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Entertainment: Emmys: 'Big Little Lies,' 'Handmaid's Tale,' 'SNL' Dominate

Posted by On September 18, 2017

Emmys: 'Big Little Lies,' 'Handmaid's Tale,' 'SNL' Dominate


“Saturday Night Live” and “Big Little Lies” 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 “SNL” influence was present even before awards began being handed out.

In the highlight of ’s monologue, the night’s host introduced a surprise guest â€" former White House Press Secretary . In a reference to Melissa McCarthy’s popular “SNL” parody of him, Spicer wheeled a podium onstage. Colbert set Spicer up for a gag about the show’s ra tings.



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Calling back to his claims regarding Trump’s inauguration viewership, Spicer declared Sunday’s “the biggest audience to witness an period both in person and around the world!”

Accepting the variety-sketch award, series creator Lorne Michaels referenced the political climate that has powered the show recently. “I 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,” he said. “There would never be another season as crazy, as unpredictable, as frightening, as exhausting, or as exhilarating. Turns out I was wrong.” The show’s longtime helmer Don Roy King won for best director for a variety series. The wins extende d the number of Emmys for “Saturday Night Live” to 52 â€" more than any other show in television history. Between last weekends Creative Arts awards and Sunday’s ceremony, “SNL” took home nine Emmys, making it the year’s most decorated show.

Baldwin, in a shoutout to Trump’s longstanding disappointment over never having won an Emmy for “The Apprentice,” said as he accepted his award, “I suppose I should say, at long last, Mister President, here is your Emmy.”

Colbert, in his monologue, got plenty of digs in at Spicer’s former boss. “Unlike the presidency, Emmys go to the winner of the popular vote,” he joked, adding as cheers filled the room, “Where do I find the courage to tell that joke in this room?”

But Colbert also targeted his television peers, declaring, “Tonight we binge ourselves.” Adding Bill Maher’s 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 “because he’s so comfortable using the n-word.”

The host also implored winners to thank everyone who helped them get to the stage, “Namely ‘Game of Thrones’ for not being eligible this year.”

John Lithgow was the first winner of the evening, taking the best supporting drama actor award for his role as Winston Churchill in Netflix’s “The Crown.” 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 “Big Little Lies.” The HBO miniseries was also an early favorite with director Jean-Marc Vallee winning along with Alexander Skarsgård, who took a best supporting actor, miniseries or movie win.

Later in the show, Dern and Skarsgård’s 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. “Reese, I share this with you,” she said. “Without you, I would not be standing up here.” The crowning moment came in the show’s final 15 minutes, as Witherspoon and Kidman accepted the Emmy for best limited series on behalf of the show. “Big Little Lies” finished the Emmys with eight total wins.

Sterling K. Brown of “This Is Us” won the award for best actor in a drama series one year after winning in the limited-series category for “The People v. O.J. Simpson.” In an emotional acceptance speech that referenced, “Breaking Bad,” “Mad Men,” “Webster,” “Martin,” and “Homicide: Life on the Street,” for which Andre Braugher won an Emmy 19 years ago. “I 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.”

Elisabeth Moss then accepted the best drama-actress award for “The Handmaid’s Tale,” “Oh fâ€"k” 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 “and a fâ€"king badass.”

“The Handmaid’s Tale” then won the award for best drama series.

Donald Glover won the award for comedy directing for “Atlanta,” taking the first Emmy of his career.Glover later won again for best actor in a comedy series. “I want to thank Trump for making black people number one on the most oppressed list,” Glover joked when accepting the actor trophy. “He’s the reason I’m probably up here.”

Julia Louis-Dreyfus won for best comedy actress for “Veep,” her sixth win for playing politico Selena Meyer â€" the most ever for one performer in a single role. “We did have a whole storyline about an impeachment, but we abandoned that because were worried that someone might get to that first,” Louis-Dreyfus joked of the show’s upcoming final season, takin g aim, like others at Trump. “Veep” then won for best comedy series, its third consecutive win. Since 2007, only three shows have won best comedy series â€" “30 Rock,” “Modern Family,” and “Veep.”

Riz Ahmed won the award for best actor in TV miniseries or movie for HBO’s “The Night Of.”

The staff of “Last Week Tonight With John Oliver” 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 Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale,” taking home the award for outstanding writing in a drama.

Ann Dowd won the award for best supporting actress, also for “The Handmaid’s Tale.” In her acceptance speech, Dowd said, “I’ve been acting for a long time. that this should happen now, I don’t have the worlds, so I thank you.” Dowd beat out a competitive field that included Millie Bobby Brown of Netflix’s “St ranger Things” and Thandie Newton of HBO’s “Westworld.” 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 Netflix’s “Master of None,” making Waithe the first African-American woman to win an Emmy in the category.

“The Voice” won for reality-competition series. Charlie Brooker won for writing for a TV movie or miniseries for “Black Mirror: San Junipero.” Brooker accepted again later when “San Junipero” won for best TV movie.

Source: Google News

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