Emmy Awards 2017: Queens Of Small Screen Win Big

September 18, 2017

Sunday was all about the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards and it managed to add few historic milestones to show-biz history. The big winners included The Handmaid’s Tale, Atlanta, Big Little Lies, Black Mirror: “San Junipero”, Last Week Tonight With John Oliver.

It was a refreshing night filled with surprises. Many awards won by female-fronted dramas: Big Little Lies and The Handmaid’s Tale and marked a change of tide. Stephen Colbert hosted the show with a mix of politics and humor.

Big Little Lies" which dealt with domestic abuse, scooped up six trophies. "It's been an incredible year for women in television," said show's star and producer Reese Witherspoon. Nicole Kidman said the project came about because of the frustration that as women; "We weren't being offered great roles." "So, now, more great roles for women please," Kidman further said. Nicole won her very first Emmy for outstanding lead actress in a limited series or a movie and her on-screen husband, Alexander Skarsgard won the award for best supporting actor in a limited series or movie.

Hulu's dystopian drama "The Handmaid's Tale" won the Emmy for outstanding drama series. Further Elisabeth Moss won the lead actress Emmy for her performance in the adaptation of Margaret Atwood's novel.

Aziz Ansari and Lena Waithe win for Outstanding Writing for Comedy Series for Netflix’s Master of None. Lena Waithe became the first African American woman to win an Emmy for Best Writing as Aziz became the second Indian origin winner of an Emmy, after Archie Panjabi’s win in 2010 for The Good Wife.

Riz Ahmed’s win against Robert DeNiro in the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie category was another historic milestone. Julia Louis-Dreyfus won unprecedented sixth consecutive Emmy Award for her performance in "Veep". Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, and Dolly Parton received a standing ovation. Weeks after leaving his job, former White House press secretary Sean Spicer was onstage surprising the crowd.

The Emmy for outstanding variety talk series went to "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver" for the second consecutive year and Don Roy King got the Emmy for directing a variety series for "Saturday Night Live." Alec Baldwin bagged an Emmy for outstanding supporting actor in a comedy series for his work impersonating President Trump on "Saturday Night Live. "At long last, Mr. President, here is your Emmy," Baldwin quipped in his acceptance speech.

Winners list:

Drama Series

The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu)

Drama Actor

Sterling K. Brown (This Is Us)

Drama Actress

Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid’s Tale)

Comedy Series

Veep (HBO)

Comedy Actor

Donald Glover (Atlanta)

Comedy Actress

Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep)

Limited Series

Big Little Lies (HBO)

Limited Series Actor

Riz Ahmed (The Night Of)

Limited Series Actress

Nicole Kidman (Big Little Lies)

TV Movie

Black Mirror (Netflix)

Variety Talk Series

Last Week Tonight With John Oliver (HBO)

Variety Sketch Series

Saturday Night Live

Reality Competition

The Voice (NBC)

Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

John Lithgow (The Crown)

Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

Kate McKinnon (Saturday Night Live)

Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie

Laura Dern (Big Little Lies)

Directing for a Comedy Series

Donald Glover (Atlanta)

Writing for a Drama Series

Bruce Miller (The Handmaid’s Tale)

Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

Alec Baldwin (Saturday Night Live)

Directing for a Limited Series, Movie or Dramatic Special

Jean-Marc Vallee (Big Little Lies)

Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie

Alexander Skarsgård (Big Little Lies)

Writing for a Variety Series

Kevin Avery, Tim Carvell, Josh Gondelman, Dan Gurewitch, Geoff Haggerty, Jeff Maurer, John Oliver, Scott Sherman, Will Tracy, Jill Twiss & Juli Weiner (Last Week Tonight with John Oliver)

Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Ann Dowd (The Handmaid’s Tale)

Writing for a Comedy Series

Aziz Ansari and Lena Waithe (Master of None)

Directing for a Drama Series

Reed Morano (The Handmaid’s Tale)

Writing for a Limited Series, Movie or Drama

Charlie Brooker (Black Mirror: San Junipero)

Directing for a Variety Series

Don Roy King (Saturday Night Live)

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