What an exciting evening for television! I will admit, I often give the Emmy's a miss because the shows nominated are often... Well, let's just say Modern Family and The Big Bang Theory are the biggest nominees. But, boy, has there been a shift! Out with the bland and mundane network shows and in with some really brilliant and provoking cable (and online) shows. Television truly is having a renaissance. Hollywood should be shaking in her boots because her little sister is going to take all her glory soon.
Stephen Colbert completely stripped away the stuffy award show persona and gave the show a whole new, relaxed vibe, a bold move which paid off. (For instance, bringing out Sean Spicer to a crowd of liberal Hollywood stars. I would say that was pretty bold and unconventional. #Shook)My personal favorite was the addition of the DJ (his commentary was cracking me up) instead of standard posh woman voiceover. Colbert's laissez-faire and quirky style of hosting, as well as his hilarious sketches, was a big hit and brought a new life to the less popular award show.
But what I found most compelling about last night's award show was the inspiring amount of diversity from the nominees, winners, and presenters. Unlike Hollywood, television is embracing the uniqueness and individuality of every person in this world. Although there is still room for improvement, the diversity shown at last night's award show is a great testament to the fantastic art that lives within everyone. Plus, history was made as Donald Glover became the first black person to win the Best Director for a Comedy award, Lena Waithe became the first black woman to win for comedy writing, and Riz Ahmed became the first Muslim man and the second Asian entertainer to ever win an Emmy. It was a fantastic evening celebrating diversity in the industry and it highlighted the amazing black, Asian, gay, lesbian, trans, and women talent throughout the industry!
I must also say, who the heck saw all those wins The Handmaid's Tale coming? They just swooped in there and took all the awards! Shocked me. I guess I'll be binging that program soon...
The 69th Annual Emmy Awards Winners
Best Directing for a Limited Series, Movie, or Dramatic Special
Jean-Marc Vallée - Big Little Lies
"The Law of Vacant Places" - Fargo - Noah Hawley
"And the Winner Is..." - Feud: Bette and Joan - Ryan Murphy
"Einstein: Chapter One" - Genius - Ron Howard
"The Art of War" - The Night Of - James Marsh
"The Beach" - The Night Of - Steven Zaillian
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