Emmys 2017: Stars Take to the Stage for Impassioned Pleas and Tributes

Stars took to the 69th Primetime Emmys 2017 Awards stage Sunday to support causes near and dear to their hearts, such as the arts, public schools, and equality for all races and genders. Speeches were often peppered with healthy doses of political opinions, and the name “Trump” was uttered a total of 468 times throughout the night. OK, we didn’t actually count, but you get the picture.

Here is a roundup of the stars who made impassioned pleas for causes near and dear to them.

Alec Baldwin made a plea for the arts.

Alec Baldwin at the Emmy Awards

Actor Alec Baldwin, winner of Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for Saturday Night Live, poses in the press room during the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 17, 2017 in Los Angeles. | Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images

Alec Baldwin received an Emmy for Outstanding Supporting actor in a Comedy Series for his work on Saturday Night Live portraying President Donald Trump. During his acceptance speech, Baldwin stressed the importance of the arts, referring to Trump’s proposed funding cuts for the National Endowment of the Arts this year.

“I always remember when someone told me that when you die, you don’t remember a bill that Congress passed or decision the Supreme Court made or an address made by then president,” Baldwin said.

“You remember a song, you remember a line from a movie, you remember a play, you remember a book, a painting, a poem – what we do is important, and for all of you out there in motion pictures and television, don’t stop doing what you’re doing. The audience is counting on you.”

Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman stumped for women.

Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon with Big Little Lies Cast

Actors Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon with cast and crew of Big Little Lies accept the Outstanding Limited Series award onstage during the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 17, 2017 in Los Angeles. | Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Reese Witherspoon produced and starred in Big Little Lies, and she accepted the role Sunday for Best Limited Series for the show. “It’s been an incredible year for women in television,” she mentioned during her speech, with co-star Nicole Kidman by her side. She also called on Hollywood to “bring women to the front of their own stories and make them the heroes of their own stories.” Kidman chimed in with, “So now, more great roles for women, please.”

Host Stephen Colbert Talked Trump throughout the night.

Emmys Host Stephen Colbert dances onstage.

Host Stephen Colbert dances onstage during the 69th Emmy Awards at the Microsoft Theatre on September 17, 2017 in Los Angeles. | Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images

The show’s host, Stephen Colbert, used Trump jokes as fodder for much of his monologue over the course of the show. “If he (Trump had won an Emmy, I bet he wouldn’t have run for president,” host Colbert told the audience.

“It’s your fault! He never forgave you and he never will. But unlike the presidency, the Emmys go to the winners of the popular vote,” Colbert quipped, referring to the 2016 election result.

Politics not only dominated the speeches, but also was tied in with awards, most prominently Saturday Night Live, which won the most Emmys overall after a season full of Donald Trump Spoofs.

Other stars who made mention of various causes and institutions included John Oliver, who, during his acceptance speech for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series for Last Week Tonight, asked the audience to tweet with #DCPublicSchools, after which the hashtag trended heavily on Twitter.