Familiar names and a surprise familiar face were the early highlights of the 69th annual Emmy awards Sunday night in Hollywood.
Veteran actor John Lithgow won his 6th Emmy Sunday, this time as Best Supporting Actor for playing Winston Churchill in the Netflix series the The Crown.
Another veteran performer, Laura Dern, won her first Emmy as Best Supporting Actress in a TV movie or limited series for Big Little Lies.
Alec Baldwin, whose now iconic impersonation of President Donald Trump became a weekly feature on Saturday Night Live, won a Best Supporting Actor in a comedy
The Best Supporting Actress for comedy award was given to Kate McKinnon, also from Saturday Night Live. It was her second win for her role in the late-night weekly comedy institution.
The 42-year old series also won for best variety show.
Comic Stephen Colbert was this year’s Emmys host. He peppered his opening monologue with numerous jokes about Trump, and recalled the president’s angry comment in the past that he had never won for hosting his former TV series, Celebrity Apprentice.
Colbert teased the Emmy audience, telling them Trump never would have run for the White House if he had scored the top award in U.S. television. And in a reference to the vote turnout last November, when Trump won the presidency despite getting nearly 3 million fewer votes than Hillary Clinton, Colbert said that, unlike the presidential race, Emmys go to the winners of the popular vote.
The president’s former spokesman, Sean Spicer, made a surprise appearance, rolling out on to the stage on a motorized version of the White House podium. Spicer pronounced this year’s show the most-watched Emmy telecast in history, lampooning his own discredited assertion of a record audience for Trump’s inauguration in Washington eight months ago.