• Emmy Award winner Elisabeth Moss awarded for The Handmaid's Tale (The Handmaid's Tale)
Elisabeth Moss and Donald Glover won big, alongside their shows The Handmaid's Tale and Atlanta, at the 2017 Primetime Emmy Awards.
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SBS Guide

18 Sep 2017 - 10:40 AM  UPDATED 19 Sep 2017 - 11:56 AM

The Handmaid's Tale won the award for Outstanding Drama Series at the 2017 Primetime Emmy Awards, with series star Elisabeth Moss winning for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series. 

The series, which is streaming now via SBS On Demand, also saw awards for cast members Ann Dowd and Alexis Bledel, with writer Bruce Miller and director Reed Morano also awarded.

With the politically-minded late night TV host Stephen Colbert hosting the awards, it was inevitable that Donald Trump would be a focus of the host's opening monologue. "I thought you people loved morally compromised anti-heroes," Colbert explained, blaming Emmy voters for the rise of Trump by not awarding him for The Apprentice.

Doubling down on the political focus of this year's Emmy Awards, in a surprise cameo, former White House Communications Chief Sean Spicer appeared stage to boast about the viewing audience for this year's Emmy Awards.

It wasn't all politics, with Colbert opening the show with a musical number dedicated to the best of TV. The song, "Everything is always better on TV", made reference to and had gust stars from popular series including Stranger Things, Veep, and The Handmaid's Tale. Closing out the musical number, Colbert was joined on stage by singing and dancing Handmaid's of different genders who all stripped down to sexy Handmaid outfits.

 

The awards:

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
John Lithgow – The Crown

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series
Laura Dern, Big Little Lies

Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series
Donald Glover, Atlanta

Outstanding Variety Sketch Series
Saturday Night Live

Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series
Bruce Miller, The Handmaid's Tale

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Alec Baldwin, Saturday Night Live

Outstanding Directing For A Limited Series, Movie Or Dramatic Special
Jean-Marc Vallée, Big Little Lies

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Limited Series Or Movie
Alexander Skarsgård, Big Little Lies

Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Ann Dowd, The Handmaid's Tale 

 

Outstanding Writing on a Comedy Series
Aziz Ansari and Lena Waithe, Master of None

Outstanding Reality Competition Program
The Voice

Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series
Reed Morano, The Handmaid's Tale 

Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series or Movie
Charlie Brooker, Black Mirror: San Junipero

Outstanding Directing for a Variety Series
Don Roy King, Saturday Night Live

Outstanding Variety Talk Series
Last Week Tonight

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Donald Glover, Atlanta

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep

Outstanding Comedy Series
Veep

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie
Riz Ahmed, The Night of

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie
Nicole Kidman, Big Little Lies

Outstanding Television Movie
Black Mirror: San Junipero

Outstanding Limited Series
Big Little Lies

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us 

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid's Tale

Outstanding Drama Series
The Handmaid's Tale

 

You can stream the Emmy Award-winning The Handmaid's Tale via SBS On Demand:

Atlanta star Donald Glover won an Emmy Award for Lead Actor and Directing for a Comedy Series. Watch the first episode of Atlanta via SBS On Demand: