ByAllie Gemmill, writer at
Weekend Editor at MoviePilot. Most likely posting pop culture hot takes on Twitter: @onfilmme
Allie Gemmill

A fresh prestigious awards season is upon us and we have the 2017 Emmys to thank for it. Inaugurating a season of awards shows where the entertainment industry will proceed to honor the best of the best in film and television in all disciplines, the 2017 Emmys were noticeably politically-charged this year. Mixing in strong political condemnation of President Donald Trump and his government with cheekier, more light-hearted fare that an evening honoring TV's hottest shows this year would incur, the 2017 Emmys didn't disappoint.

Perhaps the most notable moment from this politically-charged evening was the appearance of none other than former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer. Coming out onto the stage on a podium much like the one he used at the White House, Spicer's presence garnered a largely shocked reaction from the crowd but don't worry, it's definitely a good thing.

Here are some of the 2017 Emmys most notably political moments, being it commenting on our government or taking a stand for people of color, members of the LGBTQIA community or giving major props to the women in the world. Don't worry, there's plenty to go around.

The Opening Musical Number

Host Stephen Colbert made sure to comfort us in this bleak, bleak world with a light and cheerful opening musical number. Cameos from Stranger Things' Millie Bobby Brown, Anthony Anderson from Black-ish and Chance the Rapper, this opening musical number's message to watch the TV we love even if the world is going to hell in a handbasket came through loud and clear.

Sean Spicer's Random But Beloved Cameo

What would a special event be without some comments about the size of the crowd in attendance? Spicer came out on stage, on a podium, to tell Colbert and the Emmys audience just how big the crowd was on Sunday night. "This will be the largest crowd to witness an Emmys, period!" Spicer announced as a shocked Anna Chlumsky, a clearly thrilled Kevin Spacey and a stunned Melissa McCarthy looked on.

Stephen Colbert's Fiery Opening Monologue

(The speech starts at around 5:50)

Jabs about the President's inability to ever win an Emmy despite apparently having the highest TV ratings and being a former television star were among the highlights of Colbert's opening monologue. Of course, it wouldn't be a politically-charged speech if Colbert didn't also get in some digs about the president's desire to rage tweet, something he very well could have done on a night like the 2017 Emmys.

That Strong Bill Maher Dig

Colbert really sunk his teeth into referencing Maher's now-infamous usage of the N-word on his HBO late night show and got a huge reaction from the crowd.

The Ladies Of '9 To 5' Refused To Be Controlled

The stars of 9 to 5 — Dolly Parton, Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin — brought the plot of the film full circle when they took a direct jab at President Trump. "Back in 1980, in that movie, we refused to be controlled by a sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot," Fonda told her co-stars and the crowd. Tomlin then replied to comment, saying "And in 2017, we still refuse to be controlled by a sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot."

Alec Baldwin: 'Mr. President, Here Is Your Emmy'

Winning for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for his portrayal of President Trump on the most recent season of Saturday Night Live, Baldwin didn't waste his chance to really zing the man who inspired his award-winning performance. Jumping on the fact that Trump never won for any of his own work, Baldwin opened his speech by saying, "I suppose I should say: at long last, Mr. President, here is your Emmy."

Lena Waithe's Acceptance Speech

Winning for their writing on Master of None and, specifically, the Season 2 episode "Thanksgiving," Waithe and her co-star, Aziz Ansari, took to the stage in total joy and surprise. While Ansari didn't get to give his thanks, Waithe's comments were more than enough to cement the fact that this win was major. Waithe was the first black woman to win an Emmy for comedy writing and, in accepting that honor, she gave huge thanks to the LGBTQIA+ community, who have continually supported her in her work and whom she admires.

Donald Glover Thanks President Trump

While he was accepting his win for Best Lead Actor in a Comedy series, Glover wasted no time making it know who wa partially responsible for him being on the Emmys stage on Sunday night. "I want to thank Trump for making black people number one on the 'Most Oppressed List' — he's the reason I'm probably here."

Julia Louis-Dreyfus' Stray Impeachment Comment

While accepting her umpteenth award for her performance on Veep, Dreyfus' acceptance speech involved a stray but sharp comment about impeachment. Without naming names, it was clear Dreyfus was speaking about the president. "We did have a whole storyline about an impeachment," she said, "but we abandoned that because we were worried that someone else might get to it first." A very sick burn if ever there was one.

Riz Ahmed's Acceptance Speech

While Ahmed's entire acceptance speech for his win for Best Lead Actor in a Limited Series of Movie for HBO's The Night Of, it was the latter portion that really hit home. Seizing the chance to illustrate how important and meaningful he hoped The Night Of would be to audiences, Ahmed remarked that "[i]t's always strange reaping the rewards of a story that's based on real-world suffering. This show has shone a light on some of the prejudice in our society: Islamophobia, some of the injustice in our justice system." Well said, Ahmed. Well said.

'The Handmaid's Tale' Producer: 'Go Home, Get To Work'

A succinct and clear message from The Handmaid's Tale producer Miller that the work is never done, the fight is never over and the good word can be spread further.

What was your favorite moment from the 2017 Emmys? Let us know in the comments.


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