So maybe it's time for the awards shows to remember the goal of the ceremony and the reason viewers tune in. Spicer walked on the stage, pushing a podium, during Colbert's opening monologue, satirizing the much-publicized debate over the size of the crowd at President Donald Trump's inauguration ceremony.
Elizabeth Moss and Ann Down won Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress in a Drama.
Montreal's Jean-Marc Vallee took home the Emmy for outstanding directing for a limited series for "Big Little Lies". This was Dern's sixth nomination since 1992, and her first win.
Elisabeth Moss was nominated six times for her work playing Peggy Olson on Mad Men without winning, but longtime co-star Jon Hamm, who watched the show from home, had a strong sense that her role on The Handmaid's Tale would get recognized. A lot of people were expecting Chrissy Metz to win the Emmy in this category for her work on "This Is Us", which might be why Dowd was so surprised to win.
In his category, Ewan McGregor was the favorite to win for his role in season three of "Fargo". Still, let's take a moment to commemorate the other nominees for Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series at the 2017 Emmys. Lena Waithe became the first African-American woman to win for comedy writing.
Actor, Comedy Series: Donald Glover, "Atlanta".
The Emmy for outstanding television movie went to Netflix's "Black Mirror: San Junipero", which also won a prize for outstanding writing for a limited series or movie for Charlie Brooker. In addition to starring as the lead character Offred in the Hulu show, Elisabeth Moss also serves as producer.
Actress, Limited Series or Movie: Nicole Kidman, "Big Little Lies".
Waithe is one of several women to win statues at the 69th annual television awards ceremony.
But Elisabeth insisted afterwards she had given the "clean" version of her speech. It exists far more than we allow ourselves to know. "You have taught me that you can be kind and a f***ing badass".
Viewers are feeling the same way as some of us had tuned in for the actual awards so we could enjoy firsts like Nicole Kidman's first Emmy win and her subsequent lovely speech and call to awareness about domestic abuse.
HBO's "Big Little Lies" was the night's other big victor.