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Emmy Awards: Seven big moments from this year’s Emmys

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Nicole Kidman and Alexander Skarsgard from BIg Little Lies which won five Emmys. Photo: AAP
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There were milestones made, surprise appearances, and our Nicole took out a top award at an Emmys that applauded shows about women and strong female leads.

Here are some of the best bits of the 2017 awards.

1. All three major awards went to stories about women

Best drama series went to The Handmaid’s Tale, a story about a group of fertile women living in a dystopian future where most have become sterile.

Best comedy series went to Veep, an Emmys favourite that pokes fun at the challenges faced by women in politics.

And best limited series went to Big Little Lies, a series born out of a desire for better roles for actresses, which takes a confronting look at domestic violence.

Big Little Lies wins Emmy
Big Little Lies cast members Alexander Skarsgard, Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon and Zoe Kravitz. Photo: Getty

Yes, this year’s Emmys was a big win for women. And it didn’t stop there.

Handmaid’s Tale director Reed Morano became the first woman in 22 years to win the Emmy for best directing for a drama series. Only two women had previously won that category.

Lena Waithe became the first African-American woman to win the award for best writing for a comedy series, for her work with Aziz Ansari on Master of None.

And Veep‘s Julia Louis-Dreyfus became the first performer to win six Emmys for the same role.

2. Kidman won best Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie


We were all gunning for Nicole Kidman to win the top gong for her role in Big Little Lies.

The series, adapted from Australian author Liane Moriarty’s book of the same name, also scored awards for best Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie (Laura Dern), best Supporting Actor (Alexander Skarsgard), best Directing and best Limited Series.

She thanked the show for shining “a light on domestic abuse”.

“It is a complicated, insidious disease,” she said.

“It exists far more than we allow ourselves to know.”

In her second acceptance speech she said there needed to be, “more great roles for women please”.

3. Donald Glover made history

Actor, singer and director Donald Glover became the first African-American director to win an Emmy for a comedy series for the show Atlanta.

But he couldn’t have been more humble in his acceptance speech, when he credited his success to his many directing mentors.

“I’ve been lucky to have worked with very talented people over the years,” he said in his backstage interview.

“Directors don’t usually get to work with other directors, they don’t get to see how other directors work … I’ve had a lot of research.”

And on making history?

“I’m glad I was able to make history, but that’s not what I was trying to do. I’m trying to make the best product,” he said.

4. Colbert’s blistering critiques … and Sean Spicer

The Late Show host didn’t hold back in his comments about Donald Trump, and dedicated entire portions of the night to roasting the US President.

That included a monologue about Mr Trump missing out on an Emmy, and a surprise appearance from former White House press secretary Sean Spicer, complete with his own podium.

Colbert kicked off the skit with:

“Of course, what really mattered to Donald Trump is ratings,” he said.

“You’ve gotta have the big numbers.

“Unfortunately tonight we have no way of knowing how big our audience is. Is there anyone who can say how big the audience is? Sean, do you know?”

“This will be the largest audience to witness an Emmys, period,” Spicer announced from a podium titled ‘The Emmys – Hollywood’.

“Both in person and around the world.”

The skit was in reference to the now infamous comments he made following Mr Trump’s inauguration earlier this year.

5. Jackie Hoffman’s reaction and tweets made headlines

Actress Jackie Hoffman made headlines for both her on-camera reaction and Twitter response to losing the Supporting Actress award to Laura Dern.

The Feud star appeared to yell, “Damn it” as the camera flashed on her during the announcement.

Hoffman then went on to write some controversial tweets.

But she assured her Twitter followers her tweets were meant to be a joke.

6. Alec Baldwin’s ‘dedication’ to Donald Trump

Baldwin scored the award for Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for his portrayal of the US President on Saturday Night Live.

“I suppose I should say, at long last Mr President, here is your Emmy,” he said in his acceptance speech.

He went on to hint the role had affected his personal life.

“You put that orange wig on, it’s birth control, trust me,” he said.

7. We finally got to hear from Emmy

It took 69 years, but we finally got an interview with Emmy herself (who knew she had such a strong resemblance to Outstanding Host of a Reality Program winner Ru Paul?).

So, what did she have to say?

We found out she dated Oscar for a while, but had to break it off because she, “just couldn’t trust a man who’s naked all the time holding a sword”.

She also advised winners to avoid saying how heavy she is.

“That’s just plain rude,” she said.


  • Outstanding Drama SeriesThe Handmaid’s Tale
  • Lead Actress in a Drama Series: Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid’s Tale)
  • Lead Actor in a Drama Series: Sterling K. Brown (This Is Us)
  • Limited SeriesBig Little Lies
  • Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie: Nicole Kidman (Big Little Lies)
  • Lead Actor in Limited Series or Movie: Riz Ahmed (The Night Of)
  • Comedy SeriesVeep
  • Lead Actor in a Comedy: Donald Glover (Atlanta)
  • Lead Actress in a Comedy: Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep)


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