2017 Emmy Awards: winners

Wins for The Handmaid's Tale, Big Little Lies, SNL, Veep ..and a reunion by 9 to 5.

“Everything Looks Better on TV” sang Stephen Colbert at the opening of the 69th Emmy Awards.

His montage included appearances from This is Us, Veep, The Americans and Archer, he finished with a chorus line of dystopian dancers from The Handmaid’s Tale. His monologue nodded to diversity, streaming TV, Bill Maher, Alec Baldwin and President Trump’s failure to win an Emmy for Celebrity Apprentice.

“Unlike the Presidency the Emmys are won by popular vote,” he joked, before an appearance by former White House spokesperson Sean Spicer (the first big surprise of the night, judging by the shocked look on the faces of audience members).

Winners in bold:

Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series:
John Lithgow (The Crown)
Jonathan Banks (Better Call Saul)
Mandy Patinkin (Homeland)
Michael Kelly (House of Cards)
David Harbour (Stranger Things)
Ron Cephas Jones (This Is Us)
Jeffrey Wright (Westworld)

“This is fantastic. I feel so lucky to have won this in the company of my fellow nominees,” Ligthgow said. “The Crown just keeps on giving and this is just the last of its gifts….. Most of all I have to thank Winston Churchill ……his life even as an old man reminds us what courage and leadership in government really looks like.”

Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series:
Kate McKinnon (Saturday Night Live)
Vanessa Beyer (Saturday Night Live)
Leslie Jones (Saturday Night Live)
Anna Chlumsky (Veep)
Judith Light (Transparent)
Katheryn Hahn (Transparent)

“It’s all about the writing you guys,” said Kate McKinnon. “I want to say thank you to Hillary Clinton for your grace.”

Best Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or a Television Movie:
Regina King (American Crime)
Shailene Woodley (Big Little Lies)
Laura Dern (Big Little Lies)
Judy Davis (Feud)
Jackie Hoffman (Feud)
Michelle Pfeiffer (The Wizard of Lies)

“Thanks to Liane Moriarty for writing these vulnerable flower like Renata,” said Laura Dern. “But thank you to Nicole and Reese’s moms for not only giving us extraordinary women but really well-read women. That’s how I am getting parts.”

Directing for a Comedy Series
Donald Glover (“Atlanta”)
Jamie Babbit (“Silicon Valley”)
Mike Judge (“Silicon Valley”)
Morgan Sackett (“Veep”)
David Mandel (“Veep”)
Dale Stern (“Veep”)

“(Hero Marais) taught me everything about directing,” said Glover. “I really want to give this to Hero.”

Variety Sketch Series:
Billy on the Street
Documentary Now!
Drunk History
Saturday Night Live
Tracey Ullman’s Show

“After our first season 1976, I remember thinking that it was the high point. There would never be another season as unpredictable, crazy, frightening, exhausting or as exhilarating. Turns out I was wrong,” says producer.

Stephen Colbert appears in a Westworld sketch -that’s the one that said he couldn’t show any butt crack.

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”)

Bruce Miller thanked director Reed Morano, Margaret Attwood and Elisabeth Moss “who leaves me speechless.”

Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series:
Alec Baldwin (Saturday Night Live)
Louie Anderson (Baskets)
Ty Burrell (Modern Family)
Tituss Burgess (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt)
Tony Hale (Veep)
Matt Walsh (Veep)

“I suppose I should say at long last, Mr. President: here is your Emmy,” said Alec Baldwin before adding, “For all of you out there working in television, don’t stop doing what you’re doing. The audience is counting on you.”

Directing for a Limited Series, Movie or Dramatic Special
Jean-Marc Vallee (“Big Little Lies”)
Noah Hawley (“Fargo”)
Ryan Murphy (“Feud: Bette & Joan”)
Ron Howard (“Genius”)
James Marsh (“The Night Of”)
Steve Zaillian (“The Night Of”)

“I thank you girls for making me look good like this,” Vallee said of the cast.

It’s a standing ovation for 9 to 5 gals Lily Tomlin, Dolly Parton and Jane Fonda who said they had been waiting for a reunion.

“Back in 1980 in that movie we refused to be controlled by a sexist, hypocritical, lying bigot,” said Jane Fonda.

“In 2017 we still refuse to be controlled by a sexist, hypocritical, lying bigot!”

Best Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or a Television Movie:
Alexander Skarsgard (Big Little Lies)
David Thewlis (Fargo)
Alfred Molina (Feud)
Stanley Tucci (Feud)
Bill Camp (The Night Of)
Michael K. Williams (The Night Of)

“The ladies of the show, thank you for making this boy feel like one of the ladies,” joked Skarsgard. “And thanks to my mom for giving birth to me, that was pretty cool.”

RuPaul makes an appearance as a real live Emmy in an interview with Colbert. She is so reading the teleprompter.

Writing for a Variety Series
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
Late Night with Seth Meyers
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Saturday Night Live

“If you are tweeting at home tonight on the Emmys please hashtag #DCPublicSchools,” Oliver joked, just so it could trend.

Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series:
Ann Dowd (The Handmaid’s Tale)
Samira Wiley (The Handmaid’s Tale)
Uzo Aduba (Orange Is the New Black)
Millie Bobby Brown (Stranger Things)
Chrissy Metz (This Is Us)
Thandie Newton (Westworld)
“I think this is a dream,” said an emotional Dowd.” I’ve been acting for a long time, that this should happen now, I don’t have the words. So thank you.”

Writing for a Comedy Series
Donald Glover (“Atlanta”)
Stephen Glover (“Atlanta”)
Aziz Ansari and Lena Waithe (“Master of None”)
Alec Berg (“Silicon Valley”)
Billy Kimball (“Veep”)
David Mandel (“Veep”)

It’s a standing ovation for Lena Waithe as the first African American woman to win in this category.

“I thank God,” Waithe said. “My LGBTQI family, I see each and every one of you. The things that make us different are super-powers.”

Reality Competition:
The Amazing Race
American Ninja Warrior
Project Runway
RuPaul’s Drag Race
Top Chef
The Voice

Voice Producer thanks cast, crew, host, fans and coaches, “They work so hard help those kids grow as singers and artists.”

Directing for a Drama Series
Vince Gilligan (“Better Call Saul”)
Stephen Daldry (“The Crown”)
Reed Morano (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)
Kate Dennis (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)
Lesli Linka Glatter (“Homeland”)
The Duffer Brothers (“Stranger Things”)
Jonathan Nolan (“Westworld”)

“Lizzie is my inspiration,” Reed Morano said of Elisabeth Moss. “This is as much her as it is me.”

Writing for a Limited Series, Movie or Drama
David E. Kelley (“Big Little Lies”)
Charlie Brooker (“Black Mirror: San Junipero”)
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”)

“This is terrifying. I didn’t prepare anything,” said Brooker. “Thank you I’m shocked, I’m going to go and melt this down.”

Christopher Jackson sings Stevie Wonder’s I’ll Be Loving You Always for the annual In Memoriam…. so many stars….

Directing for a Variety Series
Derek Waters & Jeremy Konner (“Drunk History”)
Andy Fisher (Jimmy Kimmel Live”)
Paul Pennolino (“Last Week Tonight with John Oliver”)
Jim Hoskinson (“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”)
Don Roy King (“Saturday Night Live”)

“I get to work with the most remarkable people in the world,” said King. “Thanks to the best all-team ever, especially the writers.”

Variety Talk Series:
Full Frontal With Samantha Bee
Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Last Week Tonight With John Oliver
Late Late Show With James Corden
Real Time With Bill Maher

Oliver is back thanking HBO, his wife and Oprah’s seat-filler. “We flew our whole staff here again this year,” before joking about them getting drunk and vomiting.

Comedy Actor:
Anthony Anderson (Black-ish)
Aziz Ansari (Master of None)
Zach Galifianakis (Baskets)
Donald Glover (Atlanta)
William H. Macy (Shameless)
Jeffrey Tambor (Transparent)

Donald Glover is back thanking the city of Atlanta, FX, family and Trump “for making black people #1 on the most-depressed list. He’s the reason I am probably up here.”

Comedy Actress:
Pamela Adlon (Better Things)
Tracee Ellis-Ross (black-ish)
Jane Fonda (Grace and Frankie)
Lily Tomlin (Grace and Frankie)
Allison Janney (Mom)
Ellie Kemper (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt)
Julia Louis Dreyfus (Veep)

Another win for Julia Louis-Dreyfus, now the most ever for one series.

“We have a great final season we are about to start filming, ” she said. “We did have a storyline about impeachment but we abandoned it because we thought someone else might get to it first.”

Another standing ovation for Carol Burnett and writer Norman Lear presenting the Comedy award.

Comedy Series:
Master of None
Modern Family
Silicon Valley
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Producer thanks HBO, Armando Innaccui, family, his lawyer, LL Cool J, the White House (or inspiration), and adds, “This show really works because we have a no jerk offs policy on this show and other than Julia we really stick to it.”

Limited Series Actor:
Riz Ahmed (The Night Of)
Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock: The Lying Detective)
Robert De Niro (The Wizard of Lies)
Ewan McGregor (Fargo)
Geoffrey Rush (Genius)
John Turturro (The Night Of)

“I share this with you brother,” he said of co-star John Turturro before paying tribute to the “late great James Gandolfini” and championed the show’s attention to justice causes.

Limited Series Actress:
Carrie Coon (Fargo)
Felicity Huffman (American Crime)
Nicole Kidman (Big Little Lies)
Jessica Lange (Feud)
Susan Sarandon (Feud)
Reese Witherspoon (Big Little Lies).

In the toughest category of the night, Nicole wins her first Emmy! “Reese I share this with you,” says Nicole Kidman. “It all started with Liane in a cafe in Sydney, when she entrusted us with her book, then David E. Kelley came along and shaped it with his brilliant storytelling.”

“We shot a light on domestic abuse. It is a complicated, insidious disease. It exists far more than we allow ourselves to know. ”

Television Movie:
Black Mirror: San Junipero
Dolly Parton’s Christmas Of Many Colors: Circle Of Love
The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks
Sherlock: The Lying Detective (Masterpiece)
The Wizard Of Lies

Charlie Brooker is back, saying “I’ve heard 2017 sounds like being trapped in one long unending Black Mirror episode but I’d like to think if I had written it, it wouldn’t be quite so on the nose.”

Another standing ovation. This time for a nervous Cicely Tyson and Anika Noni Rose, remembering Roots.

Limited Series:
Big Little Lies
Feud: Bette and Joan
The Night Of

“The power of television has astounded us. We entered your living rooms and people talked about it. As much as the show had the entertainment value it was also about issues,” said Kidman.

“It’s been an incredible year for women in television, bring them to the front!” said Witherspoon.

Drama Actor:
Sterling K. Brown (This Is Us)
Anthony Hopkins (Westworld)
Matthew Rhys (The Americans)
Liev Schreiber (Ray Donovan)
Kevin Spacey (House of Cards)
Milo Ventimiglia (This Is Us)

“19 years ago Detective Frank Pembleton held this joint as impeccably played by Andre Braugher,” he said of Homicide: Life on the Street. “It is my honour to follow in your footsteps.” Brown kept delivering his thank you speech despite the music playing and microphone being turned off.

Drama Actress:
Viola Davis (How to Get Away with Murder)
Claire Foy (The Crown)
Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid’s Tale)
Keri Russell (The Americans)
Evan Rachel Wood (Westworld)
Robin Wright (House of Cards)

“Thankyou Margaret Atwood, thank you for what you did in 1985 and what you continue to do for all of us,” said Moss before dropping the F word in thanking her “f***ing bad-ass” mother.

It wouldn’t be the Emmys without a standing ovation for Oprah?

Drama Series:
Better Call Saul
The Crown
The Handmaid’s Tale
House of Cards
Stranger Things
This Is Us

Writer Margaret Atwood takes to the stage as producer Bruce Miller says, “It’s been lovely. Go home, get to work, we have a lot of things to fight for.”

22 Responses

  1. More readable than other sites, thanks for the update, David. (Damn, I forgot to record it this year!) I agree with other commenters, Jane Fonda does look different. I thought it was Meg Ryan.

  2. Was also quite happy with the winners and especially so that Bob’s Burgers (Bob Actually) got the nod for Outstanding Animated Program (also won in 2014), it’s been tickiling my fancy for a while now.

  3. Pretty happy with the winners list particularly Elisabeth Moss and Anne Dowd. Quite surprised to see that Stranger things went away completely empty handed and that Nicole Kidman beat out the Fued girls!

  4. The Handmaid’s Tale was a well deserved winner for best drama.It was brilliant television,even if a little depressing to watch.Is this the first time a science fiction show has won the award for best drama?I know that The Handmaid’s Tale is much more than just a science fiction story,but it does fall under the general umbrella of science fiction,as it’s portrayal of a dystopian future world.

    1. And networks usually run their short emmy candidates from March/April to ensure that half their eps are eligible, and finish them before voting for nominations at the end of June. Netflix etc can just post a whole season on May 31st. Ozarks and GOT will be eligible next time, but hard to win when your episodes are a year old.

  5. Great to see Handmaid’s Tale clean up – an absolutely riveting drama.
    Elisabeth Moss was mesmerising in the lead.
    Sad though to see Better Call Saul (and the brilliant Jonathan Banks), miss out once again….perhaps considered a little too understated/low-key for big awards.

    1. This is always an issue when the field in a category is strong. One or more very deserving candidates will miss out. Unlike most other forms of competition, there is no recognition of second place or relative performance.

      It prob wouldn’t feel so bad if you knew that Moss scored a 9.6 and Banks scored 9.5.
      Moss:1; Banks:0 doesn’t tell the whole story.

      1. For sure . Though I do wonder at times, brilliant as he is, if Banks is actually acting or just being himself in BCS. Any interviews I’ve seen with him, he seems just the same as his character, Mike.

  6. Just wondering why the best and highest IMDB show of the year,Ozark,was not even mentioned….did it miss a cut off?
    Seriously I thought it would be years before something bettered “Big little lies” but Ozark is extraordinary.

    1. I was thinking the same thing! Didn’t recognise Jane!
      So glad San Junipero from the Black Mirror series won for best television movie and writing.
      I remember raving about it here after watching last year.
      A well deserved win for Ann Dowd as best supporting actress (The Handmaid’s Tale). She was exceptional in her role.

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