Perspiration filled the air from both the heat – yes, even in the tented and air-conditioned red carpet of the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, it was pretty steamy – and the tangible excitement of the nominated celebrities, anxious to enter the 69th annual Emmy Awards show.
Walking through the red carpet felt a little like a real-life show bingeing, featuring all sorts of characters from the various nominated series, including “Big Little Lies,” “Stranger Things” and “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.” Of course, there were also a massive variety of casts from popular nominated television shows present, decked out in glitz and glamour, including HBO’s “Veep” and “Westworld,” ABC’s “Modern Family” and nominated made-for-TV films, such as the Dolly Parton-inspired “Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love.”
Conversations among the stars were happening everywhere. Here are some fun and insightful quotes heard on the red carpet:
Jeffrey Wright – “Westworld” – On Netflix binges and online spoilers: “I like the idea of not knowing where you’re going in a television show and not having spoilers; we all just need to enjoy the journey more today.”
Dominic Burgess – “Feud” – On Team Bette versus Team Joan: “Team Bette because she cares about Victor. I’m sorry (laughs). I do love both, though.”
Anna Chlumsky – “Veep” – On “introducing” her multi-Emmy Award-winning costar: “Yeah there’s this one person on our show, Julia Louis-Dreyfus. I think you will really respond to her.”
Issa Rae – “Insecure” – On her Emmy Awards’ experience: “This is my first time at the Emmys and I’m loving it.”
Zoë Kravitz – “Big Little Lies” – On her Emmy Awards’ excitement: “This is quite the circus, but this is a room full of talented people; where else would I rather be?”
Alexander Skarsgard – “Big Little Lies” – On his outfit choice: “Excited but I’m mainly just hot. This three-piece suit was a bad call.”
Jimmy O. Yang – “Silicon Valley” – On his upcoming film project called “Life of the Party” with Melissa McCarthy: “I get to play a white girl’s boyfriend, which is a big step for Asians everywhere (laughs).”
Suzanne Cryer – “Silicon Valley” – On her expensive clip-on earrings and ring: “I hope no one mugs me with this expensive jewelry on. I mean, those ‘Veep’ people might get desperate and mean being almost out of a job soon and all. It’s about time Emmy-hogging ‘Veepers.’ It’s hard to begrudge them because they’re so damn good, but really, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, stop being so selfish, gosh.”
Jeffrey Nordling – “Big Little Lies” – On his character Gordon Klein versus him in real life: “It’s fun to play Gordon, he gets his way. I have a wife and three daughters, I never get my way in real life.”
The 2017 Emmy Awards, a.k.a. the biggest night in television, has come to a close and it was full of entertaining moments.
Host Stephen Colbert kicked off the the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards with musical number infused with popular shows and casts of the time (here’s looking at you “Stranger Things” and “This Is Us”). From there, things got political, hilarious and at some moments, downright awkward.
Here are the 10 most memorable moments of the night so you know what to talk about at the coffee machine at work on Monday morning.
1. Most randomly thanked person: Oprah Winfrey
Watching award shows, it is a given that many “thank yous” will be heard throughout the night. However, this year a few winners added an extra name to their acceptance speech when they found themselves in the presence of royalty. John Oliver kicked it off when he thanked Oprah while accepting the Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for A Variety Series for “Last Week Tonight With John Oliver.” Oliver thanked Oprah again when he went back on stage to accept the Emmy for Outstanding Variety Talk Series. However, she wasn’t in her seat at the time, so he thanked her seat filler (because, duh). Oliver wasn’t the only winner to hop on the “Thank Oprah” train, Riz Ahmed also thanked Winfrey when he accepted his Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie for “The Night Of.” Like John Oliver suggests, always thank Oprah.
Viewers expected the night to get political with Stephen Colbert at the helm (or, at least, they should have), but one of the strangest political moments was when Colbert invited former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer on stage to announce how large the Emmys viewing audience is this year (a shout-out to one of Spicer’s first controversies about this post inauguration press conference). This moment in the show was also the most gifable, because the star’s reactions in the audience were of sheer surprise. We think Anna Chlumsky was the most gifable of all, though.
A few wins at tonight’s Emmy Awards made the history books. The first was Lena Waithe’s win for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series for the “Master of None” episode “Thanksgiving” (she shared the win with Aziz Ansari). With this win, Waithe became the first black woman to win an Emmy for comedy writing. Her historic win also led to quite the inspirational speech (watch below). The second history-making win was Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who won her 6th consecutive Emmy for portraying Selina Meyer on HBO’s “Veep.” With this win, she now has the most Emmy wins for a single performer in the same role ever. The third was Donald Glover, who with his win for Outstanding Director for a Comedy Series became the first black director to win in that category.
While it was amazing to see legends Lily Tomlin, Dolly Parton and Jane Fonda all take the stage together to present an award (I mean, who doesn’t live for a “9 to 5” reunion?), it got a bit awkward when Parton segued into inappropriate sex jokes. But, then again, she is Dolly Parton — she can do what she wants.
5. Most political speech: Donald Glover calling out President Donald Trump
When Donald Glover took the stage to accept his Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for “Atlanta,” he began his speech thanking loved ones and family members. He then went on to thank President Donald Trump saying, “I want to thank Trump for making black people number one on the most‑oppressed list. He’s the reason I’m probably up here.”
6. Most cringeworthy moment: Stephen Colbert’s Bill Maher joke
While mentioning the diversity of the nominees during his opening monologue, Stephen Colbert made a jab at comedian Bill Maher and his recent scandal where he said the N-word live-on-air in an New York Times “Table for Three” interview. Not sure if this moment was really that cringeworthy? This was Debra Messing’s reaction.
7. Best use of an acceptance speech for empowerment: Nicole Kidman
During her acceptance speech for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie for her role in “Big Little Lies,” Nicole Kidman took a moment to express her gratitude for what her win does for shining a light on domestic abuse (her character in the miniseries was in an abusive relationship). Kidman also dedicated her award to her two daughters and husband Keith Urban and thanked them for their support, plus talked about how women in Hollywood needed more roles like those in “Big Little Lies.” All in all, tissues were needed after this speech.
Between Stephen Colbert’s massive opening number (that culminated in chorus dancers dressed in “The Handmaid’s Tale” costumes taking the stage with him) and Rachel Bloom’s hilarious reveal of the Ernst & Young LLP accountants through song and dance, the musical numbers were much needed relief from the announcement of winners.
9. Biggest winner of the night: Diversity
People from many races, backgrounds and sexual orientations went home with Emmy Awards Sunday night. From Donald Glover to Riz Ahmed to Kate McKinnon, diversity was the ultimate winner of the night and was mentioned in several speeches, including Lena Waithe’s, Glover’s and more. Here’s to many more diverse award show wins!
10. Best “stick it to the Academy moment”: Sterling K. Brown’s speech
When Sterling K. Brown got up to accept his Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his role in “This Is Us,” he was not going leave the stage until he finished saying everything he wanted to say. And despite the producers playing him off with music and cutting his microphone, Brown stayed on stage finishing his speech. After all, he was the first black actor to win an Emmy in that category since 1998, he deserved all the time he wanted. Don’t worry though, he finished his speech backstage. Oh, and before they cut him off, he thanked his castmates while referencing two ’80s sitcoms, too.
“I want to thank my cast, Milo, Mandy, Justin, Chrissy. You are the best white TV family that a brother has ever had. Better than Mr. Drummond. Better than them white folks that raised Webster. I love you,” he said.