Women ruled the 69th annual Emmy Awards Sunday night.
Big Little Lies led with five wins. In accepting the award for best limited series, executive producer and star Reese Witherspoon said it’s been “an incredible year for women in television and women getting to tell their own stories.”
The feminist dystopia tale The Handmaid’s Tale took home four Emmys, including best drama series and best drama actress for Elisabeth Moss. Her acceptance speech was notable for two F-bombs.
Two other women made history. Veep star Julia Louis-Dreyfus was named best comedy actress for a sixth year in a row. That’s the most Emmys won by a single performer for one role. And Lena Waithe (Master of None) became the first African-American woman to win for comedy writing.
Donald Glover also made history as the first African-American to win for best comedy director and picked up the award for best comedy actor.
Saturday Night Live capped off its big season with a big night at the Emmys. The show won four awards, including best variety sketch series and best supporting actor in a comedy series for Alec Baldwin‘s Trump impersonation.
In his opening monologue, host Stephen Colbert did what he does best — make fun of the president. He called Trump “the biggest TV star of the last year,” and stunned the audience with a surprise guest: former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer and his infamous podium. Spicey insisted that “this will be the largest audience to witness an Emmys, period, both in person and around the world.”
- Drama Series: The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu)
- Comedy Series: Veep (HBO)
- Limited Series: Big Little Lies (HBO)
- Television Movie: Black Mirror: San Junipero (Netflix)
- Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: John Lithgow (The Crown)
- Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: Kate McKinnon(Saturday Night Live)
- Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie: Laura Dern (Big Little Lies)
- Directing for a Comedy Series: Donald Glover (Atlanta)
- Variety Sketch Series: Saturday Night Live (NBC)
- Writing for a Drama Series: Bruce Miller (The Handmaid’s Tale)
- Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: Alec Baldwin (Saturday Night Live)
- Directing for a Limited Series, Movie or Dramatic Special: Jean-Marc Vallee (Big Little Lies)
- Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie: Alexander Skarsgård (Big Little Lies)
- Writing for a Variety Series: Last Week Tonight With John Oliver
- Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Ann Dowd (The Handmaid’s Tale)
- Writing for a Comedy Series: Aziz Ansari and Lena Waithe (Master of None)
- Reality Competition: The Voice (NBC)
- Directing for a Drama Series: Reed Morano (The Handmaid’s Tale)
- Writing for a Limited Series, Movie or Drama: Charlie Brooker (Black Mirror: San Junipero)
- Directing for a Variety Series: Don Roy King (Saturday Night Live)
- Variety Talk Series: Last Week Tonight With John Oliver (HBO)
- Comedy Actor: Donald Glover (Atlanta)
- Comedy Actress: Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep)
- Limited Series Actor: Riz Ahmed (The Night Of)
- Limited Series Actress: Nicole Kidman (Big Little Lies)
- Drama Actor: Sterling K. Brown (This Is Us)
- Drama Actress: Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid’s Tale)