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The Big Winners of the Emmy Awards 2017

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Awards season has kicked off once again, with the biggest names in the television industry gathering at The 69th Emmy Awards to celebrate the shows we have been binging and obsessing over for the past year. 

With Game of Thrones out of the running for the first time in its history, the contest was a little wider this year, allowing other top-rated drama series to fight it out for the prize. Here's a rundown of all the big winners of the night and the shows that most impressed the voters.

The Handmaid's Tale

The biggest winner of the night, Bruce Miller's adaptation of The Handmaid's Tale won the accolades for Best Drama, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress and Best Drama Directing respectively. Based on Margaret Atwood's 1985 dystopian novel, the ten part series enraptured the world with it's bleak and startlingly relevant vision of the future.

As well as winning the big prize for drama series, Elisabeth Moss was also recognised for her performance as Offred - the handmaid who narrates the horrors within the Republic of Gilead. Ann Dowd, who played the repugnant Aunt Lydia, also received plaudits for her role.

Big Little Lies

HBO's miniseries, Big Little Lies, also received a lot of attention at this year's Emmys, winning the gongs for Best Limited Series, Best Lead Actress, Supporting Actor, Supporting Actress and Directing in a Limited Series.

Based on the novel by Liane Moriarty, the series follows the apparently perfect lives of three mothers, who soon find themselves embroiled in murder. Nicole Kidman received her first ever Emmy for her portrayal of Celeste Wright, while Alexander Skarsgard and Laura Dern also received credit for their supporting roles. 

Veep

Game of Thrones might have been out for the count, but the dominating champion of the comedy category, Veep, continued its winning streak. The series, created by the same minds behind The Thick Of It, offers a satirical spin on US politics. 

The series, which is set to come to an end with its seventh season, won the gong for Best Comedy Series. Veep's star, Julia Louis-Dreyfuss also broke an Emmy Record with her sixth consecutive win as Best Actress in a Comedy Series for her portrayal of Selina Meyer.

Black Mirror

Charlie Brooker's dark sci-fi anthology series, Black Mirror, received the award for Best TV Movie for its terrific series three episode, San Junipero. The series, which beat off the likes of Sherlock and Dolly Parton for the Emmy, moved from Channel 4 to Netflix for it's third series.

Starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Mackenzie Davis, the San Junipero episode is set in 1987 and follows the love story of two young women at a strange beach resort. 

Atlanta

Donald Glover's comedy-drama series also received a lot of attention at this year's ceremony. The series follows the exploits of two cousins navigating their way through the Atlanta rap scene to help improve the lives of their family.

Glover won not one, but two awards on the night, receiving acclaim for his lead performance and direction of the show. In winning the gong for Best Directing in a Comedy Series, Glover made history as the first black person to win the award.

This Is Us

Dan Fogelman's comedy-drama series may have lost out to The Handmaid's Tale on several categories, but the show that everyone's been talking about did win big in the Leading Actor category. 

Sterling K. Brown won the Emmy for his performance as Randall Pearson in the series, which follows the lives and connections of several people who share the same birthday. Though his speech started terrifically, with an ode to some of his favourite TV characters, the actor was played off as he got to his thank you's - much to the ire of the internet.

Saturday Night Live

Saturday Night Live also dominated this year's Emmys, with it's biting satirical coverage of the year's tumultuous politics proving popular with voters. As well as winning the gong for Variety Sketch Series, two of the show's contributors also received acclaim.

SNL regular and Hillary Clinton impersonator Kate McKinnon won the award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, while  Alec Baldwin was recognised as Best Supporting Actor for his recurring skits as US President Donald Trump.




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