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Handmaid's Tale Cleans Up at the Emmys

By Katharine Trendacosta on at

The nominations for the 69th Emmy Awards were full of buzzy genre hits which all deserved attention for various reasons. But the undisputed winner of all them tonight was Handmaid’s Tale which took home five awards, including one for star Elisabeth Moss and for Best Drama.

The other semi-surprising winner—only in that the last season feels like it was so long ago—was Black Mirror’s “San Junipero.” Handmaid’s represented dystopia, which has been so popular in the genre, especially on television. “San Junipero” was an uplifting story of the technological future. It’s a truly great moment in television and also an ironic win for Dark Mirror, a show famous for its incredibly bleak and dark visions. In fact, creator Charlie Brooker called out the perception of the show, saying that he’s heard the last year described as a long, unending episode of Black Mirror but, he said, “If I had written it, it wouldn’t be quite so on the nose.”

Here’s the list of winners:

Drama Series 

Better Call Saul (AMC)
The Crown (Netflix)
The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu)
House of Cards (Netflix)
Stranger Things (Netflix)
This Is Us (NBC)
Westworld (HBO)

Comedy Series

Atlanta (FX)
Black-ish (ABC)
Master of None (Netflix)
Modern Family (ABC)
Silicon Valley (HBO)
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix)
Veep (HBO)

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)

Drama Actor

Sterling K. Brown (This Is Us)
Anthony Hopkins (Westworld)
Bob Odenkirk (Better Call Saul)
Matthew Rhys (The Americans)
Liev Schreiber (Ray Donovan)
Kevin Spacey (House of Cards)
Milo Ventimiglia (This Is Us)

Comedy Actor

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

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)

Limited Series

Big Little Lies (HBO)
Fargo (FX)
Feud: Bette and Joan (FX)
The Night Of (HBO)
Genius (National Geographic)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

Kate McKinnon (Saturday Night Live)
Vanessa Bayer (Saturday Night Live)
Leslie Jones (Saturday Night Live)
Anna Chlumsky (Veep)
Judith Light (Transparent)
Kathryn Hahn (Transparent)

Variety Talk Series

Full Frontal With Samantha Bee (TBS)
Jimmy Kimmel Live! (ABC)
Last Week Tonight With John Oliver (HBO)
The Late Late Show With James Corden (CBS)
Real Time With Bill Maher (HBO)
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (CBS)

Reality Competition

The Amazing Race (CBS)
American Ninja Warrior (NBC)
Project Runway (Lifetime)
RuPaul’s Drag Race (VH1)
Top Chef (Bravo)
The Voice (NBC)

Television Movie

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

Variety Sketch Series

Billy On The Street (truTV)
Documentary Now! (IFC)
Drunk History (Comedy Central)
Portlandia (IFC)
Saturday Night Live (NBC)
Tracey Ullman’s Show (HBO)

Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie

Bill Camp (The Night Of)
Alfred Molina (Feud: Bette and Joan)
Alexander Skarsgård (Big Little Lies)
David Thewlis (Fargo)
Stanley Tucci (Feud: Bette and Joan)
Michael K. Williams (The Night Of)

Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie

Judy Davis (“Feud: Bette and Joan”)
Laura Dern (“Big Little Lies”)
Jackie Hoffman (“Feud: Bette and Joan”)
Regina King (“American Crime”)
Michelle Pfeiffer (“The Wizard of Lies”)
Shailene Woodley (“Big Little Lies”)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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

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