Donald Glover Makes History at 2017 EMMYS with "Atlanta"

Danny Woods
September 19, 2017

While it was probably a given that someone from the Trump administration would appear, former press secretary Sean Spicer didn't quite live up to Melissa McCarthy's standard. "Congratulations to native Chicagoan and Columbia College graduate Lena Waithe for being awarded an Emmy for outstanding writing in a comedy series", he said in a statement.

"Atlanta" executive producer and star Donald Glover became the first African American to win the Emmy for outstanding directing for a comedy series. "You guys are our life's blood, so I want to thank you so much".

No black director ever won in the category of best directing in comedy, and just one other black actor had won the award for Best Actor in a Comedy, Robert Guillaume, in 1985, before Glover.

Waithe's wasn't the only Chicago-affiliated win of the night either.

In 2010, Indian American actress Archie Panjabi won an Emmy for her role in "The Good Wife".

Lena Waithe and Donald Glover made history last night at the 69th Annual Emmy Awards for being the first female African-American and first African American, respectively, to win awards for their contributions in comedy.

The pair received a standing ovation when they took to the stage to claim the trophy for the shows' critically acclaimed "Thanksgiving" episode, which explored Waithe's character Denise coming out as a lesbian.

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'Every day when you walk out the door, put on your imaginary cape and go out there and conquer the world.

"It is a complicated, insidious disease", she said.

Another big victor: "Big Little Lies", which won Best Limited Series, Best Actress (Nicole Kidman), Best Supporting Actor (Alexander Skarsgard), Best Supporting Actress (Laura Dern) and Best Director. She stand alone in that category and tied Cloris Leachman for the most acting Emmys ever.

'You could say the handmaids have escaped, ' she said. Not only did she give a sweet and attractive speech, but I was happy to see an actress with as much experience as Dowd has taking home an Emmy for the first time.

Not long after Laura Dern, the "Big Little Lies" actress who's been working since she was 11 years old, admitted to working "with maybe 12 women" throughout her decades-long career, her colleagues Witherspoon and Kidman declared 2017 "an incredible year for women on television".

Julia Louis-Dreyfus made history with her sixth consecutive win for the role.

The favorite in this category was NBC's "This Is Us", a more commercially appealing show than the dark and sometimes-hard-to-watch "The Handmaid's Tale" on Hulu, a relative newcomer to the TV world.

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