The night of the annual primetime Emmy Awards is awaited by the television industry and fans alike, and like every year, this year’s Awards night proved to be historic with several new records being set in the TV world.
It won’t be wrong to say that the ceremony, which unfolded on Sunday night with Stephen Colbert as the host, belonged to women. This year’s Emmys saw big wins for shows with women in the lead as “The Handmaid’s Tale”, “Big Little Lies” and “Veep” were each showered with awards in various categories.
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Also, Lena Waithe became the first African-American woman to win an Emmy for her writing in “Master of None.”
Julia Louis-Dreyfus made history as she won ‘Best Actress in a Comedy Series’ for the sixth time for “Veep”, winning more Emmys for the same role than any actor.
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It was also expected that one or the other streaming services would win an Emmy for ‘Best Drama’. The competition was tough between Netflix’s “Stranger Things” and Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” but Hulu’s win came as a surprise to many.
The win in the drama category marks the first time a streaming series has earned the most prestigious prize at the awards. Not only this, the show also took home prizes for writing and direction.
Here’s a complete list of all the winners:
1. Outstanding Drama Series
“The Handmaid’s Tale”: The story is set in a dystopian future. A woman named Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, a totalitarian and theocratic state that has replaced the United States of America. Because of dangerously low reproduction rates, Handmaids are assigned to bear children for elite couples that have trouble conceiving.
2. Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series
Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid’s Tale): She stars as June Osborne/Offred, a Handmaid to Commander Fred Waterford and his wife.
3. Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series
Sterling K. Brown (This Is US): The TV series revolves around family lives and connections of several people who all share the same birthday and the ways in which they are similar and different.
4. Outstanding Limited Series
Big Little Lies: Ex-husbands and second wives, scandals and the dangerous little lies that are essential for survival, this mini-series will leave you wanting for more.
5. Outstanding Television movie
Black Mirror (San Junipero): This episode combines Black Mirror’s trademark futuristic vision with a beautifully told love story.
6. Outstanding Lead Actress In A Limited Series Or Movie
Nicole Kidman (Big Little Lies): She plays the role of Celeste Wright who is one of the three lead female protagonists of the limited series.
7. Outstanding Lead Actor In A Limited Series Or Movie
Riz Ahmed (The Night Of): It is an eight-part limited series that delves into the story of a fictitious murder case in New York.
8. Outstanding Comedy Series
Veep: This political satire follows a former senator and her team as they attempt to make their mark and leave a lasting legacy while juggling with the day-to-day political games that define the American government.
9. Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep): Julia stars as Selina Meyer, a former Maryland Senator who, in the beginning of the series, is the titular Vice President, or ‘Veep’.
10. Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Donald Glover (Atlanta): The show is about two cousins navigating their way in Atlanta’s rap scene in an effort to improve their lives and their families’.
11. Outstanding Variety Talk Series
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: An American late-night talk television program hosted by comedian, John Oliver takes a satirical look at news, politics and current events.
12. Outstanding Directing For A Variety Series
Don Roy King (Saturday Night Live) “Host- Jimmy Fallon”: Don has won seven Primetime Emmys (in a row) for his work.
13. Outstanding Writing For A Limited Series, Movie, Or Dramatic Special
Charlie Brooker, Black Mirror (San Junipero)
14. Outstanding Directing For A Drama Series
Reed Morano (The Handmaid’s Tale): She won her first Emmy for her work on the pilot of Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale”.
15. Outstanding Reality Competition Series
The Voice: Including this year’s win, this American reality television singing competition has won 4 Primetimes Emmy Awards.
16. Outstanding Writing For A Comedy Series
Aziz Ansari and Lena Waithe (Master of None – “Thanksgiving”): The “Thanksgiving” episode was one of the most talked-about pieces of comedy this year because of its empathy and attention to detail.
17. Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series
Ann Dowd (The Handmaid’s Tale): This was Ann’s first Emmy win; she won it for her supporting role as Aunt Lydia in “The Handmaid’s Tale”.
18. Outstanding Writing For A Variety Series
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
19. Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Limited Series Or TV Movie
Alexander Skarsgard (Big Little Lies): He plays the antagonist in the series.
20. Outstanding Directing For A Limited Series, Movie Or Dramatic Special
Jean-Marc Vallée (Big Little Lies): Jean, who is a well-known Quebec writer and director, won his first Emmy for his work as Director and Executive Producer of the show.
21. Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series
Alec Baldwin (Saturday Night Live): Alec won an Emmy for his portrayal of US President Donald Trump in season 42 of SNL.
22. Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series
Kate McKinnon (Saturday Night Live): McKinnon was praised particularly for her impression of Clinton and often faced off against Alec Baldwin portraying US President Donald Trump.
23. Outstanding Writing For A Drama Series
Bruce Miller (The Handmaid’s Tale)
24. Outstanding Variety Sketch Series
Saturday Night Live
25. Outstanding Directing For A Comedy Series
Donald Glover, Atlanta – “B.A.N.”
26. Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Limited Series Or TV Movie
Laura Dern (Big Little Lies)
27. Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series
John Lithgow (The Crown): The show focuses on Queen Elizabeth II, a newlywed faced with the daunting prospect of leading the world’s most famous monarchy, while forging a relationship with the legendary Prime Minister, Sir Winston Churchill, played by John.