They came, they saw, they conquered.
Amidst all the glitz and glam of the 69th annual Primetime Emmy Awards, something truly spectacular and monumental took place. As the night progressed, history was made and barriers were broken. In fact, a lot of women and people of color made stealthy progress in Hollywood, once again proving that TV is the most diverse and inclusive medium out there.
Check out the list of 2017 Emmy winners who made history. It’s truly spectacular.
1. Donald Glover
The Atlanta creator and star became the first black person to win an Emmy for directing a comedy series. Donald Glover also won a second Emmy later in the night for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series. It’s been a whopping 32 years since a person of color took the top honor for that category.
"I’m glad I was able to make history, but that’s not what I was trying to do. I’m trying to make the best product," Glover revealed in the press room. "I believe the people deserve quality, and when they taste it, they see their own values and they don’t ask for less. So I just want to make a really good show I admire."
2. Lena Waithe
The writer and actress became the first black woman to win the Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series Emmy — one she also shares with Aziz Ansari. The hilarious duo nabbed the coveted golden statue for their masterful writing on Netflix’s Master of None.
Ansari graciously stepped aside to allow Waithe to deliver a powerful acceptance speech in which she thanked the LGBTQ+ community. "I see each and every one of you," stated Waithe. "The things that make us different, those are our superpower—every day when you walk out the door and put on your imaginary cape and go out there and conquer the world because the world would not be as beautiful as it is if we weren't in it. And for everybody out there that showed so much love for this episode, thank you for embracing a little Indian boy from South Carolina and a little queer black girl from the South Side of Chicago. We appreciate it more than you could ever know.”
(Side note: This is Ansari’s second consecutive Emmy win for his writing on Master of None.)
3. Riz Ahmed
"It's always strange reaping the rewards of a story that's based on real-world suffering, but if this show has shown a light on some of the prejudice in our society [like] Islamophobia, some of the injustice in our justice system, maybe that's something," Ahmed explained in his acceptance speech.
"TV is in particular a global medium," he added backstage. "People are streaming shows or watching them all around the world, so hopefully we’re going to see a globalization of the stories we're telling and a globalization of the talent pool.”
4. Julia Louis-Dreyfus
The Veep actress nabbed her sixth consecutive Emmy for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series for her portrayal of Selina Meyer. Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ win broke Candice Bergen’s record of most Emmy wins for a single role. (Bergen previously held the record for portraying Murphy Brown.) Currently, Louis-Dreyfus is tied with Cloris Leachman’s record of eight Emmy wins by a single performer.
Louis-Dreyfus snagged an additional Emmy for her producing title on Veep. The HBO series won for Outstanding Comedy Series.
5. The Handmaid’s Tale
The critically and commercially successful series made Hulu the first streaming service to snag the highly-coveted Outstanding Drama Series Emmy.
6. Honorable Mention: Sterling K. Brown
The This Is Us star became the first black actor to win for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series in 19 years!
7. Honorable Mention: Reed Morano
The director of Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale won an Emmy for Outstanding Director in a Drama Series. A woman hasn’t won in this category since 1995 when Mimi Leder took home the trophy for her work on ER. Way to end the 22-year drought, girl.
Which historic Emmy win are you the most excited about? Hit the comments to dish and discuss all your unfiltered thought.