Stephen Colbert opened the 2017 Emmy Awards by making Emmy statues as the broadcast aired live on CBS. Anthony Anderson of Black-ish joined him along with Allison Janney before Stephen broke into song, “The World’s a Little Better on TV.”
Chance the Rap joined in with a TV show line-up rap and Stephen danced onto the stage from the parking lot singing “Everything is Better on TV.” He finished the song and opened the show.
He thanked our first responders during his monologue. “They have been working tirelessly through the disasters.” He also encouraged the audience and viewers to donate.
He mentioned the president of course and said, “Hello sir thank you for joining us. Looking forward to the tweets.”
He called out several of the African American nominees in the audience and added, “And of course Bill Maher. He’s so comfortable using the “N” I get confused.”
He called out Oprah in the audience and said hopefully she will get a better seat next time. He mentioned Alex Baldwin for his caricature of the president.
He pulled up a mean tweet about Seth Meyers from Trump which said Seth had marbles in this mouth. Stephen asked Seth if he had a response. Seth responded no as marbles fell out of his mouth.
Stephen also had to add, “Unlike the presidency the Emmys go to the popular vote.”
And at the end of the monologue, Sean Spicer can come rolling a podium to make a joke about the size of the crowd.
The 2017 Emmy Awards rolled on with the first category of the evening which was Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series. The 2017 Emmy Award went to John Lithgow for The Crown.
Stephen came back out and called out Robert De Niro in the front row. De Niro demonstrated his natural coolness and Stephen thanked Spicer again for being there.
The next category was Outstanding Comedy Actress in a Comedy Series. The 2017 Emmy went to Kate McKinnon for Saturday Night Live. Her second Emmy win. She fought back tears before she could start to read her acceptance speech. She thanked Lorne Michaels, the cast and crew.
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series was next and the 2017 Emmy went to Laura Dern for Big Little Lies.
The next Emmy Award Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series was the next category and the Emmy went to Donald Glover for Atlanta. A nice big surprise for Glover.
Outstanding Variety Sketch Series was next and the Emmy Award went to Saturday Night Live of course. Lorne Michaels earned his slow walk down the isle to the podium followed by the cast and crew.
Stephen returned only to be dragged off stage for a skit on him needing to be rebooted as a host. He was being fixed for experiencing glitches. He was nude wearing a bow tie.
Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series was the next category. Bruce Miller took the Emmy Award for The Handmaid’s Tale.
Outstanding Supporting Actor went to Alec Baldwin for Saturday Night Live. Boy did he desire that Emmy Award.
Alec said, “At long last Mr. President here is your Emmy.”
The 2017 Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Limited Series or Movie went to Jean-Marc Vallée for Big Little Lies.
Dolly Parton, Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda gave us a big moment during the 2017 Emmy Awards. Lily Tomlin said a few choice words, including “lying hypocritical bigot.” Huh, I wonder who she was talking about.
The ladies announced the winner for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie and the Emmy Award went to Alexander Skarsgard for Big Little Lies. Big night for them.
Stephen was shaking when he came out and asked if Dolly was still there. He was shaking, because he was pretending to have one of Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda’s vibrators from their show Grace and Frankie.
RuPaul came to life as the 2017 Emmy Awards Emmy Statue and was interviewed by Stephen. RuPaul told him to tell the nominees when they win don’t get up there and complain about how heavy she is, it’s rude.
The Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series went to Last Week Tonight With John Oliver.
John Oliver accepted for his writers and asked to be played off the stage at the end of his acceptance speech.
The Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series was next and the 2017 Emmy Award went to Ann Dowd for The Handmaid’s Tale. She looked lost, confused and almost in pain when she accepted her award. She fought back tears and thanked everyone she could remember.
Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series was next and the Emmy Award went to Lena Waithe for Master of None. Lena also became the first Black woman to win an Emmy for comedy writing. Aziz Ansari came to the stage with her and they received a standing ovation. She also called out the LGBTQ community with love and thanked them for the support.
The Emmy for Outstanding Reality Competition Program went to The Voice. Big win for The Voice.
And Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series went to Reed Morano for The Handmaid’s Tale.
And the Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series or a Movie went to Charlie Brooker for Black Mirror.
Viola Davis looked like she was limping as she came out to announce the 2017 Emmy Awards In Memoriam tribute to the people we have lost over the year. Christopher Jackson sang Stevie Wonder’s Always to the images.
The 2017 Emmy Award for Outstanding Director for a Variety Series went to Don Roy King for Saturday Night Live. Big night for SNL too. Don ended his acceptance speech with, “To the best all-star team ever, especially the writers.”
The Emmy for Outstanding Variety Talk Series went to Last Week Tonight With John Oliver.
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series went to Donald Glover. His second Emmy for the evening. “I’m so happy! Wow! Thank you so much!” And he ended with, “I want to thank Donald Trump for making Black people number one on the most depressed list.”
Next was Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series and the Emmy Award went to Julia Louis-Dreyfus for Veep. She now holds the record for the performer that has won the most Emmy Awards for the same role.
Julia said Veep abandoned the story line about impeachment, because they were worried that someone would get to it first.
Carol Burnett and Norm Leah were another big moment during the 2017 Emmy Awards and of course they received a standing ovation. They announced the category for Outstanding Comedy Series. The Emmy Award went to Veep. No surprise there.
The Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or a Movie Riz Ahmed The Night Of.
And the 2017 Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie went to Nicole Kidman for Big Little Lies. “Reese I share this with you. Without you I wouldn’t be standing up here.”
She ended with, “We shed a light on domestic abuse … thank you, thank you, thank you. I bow down to you.”
Outstanding Television Movie went to Black Mirror: San Junipero.
Another big moment was Cecily Tyson in honor of the 40th Anniversary of Roots. She received a standing ovation too. She seemed to lose her place. She said, “I’m so nervous. I don’t’ know why.” She pulled it together and got through it with grace. The category was Outstanding Limited Series and 2017 Emmy Award went to Big Little Lies.
The Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in A Drama Series went to Sterling K. Brown for This is Us. He looked stunned at first but held it together. “My fellow nominees I’m a fan. I love you all. He thanked his cast and said, “You are the best White TV family that a brother ever had.”
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series went to Elisabeth Moss for The Handmaid’s Tale. She must have said a few choice words, because she was the only one censored.
Oprah Winfrey came out to a standing ovation to present the final award for the category of Outstanding Drama Series. The 2017 Emmy Award went to The Handmaid’s Tale.
The Handmaid’s Tale owned the 2017 Emmy Awards. Big Little Lies and Saturday Night Live too.
See you next year!