The 2017 Emmys have come and gone, and you know that means we have to recap for you!
First off, we have to say television may finally be getting it right with the diverse number of shows and nominees. Actors and actresses of color really got some shine at this year’s festivities! The awards show began, however, on a pitiful note as Stephen Colbert (the host) brought out Sean Spicer for a skit. He might have thought that was funny, but as the former White House Press Secretary under the Trump Administration, it was anything but comedic!
However, the night was saved thanks in no small part to people like Chance The Rapper, who spoke out against the Trump Administration, police brutality, and even the ban on transgender people in the military.
via Complex Magazine
— Complex Pop Culture (@ComplexPop) September 18, 2017
What’s more, Colbert’s opening monologue had a distinct political tinge to it, and Chance’s rap was no different. Admittedly, Chance’s appearance was a short gift, but what a gift it was.
“I love television, it’s a pleasant distraction/But just imagine taking action/I like Brooklyn Nine-Nine, in fact I’m addicted/But where’s the cop show where one gets convicted?” Chance rapped in the video above.
He finished off with a particularly relevant line in the age of mind-blowing finales (we’re looking at you, Game of Thrones) and even more important injustices going on every day: “I get it, them finales, they got you focused/But just record the show and show up at the protest.”
Still the Emmys are all about the winners and there were some stellar recipients!
via Vanity Fair
That said, there was a lot about the Emmys this year that was admirable, worth celebrating. An historic win for Master of None actress-writer Lena Waithe—the first black woman to earn an Emmy for comedy series writing—was a high point, as was The Handmaid’s Tale director Reed Morano becoming the first woman in 22 years to pick up a drama directing trophy. This Is Us favorite Sterling K. Brown became the first black man to win a drama acting prize since Andre Braugher in 1998. And Donald Glover’s pair of wins—for his acting and directing on FX’s lauded Atlanta—proved that Emmy voters can be hip to alternative comedy that is artful, but not coy, about its social messaging.
In some ways, this year’s Emmys could serve as an example to the Oscars of how to reward a diverse array of creative talent in a way that seems earnest, thorough, and without too much self-congratulating. Sure, there was a somewhat ham-handed “salute to diversity” sizzle reel that clunkily played at one point, and Colbert made a joke about the audience somehow both simultaneously applauding and patting itself on the back. But for the most part, the Emmys’ recognition of work done beyond the straight, white, male sphere was a refreshing rebuke of an American ethos that, lately, seems to be regressing from the nominal gains made in recent years.
Emmys 2017 Winners Circle:
Best Comedy: “Veep” (HBO)
Best Drama: “The Handmaid’s Tale” (Hulu)
Best Limited Series: “Big Little Lies” (HBO)
Best Actress, Comedy: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep” (HBO)
Best Actor, Comedy: Donald Glover, “Atlanta” (FX)
Best Actress, Drama: Elisabeth Moss, “The Handmaid’s Tale” (Hulu)
Best Actor, Drama: Sterling K. Brown, “This Is Us” (NBC)
Best Actress, Limited Series or TV Movie: Nicole Kidman, “Big Little Lies” (HBO)
Best Actor, Limited Series or TV Movie: Riz Ahmed, “The Night Of” (HBO)
Supporting Actor, Drama: John Lithgow, “The Crown” (Netflix)
Supporting Actress, Drama: Ann Dowd, “The Handmaid’s Tale” (Hulu)
Supporting Actor, Comedy: Alec Baldwin, “Saturday Night Live” (NBC)
Supporting Actress, Comedy: Kate McKinnon, “Saturday Night Live” (NBC)
Supporting Actor, Limited Series or Movie: Alexander Skarsgard, “Big Little Lies” (HBO)
Supporting Actress, Limited Series or a Movie: Laura Dern, “Big Little Lies” (HBO)
Variety Sketch Series: “Saturday Night Live” (NBC)
Directing for a Comedy Series: Donald Glover, “Atlanta” (“B.A.N.”) (FX)
Variety Talk Series: “Last Week Tonight With John Oliver” (HBO)
Reality Competition Program: “The Voice” (NBC)
Writing for a Drama Series: Bruce Miller, “The Handmaid’s Tale” (“Offred (Pilot)”) (Hulu)
Writing for a Limited Series, Movie or Drama: Charlie Brooker, “Black Mirror: San Junipero”(Netflix)
Directing for a Drama Series: Reed Morano, “The Handmaid’s Tale”(“Offred (Pilot)”) (Hulu)
Directing For a Limited Series: Jean-Marc Vallée, “Big Little Lies” (HBO)
Directing for a Variety Series: Don Roy King, “Saturday Night Live” (“Host: Jimmy Fallon”)
Writing for a Variety Series: “Last Week Tonight With John Oliver”(HBO)
*Structured Reality Program: “Shark Tank” (ABC)
*Unstructured Reality Program: “United Shades of America With W. Kamau Bell” (CNN)
*Guest Actress, Drama: Alexis Bledel, “The Handmaid’s Tale” (Hulu)
*Guest Actor, Drama: Gerald McRaney, “This Is Us” (NBC)
*Guest Actress, Comedy: Melissa McCarthy, “Saturday Night Live” (NBC)
*Guest Actor, Comedy: Dave Chappelle, “Saturday Night Live” (NBC)
*Animated Program: “Bob’s Burgers” (FOX)
*Reality Host: RuPaul Charles (“RuPaul’s Drag Race”)