With separate categories for actors and actresses, male and female performers are equally represented among 2017's Emmy nominees, but take a short hop over to the directing and writing categories and the awards are primarily a boys club.
Among the 114 writers nominated this year for drama series, comedy series, variety series and limited series, movie or dramatic special, only 21 are women. That's a hair over 18%.
Women are best represented when they're writing for a variety series: Of the 90 people named from the staffs of "Full Frontal With Samantha Bee," "Last Week Tonight With John Oliver," "Late Night With Seth Meyers," "The Late Show With Stephen Colbert" and "Saturday Night Live," 21 writers — 23.3% — are female.
Black is safe. Black is classy. And the black tuxedo for men is more than a century old. Yet some fashion-forward men gave the look a welcome update.
Emmy host Stephen Colbert wore a midnight blue two-button shawl collar wool and cashmere tuxedo as well as a classic black tux from Giorgio Armani, while nominees such as Bob Odenkirk and Geoffrey Rush wore midnight blue tuxedoes also from Giorgio Armani.
Chris Sullivan of "This Is Us" stepped out in a top hat and blue plaid dinner jacket from Brooks Brothers. Donald Glover made his amethyst jacket and trousers look like a modern classic.
But how did one of music's biggest young stars end up on TV's biggest night? Because he was a nominee.
Chance was up for the Emmy for original music and lyrics for "Last Christmas," from a "Saturday Night Live" sketch paying tribute to Run-DMC's holiday classic "Christmas in Hollis." (The award went to Common's song "Letter to the Free," from Ava DuVernay's "13th.")
Stephen Colbert kicked off the 69th Primetime Emmys with a Billy Crystal-esque opening number paying homage to some of the top nominees — singing and dancing with casts from "This Is Us" and "The Americans" — and then followed up with a politically charged monologue that could only have come from the host of "The Late Show."
On Donald Trump's much-stated desire to win an Emmy:
"But he never did. Unlike the presidency, Emmys go to the winner of the popular vote." (And as a follow-up: "Where do I find the courage to tell that joke in this room?")