The 2017 Primetime Emmy Awards were handed out Sunday night, with THE HANDMAID’S TALE and BIG LITTLE LIES emerging decidedly as the night’s big winners.
The Hulu dystopian drama won five awards, for Best Drama, Best Actress for Elisabeth Moss, Best Supporting Actress for Ann Dowd, Best Directing and Best Writing.
HBO’s miniseries, for its part, won Best Limited Series, Best Actress for Nicole Kidman, Best Supporting Actress for Laura Dern, Best Supporting Actor for Alexander Skarsgard and Best Directing.
FX’s Atlanta also did well, winning Donald Glover two of his three nominated category, for Best Directing and Best Comedy Actor.
Diversity was a major theme of the night, with Glover’s win marking the first time a black person has won the Best Directing category, and Master of None’s Lena Waithe becoming the first black woman to win Best Comedy Writing, with showrunner Aziz Ansari.
The Night Of’s Riz Ahmed also won Best Actor in a Limited Series, making him only the second actor of Asian descent to win an Emmy in the history of the awards show, while Glover’s win was also a long time coming, making him the first non-white actor to win a Best Comedy Actor trophy in more than 30 years.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus broke a record with her Best Comedy Actress win for Veep, which was her sixth for the role of Selina Meyer. She’s now the person with the most wins for a performance in the same series. The HBO political comedy also won Best Comedy, for the third straight year in a row.
HBO was the big winner of the year overall, taking home 29 Emmys, including last Sunday’s Creative Arts Emmys wins. Netflix also won big in 2017, coming in second with 20 wins, while NBC got 15 and Hulu got 10.
Here is a full list of the night’s winners.
Drama Supporting Actor: John Lithgow, The Crown
Comedy Supporting Actress: Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live
Movie/Limited Series Supporting Actress: Laura Dern, Big Little Lies
Comedy Directing: Donald Glover, Atlanta
Variety Sketch Series: Saturday Night Live
Drama Writing: Bruce Miller, The Handmaid’s Tale
Comedy Supporting Actor: Alec Baldwin, Saturday Night Live
Movie/Limited Series Directing: Jean-Marc Vallee, Big Little Lies
Movie/Limited Series Supporting Actor: Alexander Skarsgard, Big Little Lies
Variety Series Writing: Last Week Tonight With John Oliver
Drama Supporting Actress: Ann Dowd, The Handmaid’s Tale
Comedy Writing: Aziz Ansari and Lena Waithe, Master of None
Reality Competition Program: The Voice
Drama Directing: Reed Morano, The Handmaid’s Tale
Movie/Limited Series Writing: Charlie Brooker, Black Mirror
Variety Series Directing: Don Roy King, Saturday Night Live
Variety Talk Series: Last Week Tonight With John Oliver
Comedy Actor: Donald Glover, Atlanta
Comedy Actress: Julia Louis Dreyfus, Veep
Comedy Series: Veep
Movie/Limited Series Actor: Riz Ahmed, The Night Of
Movie/Limited Series Actress: Nicole Kidman, Big Little Lies
TV Movie: Black Mirror: San Junipero
Limited Series: Big Little Lies
Drama Actor: Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us
Drama Actress: Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid’s Tale
Drama Series: The Hadmaid’s Tale
Linda Ge | TV Editor