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The Best Of Emmys Over The Years

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The Emmy Awards, over the years, have been groundbreaking as far as attributing a diverse list of nominees for their brilliant performances on television is concerned. At the 2017 Emmys, glass ceilings were hammered into shards when The Academy honored its first African American woman Lena Waithe, giver her an Emmy for comedy writing for her work on Master of None, while Atlanta’s Donald Glover became the first African American Emmy-winning director.

The trend didn’t fade away. In fact, it continues in 2018 as Sandra Oh became the first woman of Asian descent to be nominated in the Lead Actress in a Drama category. The Academy gave her a nod for the BBC hit Killing Eve. In honor of the 2018 Emmy Awards airing September 17, here’s a throwback at a few other remarkable moments that give a meals history it’s golden color.

The One Where Kyle Chandler Won an Emmy

It was a victory long long overdue, yet still not predicted. Kyle Chandler only grabbed his award after the Friday Night Lights ended. Despite his commanding and impressive performance throughout the series’ long run, the Academy did not really acknowledge chandler’s prowess. Chandler’s remarkable portrayal of coach Taylor won him his fruit. It reinforced that hard work genuinely pays off. As Chandler did not have to walk out of the Emmys without gaining any recognition for a character he had invested so much into. As the announcement came out after a long wait of several years it was no less than a surprise. The moment was not just enthralling and delightful rather it had such an emotional impact on Friday Night Lights fans that they preserved it in their memory forever.

The One Where Ellen Degeneres Made Everyone Laugh Again

When the Emmys happened in 2001 the nation was still convalescing from a lethal calamity. Desolation and melancholy had seized control of the air and everyone was in low spirits. There was drab cheerlessness and everyone was pretty convinced that this despondency is to stay. After 9/11, being happy was deemed as a crime. And, everyone was so moved that they had refused enthusiasm and accepted mechanical work. Amidst such despair, the Emmys were supposed to celebrate the advent of a new Millennium. Renowned comedian Ellen DeGeneres was appointed to present this program. DeGeneres in a single award show gave America back its laughter. She through her regular comic antics presented the Emmys in a material fashion and ripped off soullessness from the ambience. DeGeneres is to be forever credited for giving television back its life at the Emmys.

The One Where Ricky Gervais Asked for His Award Back

Everything  Steve Carrell does is funny. So when he took the stage in 2007 to acknowledge the Emmy on behalf of Ricky Gervais in his absence, we knew Ricky would definitely make it a comic mess. And he did. The very next year, at the 2008 Emmy Awards he took the stage and demanded Steve give him his award back in a hilariously edgy epilogue.

The One Where Chandler Kisses Marie

The Emmy of 2003 is also popularly known as the Emmy of Kisses. Brad Garret’s passionate lip lock with Garry Shandling was already a highlight of the night. And, it had inspired a lot of appreciation. Later, the cast of FRIENDS ascended the stage to announce the nominees and winners of the Emmy category for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. Doris Roberts emerged as the most obvious winner for her brilliant portrayal of Marie in everybody loves Raymond. She was greeted warmly on the stage, but suddenly the warmth increased manifold as Matthew Perry planted a kiss on Roberts. Her reaction too was amazing. And she responded back in a typical Marie way.

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