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Atlanta’s Donald Glover accepted the Emmy for lead actor in a comedy series as well as best directing for a comedy series, making him the first African-American to win in the directing category.
“I want to thank Trump for making black people number one on the most oppressed list,” said Glover of the President while accepting his best actor honor. “He’s probably the reason I’m up here.”
While onstage, Glover also thanked his family including his unborn son and his partner Michelle: “You love me no matter how crazy I get.” He also thanked Atlanta director and producer Hiro Murai for teaching him the art of directing, as well as for being his best friend.
“This really belongs to Hiro Murai. He taught me everything about directing. He had the eye for this show first, and we sat down and he’s just amazing. I really want to give this to Hiro and just say, ‘I love you and thank you for being my best friend.'”
The director beat out Jamie Babbit for Silicon Valley, Mike Judge for Silicon Valley, Morgan Sackett for Veep, David Mandel for Veep and Dale Stern for Veep.
Speaking about his history-making win, Glover said he wasn’t concerned with such labels. “I’m glad I was able to make history but that’s not what I was trying to do,” he said. I was trying to make great content.”
Despite the two twins, Atlanta failed to take best comedy series from repeat champion Veep. “I was trying to beat Veep this year. Hopefully next year,” Glover backstage of the HBO political satire, which is heading into its final season. “I mean that with love because I love their show.”
“It’s been a pretty good year,” he said with backstage a laugh about his many projects. “I know everyone else is having an awful one but mine was OK.”
Glover even snuck in a joke about the recent behind-the-scenes turmoil on the Han Solo film, where Chris Miller and Phil Lord were replaced by Ron Howard. “I got three great directors for the price of one,” he said. “I’ve just been very lucky to work with talented people over the years.”
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