Trump then accused the Emmys of being rigged. Despite some clear jabs aimed at the 45th president, the show mostly avoided politics, which was unfortunate because it drew attention to host Stephen Colbert's somewhat lackluster performance in a show that relied on its winners to provide the night with truly memorable moments. "Turns out I was wrong".
The president's presence hovered throughout the evening, beginning with "Saturday Night Live's" strong showing, honoring Alec Baldwin - who played Trump on the show - and Kate McKinnon, who thanked her alter ego, Hillary Clinton, for her grace.
As Spencer went on to make a crack about the size of the audience present for the awards, the camera zoomed in on Melissa McCarthy, who looked just as shocked as the rest of us that this was actually happening. "But we're a really plugged in group of actors", he said. Trump took a verbal beating throughout the night, sure, but this comment is surely the most scathing. "'Thank you!' In some small way it manages that pain".
Female-driven murder drama "Big Little Lies" was another big victor, taking early limited series awards for supporting actors Laura Dern and Alexander Skarsgard, as well as for director Jean-Marc Vallee.
With his win, Glover becomes the first black person to nab an Emmy in the Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series category.
Ann Dowd appeared genuinely shocked and teary accepting a gong for her work on The Handmaid's Tale, named best supporting actress in a drama series. "The audience is counting on you", he said.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus won her sixth consecutive Emmy for playing a female egotistical presidential candidate on HBO's "Veep", one of the few repeat winners. Combined with Emmys she's won for "Seinfeld" and "New Adventures of Old Christine", that would tie her with Cloris Leachman as the most-winning Emmy performer ever.
Baldwin, who had won Emmy in 2008 and 2009 for his portrayal of Jack Donaghy on 30 Rock, defeated Louie Anderson, Tituss Burgess, Ty Burrell and Tony Hale and Matt Walsh to win the honour.