CanLit community celebrates success of 'The Handmaid's Tale' after Emmys

Sean Spicer speaks at the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday
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Sterling K. Brown, who took home the award for Outstanding Lead Actor in Drama Series for his role as Randall Pearson in This Is Us, told KTLA that the experience has been a dream come true.

Viewers who looked forward to Colbert roasting President Donald Trump were not disappointed.

Many of them were for women, who scored with female-centric shows like "Big Little Lies", "A Handmaid's Tale" and "Veep", and rare wins for women directors, writers and producers. But the Hulu series' dominance spoke volumes.

The dystopian vision of "The Handmaid's Tale", the deeply cynical Washington comedy "Veep" and the ever-topical "Saturday Night Live" won top series honors Sunday in an Emmy Awards ceremony that took nearly nonstop aim at President Donald Trump in awards and speeches.

During her acceptance speech, Kidman said that the show with an entertainment value is also about issues. "They were thanking her from the stage and I was thinking, 'Oh, she's got to be in the audience, ' and it was very nice to see her get up on the stage with them".

"From the moment that I read that pilot I knew that we had something special in our hands", said Brown.

Booksellers say it's not unusual for an older novel to make such a huge comeback - "The Great Gatsby", for instance, has surged to the top of bestseller lists with various adaptations - but it doesn't often happen with a Canadian title.

The Handsmaid's Tale, a series that has become a fan favorite since it premiered in April, took home awards for Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series, Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series and Outstanding Drama Series.


Aziz Ansari and Lena Waithe took home the Emmy for their work on the Thanksgiving episode of Master of None.

"Handmaid's Tale's" win for best drama marks the first win in that category for a streaming service in the Emmy's 69-year history.

. "In these insane times, his life, even as an old man, reminds us what courage and leadership in government really looks like", Lithgow said.

NBC's long-running comedy sketch show "Saturday Night Live" went into Emmys week with 22 nominations the joint-highest total alongside "Westworld" - after a year of mercilessly spoofing the new commander-in-chief.

Melissa McCarthy was honored at last weekend's creative arts Emmys as best guest actress for her "SNL" work, including portraying Sean Spicer.

The former White House press secretary, whose full-throated defense of Trump earned him derision on television, delighted his former tormentors in a surprise appearance at the opening of the show.

The night's second award went to Kate McKinnon of "Saturday Night Live", who for the second year in a row won for best supporting actress in a comedy. He saluted Andre Braugher, whose win for "Homicide: Life On the Street" in 1998 was the last time a black actor won in his category.

The show also picked up the award for best variety sketch show and outstanding directing.

Other new faces included Donald Glover, the best comedy actor and also director for his hip-hop themed show "Atlanta".

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