The great wins and losses at the Emmys 2017 Adam Fleming
The beginning of September means the return of the Pumpkin Spice Latte but also the return of the Prime-time Emmy awards and this year’s was full of celebrations and shocking moments. The celebrities strutted their stuff on the red carpet ahead of the 69th year of the awards. The best dressed list includes Sarah Paulson (best known for her roles on American Horror Story), Zoe Kravitz and also How To Get Away With Murder’s Viola Davis, to name a few.
The Saturday Night Live comedy sketch show won big and managed to sweep 4 awards with a further 3 nominations for categories including Outstanding Supporting Actor, Outstanding Variety Sketch Series and Outstanding Directing - Variety Series.
Other shows that were very successful included The Handmaid’s Tale (an adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel), which won the Outstanding Drama Series as well as Outstanding Lead actress and many more. Big Little Lies also won multiple awards.
However, there were multiple shocking losses. One example is from the Outstanding Reality Series category. The category included popular shows like Project Runway, American Ninja Warrior and the favourite to win, RuPaul’s Drag Race. The latter is about a reality competition in which America’s best drag queens battle for the crown – the title of America's Next Drag Superstar and $100,000 – in a series of challenges. No one expected The Voice which is quite frankly the little sister to The X Factor to win Outstanding Reality Competition.
Politics was prevalent throughout the entire night. Politicians (mainly President Trump) were mentioned in acceptance speeches, such as when Alec Baldwin ‘congratulated’ Mr Trump for his award. Baldwin is known for using satire when portraying Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live.
Another section that was heavily discussed online was the memoriam of the amazing television stars that were lost this year. Big stars like Adam West (best known for playing batman as well as himself as mayor of Quahog in Family Guy) and Carrie Fisher (best known for her role of Princess Leia in Star Wars saga) were honoured in the video. Despite this, there was backlash and fans were in an uproar, questioning why big names like Dick Gregory, Frank Vincent and Charlie Murphy had been excluded.