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Emmys 2017: The 5 Big Moments We're All Talking About

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09/18/2017 09:12 EDT | Updated 09/18/2017 15:28 EDT
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Lily Tomlin, Dolly Parton and Jane Fonda present the award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or a Movie at the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards, September 17, 2017. (REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni)

It was a night of glam frocks, political virtue-signaling, and an R-rated speech, with Elisabeth Moss turning the air blue and Dolly Parton talking about sex toys.

After all 27 awards were given out, there were some shocked shows going home empty-handed but — as usual — entertainment was the big winner.

Here are five of the most memorable moments from Sunday's 69th Primetime Emmy Awards.

- '9 to 5' reunion -

Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin ripped into U.S. President Donald Trump, likening him to the sexist boss in their 1980 comedy movie "9 to 5."

"Back in 1980 in that movie, we refused to be controlled by a sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot," said Fonda.

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Lily Tomlin, Dolly Parton, and Jane Fonda speak during the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on September 17, 2017 in Los Angeles. (Lester Cohen/WireImage)

"And in 2017, we still refuse to be controlled by a sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot," Tomlin added.

Not to be upstaged, Dolly Parton said she wanted one of the vibrators from Tomlin and Fonda's TV show, "Grace and Frankie."

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- Colbert's Trump barbs -

On a night where the speeches that didn't mention Trump were the ones that stood out, Colbert probably had the most biting line of the night for the POTUS.

"Unlike the presidency, the Emmys go to the winner of the popular vote," Colbert joked.

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Host Stephen Colbert dances onstage during the 69th Emmy Awards at the Microsoft Theatre on September 17, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)

Alec Baldwin, winner of best supporting actor in a comedy for his Trump impersonation, was a strong runner-up.

"I suppose I should say at long last, Mr. President, here is your Emmy," he joked, in a dig at Trump's oft-stated annoyance at never having won a statuette for NBC reality show "The Apprentice" or its celebrity spin-off.

- Kidman on domestic abuse -

The humour was never in short supply but the night was also notable for its more sober moments, when several actors spoke out in praise of the diversity at this year's awards.

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Nicole Kidman accepts the award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie for 'Big Little Lies' onstage during the 69th Emmy Awards on September 17, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)

Nicole Kidman used her moment in the spotlight to bring attention to the issue of domestic violence, explored in her miniseries "Big Little Lies," which took home five Emmys.

"We've shone a light on domestic abuse. It's a complicated, insidious disease. It exists far more than we allow ourselves to know."

- Sean Spicer's cameo -

The surprise appearance of embattled former White House press secretary Sean Spicer was as remarkable for the shocked expressions among the celebs as it was for the spin-meister's chutzpah.

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Former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer speaks onstage during the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on September 17, 2017 in Los Angeles. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Melissa McCarthy, who won an Emmy for her impersonations of Spicer on "Saturday Nigh Live" looked like she might have seen a ghost while Anna Chlumsky's wide-mouthed gawp went viral.

- History-maker -

Presenters and honorees alike noted approvingly the diversity of the nominees and winners, and the stand-out moment was perhaps Lena Waithe making history.

She became the first African American woman to take home an Emmy for comedy writing when she and fellow scribe Aziz Ansari were awarded for the "Master of None" episode "Thanksgiving."

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Aziz Ansari and Lena Waithe accept the award for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series for 'Master of None' onstage during the 69th Emmy Awards on September 17, 2017 in Los Angeles. (FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)

"The things that make us different, those are our superpowers," she said about the episode, which described her own coming out to her family.

"Every day when you walk out the door, put on your imaginary cape and go out there and conquer the world because the world would not be as beautiful as it is if we weren't in it."

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