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September 18, 2017

When John Oliver tells his fans to tweet out a hashtag, they listen, which is why #DCPublicSchools started trending during Sunday night's Emmy awards.

It started with a joke by presenter Dave Chappelle, who said he hadn't gone to rehearsals and was going to have to lean on the teleprompter. "Shoutout to DC Public Schools," he added. A few segments later, the Last Week Tonight host took the stage when the show won an Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a variety series (and, later, Best Variety Talk Series), and said, "I would like to unexpectedly thank DC Public Schools, just to get it trending on Twitter for no reason."

Soon, #DCPublicSchools started trending, and the district's Twitter page got in on the action, first tweeting emojis at Chappelle, then Oliver, followed by a photo of an adorably surprised young student and the caption, "Us right now."

The district later said the shoutout was "an unexpected honor," and in a Twitter thank you speech gave props to its staff, students, and their families. Not wanting to waste their moment in the spotlight, they also shared a link that shared statistics and information on this "district on the rise." Catherine Garcia

September 18, 2017

Sunday was a good night for Veep — the show won the Emmy for Best Comedy Series, and star Julia Louis-Dreyfus won her sixth consecutive award for Best Actress in a comedy series for her portrayal of Selina Mayer.

Backstage, Louis-Dreyfus was optimistic when asked if the many Emmy wins by women this year are a sign of things to come. "Let's hope this is the beginning of something even better in our country — and in the world — because I think the world would be a better place if more women were in charge," she said.

Veep executive producer David Mandel also briefly touched on the parallels between the show's fictional leaders and the real occupant of the White House: "In our show, when Selina does something horrible or lies, she gets caught and actually pays a price for it." Catherine Garcia

September 17, 2017

The Handmaid's Tale was the big winner at Sunday night's Emmy awards in Los Angeles, coming in to the night with 13 nominations.

The show won for Outstanding Drama series; Elisabeth Moss won for Outstanding Lead Actress in a drama; Ann Dowd won for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a drama; Alexis Bledel won for Outstanding Guest Actress in a drama; Reed Morano won for directing a drama series; and Bruce Miller won for writing for a drama series.

Other winners include Sterling K. Brown of This Is Us for Best Lead Actor in a drama; Veep's Julia Louis-Dreyfus for Best Lead Actress in a comedy (the show also won for Best Comedy); and Big Little Lies for Best Limited Series. Last Week Tonight won Best Variety Talk Series and Outstanding Writing for a variety series, and Saturday Night Live's Kate McKinnon won for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a comedy. After a politics-fueled season, SNL also won for Outstanding Variety Sketch Series, Alec Baldwin won for Best Supporting Actor in a comedy series for his portrayal on the show of President Trump, and Don Roy King took home the award for directing for a variety series; SNL creator Lorne Michaels is the most Emmy-nominated person ever, with 78 nominations. For a list of all the night's winners, visit Variety. Catherine Garcia

September 17, 2017

Veep's Julia Louis-Dreyfus not only won the Emmy for Best Actress in a comedy, she also now holds the record for winning the most Emmys in the same category for the same role.

Louis-Dreyfus has won six years in a row, and now has a total of eight Emmy awards, tying with Cloris Leachman as the performer with the most wins for acting. In her acceptance speech, she joked that Veep, which will end with its next season, had "a whole storyline about an impeachment, but we were worried that someone else might get to it first." The wins kept coming for Veep — moments later, the show won the Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series. Catherine Garcia

September 17, 2017

With his Emmy win for Outstanding Director for a comedy series, Atlanta's Donald Glover became the first black person to receive the award.

Glover, who was nominated for four Emmys this year, also became the first director since MASH's Alan Alda in 1977 to win for a show he acted in, the Los Angeles Times reports. He wasn't the only one to have the distinction of breaking a barrier: Glover was up for the Outstanding Writing in a comedy series award, which ultimately went to Aziz Ansari and Lena Waithe for Master of None — making Waithe not only the first black woman to win that Emmy, but also the first to ever even be nominated. Catherine Garcia

September 17, 2017

Emmy host Stephen Colbert got the show started much like he does his show every night — poking fun at President Trump — but this time, he was joined by a onetime member of his administration.

As Melissa McCarthy watched, former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer came gliding onstage behind a lectern, there to help reassure Colbert about his ratings. "This will be the largest audience to witness an Emmys, period, both in person and around the world," he said. A pleased Colbert responded: "Wow, that really soothed my fragile ego. I can understand why you'd want one of these guys around." Cue Trump tweet in 3, 2, 1 ... Catherine Garcia

July 13, 2017

HBO's sci-fi western Westworld and NBC's Trump-bashing Saturday Night Live tied for the most 2017 Emmy nominations, earning 22 each. Netflix's Stranger Things followed up with 18 total nominations and will compete against Westworld, This Is Us, House of Cards, The Handmaid's Tale, The Crown, and Better Call Saul in the drama series category.

Atlanta, Black-ish, Master of None, Modern Family, Silicon Valley, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and Veep will vie for the title of best comedy series. HBO's Game of Thrones, which earned the most total nominations last year, isn't eligible this round due to its July premiere date.

Stephen Colbert will host the awards on Sept. 17 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS. Read Lili Loofbourow's recap of the Westworld finale here at The Week, watch Melissa McCarthy portray White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer on SNL here, or see the full list of nominees at Variety. Jeva Lange

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