The Handmaid’s Tale and Big Little Lies win big at the 2017 Emmys

Veep, Saturday Night Live and Charlie Brooker's Black Mirror also took home the night's highest honours

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Dystopian TV series The Handmaid’s Tale and dark comedy-drama Big Little Lies have topped this year’s Emmy Awards.

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The Handmaid’s Tale – a series following a theocratic regime forcing women into sexual servitude – won eight awards, including Best Drama Series. This win made Hulu the first streaming service to pick up the prestigious award.

The drama also scooped up best actress for Elisabeth Moss, best supporting actress for Ann Dowd, best directing for a drama series (Reed Morano) and best writing for a drama series (Bruce Miller).

Story of suburban mothers wrapped up in a murder case Big Little Lies took home five awards, including Nicole Kidman for best lead actress in a limited series. During her emotional acceptance speech, the actor said the series had “shown a light on domestic abuse” and that “by you acknowledging me with this award, it shines a light on it even more.”

Political comedy Veep also picked up a number of top prizes at Sunday night’s ceremony, hosted by Stephen Colbert. It won best comedy for the third time, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus was honoured for a record-breaking sixth time as best comedy actress.

Saturday Night Live also won four awards, including best variety sketch series and best supporting actress in a comedy series for Kate McKinnon. While picking up his award for best supporting actor in a comedy series, SNL’s Alec Baldwin mocked US President Donald Trump’s frustration at never having won for The Apprentice: “At long last, Mr President, here is your Emmy.”

Charlie Brooker also took home two awards, winning best writing for a limited series for his Netflix show Black Mirror and best TV movie with episode San Junipero. During his acceptance speech, the English writer said it “was a story about love, and love will defeat hate, it will win”. And in true Brooker style, he then asked the audience to support the sentiment and start making love right then and there (they didn’t).

Other winners included comedian John Oliver and his writing team, who scooped two prizes for satirical show Last Week Tonight. Fellow Brit Riz Ahmed won for Best Actor in a Limited Series (The Night Of), beating Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch.

Sherlock itself failed to convert its two nominations into wins and, despite seven nods, HBO’s Westworld also went home empty-handed.

Game of Thrones, a big winner at previous Emmy Awards, was not eligible to pick up any awards, with season seven airing too late. Likewise, Twin Peaks will have to wait until next year to be considered.

Outstanding supporting actor in a drama series

Jonathan Banks, Better Call Saul
Michael Kelly, House of Cards
John Lithgow, The Crown – WINNER
David Harbour, Stranger Things
Ron Cephas Jones, This Is Us
Jeffrey Wright, Westworld

Outstanding supporting actress in a comedy series

Vanessa Bayer, Saturday Night Live
Leslie Jones, Saturday Night Live
Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live – WINNER
Judith Light, Transparent
Kathryn Hahn, Transparent
Anna Chlumsky, Veep

Outstanding supporting actress in a limited series or movie

Laura Dern, Big Little Lies – WINNER
Regina King, American Crime
Shailene Woodley, Big Little Lies
Judy Davis, Feud
Jackie Hoffman, Feud
Michelle Pfeiffer, The Wizard of Lies

Outstanding directing in a comedy series

Donald Glover, Atlanta – WINNER
Jamie Babbit, Silicon Valley
Mike Judge, Silicon Valley
Morgan Sackett, Veep
David Mandel, Veep
Dale Stern, Veep

Outstanding guest actress in a comedy series

Wanda Sykes, Black-ish
Carrie Fisher, Catastrophe
Kristen Wiig, Saturday Night Live
Melissa McCarthy, Saturday Night Live – WINNER
Angela Bassett, Master of None
Becky Ann Baker, Girls

Outstanding guest actor in a comedy series

Matthew Rhys, Girls
Riz Ahmed, Girls
Lin-Manuel Miranda, Saturday Night Live
Dave Chappelle, Saturday Night Live – WINNER
Tom Hanks, Saturday Night Live
Hugh Laurie, Veep

Variety sketch series

Billy On The Street
Documentary Now!
Drunk History
Portlandia
Saturday Night Live – WINNER
Tracey Ullman’s Show

Writing for a drama series

Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields, The Americans
Gordon Smith, Better Call Saul
Peter Morgan, The Crown
Bruce Miller, The Handmaid’s Tale
The Duffer Brothers, Stranger Things
Lisa Joy and Jonathan Nolan, Westworld

Outstanding supporting actor in a comedy series

Louie Anderson, Baskets
Alec Baldwin, Saturday Night Live – WINNER
Ty Burrell, Modern Family
Tituss Burgess, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Tony Hale, Veep
Matt Walsh, Veep

Directing for a limited series, movie or dramatic special

Jean-Marc Vallee, Big Little Lies – WINNER
Noah Hawley, Fargo
Ryan Murphy, Feud: Bette & Joan
Ron Howard, Genius
James Marsh, The Night Of
Steve Zaillian, The Night Of

Outstanding supporting actor in a limited series or movie

David Thewlis, Fargo
Alexander Skarsgård, Big Little Lies – WINNER
Alfred Molina, Feud
Stanley Tucci, Feud
Bill Camp, The Night Of
Michael Kenneth Williams, The Night Of

Writing for a variety series

Full Frontal With Samantha Bee
Saturday Night Live
Last Week Tonight With John Oliver – WINNER
The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
Late Night with Seth Meyers

Outstanding supporting actress in a drama series

Uzo Aduba, Orange is the New Black
Millie Bobby Brown, Stranger Things
Ann Dowd, The Handmaid’s Tale – WINNER
Samira Wiley, The Handmaid’s Tale
Chrissy Metz, This Is Us
Thandie Newton, Westworld

Outstanding reality competition series

American Ninja Warrior
RuPaul’s Drag Race
Project Runway
The Voice – WINNER
Top Chef

Writing for a comedy series

Donald Glover, Atlanta
Stephen Glover, Atlanta
Aziz Ansari and Lena Waithe, Master of None – WINNER
Alec Berg,Silicon Valley
Billy Kimball, Veep
David Mandel, Veep

Writing for a limited series, movie or drama

David E Kelley, Big Little Lies
Charlie Brooker, Black Mirror: San Junipero – WINNER
Noah Hawley, Fargo
Ryan Murphy, Feud: Bette and Joan
Jaffe Cohen, Michael Zam and Ryan Murphy, Feud: Bette and Joan
Richard Price and Steven Zaillian, The Night Of

Outstanding variety talk series

Full Frontal With Samantha Bee
Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Last Week Tonight With John Oliver – WINNER
The Late Late Show With James Corden
The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
Real Time With Bill Maher

Outstanding lead actor in a comedy

Anthony Anderson, Black-ish
Aziz Ansari, Master of None
Zach Galifianakis, Baskets
Donald Glover, Atlanta – WINNER
William H Macy, Shameless
Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent

Outstanding lead actress in a comedy

Pamela Adlon, Better Things
Jane Fonda, Grace & Frankie
Allison Janney, Mom
Ellie Kemper, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Julie Louis-Dreyfus, Veep – WINNER
Tracee Ellis Ross, Black-ish
Lily Tomlin, Grace & Frankie

Outstanding comedy series

Atlanta
Black-ish
Master of None
Modern Family
Silicon Valley
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Veep – WINNER

Outstanding lead actor in a limited series or TV movie

Riz Ahmed, The Night Of – WINNER
Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock: The Lying Detective
Robert De Niro, The Wizard of Lies
Ewan McGregor, Fargo
Geoffrey Rush, Genius
John Turturro, The Night Of

Outstanding lead actress in a limited series or TV movie

Carrie Coon, Fargo
Felicity Huffman, American Crime
Nicole Kidman, Big Little Lies – WINNER
Jessica Lange, Feud
Susan Sarandon, Feud
Reese Witherspoon, Big Little Lies

Outstanding television movie

Black Mirror: San Junipero – WINNER
Dolly Parton’s Christmas Of Many Colors: Circle Of Love
The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks
Sherlock: The Lying Detective
The Wizard Of Lies 

Outstanding limited series

Big Little Lies – WINNER
Fargo
Feud
Genius
The Night Of

Outstanding lead actor in a drama

Sterling K Brown, This Is Us – WINNER
Anthony Hopkins, Westworld
Matthew Rhys, The Americans
Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan
Kevin Spacey, House of Cards
Milo Ventimiglia, This Is Us

Outstanding lead actress in a drama

Claire Foy, The Crown
Viola Davis, How to Get Away with Murder
Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid’s Tale – WINNER
Evan Rachel Wood, Westworld
Keri Russell, The Americans
Robin Wright, House of Cards 

Outstanding drama series

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Better Call Saul
The Crown
The Handmaid’s Tale – WINNER
House of Cards
Stranger Things
This Is Us
Westworld