Emmys 2017: A full recap of what you saw and what you missed

The 69th Primetime Emmy Awards were handed out Sunday night, capping off another exciting season of television.

The big winners of the evening were Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale,” which took home the award for outstanding drama series, and eventually eight total Emmy awards. “Big Little Lies,” the HBO series that earned 16 nods, tied the series with another eight total wins.

Host Stephen Colbert set the night’s tone with a musical number that kicked-off his monologue called, “Everything’s Better on TV.” It featured some of our favorite TV shows, including “This Is Us,” “Veep,” “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” and “The Handmaid’s Tale.”

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Stephen Colbert opens the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles on Sept. 17, 2017.

But the most shocking moment of Colbert’s monologue is when he got help from former White House press secretary Sean Spicer. Not only did it get “Veep” star Anna Chlumsky out of her seat, it had Melissa McCarthy — who often parodied him this year on “Saturday Night Live” — to smirk.

Spicer, who resigned from his post back in July, made light of a tense moment from his first White House briefing, telling the audience: “This will be the largest audience to witness an Emmys — period.”

The Emmys Gets Political

The evening, which often referenced politics, got even more political when Alec Baldwin accepted his Emmy Award for his impersonation of Donald Trump on “Saturday Night Live,” which was nominated for an epic 22 awards.

“I should say, at long last Mr. President here is your Emmy,” Baldwin said onstage, referencing the fact that Trump tweeted back in 2014 that the awards show was “dishonest.”

The Emmys Makes History

Donald Glover

Speaking of Donald, another man of the same name made history Sunday night. Donald Glover became the first black director to win the award for outstanding directing for a comedy series for his FX show, “Atlanta.”

Glover said his award “really belongs to Hiro Murai,” the director who helped create music videos for his rap persona, Childish Gambino. “He had the eye for the show first, he’s really amazing. Thank you,” he said onstage.

He also went on to win the award for outstanding lead actor in a comedy series for his role as Earnest ‘Earn’ Marks, an ambitious yet struggling Atlanta resident who wants to make his cousin a famous rapper.

“It feels like a dream,” he said backstage of his wins. “I’m glad I was able to make history but that’s not what I was trying to do. I was…

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