as one of the few fertile women left in a world ruled by a totalitarian regime that treats women as property. In his speech, Brown said he was honored to follow in Braugher's footsteps.

His nods in the outstanding comedy acting and directing categories - plus the additional the nominations he received for writing and as the producer of "Atlanta" - were the most for any black performer and creator in a single year.

"I want to thank Trump for making black people No. 1 on the most oppressed list", Glover said as he accepted his award for Best Actor in a Comedy Series for "Atlanta".

Writing, Comedy: Aziz Ansari and Lena Waithe, "Master of None". Since 2007, only three shows have won best comedy series - "30 Rock", "Modern Family", and "Veep".

HBO's "Big Little Lies" won the Emmy for best limited series, and Nicole Kidman won best actress in a limited series for her role in the show. "I've never experienced them actually calling my name, so it was a very unusual feeling", said Moss, who received five nominations between 2009 and 2015 for her work on "Mad Men". The Voice won Best Reality Competition Show over the one many had predicted would be the victor: RuPaul's Drag Race.

Variety Talk Series: "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver". Another snub was 'The Wizard of Lies', which was up for two major awards, the TV movie category, as well as lead actor for Robert De Niro in a limited series or TV movie. He also won the trophy for best comedy actor.

Last night marked the first Emmys since America elected Donald Trump as president, and despite the deeply embarrassing cameo from Trump's former mouthpiece, the show and its winners actually managed to be legitimately inclusive in many ways. Tomlin then added, "And in 2017, we still refuse to be controlled by a sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot". The show is set to return early in 2018, and the first trailer for the drama's second season - which was released during San Diego Comic-Con in July - already has fans salivating over it, which is probably much more rewarding than some stupid old gold Emmy. Also, during Colbert's opening musical number, Louis-Dreyfus, as Veep's Selina Meyer, sang, " Imagine if your president was not beloved by Nazis!"

With the fall semester at Fordham Lincoln Center (FLC) underway and students focused and working hard, the Emmy Awards can be easily overlooked. That would also be "I was sick and you visited me not" and such and such. "Just record the show and try to show up at the protest, ya heard?"

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