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September 20, 2016

Emmy Recap - Big Win for Funny Women
by Katie Conway - 0

In case you missed it, the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards aired this Sunday night - packed full of laughs, cringe-worthy moments, and all the emotional acceptance speeches you would expect from the television spectacle of the season. While host Jimmy Kimmel gave a passable night of zingers (save for a Bill Cosby appearance fake-out. Really, Jimmy?), the true heroes of the night were the always-amazing women of comedy!

Before the show even began, Amy Schumer graced the red carpet with ever-honest hilarity. When Giuliana Rancid of E! News asked the classically boring Who are you wearing? Schumer took no hesitation in responding Vivienne Westwood [dress], Tom Ford shoes, and an O.B. tampon. Thanks for keeping it real, Amy!

The first big win for funny females went to the talented and lovely Kate McKinnon - for Best Supporting Actress for her work on Saturday Night Live. After being nominated in the same category for both 2014 and 2015, this is Kates first Emmy win - and deservedly so. McKinnon has been entertaining us for the past several years with her on-point impressions of Ellen DeGeneres, Justin Bieber, and now presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Jokes aside, it was an emotional win for McKinnon, who ended her acceptance speech by thanking her late father for introducing her to SNL when she was 12 years old. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler looked like proud parents as they watched from afar.

Kate McKinnons good friend and SNL co-worker, Leslie Jones, also took to the stage for a few good laughs. During the annual explanation of how the award results are safeguarded until the envelops are opened on stage, Leslie interrupted to point out there are more important things that need protecting - in reference to her website and twitter accounts which were hacked earlier this year, and the racist harassment she has endured. Yall over here using your skills to protect best voiceover in a French sitcom, Jones quipped,  Meanwhile, Im butt-naked on CNN. I just wanted to feel beautiful, yall! Can a sister feel beautiful? Leslie received a round of applause for her incredibly hilarious and tastefully done joke that shed some light on the harassment twitter users face everyday.

The next big win for women was for Best Directing in a Comedy Series - which went to the amazingly bad-ass Jill Soloway for her work on Amazons Transparent, in a category that has traditionally gone to the men of the industry. Soloway also historically won Best Directing at last years Emmys, but that didnt stop her from delivering another unforgettable speech. Ive always wanted to be part of a movement[and] this TV show allows me to take my dreams about unlikable Jewish people, queer folk, trans folk, and make them heroes. Thank you to the trans community for your lived lives. Jill also ended her speech in the most feminist way possible - by reminding the audience and viewers to topple the patriarchy.” Will do, Jill!

To top off the night, the Best Actress in a Comedy Series was chalk full of incredibly talented and funny women - Ellie Kemper, Amy Schumer, Lily Tomlin, oh my! But it came to nobodys surprise when Julia Louis-Dreyfus won for her role as Selina Meyer in the political satire Veep. This is the comedic legends 9th Emmy win and 22nd overall nomination, but whose counting? Julia took the time to apologize for tearing down the wall between comedy and politics, as well as blurring the line between fiction and reality. Our show started out as a political satire, but now it feels more like a sobering documentary, said Louis-Dreyfus, in reference the campaign of presidential nominee Donald Trump, I certainly do promise to rebuild that wall and make Mexico pay for it. Julia closed her acceptance by dedicating her award to her father, who passed away last Friday at the age of 84. She was so glad he liked Veep, because his opinion was the one that really mattered. Congratulations Julia, and our hearts are with you and your family.

That about wraps up the night for these comedic women of television - we cant wait to see what they bring to the table next year at the 69th Emmy Awards!

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