Alec Baldwin wins Emmy, offers it to President Trump
Once again, Alec Baldwin has been elected an Emmy winner.
His portrayal of Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live earned Baldwin the trophy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series at Sunday’s 69th annual Emmy Awards in Los Angeles.
“I suppose I should say, at long last, Mr. President, here is your Emmy,” Baldwin began his speech, referring back to host Stephen Colbert’s opening monologue where he jokingly chastised Hollywood for not giving Donald Trump an Emmy for The Apprentice during the years it was nominated. (Colbert claimed Trump “wouldn’t have run for president” if he had won the award.)
After expressing his thanks to his SNL costars, wife, and more, Baldwin concluded by encouraging his colleagues to keep being artistic and expressive. “I always remember once someone told me that when you die, you don’t remember a bill that Congress passed or a decision the Supreme Court made or an address made by the president — you remember a song, you remember a line from a movie, you remember a play, you remember a book, a painting, a poem,” Baldwin told the crowd. “What we do is important, and for all of you out there in motion pictures and television, don’t stop doing what you’re doing. The audience is counting on you.”
Beginning with last September’s season 42 premiere, Baldwin appeared in 15 episodes as the eventual president. He earned rave reviews and helped bring renewed buzz and a ratings bump to the long-running sketch series.
The Emmy win marks Baldwin’s first since he went back-to-back in 2008 and 2009 for his portrayal of Jack Donaghy on 30 Rock, a role he was nominated for seven consecutive years. The actor’s gig on Match Game also scored him a nomination at last weekend’s Creative Arts Emmys for Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program.
Baldwin faced stiff competition in the category that included four past Emmy winners. The actor beat out Baskets‘ Louie Anderson, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt‘s Tituss Burgess, Modern Family‘s Ty Burrell, and Veep‘sTony Hale and Matt Walsh.