The Primetime Emmy Awards was a show for the record books.

On the acting side of things, Sterling K. Brown, Donald Glover, Riz Ahmed, Alec Baldwin, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus all had historic wins.

Riz Ahmed’s win for The Night Of makes him the first South Asian man to win an acting Emmy. (Only one actor of Asian descent had ever won an acting Emmy prior to this evening, and that was The Good Wife star Archie Punjabi in 2010.)

Donald Glover doubled down on historic wins, as the first black actor to win Outstanding Lead Actor in a comedy series since Robert Guillaume won for Benson in 1985 and the first black person to win an Emmy for comedy directing ever. Both of his wins were for his work on the FX series Atlanta, which he also created.

For his win for his portrayal of Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live, Alec Baldwin is the first actor from a variety show to win Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy since Tom Poston on the Steve Allen Show in 1959.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus earned her place in the history books with her sixth straight win for Veep. She now holds the record for most Emmys won for the same role in the same series, as well as the most consecutive wins. Additionally, this win ties her with Cloris Leachman for most total Emmy acting wins (they both now have eight). Louis-Dreyfus is also the first woman to win comedy Emmys for three different roles — Elaine Benes (Seinfeld), Christine Campbell (The New Adventures of Old Christine), and Selina Meyer (Veep).


Master of None star Lena Waithe also made history with her comedy writing win. She is the first African-American woman to win in this category. Waithe’s win was doubly historic given her nod to the LGBTQIA community, which she called her “family,” in her acceptance speech.

“I see each and every one of you,” Waithe said. “The things that make us different, those are our superpowers. Every day when you walk out the door, put on your imaginary cape and go out there and conquer the world because the world would not be as beautiful as it is without us in it.”

As for behind-the-camera achievements, The Handmaid’s Tale director Reed Morano is the first woman to win the Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series Emmy since Mimi Leder won for her work on ER in 1995.

Saturday Night Live scored a record 22 nominations for its buzz-worthy 42nd season and its Emmy hardware reflect the show’s success. In addition to Baldwin’s win, Kate McKinnon became one of only 14 women to win Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy more than once (Modern Family’s Julie Bowen was the most recent). The show also took home its first Outstanding Variety Show Emmy since 1993.

Lastly, Hulu made major Emmy history with its six The Handmaid’s Tale wins, becoming the first streaming series to win best drama (an honor many long expected to go to Netflix or Amazon), as well as the first streaming show to produce a winner in the Outstanding Actress in a Drama category with Elisabeth Moss.

Head here to see the full list of winners.

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