AceShowbiz - And it's a wrap for the 69th annual Primetime Emmy Awards! The show handed out gongs for the best in TV in the last year at the ceremony which took place at the Microsoft Theatre in downtown Los Angeles on Sunday, September 17.
Coming home as the biggest winners were "The Handmaid's Tale" and "Big Little Lies". The Hulu series dominated the drama field, thanks to - as host Stephen Colbert said - "Game of Thrones" for not being eligible for the Emmys this year. The dystopian drama collected five trophies, including the coveted Outstanding Drama Series, besting "House of Cards", "Better Call Saul", "The Crown", "This Is Us", "Westworld" and "Stranger Things".
Its lead star Elisabeth Moss won Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series award and her co-star Ann Dowd was named Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series. Moss, winning her first Emmy, dropped F-bombs during her acceptance speech. "Oh f**k," she said onstage, before thanking her mom, "You are brave and strong and smart, and you have taught me that you can be kind and f***ing badass."
The show won two other awards for Outstanding Directing and Writing. "I think it all comes from the book, which had the same following," scribe Bruce Miller said of Margaret Atwood's 1985 novel when accepting the award. "The same fascination holds. The story has been magnetic. Nowadays, people worry they are living in a society where big things are happening and you look at a character like Offred [played by Elisabeth Moss] living under such horrible oppression who still finds ways to rebel, and to live."
"Big Little Lies" took home an accolade for Outstanding Limited Series, beating out "Fargo", "Feud: Bette and Joan", "The Night of" and "Genius". Nicole Kidman won Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie for her role on the HBO series, while Alexander Skarsgard and Laura Dern paired the awards in Supporting Actor and Actress in a Limited Series or Movie categories. The show won its fifth Emmy for Directing category, thanks to Jean-Marc Vallee's work.
"Veep" still reigned as Outstanding Comedy Series, marking its third consecutive win in the category at the Emmys. Julia Louis-Dreyfus also maintained its title as Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series. It's her sixth win for her role as Selina Meyer and she hasn't been defeated since she won it for the first season of the political comedy.
Another comedy series, "Atlanta", grabbed two awards, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series and Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series, both of which belonged to Donald Glover. "Master of None" claimed one trophy in Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series category for Aziz Ansari and Lena Waithe. Waithe is the first African-American woman to win the category.
"Saturday Night Live" won Outstanding Variety Sketch Series. The long-running series also helped Kate McKinnon win her second Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series and Alec Baldwin nab an Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series.
NBC's new favorite "This Is Us" brought home one award through Sterling K. Brown's win as Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series. "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver" won two for Outstanding Variety Talk Series and Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series, while "The Voice" once again was named as Outstanding Reality-Competition Series. It's the fourth non-consecutive win for the singing competition show.
Winners of the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards: