The 69th Primetime Emmys
The Primetime Emmys were last night and it was truly a night to remember!! I'll preface this by saying as an aspiring TV Writer and Creator this night left me truly inspired.
First things first, let's talk about all the firsts. Lena Waithe and Aziz Ansari won for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series. Y'all this felt like I personally won an Emmy. I love Master of None. Besides that, Lena is the first Black Woman to win this award. HOW HUGE IS THAT? Her story of her hard work to get to where she is now is truly inspiring. Also the episode they won for was GENIUS and personal. It made me feel like I could win the same award one day. On top of all of this I love me some Aziz Ansari and I thought it was really cool of him to let Lena do the whole speech and have her moment.
Then there's Donald Glover. What a guy. I've been a fan since the early Childish Gambino and Community days. Seeing him succeed in this magnitude is incredible. He is the first Black person to win for Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series AND the first Black person to win Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series since 1985. With all his years working in the TV industry, this was his first night winning for his own show. What a way to win! (Side note, Dave Chapel is hilarious)
ALSO there's Sterling K. Brown. He's the first Black man in 20 years to win Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series. His speech was everything and I'm low key mad they played him off because I wanted to hear the rest of it.
While we're talking about diversity, let's talk about the women. Big Little Lies won a good amount of awards last night! Nicole Kidman won for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series and the series itself won Outstanding Limited Series. I didn't get a chance to watch it but it's on my list to check out now. I love me some Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman is great so I definitely want to see it. (Also, look at queens Cicely Tyson and Anika Noni Rose presenting this award.)
Also on the topic of diversity Riz Ahmed won Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series for The Night Of. The show itself called a lot of attention to the way minorities get treated in the justice system, which is a very big issue society is currently facing. His speech was great too!
All the things I listed were just things that had me particularly motivated. The night was of course filled with more great wins. To name a few more- Saturday Night Live cleaned up, Last Week Tonight won quite a few, and RuPaul's Drag race took home an award. I realized I REALLY need to watch Veep and The Handmade's Tale because they were both racking up nominations and a few awards.
Overall the whole night showed how diverse TV is and how people in the industry truly appreciate each other. As a fan of TV and all the ways it's being created, both on networks and through streaming services, I was thoroughly inspired last night! I can't wait for next year.
Real quick honorable mention to Issa Rae for saying what a lot of us were thinking: