So the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards are now done and dusted. There have been some huge winners, and some industry firsts. Did you know The Handmaid’s Tale is the first streaming show to win the Outstanding Drama Series award? These are the Emmy highlights.
Stephen Colbert’s presenting was widely acclaimed. We had a fun Westworld sketch and even an relatively Trump-bashing ‘bit’ with former press secretary, Sean Spicer.
Timeline for awards
All in all, it was a pretty amazing show with some well deserved-winners.
However, if you didn’t have time to watch the entire show, fear not. We’ve got you covered. Here’s your cheat-sheet guide to the 2017 Emmys highlights, so you can easily get involved in those water-cooler conversations!
For a start, here’s the full list of all the winners:
DRAMA SERIES – The Handmaid’s Tale
LEAD ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES – Elizabeth Moss, The Handmaid’s Tale
LEAD ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES – Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us
LIMITED SERIES – Big Little Lies
TELEVISION MOVIE – Black Mirror: San Junipero
LEAD ACTRESS IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE – Nicole Kidman, Big Little Lies
LEAD ACTOR IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE – Riz Ahmed, The Night Of
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COMEDY SERIES – Veep
LEAD ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES – Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
LEAD ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES – Donald Glover, Atlanta
VARIETY TALK SERIES – Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
DIRECTING FOR A VARIETY SERIES – Don Roy King, Saturday Night Live – “Host: Jimmy Fallon”
WRITING FOR A LIMITED SERIES, MOVIE, OR DRAMATIC SPECIAL – Charlie Brooker, Black Mirror: San Junipero
DIRECTING FOR A DRAMA SERIES – Reed Morano, The Handmaid’s Tale – “Offred”
REALITY COMPETITION SERIES – The Voice
WRITING FOR A COMEDY SERIES – Aziz Ansari and Lena Waithe, Master of None – “Thanksgiving”
SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES – Ann Dowd, The Handmaid’s Tale
WRITING FOR A VARIETY SERIES – Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A LIMITED SERIES OR TV MOVIE – Alexander Skarsgard, Big Little Lies
DIRECTING FOR A LIMITED SERIES, MOVIE OR DRAMATIC SPECIAL – Jean-Marc Vallée, Big Little Lies
SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES – Alec Baldwin, Saturday Night Live
WRITING FOR A DRAMA SERIES – Bruce Miller, The Handmaid’s Tale – “Offred”
VARIETY SKETCH SERIES – Saturday Night Live
SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A LIMITED SERIES OR TV MOVIE – Laura Dern, Big Little Lies
DIRECTING FOR A COMEDY SERIES – Donald Glover, Atlanta – “B.A.N.”
SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES – Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live
SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES – John Lithgow, The Crown
2017 Emmys highlights:
A great year for diversity:
Of the 27 awards presented at the Emmys this year, 12 were awarded to women or female-led shows, a further 5 awards were presented to non-white creatives. Not bad at all!
Obviously the biggest winner was The Handmaid’s Tale, a dystopian story about the treatment of women in a totalitarian Christian society. The series won Outstanding Drama Series, Lead and Supporting Actress In A Drama Series, Writing In A Drama Series, and Directing In A Drama Series. Essentially, this means that the majority of the most major awards were won by a show all about women.
In addition, Big Little Lies was also the recipient of five awards in its Limited Series Or Movie category. It won Outstanding Limited Series, Best Lead and Supporting Actress, Best Supporting Actor, and Best Writing In A Limited Series.
Continuing on the theme of diversity (sort of) there were some history-making moments too!
Lena Waithe became the first black woman to win an Emmy for Outstanding Writing In A Comedy Series for Master Of None. Donald Glover was the first black director to ever win the Outstanding Directing award for his work on Atlanta. Finally, Riz Ahmed was the first man of Asian descent to win an acting Emmy, winning Outstanding Acting In A Limited Series for his work on HBO’s The Night Of.
In addition, Julia Louis-Dreyfus won Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series for Veep again! This is her sixth consecutive occasion of winning that particular award. That’s the most Emmy-wins in a single role ever.
And, of course, incredibly, Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale marks the first time a streaming show has won Outstanding Drama Series.
Some big snubs:
Netflix has got to be furious that they weren’t the first streaming service to win the Outstanding Drama Series. This is probably especially vexing considering that Stranger Things did not win a single award in any of the five categories it had nominations for (Outstanding Drama Series, Millie Bobbie Brown as Eleven for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, David Harbour as Chief Hopper for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series, and Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series.) To be fair, you could easily argue that Millie Bobbie Brown and David Harbour should have had Lead Actor and Actress nominations, but still.
In fact, Netflix had a pretty rubbish night over all. They only won four awards in total out of the 27 they received nominations for. 2 of these were for Black Mirror: San Junipero, 1 for The Crown, and 1 for Master Of None. Awkward.
You also might wonder why two of the biggest series of the year Game Of Thrones and Twin Peaks didn’t receive nominations. That’s because they were both outside the cut-off period for this year’s Emmys, 1st June 2016-31st May 2017. Sure, Twin Peaks had aired its first few episodes, but since the whole series was available it wasn’t eligible.
The most-snubbed show was HBO’s Feud: Bette And Joan. It received ten nominations and didn’t win a single award. HBO may have won some major awards with Veep but the disappointment of both Feud: Bette And Joan and Westworld not winning any awards has got to sting!