The 69th Primetime Emmy Awards honored the best in U.S. prime time television programming from June 1, 2016 until May 31, 2017, as chosen by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. The ceremony was held on Sunday, September 17, 2017 at the Microsoft Theater in Downtown Los Angeles, California, and was broadcast in the U.S. by CBS. The ceremony was hosted by Stephen Colbert. The 69th Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards were held on September 9 and 10, and was broadcast by FXX on September 16.
The nominations were announced by Anna Chlumsky and Shemar Moore on July 13, 2017. Channelwise, the freshman HBO science fiction western drama Westworld and NBC sketch comedy Saturday Night Live were the most nominated programs, each with 22 nominations.
Host Stephen Colbert opened the ceremony with a song-and-dance number and a monologue that lampooned the state of the world under President Donald Trump, which The New York Times said set an anti-Trump tone for the rest of the event. Many of the further presentations and host commentary continued jokes aimed towards Trump, along with winners' speeches criticizing the President and standing behind diversity in the television field. Sean Spicer, Trump's former White House Press Secretary, made an appearance in which he parodied himself. RuPaul played a living Emmy statue in a comedic interview segment with Colbert during the ceremony.
Original programming web television services—Netflix and Hulu—upended traditional broadcast television series in several categories. Netflix series earned a total of 20 Primetime Emmy Awards, following only HBO with 29 and leading NBC with 15. Hulu's The Handmaid's Tale became the first web series to win Outstanding Drama Series. Additionally, web television also won their first awards for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series (Elisabeth Moss for The Handmaid's Tale – Hulu), Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series (Alexis Bledel for The Handmaid's Tale – Hulu),[note 1] Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series (Bruce Miller for The Handmaid's Tale – Hulu), Outstanding Television Movie (Black Mirror: San Junipero – Netflix), and Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series, Movie, or Dramatic Special (Charlie Brooker for Black Mirror: San Junipero – Netflix).
In addition, the night saw several other historic firsts: Donald Glover became the first African-American to win Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series for Atlanta. Riz Ahmed, with his win for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie for The Night Of, became the first Asian to win that category as well as the first South Asian male to win an acting award and first South Asian to win a lead acting award. Moreover, Ahmed and Dave Chappelle also became the first Muslims to win acting awards, with Ahmed being the first Muslim to win a lead acting award and Chappelle the first to win for a guest role for Saturday Night Live. With Aziz Ansari and Lena Waithe winning Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series for Master of None, Waithe became the first African-American female to win that award. Finally, Julia Louis-Dreyfus won her record sixth consecutive award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for the same category for the same role in a single series as Selina Meyer on Veep; she is now tied with Cloris Leachman for the most wins as a performer.
The awards ceremony drew 11.4 million viewers, on par with the previous awards ceremony, but one of the lowest viewerships for the Primetime Emmy Awards overall. Analysts attribute this to younger audiences preferring to watch clips or summaries than the entire event and to Florida markets being affected by Hurricane Irma.
|69th Primetime Emmy Awards|
|Location||Microsoft Theater, |
Los Angeles, California
|Presented by||Academy of Television Arts and Sciences|
|Hosted by||Stephen Colbert|
|Most awards||Comedy: Saturday Night Live (4) |
Drama: The Handmaid's Tale (5)
Limited / Movie: Big Little Lies (5)
|Most nominations||Comedy: Veep (10) |
Drama: The Handmaid's Tale / Westworld (7)
Limited / Movie: Feud: Bette and Joan (10)
|Produced by||Stephen Colbert |
|Outstanding Comedy Series||Outstanding Drama Series|
|Outstanding Variety Talk Series||Outstanding Variety Sketch Series|
|Outstanding Limited Series||Outstanding Television Movie|
|Outstanding Reality-Competition Program|
|Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series||Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series|
|Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series||Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series|
|Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie||Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie|
|Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series||Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series|
|Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series||Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series|
|Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie||Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie|
|Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series||Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series|
|Outstanding Directing for a Variety Series||Outstanding Directing for a Limited Series, Movie, or Dramatic Special|
|Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series||Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series|
|Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series||Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series, Movie, or Dramatic Special|
|Jermaine Fowler||Announcer for the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards|
|Presenters of the award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series|
|Presenters of the award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series|
|Presenters of the award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie|
|Presenters of the award for Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series|
|Presenters of the award for Outstanding Variety Sketch Series|
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|Presenters of the award for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series|
|Presenters of the award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series|
|Presenters of the award for Outstanding Directing for a Limited Series, Movie, or Dramatic Special|
|Presenters of the award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie|
Tracee Ellis Ross
|Presenters of the award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series|
| Sonequa Martin-Green
|Presenters of the award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series|
|Hayma Washington||Introducer of a special presentation highlighting diversity and inclusion in television|
|Presenters of the award for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series|
|Presenters of the award for Outstanding Reality-Competition Program|
|Presenters of the award for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series|
|Presenters of the award for Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series, Movie, or Dramatic Special|
|Viola Davis||Presenter of the In Memoriam tribute|
|Presenters of the award for Outstanding Directing for a Variety Series|
|Presenters of the award for Outstanding Variety Talk Series|
|Presenters of the award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series|
|Presenters of the award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series|
|Presenters of the award for Outstanding Comedy Series|
|Presenters of the award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie|
|Presenters of the award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie|
|Presenters of the award for Outstanding Television Movie|
|Anika Noni Rose
|Presenters of the award for Outstanding Limited Series|
|Presenters of the award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series|
Jeffrey Dean Morgan
|Presenters of the award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series|
|Oprah Winfrey||Presenter of the award for Outstanding Drama Series|
Chance the Rapper
Millie Bobby Brown
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DuVernay contends that slavery has been perpetuated since the end of the American Civil War through criminalizing behavior and enabling police to arrest poor freedmen and force them to work for the state under convict leasing; suppression of African Americans by disenfranchisement, lynchings and Jim Crow; politicians declaring a war on drugs that weigh more heavily on minority communities and, by the late 20th century, mass incarceration of people of color in the United States. She examines the prison-industrial complex and the emerging detention-industrial complex, discussing how much money is being made by corporations from such incarcerations.
13th garnered acclaim from a number of film critics. It was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature at the 89th Academy Awards, and won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special at the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards. On the other hand, New York magazine film critic David Edelstein writing in Vulture noted: "You’d think from 13th that crime didn’t exist."2017 Emmy Awards
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44th Daytime Emmy Awards, the 2017 Emmy Awards ceremony honoring daytime programming during 2016
45th International Emmy Awards, the 2017 ceremony honoring international programming70th Tony Awards
The 70th Annual Tony Awards were held on June 12, 2016, to recognize achievement in Broadway productions during the 2015–16 season. The ceremony temporarily returned to the Beacon Theatre in New York City after three years at Radio City Music Hall and was broadcast live by CBS. James Corden served as host.Hamilton received a record-setting 16 nominations in 13 categories, ultimately winning 11 total. The revival of The Color Purple won two awards. The Humans won four awards, and the revival productions of plays Long Day's Journey into Night and A View from the Bridge each won two awards.
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Ricky Whittle plays the series' lead Shadow Moon, who meets a strange man named Mr. Wednesday (Ian McShane) after being released from prison, and soon becomes embroiled in a large-scale conflict between the Old Gods and the New Gods, who grow stronger each day. In May 2017, the series was renewed for a second season, which premiered on March 10, 2019. The following week, Starz renewed American Gods for a third season.
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Though the show is hosted by Nye, five correspondents assist in the presentation of the show. These include fashion model Karlie Kloss, science YouTuber and educator Derek Muller, comedian Nazeem Hussain, comedian and writer Joanna Hausmann, and the TV host and producer Emily Calandrelli. The thirteen-episode season premiered on April 21, 2017. The show's theme song was produced by Tyler, the Creator. On June 15, 2017, Nye announced on his Facebook page that the series had been renewed for a six-episodes second season, which premiered on December 29, 2017.
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Rules require that nominations are distributed proportionally among regular series and limited series/movies, based on the number of submissions of each. For instance, if two-fifths of submissions are limited series/movies then two of the five nominees will be limited series/movies.Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Period Costumes
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Rules require that nominations are distributed proportionally among regular series and limited series/movies, based on the number of submissions of each. For instance, if two-fifths of submissions are limited series/movies then two of the five nominees will be limited series/movies.Stephen Colbert
Stephen Tyrone Colbert ( kohl-BAIR; born May 13, 1964) is an American comedian, writer, producer, political commentator, actor, and television host. He is best known for hosting the satirical Comedy Central program The Colbert Report from 2005 to 2014 and the CBS talk program The Late Show with Stephen Colbert beginning in September 2015.Colbert originally studied to be a dramatic actor, but became interested in improvisational theatre while attending Northwestern University, where he met Second City director Del Close. Colbert first performed professionally as an understudy for Steve Carell at Second City Chicago, where his troupe mates included Paul Dinello and Amy Sedaris, comedians with whom he developed the sketch comedy series, Exit 57. He wrote and performed on the short-lived Dana Carvey Show before collaborating with Sedaris and Dinello again on the cult television series Strangers with Candy. He gained attention for his role on the latter as closeted gay history teacher Chuck Noblet.
Colbert's work as a correspondent on Comedy Central's news-parody series The Daily Show gained him wide recognition. In 2005, he left The Daily Show to host The Colbert Report. Following The Daily Show's news-parody concept, The Colbert Report was a parody of personality-driven political opinion shows including The O'Reilly Factor, in which he portrayed a caricatured version of conservative political pundits. The series became one of Comedy Central's highest-rated series, earning Colbert an invitation to perform as featured entertainer at the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner in 2006. After ending The Colbert Report, he was hired in 2015 to succeed retiring David Letterman as host of the Late Show on CBS. He hosted the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards in September 2017.
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