Atlanta's Donald Glover Nabs 2 Emmys, Makes History as First African-American to Win for Directing a Comedy Series
Donald Glover won his first Emmy for Atlanta
There’s a new king of comedy in town!
Donald Glover won the Emmy award for outstanding lead actor in a comedy series at the 2017 Emmy Awards Sunday for his work on Atlanta.
“Yo, I’m so happy, wow,” he began. “Thank you guys so much, this is nuts. I want to thank my mom and dad, the city of Atlanta, FX.”
He continued, “I want to thank Michelle, my partner, you love me no matter what. I want to thank my son, [and] my unborn son — we’re listening to Stevie [Wonder] tonight!”
Glover also publicly acknowledged his son born last year for the first time during the speech — as well as President Donald Trump.
“I want to thank Trump for making black people number one on the most-oppressed list,” he said. “He’s probably the reason I’m up here.”
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The actor won in one of the most diverse categories at this year’s show, facing stiff competition from Anthony Anderson (Black-ish), Aziz Ansari (Master of None), Zach Galifianakis (Baskets), William H. Macy (Shameless) and reigning winner Jeffrey Tambor (Transparent).
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This is Glover’s second Emmy win of the night: He made history as the first African-American to win outstanding director of a comedy series.
Tambor has won outstanding actors the last three years for his work as the transgender Maura Pfefferman in Amazon’s Transparent.
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The 69th Primetime Emmy Awards, hosted by Stephen Colbert, are airing live on CBS from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.