Gold Derby editors and contributors can’t stifle what we think of every moment of the Emmy Awards. Here are live blog musings on the best, worst and craziest moments of Emmys 2017 from Chris Beachum, David Buchanan, Andrew Carden, Riley Chow, Marcus Dixon, Sam Eckmann, Zach Laws, Rob Licuria, Daniel Montgomery, Tom O’Neil, Paul Sheehan, Tony Ruiz and myself.
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ROB LICURIA: I told you so, I told you so, I told you so!!!! “The Handmaid’s Tale” WINS!!!!
AMANDA SPEARS: The sound of glass crashing and screaming is Netflix seething with jealousy!
BEST DRAMA SERIES: “The Handmaid’s Tale”
BEST DRAMA ACTRESS:Elizabeth Moss (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)
AMANDA SPEARS: The look of defeat on Kevin Spacey’s face says it all…I’m never going to win.
BEST DRAMA ACTOR: Sterling K. Brown (“This Is Us”)
BEST LIMITED SERIES: “Big Little Lies”
TOM O’BRIEN: I’m sorry, but does anyone think that tonight’s screaming announcer sounds like Garrett Morris doing “News for the Hard of Hearing” on the old “SNL”?
BEST TV MOVIE: “Black Mirror: San Junipero”
BEST LIMITED SERIES/TV MOVIE ACTRESS: Nicole Kidman (“Big Little Lies”)
AMANDA SPEARS: Vote Splitting? What happened to that? No more drinking game?
BEST LIMITED SERIES/TV MOVIE ACTOR: Riz Ahmed (“The Night Of”)
BEST COMEDY SERIES: “Veep”
AMANDA SPEARS: If you knew one category was going to be predictable and the other could be a new winner why go with predictable last?
BEST COMEDY ACTRESS: Julia Louis Dreyfus (“Veep”)
BEST COMEDY ACTOR: Donald Glover (“Atlanta”)
TOM O’NEIL: I share Chris’ outrage over the failure of these Emmys to give Queen MTM her proper salute. But yet it was lovely that they ended the In Memoriam segment with her closing the door and turning off the lights at WGM
AMANDA SPEARS: Variety goes as planned “SNL” and “John Oliver”
BEST VARIETY TALK SERIES: “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver”
ROB LICURIA: Hey, Craig Robinson and Adam Scott, hurry up with your banter! Emmy winners are being played off and we’re wasting precious seconds on this?
BEST VARIETY SERIES DIRECTING: Don Roy King (“Saturday Night Live”)
AMANDA SPEARS: I though they didn’t like TV Movies?
ROB LICURIA: Reed Morano wins for “The Handmaid’s Tale” against the odds and then “Black Mirror: San Junipero” wins too! I love these Emmys!!
BEST LIMITED SERIES/TV MOVIE WRITING: Charlie Booker (“Black Mirror: San Junipero”
ZACH LAWS: OK, I am seriously regretting switching my Best Drama Series prediction from “Handmaid’s Tale” to “Stranger Things.”
AMANDA SPEARS: It’s over…we now know who’s winning Drama Series.
BEST DRAMA DIRECTING: Reed Morano (“The Handmaid’s Tale: for the episode: “Offred” (Pilot)
BEST REALITY COMPETITION PROGRAM: “The Voice”
ROB LICURIA: Azusa Ansari and Lena Waithe winning for “Master of None” is such an inspiring moment for diversity and especially for comedy. Best comedy series of the year!!!
AMANDA SPEARS: Ansari is a class act allowing Waithe her moment!
ANDREW CARDEN: If only Angela Bassett won too!
BEST COMEDY WRITING: Aziz Ansari and Lena Waithe (“Master of None” for the episode: “Thanksgiving”)
TONY RUIZ: Ann Dowd’s win is spectacular. How lovely to see someone who is that genuinely shocked at winning!!
JOHN BENUTTY: Wait, so not only did our frontrunner Thandie Newton lose (ugh!), but the Emmys telecast also spelled her name wrong in her clip! She’s not Thandi!
ANDREW CARDEN: So…could “The Handmaid’s Tale” be winning Drama Series now? #AnnDowdRules
AMANDA SPEARS: I love a surprise! What an amazing win! “Leftovers Bump”?
BEST DRAMA SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Ann Dowd (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)
BEST VARIETY SERIES WRITING: “Last Week Tonight for John Oliver”
MARCUS DIXON: If you had just gone by Gold Derby’s combined predictions, you would be 8 for 8 right now. As a collective website, we’re batting 100%.
AMANDA SPEARS: Love a man that thanks his Mom!!
TONY RUIZ: Can we PLEASE have a ceremony hosted by Dolly, Jane, and Lily??
ROB LICURIA: OK, so Fox News just exploded after the “Nine To Five” reunion became a public denouncement of the president.
BEST LIMITED SERIES/TV MOVIE SUPPORTING ACTOR: Alexander Skarsgård (“Big Little Lies”)
AMANDA SPEARS: More is more in the Best Directing category!
TOM O’NEIL: These are turning into the Dream Emmys for anyone rooting for them to be Donald Trump’s Worst Nightmare!
BEST LIMITED SERIES/TV MOVIE DIRECTING: Jean Marc Vallée (“Big Little Lies”)
BEST COMEDY SUPPORTING ACTOR: Alec Baldwin (“Saturday Night Live”)
AMANDA SPEARS: I’m starting to feel uneasy I’m never six for six?!?
BEST DRAMA WRITING: Bruce Miller (“The Handmaid’s Tale” for the episode: “Offred” (Pilot)
TOM O’NEIL: What an idiot I am! Just 30 minutes before we shut down the Prediction Center at Gold Derby, I ditched Laura Dern for Regina King! I figured Dern had never won in the past. King won the past two times she was nommed for this same role … NO MORE LAST-MINUTE CHANGES in predictions, dear Derbyites!
MARCUS DIXON: I am 5 for 5 in my predictions so far. This. Never. Happens. Is this the end of the #DixonCurse?
ANDREW CARDEN: Lorne Michaels looks so overjoyed. So, so…kinda-sorta pleased?
BEST VARIETY SKETCH SERIES: “Saturday Night Live”
AMANDA SPEARS: Just in case you couldn’t understand the announcer Glover made history as the FIRST African American to win Comedy Directing.
BEST COMEDY DIRECTING: Donald Glover (“Atlanta” for the episode “B.A.N”)
BEST LIMITED SERIES/TV MOVIE SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Laura Dern (“Big Little Lies”)
ANDREW CARDEN: I hope Bruce Dern and Diane Ladd are partying so hard at home right now.
TONY RUIZ: Who is doing the announcing….and why are they YELLING??!!!
ROB LICURIA: I wonder how many viewers did a double take when Riz Ahmed started speaking on stage with his very British accent. And, Issa Rae is in the running for Best Dressed of the night!
CORDELL MARTIN: Issa Rae looks amazing!
BEST COMEDY SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Kate McKinnon (“Saturday Night Live”)
AMANDA SPEARS: Here’s hoping Leslie Jones pokes fun of losing to McKinnon during the season opener!
BEST DRAMA SUPPORTING ACTOR: John Lithgow (“The Crown”)
Colbert Opening and Monologue:
TOM O’NEIL — At first I was really worried for Stephen Colbert during that opening segment. While he was deft, polished and warm, his material was rather lukewarm till he fired up blow torches under Donald Trump. Suddenly hot! Ya!
ZACH LAWS: Shout out to Sean Spicer for being a good sport. The looks on everyone’s faces were PRICELESS!
AMANDA SPEARS: And the award for Best Sport goes too…..
ANDREW CARDEN: Ah, don’t we all long for the days when “The Amazing Race” would steamroll over “The Apprentice” at the Emmys?
CORDELL MARTIN: Colbert is killing this monologue!
AMANDA SPEARS: Who needs Neil Patrick Harris?!?
JOHN BENUTTY: This might be one the catchiest/best awards show opening song ever. And I said that before Chance the Rapper arrived to slay the bridge.
AMANDA SPEARS (8:00 pm ET): Welcome to the live blog everyone