Emmys: 'Big Little Lies,' 'Handmaid's Tale,' 'SNL' Dominate
âSaturday Night Liveâ and âBig Little Liesâ dominated early Sunday at the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards.
Kate McKinnon and Alec Baldwin took home best supporting comedy actress and actor awards for their work on the NBC comedy franchise, which also won for best variety sketch program. But the âSNLâ influence was present even before awards began being handed out.
In the highlight of âs monologue, the nightâs host introduced a surprise guest â" former White House Press Secretary . In a reference to Melissa McCarthyâs popular âSNLâ parody of him, Spicer wheeled a podium onstage. Colbert set Spicer up for a gag about the showâs ra tings.
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Calling back to his claims regarding Trumpâs inauguration viewership, Spicer declared Sundayâs âthe biggest audience to witness an period both in person and around the world!â
Accepting the variety-sketch award, series creator Lorne Michaels referenced the political climate that has powered the show recently. âI remember the first time we won this award, it was after our first season in 1975, and I remember thinking as I was standing there alone, that this was it, this was the high point,â he said. âThere would never be another season as crazy, as unpredictable, as frightening, as exhausting, or as exhilarating. Turns out I was wrong.â The showâs longtime helmer Don Roy King won for best director for a variety series. The wins extende d the number of Emmys for âSaturday Night Liveâ to 52 â" more than any other show in television history. Between last weekends Creative Arts awards and Sundayâs ceremony, âSNLâ took home nine Emmys, making it the yearâs most decorated show.
Baldwin, in a shoutout to Trumpâs longstanding disappointment over never having won an Emmy for âThe Apprentice,â said as he accepted his award, âI suppose I should say, at long last, Mister President, here is your Emmy.â
Colbert, in his monologue, got plenty of digs in at Spicerâs former boss. âUnlike the presidency, Emmys go to the winner of the popular vote,â he joked, adding as cheers filled the room, âWhere do I find the courage to tell that joke in this room?â
But Colbert also targeted his television peers, declaring, âTonight we binge ourselves.â Adding Bill Maherâs name as he rattled off a list of black actors nominated Sunday night, Colbert said â" referencing the controversy t hat embroiled the HBO host this year â" that Maher must be black âbecause heâs so comfortable using the n-word.â
The host also implored winners to thank everyone who helped them get to the stage, âNamely âGame of Thronesâ for not being eligible this year.â
John Lithgow was the first winner of the evening, taking the best supporting drama actor award for his role as Winston Churchill in Netflixâs âThe Crown.â It was the sixth Emmy win for Lithgow in his career.
The Emmy for best supporting actress in a drama went to Laura Dern for âBig Little Lies.â The HBO miniseries was also an early favorite with director Jean-Marc Vallee winning along with Alexander SkarsgÃ¥rd, who took a best supporting actor, miniseries or movie win.
Later in the show, Dern and SkarsgÃ¥rdâs castmate Nicole Kidman won best drama actress. Kidman began her acceptance speech by thanking her co-star Reese Witherspoon, who was also nominated in the category. âReese, I share this with you,â she said. âWithout you, I would not be standing up here.â The crowning moment came in the showâs final 15 minutes, as Witherspoon and Kidman accepted the Emmy for best limited series on behalf of the show. âBig Little Liesâ finished the Emmys with eight total wins.
Sterling K. Brown of âThis Is Usâ won the award for best actor in a drama series one year after winning in the limited-series category for âThe People v. O.J. Simpson.â In an emotional acceptance speech that referenced, âBreaking Bad,â âMad Men,â âWebster,â âMartin,â and âHomicide: Life on the Street,â for which Andre Braugher won an Emmy 19 years ago. âI just wanted to say Mister Braugher whether it was at Stanford university or on this Emmy stage, it is a supreme honor to follow in your footsteps.â
Elisabeth Moss then accepted the best drama-actress award for âThe Handmaidâs Tale,â âOh fâ"kâ Moss said as she accepted the award. She dropped another f-bomb a minute later when she thanked her mother for teaching her that a woman can be kind and strong âand a fâ"king badass.â
âThe Handmaidâs Taleâ then won the award for best drama series.
Donald Glover won the award for comedy directing for âAtlanta,â taking the first Emmy of his career.Glover later won again for best actor in a comedy series. âI want to thank Trump for making black people number one on the most oppressed list,â Glover joked when accepting the actor trophy. âHeâs the reason Iâm probably up here.â
Julia Louis-Dreyfus won for best comedy actress for âVeep,â her sixth win for playing politico Selena Meyer â" the most ever for one performer in a single role. âWe did have a whole storyline about an impeachment, but we abandoned that because were worried that someone might get to that first,â Louis-Dreyfus joked of the showâs upcoming final season, takin g aim, like others at Trump. âVeepâ then won for best comedy series, its third consecutive win. Since 2007, only three shows have won best comedy series â" â30 Rock,â âModern Family,â and âVeep.â
Riz Ahmed won the award for best actor in TV miniseries or movie for HBOâs âThe Night Of.â
The staff of âLast Week Tonight With John Oliverâ won best writing for a variety-talk series. The show also won for variety-talk series, just one week after HBO renewed the series through 2020.
Bruce Miller won the first award for Huluâs âThe Handmaidâs Tale,â taking home the award for outstanding writing in a drama.
Ann Dowd won the award for best supporting actress, also for âThe Handmaidâs Tale.â In her acceptance speech, Dowd said, âIâve been acting for a long time. that this should happen now, I donât have the worlds, so I thank you.â Dowd beat out a competitive field that included Millie Bobby Brown of Netflixâs âSt ranger Thingsâ and Thandie Newton of HBOâs âWestworld.â The Hulu drama continued to notch victories as the night went on, with Reed Morano winninfor drama-series director.
Lena Waithe and show co-creator and star Aziz Ansari won for best comedy series writing for Netflixâs âMaster of None,â making Waithe the first African-American woman to win an Emmy in the category.
âThe Voiceâ won for reality-competition series. Charlie Brooker won for writing for a TV movie or miniseries for âBlack Mirror: San Junipero.â Brooker accepted again later when âSan Juniperoâ won for best TV movie.Source: Google News