Most diverse, least boring – the 2016 Emmys deserve awards of their own. Sure, there were the usual suspects – Game of Thrones, Veep, and the elusive Maggie Smith – but the night largely honored new and beloved talent that was adored by critics and audiences alike. SEE ALSO: From Jeb Bush to Carpool Karaoke: What worked and what didn't in Jimmy Kimmel's Emmys opener Jeb! found a new job. "There are 17 million Asian Americans in this country, and there are 17 million Italians," Yang said in his acceptance speech for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series. "They have The Godfather, Goodfellas, Rocky, The Sopranos...we got Long Duk Dong, so we've got a long way to go."
The Emmy Awards have wrapped. "Big Little Lies" was a big winner along with Donald Glover, "Saturday Night Live" and "The Handmaid's Tale." Lena Waithe made history as the first black woman to win for writing in a comedy series, "Handmaid's" was the first streaming show to win drama, and Donald Glover was the first black man to win directing in comedy. Check out our behind-the-scenes stories, fashion breakdowns and red carpet interviews. Sterling K. Brown finishes his acceptance speech backstage at the Emmys NBC's "This Is Us," which follows the story of a family at different stages in their lives, is nothing if not a tearjerker.
The 2017 Emmy Awards came and went Sunday in Los Angeles on CBS, celebrating the best TV shows of the past year. "The Handmaid's Tale," "Veep," and "Big Little Lies" were among the biggest winners, and there were plenty of interesting moments throughout the night. There's always a lot of pressure on the host to deliver a strong opening monologue, and the "Late Show" host drew plenty of laughs in the show's first segment. After starting the Emmys with a musical number, Colbert hit on a number of topics, including Game of Thrones, Ted Cruz's recent Twitter faux pas, and, of course, Donald Trump. Colbert saved maybe his best joke for last when he began to list names of African-American nominees.
The Emmys seemed a bit star-struck by Kidman, giving her two minutes, 45 seconds of uninterrupted time to talk after her award. Meanwhile, Sterling K. Brown, who won for best actor in a drama for his role in "This is Us," got a loud musical hook ending his acceptance speech before he'd reached the two-minute mark. Brown paid tribute to the last African-American man to win in his category, Andre Braugher.
The Primetime Emmy Awards, which honored the best of television over the past year on Sunday in Los Angeles, was a celebration of diversity in the entertainment industry and a sharp contrast to the film industry's Oscars, which was heavily criticized earlier this year for its mostly white nominees. From the Emmy presenters, to the people actually receiving the awards, women and people of color dominated television's biggest night. The 2016 Oscars were marred by the #OscarsSoWhite controversy stemming from its entirely white acting nominees. The Emmys were already an improvement after announcing a diverse list of nominees in July, but went a step further and actually handed out the hardware to deserving people of color. Sterling K. Brown and Courtney B. Vance both won their categories for "The People vs. O.J. Simpson," Rami Malek won Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series, and Jordan Peele and Keegan-Michael Key won Outstanding Comedy Variety Series for "Key & Peele.