The new U.S. president, who never won an Emmy
despite his reality show past, was also the butt of multiple
jokes at the ceremony honoring the best of television.
"If he (Trump) had won an Emmy, I bet he wouldn't have run for
president," host Stephen Colbert told the A-list audience.
"It's your fault! He never forgave you and he never will. But
unlike the presidency, the Emmys go to the winners of the
popular vote," Colbert quipped, referring to the 2016 election
Alec Baldwin won the comedy supporting actor Emmy for his
withering impersonations of Trump for "Saturday Night Live "on
the Comcast Corp's NBC.
After its most-watched season in 23 years, "Saturday Night Live"
won nine Emmys, including best variety sketch series, for
actress Kate McKinnon and for Melissa McCarthy's turn as former
White House press secretary Sean Spicer.
With HBO'sN> medieval series "Game of Thrones" out of the
running this year because of a later airdate, there were a slew
of new faces among Sunday's winners.
Many of them were for women, who scored with female-centric
shows like "Big Little Lies," "A Handmaid's Tale" and "Veep,"
and rare wins for women directors, writers and producers.
'MORE ROLES FOR WOMEN'
In the first major awards wins for streaming service Hulu, "The
Handmaid's Tale" star Elisabeth Moss was named best drama
actress for playing a woman forced into sexual servitude. The
show also won awards for writing, directing and for supporting
actress Ann Dowd for a total of 8.
Other new faces included Donald Glover, the best comedy actor
and also director for his hip-hop themed show "Atlanta."
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Julia Louis-Dreyfus won her sixth consecutive
Emmy for playing a female egotistical presidential candidate on
HBO's "Veep," one of the few repeat winners.
"We did have a whole storyline about impeachment
but we abandoned that because we were worried that someone else
might get to it first," said Louis-Dreyfus, accepting her trophy.
Sterling K. Brown won best dramatic actor for his role as an
African-American who is adopted into a white family in heart-tugging
NBC family drama "This Is Us."
In a crowded limited series category, HBO's murder mystery "Big
Little Lies" came out on top, winning eight Emmys including for best
series, for Nicole Kidman's abused wife character, for Laura Dern
and Alexander Skarsgard, as well as for writing and directing.
Kidman said the show "was created out of frustration because women
weren't getting great roles. So now, more roles for women, please!"
Britain's Riz Ahmed beat presumed front-runner Robert De Niro to
take his first Emmy for his role as a man who falls foul of the U.S.
judicial system in HBO's crime limited series "The Night Of."
Some of the night's biggest losers included two new Netflix shows.
Fan favorite "Stranger Things" won just five of its 18 nominations,
mostly in technical categories, and British royal series "The Crown"
came away with three out of 16 nominations.
(Additional reporting by Lisa Richwine and Piya Sinha-Roy Editing by
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