On Sept. 17, Alec Baldwin won the 2017 Emmy Award for the best supporting actor in a comedy series for his portrayal of President Donald Trump on the most recent season of "Saturday Night Live" (video below).
Baldwin's recurring appearances helped "SNL" have one of its most-watched seasons in years, reports CNN. When he hosted the show for a record 17th time in February, it got a bigger rating than when Trump hosted in November 2015.
His fellow Emmy nominees were Louie Anderson ("Baskets"), Ty Burrell ("Modern Family"), Tituss Burgess ("Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt"), Tony Hale ("Veep"), and Matt Walsh ("Veep").
Baldwin led off his acceptance speech with a jab at the president, as quoted by The New York Times.
"I suppose I should say, At long last, Mr. President, here is your Emmy," said the actor.
He went on to describe Trump as a form of human birth control.
"My wife and I had three children in three years and we didn't have a child last year during the SNL season. I wonder if there is a correlation there. All you men up there, you put that orange wig on, it's birth control, trust me."
Baldwin ended his speech on a more serious note, saying that "when you die you don't remember a bill that Congress passed or a decision the Supreme Court made, or an address made by the president."
He contrasted that to the arts. "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 are doing. The audience is counting on you."
Baldwin told The New York Times that he receives $1,400 each time he portrays Trump on "SNL" -- compared to the $15 million per season that he earned as a star on the television series "30 Rock," notes Forbes.
His first parodied Trump on the show in Oct. 2016, and reprised the role four more times before the presidential election, assuming that he wouldn't be doing it after the election, based on the assumption that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's victory was inevitable.
Judging from Trump's reactions on Twitter, he takes Baldwin's imitations of him seriously. Prior to the election, in Oct. 2016, he tweeted: "Watched Saturday night Live hit job on me. Time to retire the boring and unfunny show. Alec Baldwin portrayal stinks. Media rigging election!"
Following an episode that aired after his election, Trump again tweeted his opinion of the show. "Just tried watching Saturday Night Live -- unwatchable! Totally biased, not funny and the Baldwin impersonation just can't get any worse. Sad."