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Monday, 18 September 2017

The Handmaid's Tale and Big Little Lies triumph at the 69th Emmy Awards

Last night in L.A. The 69th Primetime Emmy Awards took place and some of the evening's big winners were shows that we've previously championed on both the website and the podcast.


The Handmaid's Tale won arguably the biggest award of the night; Oustanding Drama Series whilst stars Elisabeth Moss and Ann Dowd went home with the awards for Outstanding Actress and Supporting Actress in a Drama Series respectively. Meanwhile, Reed Morano became the first woman in twenty-two years to win the Outstanding Direction in a Drama Series award for her role on the show. Elsewhere, Sterling K Brown was awarded the Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series  award for his role as Randall Pearson in This Us. Meanwhile, John Lithgow was named Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for portraying Winston Churchill in Netflix's The Crown.


Julia Louis-Dreyfus won her sixth consecutive Emmy for her portrayal of the hapless Selina Mayer in Veep which itself won the award for Outstanding Comedy Series. Donald Glover won the Outstanding Comedy Actor award for Atlanta whilst also winning award for his direction of the series. Meanwhile, Alec Baldwin and Kate McKinnon scooped the supporting awards in the comedy categories for spoofing Donald Trump and Hilary Clinton on Saturday Night Live. The long-running sketch show was also given the award for Outstanding Variety Sketch Series.


Big Little Lies was awarded the Emmy for Outstanding Limited Series whilst cast members Nicole Kidman, Laura Dern and Alexander Skarsgård were all honoured for their roles on the show. Britain's own Riz Ahmed won the Outstanding Actor in a Limited Series award for his role on HBO's The Night Of. Ahmed wasn't the only Brit to take home an award though as Charlie Brooker was given an award for writing the Black Mirror episode San Junipero which also won the award for Outstanding Made for TV Movie.


Aziz Ansari and Lena Waithe won the Outstanding Comedy Writing award for Netflix's Master of None with the latter becoming the first black woman ever to win an Emmy in that category. Other winners on the night included Last Week Tonight with Jon Oliver, which scooped two awards, and The Voice which triumphed in the Outstanding Reality-Competition show category.


The awards were held in the Microsoft Theater and were hosted by Stephen Colbert.

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