Ways the 2017 Emmys broke barriers

By many accounts, Sunday night’s Emmy Awards was historic — including for women, Hulu and diversity.

Female-driven shows were the night’s big winners. “The Handmaid’s Tale” won a total of eight Emmys, including the award for outstanding drama series, earning a place in history for Hulu as the first streaming service to win a best series award. Star Elisabeth Moss also won her first Emmy — after nine nominations — for her role as Offred in the dystopian drama about a future when the few women who are able to bear children are rounded up and forced to become surrogates for the ruling class.

HBO’s “Big Little Lies,” with its powerhouse female ensemble cast led by Nicole Kidman, Laura Dern and Reese Witherspoon, was the night’s other big winner, tying with a total of eight Emmys, including outstanding limited series.

Then there were the female stars who made history last night. Keep reading for more on who made history at the 2017 Emmy Awards.

Lena Waithe

Lena Waithe became the first black woman to receive a nomination for best writing for a comedy series — “Master of None” — and the first to win. She was recognized, along with series star Aziz Ansari. The two co-wrote and starred in the Netflix series’ “Thanksgiving” episode, based on Waithe’s real-life coming out story.

“My LGBTQI family,” she said, accepting her award, “I see each and every one of you. The things that make us different, those are our superpowers.”

Julia Louis-Dreyfus

“Veep” star Julia Louis-Dreyfus made history as the first performer to win six Emmys for the same role after winning the best actress in a comedy series award again this year for playing Selina Meyer in the HBO series.

She is now tied with Cloris Leachman for the most primetime Emmy wins by a performer.

“This … continues to be the role of a lifetime and an adventure of utter joy,” the actress, who’s been nominated for 24 Emmys in her career, said when accepting the award.

Donald Glover

Donald Glover became the first black director to win for outstanding directing of a comedy series for work on his FX show “Atlanta.” Glover also took home the trophy for lead actor in a comedy series.

“I’m glad I was able to make history, but that’s not what I was trying to do,” he said backstage. “I was just trying to make the best product. I believe the people deserve quality and when they taste it, they see their own value and they don’t ask for less. So I just want to make a really good show.”

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