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‘The Handmaid’s Tale,’ ‘Veep’ and ‘Little Big Lies’ Snag Top Three Awards at the ‘Primetime Emmys’

The 69th Annual Emmy Awards: And the Winners Were...

NBC’s veteran “Saturday Night Live” capped off its highest-rated season in years as the most honored program on “The 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards,” with nine trophies. Included were Emmys for Outstanding Variety Sketch Series and Alec Baldwin and Kate McKinnon in the supporting comedy categories. McKinnon also won last year. Next with eight Emmy wins was Hulu drama “The Handmaid’s Tale,” including Outstanding Drama and Elisabeth Moss and Ann Dowd as Outstanding Lead and Supporting Actress in a Drama, respectively.

HBO was the most awarded network, including Emmys for “Little Big Lies” for Outstanding Limited Series and Nicole Kidman and Laura Dern as Lead Actress and Supporting Actress; and “Veep” for Outstanding Comedy and Julia Louis-Dreyfus for Lead Actress in a Comedy. With six consecutive wins in the category, Louis-Dreyfus has made the record books for the most Emmy victories for the same role. This win has also tied her with Cloris Leachman, who before this telecast held the record for most Primetime Emmys wins by a single performer (with eight).

Double honored was Donald Glover of FX comedy “Atlanta” for Outstanding Lead Actor and Directing for a Comedy. And back in the winner’s circle for the second straight year was Sterling K. Brown, this time for Lead Actor in a Drama for NBC’s “This Is Us.”

What follows is the complete listing of winners:

Outstanding Drama Series

“The Handmaid’s Tale” (Hulu)

Outstanding Comedy Series
“Veep”

Outstanding Limited Series
“Big Little Lies” (HBO)

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Elisabeth Moss, “The Handmaid’s Tale” (HBO)

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Sterling K. Brown, “This Is Us” (NBC)

Outstanding Actress in a Limited Series or Movie

Nicole Kidman, “Big Little Lies” (HBO)

Outstanding Actor in a Limited Series or Movie

Riz Ahmed, “The Night Of” (HBO)

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep” (HBO)

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

Donald Glover, “Atlanta” (FX)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

Alec Baldwin, “Saturday Night Live” (NBC)
Tituss Burgess, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Kate McKinnon, “Saturday Night Live” (NBC)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

John Lithgow, “The Crown” (Netflix)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Ann Dowd, “The Handmaid’s Tale” (Hulu)
Samira Wiley, The Handmaid’s Tale

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or a Movie

Alexander Skarsgard, “Big Little Lies” (HBO)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or a Movie
Laura Dern, “Big Little Lies” (HBO)

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series

Gerald McRaney, “This Is Us” (NBC)

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series
Alexis Bledel, “The Handmaid’s Tale” (Hulu)

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series
Dave Chappelle, “Saturday Night Live” (NBC)

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series
Melissa McCarthy, “Saturday Night Live” (NBC)

Outstanding TV Movie
“Black Mirror: San Junipero” (Netflix)

Outstanding Variety Sketch Series

“Saturday Night Live” (NBC)

Outstanding Variety Talk Series

“Last Week Tonight With John Oliver” (HBO)

Outstanding Reality Competition Program

“The Voice” (NBC)

Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series
Donald Glover, “Atlanta” (FX)

Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series
Aziz Ansari and Lena Waithe, Master of None, “Thanksgiving” (FX)

Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series
Reed Morano, “The Handmaid’s Tale” (Hulu)

Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series

Bruce Miller, “The Handmaid’s Tale,” “Offred” (Hulu)

Outstanding Directing for a Limited Series, Movie, or a Dramatic Special
Jean-Marc Vallée, “Big Little Lies” (HBO)

Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series, Movie, or a Dramatic Special

Charlie Brooker, Black Mirror: San Junipero

Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series

“Last Week Tonight With John Oliver” (HBO)

Outstanding Directing for a Variety Series
Don Roy King, “Saturday Night Live” (NBC)

Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of the “Mr. Television” for Campaign US (www.campaignlive.com). Most recently, Berman was the creator and Editor-in-Chief of website and newsletter TV Media Insights for Cross MediaWorks. From 1999-2011, he was the Senior Editor for Mediaweek and has also written for The New York Daily News, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Emmy Magazine, among others. Berman has also appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “Access Hollywood,” “Inside Edition,” “The CBS Evening News,” E!, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and MSNBC.

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