All the historic wins at the 69th annual Emmy awards

Danny Woods
September 19, 2017

Veep also won the award for Outstanding Comedy Series during the show! She is also now one of two performers with the most overall Emmy awards.

In total, Saturday Night Live took home nine trophies, followed by Big Little Lies and The Handmaid's Tale, which won eight each, and Veep, which earned another five.

"The Handmaid's Tale" took home several other awards this year, including best drama series.

Donald Glover won the best comedy actor for "Atlanta", which he created and which carries his distinctive voice, while Julia Louis-Dreyfus was honoured for a sixth time for her role as a self-absorbed politician in the comedy "Veep", named best comedy for the third time. It also won writing and directing awards, making it one of the night's biggest winners.

"It's been an incredible year for women on television", Reese Witherspoon said while accepting the Emmy award for Outstanding Limited Series for Big Little Lies, a show that she co-executive produced and starred on with Nicole Kidman, who told ET backstage that this show was born out of them wanting to have roles that felt interesting. "And for everybody that showed us so much love of this episode, thank you for embracing a little Indian boy from SC and a little queer, black girl from the South Side of Chicago". Issa Rae's Insecure and Phoebe Waller-Bridge's Fleabag, for example, were snubbed in both the best-comedy and the best-comedic actress category, shoehorned out of the running by more established stars like Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, and Allison Janney (a one-woman Emmys juggernaut, who is close to matching Louis-Dreyfus's competitive record).

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"You are courageous and strong and smart, and you have taught me that you can be kind and fucking badass", she said. "You are fearless and strong and smart", she said.

As host, Stephen Colbert did a great job, mixing pretaped bits (with RuPaul as Emmy, with the cast of "Westworld" as a malfunctioning robot host) with live gags (many aimed at his "Late Show" target Donald Trump).

HBO roared back, too, winning that Talk Show award, Best Limited Series and Best Comedy ("Veep"), topping the field with 29 wins.

Variety, Writing Series: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.

Writer Lena Waithe received a standing ovation, as the first African American female to win for a comedy series.

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