'SNL,''Big Little Lies,''Handmaid's Tale' rule at Emmys

Carla Harmon
September 22, 2017

Hosted by Stephen Colbert, the Emmys telecast surprised many in the crowd with a cameo appearance by former White House press secretary Sean Spicer.

On Sunday night, Spicer himself declared this year's awards show the most-watched Emmys ever, mocking his own false statement about a record audience for Trump's inauguration in Washington eight months earlier. Sorry Spicey, but you'll always be on the wrong side of history. But there were tremendous moments, some historic, and it was the most diverse night in the history of the event-in every way, from nominees to presenters to wins. Similarly, Call Jane will bring viewers back to the 1960s, a time when women's reproductive rights were much more restrictive.

The actress Elisabeth Moss picked up his first statuette -after six nominations and no award- for giving life to feisty and defiant Offred, a woman of night to morning, is separated from her husband and her daughter and having to abide by new rules of fundamentalist state that prevails.

NBC's long-running "Saturday Night Live" saw success this year, no doubt due to their spot-on skits parodying the 2016 presidential election. And its star, Elizabeth Moss won for best lead actress in a drama series. Best Guest Actors also went to SNL guests Dave Chappelle and Melissa McCarthy. Hey, HBO, how about changing it from a weekly show to a nightly one?


This also was a night of firsts.

The star of "The Handmaid's Tale", who won outstanding actress in a drama at Sunday's Emmys, had a section of her speech removed from broadcast, after she told the audience her mother taught her: "You can be kind and a f**king bad***". Riz Ahmed of HBO's "The Night Of" became only the second person of Asian descent to win an acting Emmy. He won twice for lead actor in a comedy for his work in "30 Rock".

On Sept. 17, Lena Waithe became the first black woman to win the outstanding writer award for the comedy series "Master of None". "Thank you for embracing a little Indian boy from SC and a little queer black girl from the south side of Chicago", she said, basking in a standing ovation from the theater audience.

Not long after Laura Dern, the "Big Little Lies" actress who's been working since she was 11 years old, admitted to working "with maybe 12 women" throughout her decades-long career, her colleagues Witherspoon and Kidman declared 2017 "an incredible year for women on television".


Julia Louis-Dreyfus won her sixth consecutive Emmy for playing an egotistical female presidential candidate on HBO's Veep.

Some of the winners referenced Trump during their acceptance speeches. Expect a Trump tweet, ladies.

There is one last pressing issue to discuss before this Emmys recap comes to a close.

Alec Baldwin and Kate McKinnon both won supporting actor in a comedy series awards for their political parodies on Saturday Night Live this season. At 42 seasons and counting, the show's endurance has been, in part, a happy accident. Especially in front of poor Keith.


Moss, 35, was celebrated for her role in "The Handmaid's Tale", while Remini, 47, won for her A&E documentary series "Scientology and the Aftermath", which investigates the Church and its cult-like activities. It exists far more than we allow ourselves to know.

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