In a year that saw Game Of Thrones absent from the Emmy Awards for the first time in several years, the Hulu series The Handmaid’s Tale filled the void and took home TV’s biggest prize. The coveted Best Drama series winner also took home five other trophies, including Best Actress in a Drama series for Elisabeth Moss and Best Supporting Actress in a Drama series for Ann Dowd.
The most nominated series this year was Westworld with 22 nominations, but it didn’t take home a single trophy during the broadcast. Saturday Night Live was tied with it in nominations though, and picked up six, including Best Variety Sketch Series. Kate McKinnon and Alec Baldwin took home Best Supporting Actor and Actress in a Comedy Series trophies for their work in the long running series. Both were lauded for their portrayals of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump during the past season.
The Julia Louis-Dreyfus led series Veep once again took home the Best Comedy trophy, with the actress taking home her sixth consecutive Emmy for Best Actress in a Comedy. The win gave her sole possession of the record for most wins for playing the same role (she had been tied with Candice Bergen who won five Emmys for playing Murphy Brown). She is also now tied with Cloris Leachman for the most Emmy statues for a single performer with eight. Louis-Dreyfus had of course won an Emmy for Seinfeld and one for The New Adventures of Old Christine.
Other big winners on the night include Big Little Lies which won five trophies, and Master of None‘s Lena Waithe, who made history by becoming the first black woman to win a writing Emmy. Atlanta‘s Donald Glover also made history by becoming the first black director to win an Emmy for directing a comedy series. Not to be missed, This Is Us star Sterling K. Brown also took home an acting trophy, making him the the first black actor to win the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series award since 1998.
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