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The Handmaid’s Tale and Big Little Lies Win Big at 2017 Emmy Awards

The cast and crew of HBO’s ‘Big Little Lies,’ including Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon (center), accept the 2017 Primetime Emmy Award for Best Limited Series.

The new Golden Age of Television is continuing its current streak of showcasing, and rewarding, innovative work. Series on streaming and cable networks, including ‘The Handmaid’s Tale,’ ‘Big Little Lies,’ ‘Atlanta’ and ‘Veep,’ were amongst the biggest winners at last night’s 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, which were held at the Microsoft Theater in Downtown Los Angeles. The honorees were chosen by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

Hulu’s drama show, ‘The Handmaid’s Tale,’ which is based on the 1985 novel of the same name by Margaret Atwood, was awarded with six honors, including the coveted Best Drama Series trophy. HBO’s dark comedy-drama miniseries, ‘Big Little Lies,’ which is based on the 2014 novel of the same name by Liane Moriarty, won five Emmys, including Best Limited Series.

Netflix’s comedy show, ‘Master of None,’ made history at this year’s ceremony, as Lena Waithe became the first black woman to win a writing Emmy. Donald Glover was recognized multiple times for his work on FX’s comedy show, ‘Atlanta.’ He became the first black director to win an Emmy for directing a comedy series.

Sterling K. Brown also garnered applause from the audience for becoming the first black actor to win the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series award since 1998. The performer, who was recognized for his work on NBC’s acclaimed show, ‘This Is Us,’ followed in the footsteps of Andre Braugher, who was honored for his role on NBC’s ‘Homicide: Life on the Street’ 19 years ago. Brown, who won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie last year, for his role on ‘The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story,’ continued his acceptance speech last night, even after the house orchestra began to play music to cue him off the stage.

Other notable achievements included Julia Louis-Dreyfus winning her sixth consecutive Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series Emmy for HBO’s ‘Veep.’ The achievement has led her to have won the most Emmy Awards by a performer in the same role in a single series. Elisabeth Moss also made history for winning her first Emmy Award for her starring role on ‘The Handmaid’s Tale.’ She was previously nominated six times for her roles on ‘Top of the Lake’ and ‘Mad Men.’

Check out some of the highlights of the winners from the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards below.

Best Drama Series

The Handmaid’s Tale (WINNER)
Better Call Saul
The Crown
House of Cards
Stranger Things
This Is Us
Westworld

Best Comedy Series

Veep (WINNER)
Atlanta
Black-ish
Master of None
Modern Family
Silicon Valley
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Best Limited Series

Big Little Lies (WINNER)
Fargo
Feud: Bette and Joan
Genius
The Night Of

Best TV Movie

Black Mirror: San Junipero (WINNER)
Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Sherlock: The Lying Detective
The Wizard of Lies

Best Actress in a Drama Series

Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid’s Tale (WINNER)
Viola Davis, How to Get Away With Murder
Claire Foy, The Crown
Keri Russell, The Americans
Evan Rachel Wood, Westworld
Robin Wright, House of Cards

Best Actor in a Drama Series

Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us (WINNER)
Anthony Hopkins, Westworld
Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul
Matthew Rhys, The Americans
Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan
Kevin Spacey, House of Cards
Milo Ventimiglia, This Is Us

Best Actress in a Comedy Series

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep (WINNER)
Pamela Adlon, Better Things
Jane Fonda, Grace and Frankie
Allison Janney, Mom
Ellie Kemper, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Tracee Ellis Ross, Black-ish
Lily Tomlin, Grace and Frankie

Best Actor in a Comedy Series

Donald Glover, Atlanta (WINNER)
Anthony Anderson, Black-ish
Aziz Ansari, Master of None
Zach Galifianakis, Baskets
William H. Macy, Shameless
Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent

Best Actress in a Limited Series or TV Movie

Nicole Kidman, Big Little Lies (WINNER)
Carrie Coon, Fargo
Felicity Huffman, American Crime
Jessica Lange, Feud: Bette and Joan
Susan Sarandon, Feud: Bette and Joan
Reese Witherspoon, Big Little Lies

Best Actor in a Limited Series or TV Movie

Riz Ahmed, The Night Of (WINNER)
Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock: The Lying Detective
Robert DeNiro, The Wizard of Lies
Ewan McGregor, Fargo
Geoffrey Rush, Genius
John Turturro, The Night Of

Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Ann Dowd, The Handmaid’s Tale (WINNER)
Uzo Aduba, Orange Is the New Black
Millie Bobby Brown, Stranger Things
Chrissy Metz, This Is Us
Thandie Newton, Westworld
Samira Wiley, The Handmaid’s Tale

Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

John Lithgow, The Crown (WINNER)
Jonathan Banks, Better Call Saul
Ron Cephas Jones, This Is Us
David Harbour, Stranger Things
Michael Kelly, House of Cards
Mandy Patinkin, Homeland
Jeffrey Wright, Westworld

Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live (WINNER)
Vanessa Bayer, Saturday Night Live
Anna Chlumsky, Veep
Kathryn Hahn, Transparent
Leslie Jones, Saturday Night Live
Judith Light, Transparent

Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

Alec Baldwin, Saturday Night Live (WINNER)
Louie Anderson, Baskets
Tituss Burgess, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Ty Burrell, Modern Family
Tony Hale, Veep
Matt Walsh, Veep

Best Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or TV Movie

Laura Dern, Big Little Lies (WINNER)
Judy Davis, Feud: Bette and Joan
Jackie Hoffman, Feud: Bette and Joan
Regina King, American Crime
Michelle Pfeiffer, The Wizard of Lies
Shailene Woodley, Big Little Lies

Best Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or TV Movie

Alexander Skarsgard, Big Little Lies (WINNER)
Bill Camp, The Night Of
Alfred Molina, Feud: Bette and Joan
David Thewlis, Fargo
Stanley Tucci, Feud: Bette and Joan
Michael K. Williams, The Night Of

Best Directing for a Comedy Series

Donald Glover, Atlanta (WINNER)
Jamie Babbit, Silicon Valley
Morgan Sackett, Veep
David Mandel, Veep
Dale Stern, Veep

Best Writing for a Comedy Series

Aziz Ansari, Lena Waithe, Master of None (WINNER)
Donald Glover, Atlanta
Stephen Glover, Atlanta
Alec Berg, Silicon Valley
Billy Kimball, Veep
David Mandel, Veep

Karen Benardello :As a life-long fan of entertainment, particularly films, television and music, and an endless passion for writing, Karen Benardello decided to combine the two for a career. She graduated from New York's LIU Post with a B.F.A in Journalism, Print and Electronic. While still attending college, Karen began writing for Shockya during the summer of 2007, when she began writing horror movie reviews. Since she began writing for Shockya, Karen has been promoted to the position of Senior Movies & Television Editor. Some of her duties in the position include interviewing filmmakers and musicians, producing posts on celebrity news and contributing reviews on albums and concerts. Some of her highlights include attending such festivals and conventions as the Tribeca Film Festival, the New York Film Festival, SXSW, Toronto After Dark, the Boston Film Festival and New York Comic-Con.