Donald Glover won the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for his acting in Atlanta, his second Emmy win of the night. 2017 marked his first Emmy nomination. He was also nominated for outstanding writing, and won a second trophy for Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series for his work on “B.A.N.,” an experimental episode of Atlanta, presented as a broadcast from an alternate universe’s version of Black Entertainment Television. Glover is the first black director to win an Emmy for work on a comedy series, and the first black man since 1985 to win an Emmy for lead acting in a comedy series. In Atlanta, Glover plays Earnest “Earn” Marks, a dad and a college dropout whose cousin becomes a famous rapper.
Glover started his acceptance speech, “Yo.” He continued with, “I’m so happy. Wow. Thank you guys so much. This is nuts. I really want to thank the academy again, all of you guys in here.”
Glover re-thanked his partner, his son, unborn child, the city of Atlanta, and the FX network. He followed it up by adding, “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.”