Lena Waithe, Donald Glover make history at Emmys in comedy categories

Donald Glover won the award at Sunday’s Emmys ceremony in Los Angeles

There were plenty of major firsts at the 69th Emmy Awards Sunday night.

Host Stephen Colbert also took aim at President Trump's history as a reality star.

"I hope it will open up people's eyes to give women of color a seat at the table so they can tell their stories."
While many are still buzzing about Lena Waithe and Donald Glover's history-making wins - Waithe is the first black woman to win an award for comedy writing while Glover is the first black person to win best director for a comedy series - an unlikely victor also emerged during the show: Washington, D.C.'s public schools.

"Most of all, my LGBTQIA family - I see each and every one of you", said Waithe in her acceptance speech.

Donald Glover has officially made Emmys history, Los Angeles Times reports, after winning the award for Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series. As well as starring in the show as the hilarious and straight-talking Denise, she penned Thanksgiving, an episode in the show's second season which sees her character coming out to her family.

"I want to thank my baby, my son, for just being the joy in my life".

The role that won Gambino the trophy for Outstanding Lead Actor was that of Atlanta's Earnest "Earn" Marks, an Atlanta-based Princeton dropout with dreams of making it into the music industry as a manager.

Riz Ahmed: "I want to say, it's always odd reaping the rewards of a story that's based on real-world suffering". While giving his speech, Glover jokingly thanked Donald Trump for "making black people number one on the most-oppressed list". And to my wife - I didn't get to thank my wife - you make my life worth living and you gave me two of the most handsome things that God has ever put on this planet. "Every day put on your imaginary cape and go out there and conquer the world".

"Big Little Lies" won the limited series award, with Nicole Kidman taking the lead actress award and supporting honors going to her castmates Alexander Skarsgard and Laura Dern. "He taught me everything about directing", Glover said. "Love will win", said writer Charlie Brooker in accepting the award.

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