The 69th Emmy Awards on Sunday night were dominated by two women-oriented stories that won five awards each – The Handmaid’s Tale and Big Little Lies, and Sterling K Brown, who created history by becoming the first African American to win the best actor drama Emmy awards in the past 19 years.
“The Handmaid’s Tale”, based on Margaret Atwood’s famous novel, won awards for supporting actress in a drama (Ann Dowd), writing in a drama (Bruce Miller), directing in a drama (Reed Morano), best actress in a drama (Elisabeth Moss) and outstanding dramatic series.
“Big Little Lies”, a star-studded show addressing domestic violence and rape, took home the Best Actress, (Nicole Kidman), Supporting Actress (Laura Dern), Supporting Actor (Alexander Skarsgard), Director (Jean-Marc Vallee), and the Best Limited Series awards.
Kidman was adjudged the best for her performance as an abused wife in Big Little Lies. It was her first Emmy and third nomination. Accepting the award, Kidman said: “So now, more roles for women, please!”
Reese Witherspoon, who produced and starred in Big Little Lies with Kidman, said: “It’s been an incredible year for women on television.”
Best lead actress in a drama series Elisabeth Moss, who played sex slave Offred, challenged the network censors while thanking her mother.
Lead actor in a drama series went to Sterling K. Brown for NBC’s This Is Us. Brown became the fourth black actor to ever win in that category; and the first after Andre Braugher won the award 19 years ago.
Outstanding lead actress in a comedy series, Veep’s Julia Louis-Dreyfus, scored a record-breaking win for most Emmys for the same role in the same series.
Veep also won for outstanding comedy series.
Emmy award for an outstanding actor in a drama series went to Riz Ahmed for his role as a young man wrongly accused of murder in HBO’s The Night of.
Donald Glover won both the award for outstanding directing, as well as lead actor in a comedy series, for FX’s Atlanta.
Alec Baldwin won the outstanding supporting actor award for his role parodying President Trump on the iconic variety sketch series Saturday Night Live this season.
The 2017 Primetime Emmy Awards were filled with the usual levels of cheeky humor, emotional acceptance speeches, political calls to action, and the all-around excitement.
by RTT Staff Writer
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