69th Annual Emmy Awards: And the winner is…

Last night hallmarked the 69th annual Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony, which was held at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Even though the sun hadn’t set yet, the stars were out and aplenty. Stephen Colbert held the hosting honors for this year and he definitely didn’t disappoint. Colbert took the opportunity to dish out many jabs, both big and small, at President Trump and even went as far as to use former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer in the opening monologue.

That wasn’t even the tip of the iceberg, as I’d say one of the biggest things buzzing this year was the question of who will be taking home awards since Game of Thrones was not there. It’s actually the first time since 2011 that the blockbuster show wasn’t in the running. That’s due to the release date of the season, in which only 4 episodes of Season 6 fell within the 2017 Emmy qualification period (June 1, 2016 to May 31, 2017), and thus was counted for the 2016 Emmy period.

There’s so many great shows across so many platforms that have a chance to claim top honors, it’s almost a toss-up at who could win. With the juggernaut out of the way, it allowed The Handmaid’s Tale to snag 6 Emmy’s including Best Drama as well as Big Little Lies taking home 5 awards. Other big winners include Atlanta, Veep and Saturday Night Live. A big disappointment for me was Westworld, beacuse despite having 22 nominations, they still went home empty-handed.

Here’s the full list of winners from this year:

  • Outstanding drama series: The Handmaid’s Tale
  • Outstanding comedy series: Veep
  • Outstanding limited series: Big Little Lies
  • Outstanding television movie: Black Mirror: San Junipero
  • Lead actress in a drama series: Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid’s Tale
  • Lead actor in a drama series: Sterling K. Brown, This is Us
  • Lead actor in a comedy series: Donald Glover, Atlanta
  • Lead actress in a comedy series: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
  • Lead actor in a limited series or movie: Riz Ahmed, The Night Of
  • Lead actress in a limited series or movie: Nicole Kidman, Big Little Lies
  • Supporting actor in a drama series: John Lithgow, The Crown
  • Supporting actress in a drama series: Ann Dowd, The Handmaid’s Tale
  • Supporting actress in a comedy series: Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live
  • Supporting actress in a limited series or movie: Laura Dern, Big Little Lies
  • Supporting actor in a limited series: Alexander Skarsgard, Big Little Lies
  • Variety sketch series: Saturday Night Live
  • Variety talk series: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
  • Reality-competition program: The Voice
  • Writing for a drama series: Bruce Miller, The Handmaid’s Tale
  • Writing in a comedy series: Aziz Ansari and Lena Waithe, Master of None
  • Writing for a limited series or movie: Charlie Brooker, Black Mirror
  • Writing for a variety series: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
  • Directing in a drama series: Reed Morano, The Handmaid’s Tale
  • Directing for a comedy series: Donald Glover, Atlanta
  • Directing for a limited series or movie:  Jean-Marc Vallee, Big Little Lies
  • Directing for a variety series: Don Roy King, Saturday Night Live


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