wards shows are a species all their own, and while they're highly scripted, we can always count on good ol' live TV to provide some real moments of pure, raw emotion.
That's exactly what happened on Sunday, September 17 during the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards when a surprise guest rolled a podium out onto stage.
The shock on people's faces was genuine and uncomfortable. Woo live TV!
Stephen Colbert hosted the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards on CBS on Sunday night, September 17.
And it was a show to remember. The Handmaid’s Tale and Big Little Lies won big, proving that shows featuring strong female characters are here to stay.
It was also a historic night for people of color — many winners were Emmys record breakers.
Donald Glover took home the Emmy for comedy directing, the first time that award has been won by a black person.
Glover actually double-fisted gold statues, also winning Outstanding Lead Actor in a comedy series for his show, Atlanta, the first time that award has gone to a black man since Robert Guillaume won for Benson in 1985.
But it doesn't end there.
Sterling K. Brown became the first black actor to win for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series since Andre Braugher in 1998.
That’s a long time.
Brown for his work on This Is Us, but he’s no stranger to the Emmy stage. He won last year for Supporting Actor in a miniseries for his role as Christopher Darden in The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story.
Lena Waithe and Aziz Ansari took home gold for comedy writing, but it was Waithe who made history.
Their win for the Master of None episode, “Thanksgiving,” makes Waithe the first black woman ever to win in this category. In her moving speech, Waithe called out her “LGBTQIA family” and said, “I see each and every one of you. The things that make us different, those are our superpowers.”
Way to go, Lena.
Last but not least, Julia Louis-Dreyfus continued her bonkers winning streak and broke several records along the way.
With her sixth straight win for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series, Louis-Dreyfus now holds the record for the most Emmys won for the same character in the same series, plus the record for the most consecutive wins. (She just beat out Candice Bergen, who has five Emmys for Murphy Brown.)
Louis-Dreyfus is also now tied with Cloris Leachman for total Emmy acting wins (EIGHT!), and she’s also the first woman to win comedy Emmys for three different roles (Elaine Benes on Seinfeld, Christine Campbell on The New Adventures of Old Christine, and Selina Meyer on Veep).
And yet — this historic night captured people’s attention for one other crazy reason…