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.
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.
Despite the two twins, Atlanta failed to take best comedy series from repeat champion Veep.
Atlanta, which offers up a surreal take on Atlanta’s rap scene, won the Golden Globe for best comedy series as well as the comedy actor trophy for Glover last January.
The FX comedy, which will start shooting the second season in about a month, racked up six total nominations for the basic cable network – including best comedy, best actor in a comedy, best directing for a comedy and best writing for a comedy.
“The series is wholly original in that it’s an existential young black comedy about surviving the day – without explicitly trying to be representative of any of those things. Its simplicity and execution are shockingly self-assured as it avoids being pigeonholed,” he wrote.
In between Community and Atlanta, Glover headlined a semi-autobiographical comedy for NBC in 2012.
The Atlanta writers room moved to London, where the Lucasfilm movie was being shot, in order to write the second season near Glover.