From the moment host Stephen Colbert kicked off the 69th Emmy Awards with a musical reminder of all the reasons why “everything is better on TV,” we knew we were in for quite the ride.
In case you didn’t make it through the entire three-hour broadcast (because, let’s be real, that is v. long) or if you simply want to relive all the most outrageous moments from television’s biggest night, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.
Sean Spicer rolling in
The jabs President Donald Trump (and his lack of Emmy wins for The Apprentice) and the insane number of celebrity cameos in the opening monologue were no surprise—in fact, those two things seem like a given for all major award shows these days. But then, out rolled a guest appearance that legit no one saw coming: Sean Spicer. And no, it wasn’t Melissa McCarthy doing her Emmy-award-winning impression of the former White House press secretary.
While Spicer showing up to the Emmy Awards IRL didn’t go over well with many people on social media, the celebs in the room were simply stunned. Veep‘s Anna Chlumsky was basically all of us:
Big Little Lies being the ultimate girl squad
The only thing that makes waiting for the second season of Big Little Lies a little easier is seeing real life girl squad Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Zoë Kravitz, Shailene Woodley and Laura Dern owning the Emmys. This tribe of powerful women was out in full force, gushing about each other on the red carpet and supporting their show as it collected award after award. The most poignant moment, perhaps, was when Laura Dern won the award for best outstanding supporting actress in a limited series or movie and used it to thank the women who made Big Little Lies possible.
Dern also noted that she’s “been acting since I was 11-years-old and I think I’ve worked with maybe 12 women, so thank you to the Academy for honoring our show.” #PREACH
Kate McKinnon thanking Hillary Clinton
The always LOL-worthy McKinnon tearfully accepted an Emmy for outstanding supporting actress in a comedy series for her performances on Saturday Night Live. Towards the end of her speech, slightly obscured by the wrap-up music, McKinnon said thank you to Hillary Clinton, who she played on SNL, for her “grace and grit.” The heartfelt shout out to Clinton was cut short, but Ellen DeGeneres (who McKinnon also plays from time to time) stepped in to offer us all the closure we need:
I’m so happy for for you Kate McKinnon … Listen, stop by the show tomorrow if you want to finish that speech?? #Emmys
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) September 18, 2017
Host Colbert noted right off the bat that for the third year in a row, this is the most diverse group of nominees in Emmy history—and the evening included an inspiring number of firsts. Donald Glover became the first Black actor to win the Emmy for outstanding directing for a comedy series for his show Atlanta. That history-making moment was quickly followed by another when Lena Waithe, who played Denise in Master of None, won the Emmy for co-writing the show’s “Thanksgiving” episode. With that win, Waithe became the first Black woman to ever take home an award in that category. Riz Ahmed also took home an Emmy for his role in The Night Of, making him the first actor of Asian decent to do so.
The crew of history-making creators gathered backstage forming a selfie that spoke volumes about the must-needed changes we’re starting to see in the industry:
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RuPaul becoming “Emmy”
Colbert brought the Emmy statue to life, and who better to embody that statuesque golden icon than absolute queen RuPaul? More of this please.
Nicole Kidman speaking out about domestic abuse
In the win that everyone saw coming, Nicole Kidman was announced as this year’s best actress in a lead series or movie for her absolutely stunning performance in Big Little Lies. Kidman used her time at the mic to not only thank her fellow cast members/squad, but to also send a powerful message about domestic violence—a key component to her character’s storyline on the show.
“It is a complicated, insidious disease. It exists far more than we allow ourselves to know,” said Kidman. “It is filled with shame and secrecy and by you acknowledging me with this award, it shines a light on it even more, so thank you, thank you, thank you.”
Everyone thanking Oprah, because she’s Oprah
John Oliver put it best when he got up to accept the Emmy for writing Last Week Tonight. “I’d like to thank Oprah because she’s sitting right there and it feels inappropriate not to,” he said. Donald Glover and Riz Ahmed followed suit and we are so here for it. Thanks, Oprah!
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