Primetime Emmy's Recap

Emmy Awards.

At the 69th annual primetime Emmy awards, Hulu's "The Handmaid's Tale" picked up the top honor for best drama series while HBO's "Veep" nabbed a win for best comedy series.

"The Handmaid's Tale" was the BIG WINNER of the night, taking home 8 trophies.

NBC's "Saturday Night Live" picked up wins for variety sketch series, directing for Don Roy King and in acting categories for Kate McKinnon and Alec Baldwin. 

HBO's "Big Little Lies" nabbed honors in the limited series category as well as the acting categories for Nicole Kidman, Laura Dern and Alexander Skarsgard and in the directing category for Jean-Marc Vallée. 

Meanwhile, Donald Glover won acting and directing honors for FX's "Atlanta". 

"The Late Show host Stephen Colbert" emceed the show at the Microsoft Theater at L.A. Live in downtown Los Angeles. 

Some of the highlights: 

Nicole Kidman won best movie or limited-series drama actress. Kidman began her acceptance speech by thanking her co-star Reese Witherspoon, who was also nominated in the category. “Reese, I share this with you,” she said. “Without you, I would not be standing up here.” Nicole, who plays a victim of domestic violence in the miniseries, thanked voters for shining a light on the issue with the award. The crowning moment came in the ceremony’s final 15 minutes, as Reese and Nicole accepted the Emmy for best limited series on behalf of the show.

Elizabeth Moss won the best actress award for “The Handmaid’s Tale." Moss began her acceptance speech with a profanity, and kept delivering them before being played off abruptly by the orchestra. “Oh f—,” she said to kick things off. Moss dropped another f-bomb a minute later when she thanked her mother for teaching her that a woman can be kind and strong “and a f—ing badass.” “The Handmaid’s Tale” then won the award for best drama series.

Sterling K. Brown of “This Is Us” won the award for best actor in a drama series one year after winning in the limited-series category for “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.” In an emotional acceptance speech that referenced “Breaking Bad,” “Mad Men,” “Webster,” “Martin,” and “Homicide: Life on the Street,” for which Andre Braugher won an Emmy 19 years ago, Brown paid tribute to his fellow actor. “I just wanted to say Mister Braugher whether it was at Stanford University or on this Emmy stage, it is a supreme honor to follow in your footsteps.”

Donald Glover won the award for comedy directing for “Atlanta,” taking the first Emmy of his career. He later won again for best actor in a comedy series. Glover said, “I want to thank Trump for making black people number one on the most oppressed list. He’s the reason I’m probably up here.”

Julia Louis-Dreyfus won for best comedy actress for “Veep,” her sixth Emmy for playing politico Selina Meyer — the most ever for one performer in a single role. She joked of the show’s upcoming final season: “We did have a whole storyline about an impeachment, but we abandoned that because were worried that someone might get to that first."

Source: The Hollywood Reporter, E!

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