Dave Chappelle Awards Donald Glover With Historic “Best Directing” Win For ‘Atlanta’
— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) September 18, 2017
From one comedy legend to a budding one in Donald Glover — the Atlanta creator’s win at the 69th Annual Emmys is true #BlackHistory.
Let’s get to the nitty-gritty, y’all: Donald Glover is the first black director to win for a comedy series… ever… and it was presented by fellow Emmy winner, Dave Chappelle. In all of the 69 years of the Primetime Emmys history, in a four-year streak where female directors were taking home the award — Donald Glover has made genuine history. Atlanta, the show he created and directed with his brother, Stephen Glover, and Hiro Murai, also marked the first time a director has won for a show he acted in.
Alan Alda was the last one to do that for M.A.S.H. in 1977.
Donald Glover is also up for three other Emmys tonight — lead actor in a comedy, comedy writing and as a producer of Atlanta — and we here @Okayplayer hopes he wins all of the awards. As you can see above, Donald accepted the award for Best Directing for a Comedy Series and thanked his parents, who he brought with him, his brother, FX, and his best friend Hiro Murai, who he credits with teaching him everything about directing.
“This really belongs to Hiro Murai,” Glover said. “He taught me everything about directing. He had the eye for this show and he’s just amazing. I really want to give this to Hiro and just say ‘I love you and thank you for being my best friend.’”
What made the moment even more heartfelt was seeing big brother Dave Chappelle—who won for his guest appearance on Saturday Night Live—present the award to Donald Glover.
Previously there have been three black directors who won Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series, but this all happened in the 1990s. Thomas Carter, who won twice for Equal Justice; Paris Barclay, who won twice for NYPD Blue, and Eric Laneuville, who won for I’ll Fly Away.
The man also known as Childish Gambino made his directorial debut on the sixth episode of Atlanta and also directed the seventh episode. But this isn’t all from the wunderkind creative, as he is both starring in the upcoming untitled Star Wars Han Solo film and The Lion King.