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Donald Glover becomes first black director to win Emmy for directing a comedy series

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Donald Glover became the first black director to win an Emmy in the comedy series category on Sunday night thanks to his work on Atlanta‘s “B.A.N.” episode.

Glover thanked “the great algorithm” that put all the writers of the FX show in the same place. However, he gave special thanks to Atlanta director Hiro Murai.

“I love you and thank you for being my best friend and making this with me,” Glover said while accepting his award. “I just love everyone out here.”

LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 17: Director Donald Glover accepts the Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series award for ‘Atlanta’ onstage during the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 17, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Lester Cohen/WireImage)
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Glover is also nominated tonight for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for his performance on Atlanta. 

“It was so good, I was so mad,” Murai told EW back in August 2016 about the first time he saw a cut of the first episode Glover directed. “I think there’s something about him as a creative that made him kind of a natural as a director, as a storyteller.”

Check out the list of tonight’s winners here.

Black directors have won at the Emmy Awards previously, including Paris Barclay, but in the drama category.