‘At long last Mr President, here is your Emmy’
Following on from the 2017 Oscars, Grammys, BAFTAs, Golden Globes and SAG awards, this year’s Emmy awards took on a political twist, with particular emphasis on Donald Trump and his controversial policies.
Host Stephen Colbert set the tone of the night, opening the awards show by resenting the fact that Trump had never won an Emmy for The Apprentice. If perhaps he had, Colbert suggests, he might not have felt the need to get involved in politics. ‘Hello Sir, thank you for joining us,’ Colbert continued, addressing POTUS directly. ‘Looking forward to the tweets.’
The focus of the 2017 Emmys, held at the Microsoft Theatre, LA, on Sunday, was politics, with Hollywood stars making the most of their speeches, red carpet appearances and any camera-time to call out Donald Trump and champion equality.
The politics started on the red carpet, with a host of A-listers wearing a blue ribbon on their couture to stand in solidarity with the American Civil Liberties Union, an organisation working to safeguard human rights.
Donning a blue ACLU ribbon has been common over the past two weeks, with stars making the same statement at both the Tony awards and New York Fashion Week, with an allegiance with the ACLU symbolising a stand against the Trump administration and his recent motions to end DACA and perpetuate the travel ban.
Countless A-listers and Emmy recipients from Riz Ahmed to Padmah Lakshmi donned a pin, with Elisabeth Moss attaching her blue ribbon to her clutch bag to make a powerful statement against her pale pink Prabal Gurung gown.
The award winners and acceptance speeches then followed, with many using their speeches to champion equality.
The biggest surprise of the evening came when former White House press secretary Sean Spicer made an unexpected appearance – throwing shade at himself and the President, especially in relation to their defence of Trump’s inauguration attendance.
When Colbert asked if anyone could predict how big this year’s Emmy audience would be, Spicer appeared from backstage to announce, ‘This will be the largest audience to witness the Emmys, period – both in person and around the world’ – prompting gasps and laughter from the crowd.
Two of the biggest wins of the night went to Alec Baldwin and Kate McKinnon who both received Emmy awards for their Saturday Night Live appearances over the US election, portraying presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.
‘On a very personal note I want to thank Hillary Clinton for your grace and grit,’ announced Kate McKinnon as she picked up her Emmy, while Alec Baldwin used his time on stage to slam Donald Trump.
Taking to the stage, he addressed Trump directly, announcing, ‘At long last, Mr President, here is your Emmy.’