"Saturday Night Live" was named best variety sketch series, and also brought wins for Kate McKinnon and Melissa McCarthy's turn as former White House press secretary Sean Spicer.
"I get to work with the most remarkable people in the world, and I've learned how to tie a bowtie", he joked.
"Wow", Colbert replied. "That really soothes my fragile ego". While an ensemble show, Saturday Night Live won Outstanding Variety Sketch Series for what could be argued was largely thanks to Kate McKinnon's contribution as the season's MVP and two-time Emmy victor for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. Dern won for her role in the HBO series "Big Little Lies".
She began her speech by saying that in her career, which began when she was 11, she felt like she's never worked with as many women on screen. Out of breath, she also took a moment to thank the author who wrote the book and gave shout-outs to Hulu and MGM.
Britain's Riz Ahmed won his first Emmy for his role as a man who falls foul of the USA judicial system in HBO's crime limited series "The Night Of".
Matt Dunlap blasts Kris Kobach's voter fraud assertions at NH meeting
That suggestion generated some tough questioning from commission members, including Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap. He believes there was widespread voter fraud in the last election, including in the town he represents, Londonderry.
Accepting the coveted trophy, Julia said: "This is and continues to be the role of a lifetime and an adventure of utter utter joy", before praising her fellow nominees, Pamela Adlon, Jane Fonda, Allison Janney, Ellie Kemper, Tracee Ellis Ross and Lily Tomlin. Lithgow won for his role on the Netflix series "The Crown".
"I've been acting for a long time, and that this should happen now, I don't have the words, and I thank you", the 61-year-old Dowd said.
Lithgow thanked Churchill in his acceptance speech Sunday night.
Trump loomed over the ceremony as the target of multiple jokes.
The CBS late-night host had promised a political show, and his opening number did include jabs at negative news headlines.
The 2017 Emmy Awards was a show for the record books.