Diversity reigns as 'Big Little Lies,' 'Handmaid's Tale,' 'SNL' dominate Emmy awards

Big Little Lies stars Shailene Woodley Nicole Kidman Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern on the red carpet

"The Handmaid's Tale" and political comedy "Veep" won the top prizes at the Emmy awards on Sunday, but satirical sketch show "Saturday Night Live" won the most Emmys overall on the back of a season of Donald Trump spoofs. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson69th Primetime Emmy Awards - Photo Room - Los Angeles, California, U.S., 17/09/2017 - Elisabeth Moss poses with her Emmys for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series and Outstanding Drama Series for The Handmaid's Tale.

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.

John Lithgow, honored for his portrayal of Winston Churchill in "The Crown", thanked the late British prime minister for being a reminder of "what leadership really looks like".

Hulu's "The Handmaid's Tale" and HBO miniseries "Big Little Lies" were the big winners, with five statuettes each.

Saturday Night Live was another big victor of the night for their politically charged 43rd season.

Riz Ahmed won Best Actor in a Limited Series for last summer's The Night Of.

While an ensemble show, Saturday Night Live won Outstanding Variety Sketch Series for what could be argued was largely thanks to Kate McKinnon's contribution as the season's MVP and two-time Emmy victor for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series.

"Veep" star Julia Louis-Dreyfus wins an unprecedented sixth consecutive Emmy Award for her performance as fictional politician Selina Meyer. "This is as much her as it is me".

Donald Glover took home the win for Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series making him the first black director to win in this category.

Led by Alec Baldwin's withering impersonations of U.S. President Donald Trump and Melissa McCarthy's winning turn as former White House spokesman Sean Spicer, the show earned 22 Emmy nominations after its most-watched season in 23 years.

Executive producer Lorne Michaels said that he never thought the first season could be matched in terms of unpredictability and excitement.

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

The Emmy awards will be shown live on CBS television starting at 8 pm ET/5 pm PT.

After back-to-back wins for Transparent, Jill Soloway, who rally-cried for Hollywood to topple the patriarchy, was shut out of the Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series. "I know it's an actor's dream and I'm deeply grateful to you", an overly emotional Dowd said while accepting her award. While Dolly Parton made her umpteenth joke about her breast size, co-stars Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda compared their sexist boss in the 1980 movie to another unnamed "egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot".



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