'Veep' and 'The Handmaid's Tale' win top Emmys

Aubrey Yates
September 19, 2017

"What was so wonderful", Kidman said, "is that we had so many people, men and women of different ages, watching the show that went far beyond what we expected". Luckily for us, we live in a time when Netflix's Grace and Frankie is on the air, dispelling those rumors one at a time.

Political aide Sean Spicer attends the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards Governors Ball at the Los Angeles Convention Center, in Los Angeles, on September 17, 2017.

When the series won the final award of the night, and the cast and crew were gathering on stage, Canada's Margaret Atwood was one of the last to arrive, and the audience, seeming to recognize her, reignited their applause.

"The outstanding drama category includes five debutants - "Westworld", "The Handmaid's Tale", NBC's family drama "This Is Us", and two Netflix shows, "Stranger Things" and British royal drama The Crown". "The last season was so fun to shoot and now that we all know each other a little bit more, it's even more exciting!"

On top of that that Moss, Ann Dowd and Alexis Bledel finally earned long overdue Emmys for their work on The Handmaid's Tale, which marked the first time a streaming network took home Outstanding Drama Series.

Fiona Dourif, star of BBC America's "Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency", told AFP she was now watching "The Handmaid's Tale" and hoped to see Moss rewarded, as well as "Stranger Things".

The 69th Primetime Emmy Awards, held here on Sunday, saw "SNL" dominating the awards with wins like Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (Baldwin), Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series (Kate McKinnon), Outstanding Variety Sketch Series and Outstanding Directing for a Variety Series. Politics and socio-cultural relevance won big-time!

Atlanta star Donald Glover scored another historic first by becoming the first black person to win an Emmy for directing a comedy show, while Master of None's Lena Waithe became the first African-American woman to win for comedy writing. And Black Mirror: San Junipero, the only episode of Black Mirror with a (sort of) happy ending, won Best TV Movie over HBO's The Wizard of Lies and The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.

Alec Baldwin won outstanding supporting actor for Saturday Night Live, in which he has scathingly portrayed US President Donald Trump.

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Actress, Limited Series or Movie: Nicole Kidman, "Big Little Lies".

She thanked the show for shining "a light on domestic abuse". He (in a tongue-in-cheek manner) said that was probably the reason he was standing there with his award.

"That's just plain rude", she said. They ditched it because they thought someone else might beat them to it. I'm the first African-American in 16 years nominated.

Canada shone brightly at Sunday night's Emmy Awards as "The Handmaid's Tale", "Big Little Lies" and "Saturday Night Live" were the top award winners.

Accepting the variety-sketch award, series creator Lorne Michaels referenced the political climate that has powered the show recently. "They get to have an interrogation".

Nicole Kidman looked like this at the Emmys (in a red tea-length Calvin Klein by Appointment frock). And once the company has gotten a new viewer past the considerable barrier of deciding to try a new streaming service, it becomes that much easier to keep them locked in with its other programming.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who made Emmy history by winning her sixth Emmy as a lead actress in a comedy, said that her sitcom "Veep", named best comedy for the third year in a row, had considered an upcoming story line about impeachment but "we were anxious someone else might get to it first".

Now that he's not employed with the Trump administration, former White House press secretary Sean Spicer really wants to be in (liberal) folks' good books - he walked on stage at the Emmys behind a podium, talking about the incredible size of the audience at the awards.

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