Best Variety Sketch: ‘Saturday Night Live’
LORNE MICHAELS: I remember the first time we won this award. It was after our first season, in 1976. And I remember thinking as I was standing there alone that this was it. This was the high point. There would never be another season as crazy, as unpredictable, as frightening, as exhausting or as exhilarating. Turns out I was wrong. Thank you.
Best Writing, Comedy: Lena Waithe of ‘Master of None’
Wow, wow, wow. Got to thank God. Got to thank God. Oh my gosh. Oh, Jesus, let me reclaim my time, give me a second. I got to thank God or else I wouldn’t be standing here. I want to thank my mother for inspiring the story and allowing me to share it with the world. I love you Mom. Thank you, Aziz, for pushing me to co-write this, bro. Now, we’re standing here. I love you forever. Thank you and Alan for creating a show like “Master of None,” where we can tell stories like this. Thank you, Netflix and Universal, for creating a beautiful playground for us to play on and shine. Ted and Cindy, we love you; Melina, you are magic. Angela, you are a legend. Kim, you are a force. Thank you for making this episode so special.
To my girlfriend, I love you more than life itself. Alana. Martine, my chosen family. I love you all. And last, but certainly not least, my L.G.B.T.Q.I.A. family. I see each and every one of you. The things that make us different, those are our super powers. Every day, when you walk out the door and put on your imaginary cape and go out there and conquer the world — because the world would not be as beautiful as it is if we weren’t in it. And for everybody out there that showed so much love for this episode, thank you for embracing a little Indian boy from South Carolina and a little queer black girl from the South Side of Chicago. We appreciate it more than you could ever know. Thank you, Academy, for this. We love you all. God bless you all.
Best Lead Actor, Comedy: Donald Glover of ‘Atlanta’
I’m so happy. Wow! Thank you guys so much. This is nuts. I really want to thank the Academy again, everybody in here — you guys, I love you. I want to thank my mom and my dad again. I want to thank the city of Atlanta. I want to thank FX. I want to thank — I want to thank Michelle, my partner. You love me, even how crazy I get. I want to thank my baby, my son, for just being the joy in my life. I want to thank my unborn son. We’re listening to Stevie tonight.
I want to thank Trump for making black people No. 1 on the most oppressed list. He’s the reason I’m probably up here. And I just want to thank all the writers and all the people in here and everybody doing great work, because it’s so necessary, and I really appreciate everybody here. Thank you so much.
Best Lead Actor, Limited Series or Movie: Riz Ahmed of ‘The Night Of’
Wow. I am going to shout out Oprah, as well, because lucky enough to be sat next to her. Thank you so much for this.
This is a tremendous honor just to be recognized alongside so many inspiring actors who I’ve watched for so long. Not least John Turturro — it has been amazing getting to watch you up close, and I share this with you, brother; it has been amazing going on this ride with you. I’m indebted to many people. Not least of all, Steve Zaillian. Thank you for your genius. Your uncompromising vision. Thank you to Richard Price for your quick wit and sharp pen. Thank you to our amazing producers for never giving up on this.
It has been a crazy, long ride. Scott Ferguson, Jane Trent, Garrett Basch, all the team at HBO and one of our executive producers sadly isn’t with us any more. But he’s a man who I believe single-handedly changed television, and I hope is he proud of us right now, and that is the late great James Gandolfini.
Just before I go, I want to say it is always strange reaping the rewards of a story that’s based on real-world suffering, but if this show has shone a light on some of the prejudice in our societies, Islamophobia, some of the injustice in our justice system, then maybe that is something. And I will shout out to South Asian Youth Action for helping me prepare for this and the Innocence Project. Thank you very much.
Best Lead Actor, Drama: Sterling K. Brown of ‘This Is Us’
Thank you. Before anything like this happened for your boy, I was a fan. First, last and always, a fan. So, my fellow nominees, I’m a fan. I love you all. This one right here, like this one right here, when I think about it, like Walter White held this joint? Dick Whitman held this joint? I may have lost some of you all, but you know, Google it. And 19 years ago, Detective Frank Pembleton held this joint, as impeccably played by Andre Braugher.
I just want to say, Mr. Braugher, whether it is at Stanford University or on this Emmy stage, it is my supreme honor to follow in your footsteps.
I want to thank Bob, Jennifer Salke, NBC, for your support from the beginning. I want to thank Dana Walding, Gary Newman and everyone at 20th Century Fox for keeping your brother gainfully employed. Appreciate that. I want to thank my cast. Milo, Mandy, Justin, Chrissy, you are the best white TV family that a brother has ever had. Better than Mr. Drummond, better than them white folks that raised Webster. I love you.
Susan Kelechi Watson, it is my pleasure to rep black love with you sister. Let’s keep doing it like Martin and Gina. Ron Cephas Jones, you just have to show up and the work is already there, brother. Thank you so much for embodying the presence which is never an object. I love you. Our writers, you are a lifeblood. You can play, you can play. You can play. I didn’t get that loud, nobody got that loud music. Writers, I love you, you are our lifeblood, our producers, I love you. I’m good ——
[AT THIS POINT HIS MICROPHONE WAS CUT]