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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Alec Baldwin may have spoken loudly when accepting his Emmy Award for best comedy supporting actor, but he was quieter when collecting his actual award backstage.

He signed his name and thoughtfully examined the statuette closely at the trophy table backstage Sunday. The actor asked if the engraved nameplate would be mailed to him and a television academy worker told him he could have it attached at the Governors Ball after the show.

Baldwin practically whispered his thanks before disappearing down the hall.

-- Sandy Cohen, (at)APSandy on Twitter


LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Alec Baldwin is the winner of the Emmy Award for comedy supporting actor for his role on "Saturday Night Live."

Baldwin started out his acceptance speech night by ribbing Donald Trump, saying the president finally has his Emmy.

The actor's impersonations of Trump have propelled "SNL" to its best season in years, bringing in viewers and also Emmy glory. Baldwin's win is the third win for "Saturday Night Live" during Sunday's show.


LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Former White House press secretary Sean Spicer's surprise Emmys appearance nearly upstaged host Stephen Colbert.

Spicer rolled onto the stage Sunday night to declare Sunday's Emmy telecast the most watched ever.

A raucous Emmy audience inside the Microsoft Theater laughed loudly and often as Colbert, not surprisingly, made President Donald Trump the butt of one joke after another. But the audience gasped with genuine surprise when Colbert called out Spicer to ask how big a crowd was watching the Emmys and he responded that it was the largest ever in a statement similar to his widely mocked claim that Trump's inauguration drew the largest crowd ever.

No one in the audience looked more stunned than Melissa McCarthy who repeatedly mocked Spicer's performance as press secretary on "Saturday Night Live" and won an Emmy Award for her cameos last week.

-- John Rogers


LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The outstanding variety sketch series Emmy Award has been awarded to "Saturday Night Live."

The show has already won two honors Sunday night, with comedian Kate McKinnon winning the best supporting actress in a comedy series earlier in the evening.

The NBC series was nominated for 22 Emmy nominations this year, and has seen ratings success with its pointed political humor featuring McKinnon as Hillary Clinton and Alec Baldwin as Donald Trump.


LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Former White House press secretary Sean Spicer made a surprise appearance at the Emmy Awards during host Stephen Colbert's monologue.

Colbert set it up by saying he had no idea how many people would be watching the Emmys, then Spicer wheeled a podium out on stage -- a reference to Melissa McCarthy's memorable impersonation of President Trump's ex-spokesman on "Saturday Night Live."

"This will be the largest audience to witness an Emmys, period, in person and around the world," Spicer said.

That, of course, recalled Spicer's Trump-ordered claims about the bigness of Trump's Inauguration Day crowd.

"Wow," Colbert replied. "That really soothes my fragile ego."


LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Laura Dern has won the Emmy Award for best supporting actress in a limited series. Dern won for her role in the HBO series "Big Little Lies."

It is the actress' first Emmy win.

She began her speech by saying that in her career, which began when she was 11, she felt like she's never worked with as many women on screen.

She also thanked her co-stars Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon and Shailene Woodley.


LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The supporting comedy actress Emmy has been awarded to Kate McKinnon.

McKinnon won for her role in the NBC series "Saturday Night Live."

The actress played presidential candidate Hillary Clinton during the most recent season, and thanked Clinton during her acceptance speech.

She teared up as she gave her thanks Sunday night.


LOS ANGELES (AP) -- John Lithgow is the winner of the Emmy Award for best drama series supporting actor. Lithgow won for his role on the Netflix series "The Crown."

The actor calls the win the latest gift from the series, in which he played Winston Churchill as he advises the newly installed Queen Elizabeth II.

Lithgow thanked Churchill in his acceptance speech Sunday night.

It's Lithgow's sixth career Emmy.


LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Emmy Awards host Stephen Colbert has taken a jab at President Donald Trump in his opening monologue.

Colbert thanked the president for tuning in Sunday, joking that Trump is the only one who has enough time to keep current on all that's going on in television nowadays.

Colbert adds he's "looking forward to the tweets."

The CBS late-night host had promised a political show, and his opening number did include jabs at negative news headlines.

Colbert also went on a lengthy riff on Trump, blaming Emmy voters for not giving the president an Emmy. Colbert told the crowd, "This is all your fault."

The host also played a clip of Trump commenting during a presidential debate that he should have been awarded an Emmy before joking that Emmys go to the winner of the popular vote.

The host wasn't all serious: He took time to thank first responders to hurricanes Harvey and Irma, and urged people to donate to disaster recovery.


LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Stephen Colbert has started the 2017 Emmy Awards with a musical number.

The musical bit included cameos from the "This Is Us" cast, a nod to "Stranger Things" and "A Handmaid's Tale" as well as an appearance from Chance the Rapper.

It also included a couple jabs at politics and negative headlines.

The number was met with thunderous applause.

Colbert promised the ceremony honoring the best actors and shows on television would be political in the days before Sunday's ceremony broadcasting live from the Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles.(backslash)


LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A half an hour to showtime, the Microsoft Theater lobby is suffering a serious case of gridlock as people begin to scramble for seats while others gobble down boxes of popcorn they picked up at one of the concession stands.

While the big screens above the stage that will show the broadcast display trivia questions, an anonymous voice interrupts the endless jazz pop soundtrack playing in the theater to repeat every minute or two, "Ladies and gentlemen, please take your seats, the show will begin shortly."

-- John Rogers


LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Men's fashions at awards shows tend to be pretty staid, but "This Is Us"' star Chris Sullivan has upped the ante by sporting both a top hat and cane on the Emmys red carpet Sunday.

Sullivan mugged for the cameras with the cane, but the top hat was a late addition to his wardrobe. Sullivan says he spotted it in a shop on Saturday and said, "This is happening."

His "This Is Us" co-star Ron Cephas Jones arrived in a white tuxedo jacket and left his bow tie undone as he posed for photographers.

One of the more colorful men's fashion choices came from one of the younger "Stranger Things" stars, Caleb McLaughlin, who wore a purple tuxedo jacket.

-- Sandy Cohen, (at)APSandy on Twitter


LOS ANGELES (AP) -- It's less than an hour to showtime, and the Microsoft Theater resembles a ghost town as celebrities ignore the requests from security guards to move inside, choosing instead to stop and chat with friends, family and each other.

Anthony Anderson embraces a friend warmly after wrapping up a red carpet interview with the cast of "black-ish" while nearby William H. Macy and wife Felicity Huffman pose for cellphone photos with friends. "Oh come on, get in the photo," Huffman says to a friend who tries to step aside when an official red carpet photographer joins the shoot.

Those who make it inside are greeted by what is essentially a giant cocktail lounge.

Attendees are standing in lines a dozen or more deep, hoping to grab a quick drink before heading for their seats. Bottled water that was free outside is going for $5 a pop at the theater lounge.

-- John Rogers


LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The biggest traffic jam in Los Angeles might be on the Emmy red carpet.

Stars were gridlocked Sunday on their way into the auditorium with just over an hour to go until the show started.

In the crowd Felicity Huffman and William H. Macy chatted with Giancarlo Esposito, Tatiana Maslany checked her phone and Chris Hardwick snapped a photo of the crush of people ahead of him, including Uzo Aduba, Michael Kelly and Zach Woods.

By the time stars arrive on the carpet, they've often spent hours preparing for the ceremony.

Huffman and Macy, who are married, said preparing for the Emmys was a family affair. Both actors are nominated -- Macy for his work on "Shameless" and Huffman for her role on "American Crime."

Huffman says, "I was in hair and makeup at 10:30."

Macy says, "We had music on. I took a picture of everyone. It was sort of sweet."

-- Sandy Cohen, (at)APSandy and Lindsey Bahr, (at)ldbahr on Twitter


LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Sterling K. Brown says his Emmy nomination for "This Is Us" feels different from his experience last year.

Brown won last year for his role as O.J. Simpson prosecutor Christopher Darden in the limited series "People v O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story."

The actor is nominated this year in one of the night's top acting honors: best drama actor for the NBC series.

Brown says, "It does feel different but for different reasons. I'm the first African American in 16 years nominated, that kind of blows my mind."

The last African-American actor to win in the category was Andre Braugher in 2001 for "Gideon's Crossing." Braugher also won in 1998 for "Homicide: Life on the Street."

-- Sandy Cohen, (at)APSandy on Twitter


LOS ANGELES (AP) -- "Saturday Night Live" star Aidy Bryant says there will come a day when Melissa McCarthy will return to the show.

Speaking to The Associated Press Sunday on the bustling Emmys red carpet and flanked by male co-stars Beck Bennett, Pete Davidson, Kyle Mooney and show writer Mikey Day, who she called her barbershop quartet, Bryant said they missed McCarthy. She called the actress a powerhouse.

"Saturday Night Live" has 22 nominations, and McCarthy has already won for her recurring guest appearance as former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer.

As for the upcoming season, Mooney says not to worry and to trust the process. Plus, Bennett adds: they've got Ryan Gosling for their season premiere later this month.

-- Lindsey Bahr, (at)ldbahr on Twitter


LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The child stars of Netflix phenomenon "Stranger Things" are sticking together at the Emmys.

Gaten Matarazzo and Finn Wolfhard stayed close walking down the red carpet Sunday in the lead up to Sunday's ceremony, where "Stranger Things" is up for best drama.

The pair was joined by Noah Schnapp and Caleb McLaughlin for photos, with McLaughlin sporting a vibrant purple tuxedo jacket.

"Saturday Night Live" cast members Pete Davidson and Kyle Mooney also braved the carpet together.

-- Lindsey Bahr, (at)ldbahr on Twitter


LOS ANGELES (AP) -- "Billy on the Street's" Billy Eichner has a fan in Jackie Hoffman.

The "Feud" star crossed paths with Eichner on the Emmys red carpet Sunday shouting "Billy! Billy! Over here!"

Eichner, a nominee, laughed and waved and made his way to an area where he was photographed repeatedly.

Elsewhere "Top Chef's" Gail Simmons powdered her nose before facing the cameras, while E! red carpet correspondent Giuliana Rancic adjusted her black tulle gown.

-- Lindsey Bahr, (at)ldbahr on Twitter


LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Emmy nominees Sterling K. Brown and Jackie Hoffman are among the first nominees to walk the red carpet on Sunday.

The actors posed for photographs on the red carpet as publicists and security readied for the deluge of stars expected for the show. The red carpet for the first time is tented and air conditioned to provide for some relief from the usually warm temperatures in Los Angeles in September. The temperatures are in the 70s on Sunday and the air conditioning was a welcome respite from recent years of sweltering Emmys red carpets.

Another early arrival was "Modern Family" star Rico Rodriguez.

Hoffman, who is nominated for the FX series "Feud: Bette and Joan" says she's "less freak-out nervous" now that all the pre-Emmy festivities are over and she's finally at the big show. She says she'll be happy to accept anyone's Emmy for them tonight, but is most excited about the chance to claim her own.


LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The Emmy ceremony is about winners and losers. But expect politics and a cheeky turn by host Stephen Colbert too.

Colbert says that Sunday's Emmys are a celebration of TV, and that President Donald Trump was TV's biggest star in the past year.

Colbert also vowed to show his nude rear, or at least part of it, in the opening musical number.

Nominees for the top drama series Emmy include the warm-hearted "This Is Us" and the dark "The Handmaid's Tale."

Among comedy contenders, political satire "Veep" is the favorite after two consecutive wins. Star Julia Louis-Dreyfus could claim the best comedy actress trophy for the sixth time for her role.

The 69th prime-time Emmy Awards air at 8 p.m. Eastern Sunday on CBS.



 
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