The 69th Prime Time Emmy Awards were held on Sunday, September 17. The show was hosted by Stephen Colbert, a beneficiary of anti-Trump sentiment owing to his ‘Late Show’, Trump featured in his opening act. Given that, the former White House Secretary, Sean Spicer gave a surprising appearance at the Emmys. This year, unlike other years also saw a bunch of newcomers taking the awards back home.
Apart from the Trump targeted jokes, Stephen Colbert’s presence hovered throughout the show, starting with ‘Saturday Night Live’ which made a strong showing, taking home nine Emmys including awards for Kate Mckinnon who thanked her alter ego, Hillary Clinton and Alec Baldwin who played Trump on the show. "At long last, Mr. President here is your Emmy," Baldwin jested in his acceptance speech.
Lena Waithe became the first African woman to win an Emmy for comedy writing. Donald Glover’s dual win for ‘Atlanta’, first African American to have won an Emmy for comedy directing. Whereas, Riz Ahmed, the first male actor of Asian descent to have won an Emmy for acting. ‘Veep’ star, Julia Louis-Dreyfus went on to break the record for the most Emmys won by a lead actor for the same role. Also, Hulu, beat both Netflix and Amazon to become the first streaming site to win the Emmy for drama series.
In terms of content as well, Emmys had a strong showing that the Oscars might lack. ‘Big Little Lies’ dealt with domestic abuse and won big in the limited series categories. ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ on the other hand is an adaptation of Margaret Atwood's dystopian novel highlighting the issues of abortion which scooped three major prizes at this year’s Emmy Awards. Black Mirror: San Junipero more on the progressive front which focused on lesbian love.As ‘Big Little Lies’ star Nicole Kidman urged from the stage, "More great roles for women, please."