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Riz Ahmed, Donald Glover, and Lena Waithe make history at Emmy Awards 2017

18 September 2017 - 23:44


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The Emmy Awards 2017 has become a significant ceremony that has made history. Three awards in particular stands out this year, 

Three awards in particular of the 2017 Emmy Awards will hold a historical significance in the Hollywood Industry. Riz Ahmed became the first man of an Asian descent to win an acting Emmy for Outstanding Acting in A Limited Series, Lena Waithe became the first black women to win an Emmy for Outstanding Writing For A Comedy Series, and Donald Glover became the first black person ever to win the Outstanding Directing in A Comedy Series award. 

Riz Ahmed achieved the award for his role in HBO's The Night Of as Nasir 'Naz' Khan, a Pakistani/Iranian-America college student that is accused of murdering a young woman. In his acceptance speech, Ahmed Said "I want to say it is always strange reaping the rewards of a story based on real world suffering. But if this show has shown a light on some of the prejudice in our societies, xenophobia, some of the injustice in our justice system, then maybe that is something." He also highlighted the importance of South Asian Youth Action Organisation and The Innocence Project, and thanked them for helping him prepare. 

Lena Waithe and Aziz Ansari won the Emmy for Outstanding Writing for Comedy Series for their episode "Thanksgiving" of Master None. Waithe became the first black woman to be nominated in the category as well as the first black woman to win it. "I see each and every one of you," Waithe said during her acceptance speech. "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. And for everybody out there that showed us so much love for this episode, thank you for embracing a little Indian boy from South Carolina and a queer black girl from the South Side of Chicago."

Donald Glover made history at the Emmys by becoming the first black person to ever win the Outstanding Directing In A Comedy Series award, for his work in Atlanta. Glover took the stage clearly thrilled for his win and started his acceptance speech by saying "Yo, I'm so happy, wow. Thank you guys so much." he continued "This is nuts. I really want to thank the Academy again, everybody in here, you guys, I love you." he went on to thank his parents, Atlanta, FX, his partner and son, and even his unborn son - announcing to the world that another baby is on the way. He then took a bit of a different turn in his thank you speech saying "I want to thank Trump for making black people number one on the most oppressed list. He's the reason I'm probably up here." wrapping up by thanking the writers and everybody present at the ceremony.

The 2017 Emmy Awards has certainly made it's mark in history, and so have the three winners, paving way for a different kind of future. 


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