'SNL,'Big Little Lies,' 'Handmaid's Tale'
rule at Trump-flavored Emmys
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[September 18, 2017]
By Jill Serjeant
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - "The Handmaid's
Tale" and political comedy "Veep" won the top prizes at the Emmy awards
on Sunday, but satirical sketch show "Saturday Night Live" won the most
Emmys overall on the back of a season of Donald Trump spoofs.
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 result.
Alec Baldwin won the comedy supporting actor Emmy for his withering
impersonations of Trump for "Saturday Night Live "on the Comcast Corp's
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
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
Other new faces included Donald Glover, the best comedy actor and also
director for his hip-hop themed show "Atlanta."
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Alec Baldwin accepts the award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a
Comedy Series for "Saturday Night Live." REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
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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