Lena Waithe and Aziz Ansari won the Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series Sunday night for “Thanksgiving,” an episode from the second season of Netflix’s Master of None.
The episode was one of the most talked-about pieces of comedy this year. Praised for its empathy and attention to detail, the episode followed Waithe’s character Denise and Ansari’s character Dev over a decade of Thanksgiving dinners with Denise’s mother (Angela Bassett). The holiday was used to mark major milestones in a relationship strained by Denise’s identification as gay and her mother’s regressive attitudes.
Accepting the award, Waithe received a standing ovation before thanking Netflix, her mother for inspiring the episode, Ansari for pushing her to co-write it, and her “LGBTQIA family” in general. “The things that make us different, those are our superpowers,” she said. “Every day you put on your cape, go out there and conquer the world, because the world would not be as beautiful without you in it.”
This is the second win in this category for Master of None, which took home the same award for a first-season episode co-written by Ansari and Alan Yang. Master of None is also nominated for Outstanding Comedy Series, with Ansari up for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, as well. Netflix is also nominated for 15 other Emmys at tonight’s awards.