The 69th annual Emmy Awards ceremony was just phenomenal. Not only it left everyone stunned with all the glitz and glam from celebrities, it broke barriers and made history through awarding and appreciating rising stars of different ethnicities.
Two awards were won by Donald Glover for best directing and best lead actor in the comedy series Atlanta on FX. He became the first black actor to win the Emmy Award for best directing in 32 years.
Another very talented celebrity, Lena Waithe, won the Emmy for Best Writing for Netflix’s Comedy Series Master of None. She became the first black women to achieve an award in the best writing category for her work in Master of None’s second season Thanksgiving. That episode was based on a gay woman who finally decides to come out to her family. An empowering speech was delivered by Waithe upon receiving the award that acknowledged and thanked LGBTQIA (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex and asexual) community.
Waithe quoted, “I see each and every one of you. The things that make us different, those are our superpowers—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.”
Another historic moment happened when Riz Ahmed of South Asian descent received the award for Outstanding Lead Actor in HBO’s The Night of. He became the first South Asian to won an Emmy Award in this category.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus was awarded the Best Actress for HBO’s comedy series Veep. This marked her sixth consecutive Emmy award for Veep. Reed Marano became the first woman to win an Emmy for Best Directing in The Handmaid’s Tale since 1995.
Such appreciation of diversity at Emmys was not only admirable, it delivered a powerful message all over the world that women, people of different ethnicities, and LGBTQIA community are all to be always acknowledged.