Emmys Return Normalcy to Previously Chaotic Awards Season
The 2017 Emmy Awards, an event celebrating those in television, offered few surprises as several shows repeatedly won.
On Sunday, August 17, 2017, late-night talk show host Stephen Colbert hosted the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. There were some moderately surprising winners in the biggest Drama categories. Leading up to Sunday night, “The Handmaid’s Tale” was considered to be a possible winner for Best Drama Series, but it faced solid competition in the main network player “This is Us” and Golden Globe favorite “The Crown.” But “The Handmaid’s Tale” pulled out a victory in the biggest category of the night, with its star Elisabeth Moss also winning in the Best Actress-Drama category.
In the Comedy half of the awards, “Veep” lived up to pundits’ lofty expectations. The HBO hit won Best Comedy Series, while Julia Louis-Dreyfus won her sixth straight Best Actress award. Saturday Night Live also had a huge night, taking home four awards. That was the most for a Comedy Series this year. For the longtime sketch series, Kate McKinnon and Alec Baldwin came out victorious, the latter for his multiple guest bits as Donald Trump. A bit of history came with Donald Glover’s win in the Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series for “Atlanta.” He became the first African-American man to win the award.
Other notable winners at this year’s awards include Sterling K. Brown as the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for “This Is Us,” John Lithgow as the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for “The Crown,” with Nicole Kidman and Laura Dern each winning for their respective performances in the HBO miniseries “Big Little Lies.”
This was Stephen Colbert’s first time hosting a major awards show. In his monologue, he thanked those who assisted the victims of the recent hurricanes. Then, as expected, he mentioned President Donald Trump. He joked that the Emmys were to blame for Trump’s presidency because his show, “Celebrity Apprentice,” never won an award. The monologue then ended with an appearance from former Press Secretary Sean Spicer. The night held a fairly political tone throughout, specifically in the speeches that were given by the winners.
In the continued wake of the Oscars’ Best Picture fiasco, the Emmys restored some normalcy to awards season. Colbert’s leading effort set the tone, and proved to be a steady influence over the entire show.