Would you believe Saturday Night Live took home the most Emmy Awards in 2017?
Weird, right. But without Game of Thrones, or Mad Men, or Breaking Bad, or The Sopranos before them, there was no eligible primetime drama that really caught America’s full attention as much as the news and the fact that the news seemed more like straight parody or mockery most of the time. So why not SNL. The Handmaid’s Tale did bring home the big drama prizes for series, actress and supporting actress for Hulu’s first big Emmy splash this year. But SNL with nine (9) Emmys ruled them all.
More people were talking afterward, however, about host Stephen Colbert’s decision to invite disgraced former White House press secretary Sean Spicer onstage to poke fun at himself and at Emmy-winner Melissa McCarthy’s satire of him. It’s all too sad and all too 2017.
On a lighter, less offensive note, Colbert opened the Emmys in 2017 with a musical number that incorporated several great actors and actresses from across the broadcast and cable and streaming networks.
And on a more upbeat note, the Emmys recognized not only the brilliance of Donald Glover’s Atlanta with Emmys for acting and directing in his new FX series, but also the writing of Lena Waithe and Aziz Ansari on Netflix’s Master of None, and the wonderful sketch playing of Kate McKinnon on SNL.
Here are our comedy friends and winners with their acceptance speeches. Roll ’em!
Donald Glover, outstanding lead actor in a comedy, for FX’s Atlanta, and also for directing:
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, once again outstanding lead actress in a comedy, for HBO’s Veep:
Kate McKinnon for supporting actress in a comedy for SNL:
Alec Baldwin for supporting actor in a comedy for SNL for playing Trump:
Lorne Michaels accepting for SNL as outstanding variety sketch series:
HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver won for outstanding variety talk series:
And Oliver and his staff accepting earlier for writing:
HBO’s Veep repeated for outstanding comedy:
Ansari and Waithe accepting for comedy writing:
Last but not least, don’t forget to watch “The Best Part of the Show,” as performed by Rachel Bloom!