- Trump jokes were expected; Colbert delivered. You slip in a bathtub? "And Spicer obviously was compelled to do certain things that we might not have respected, we might not have admired, we might have been super critical of in order to do his job, but I've done some jobs that are things you shouldn't admire or respect me for, either".
HBO's "Big Little Lies", with its powerhouse female ensemble cast led by Nicole Kidman, Laura Dern and Reese Witherspoon, was the night's other big victor, tying with a total of eight Emmys, including outstanding limited series.
The win was the second Emmy for Brown, who won a year ago for supporting actor in a limited series for "American Crime Story".
The ratings for the 2017 Emmys may be the lowest in the award show's almost seven decade history.
Here are some of the best bits of the 2017 awards. The cast members who impersonated Trump and opponent Hillary Clinton - Alec Baldwin and Kate McKinnon - both won Emmys for supporting roles in a comedy. "I suppose I should say, at long last, Mr. President, here is your Emmy", he said.
Whatever the intent, the stunt fell flat with the audience and Melissa McCarthy, who last week won an Emmy for Best Guest Appearance by an Actress on a Comedy Series for her impersonation of Spicer on "SNL". After winning the 2016 award for outstanding supporting actor in a limited series or movie for his role in 'The People vs. O.J. Simpson: "American Crime Story", Brown's role as Randall Pearson in "This Is Us" got him the nod for outstanding lead actor in a drama series Sunday night.
Hollywood is really good about patting itself on the back, so the jokes about how good Hollywood is being to itself are old and frankly, pretty boring.
As movie stars and audiences gravitate to limited series, this category has gone from a wasteland to arguably the most intriguing. It became clear early on that HBO's Big Little Lies and Hulu's The Handmaid's Tale were going to almost sweep the limited-series and drama fields.
"It's been an incredible year for women in television", said costar and producer Reese Witherspoon. "Better than those white folks that raised Webster". "It's not a political monologue, but you can't keep politics out of it, because politics was the biggest TV story this year". For comedy, Donald Glover (Atlanta) scored the Emmy for lead actor and Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep) won for lead actress.
Lena Waithe of Netflix's "Master of None" became the first African-American woman to win for comedy writing. The HBO series recently announced it would be ending its run.
The seven-episode HBO production was one of the night's big winners, taking home eight awards in total, including outstanding lead actress, supporting actress and supporting actor in a miniseries. Since 2007, only three shows have won best comedy series-"30 Rock", "Modern Family", and "Veep". Then Parton made her usual jokes about her cleavage and everything felt much more 1987 suddenly.
"The things that make us different, those are our superpowers", she said.
Colbert's opening song-and-dance number drew a sly contrast between the refuge available on TV (where "everything is better") and the world's current state, which "may be the worst we've ever seen", as Colbert sang.