Here are Your Peak 2017 Emmy Moments & Winners

This year’s Emmy awards was one of the most exciting nights on television, and, as the show proved, there’s a ton of quality TV being made by a diverse group of talented storytellers.

Julia Louis-Dreyfuss broke the record for the most awards won by one actor for a single role. She is perfection as Selina Meyer in Veep, and has won for her portrayal six years runningThe show also won for Outstanding Comedy Series, which is a real affirmation of the show’s consistent caliber. It’s very difficult for shows to maintain high quality writing and momentum for six seasons, but Louis-Dreyfuss is a true contemporary legend, and the team at Veep is as good as it gets.

Lena Waithe also had a historic win, becoming the first black woman to win a comedy writing Emmy for Master of None. The applause was so thunderous that she had to settle the crowd to avoid being played off stage prematurely. It’s good that they gave her time to speak because her remarks were the most endearing of the night.

Reed Morano was among the bevy of Handmaid’s Tale cast and crew to come out on top. She’s the first woman to win the Emmy for directing a drama in more than two decades. The show also won Outstanding Drama Series and scored three acting awards for Elisabeth Moss, Ann Dowd and Alexis Bledel.

The night’s other big winner, Big Little Lies, dominated the Limited Series category. Nicole Kidman, Laura Dern, Alexander Skarsgard, and director Jean-Marc Vallee all won.

The night’s biggest surprise was a win for Netflix’s Black Mirror as Outstanding Television Movie. The nominated episode San Junipero was a strikingly emotional exploration of true love and the afterlife. It’s proof that the show is intellectual, insightful, and can hit a lot of notes, not only sci-fi and horror.

Sterling K. Brown has been tearing it up with standout performances on This is Us, Amercian Crime Story, and will appear in Black Panther this winter. He became the first African American to win best actor in 19 years.

Donald Glover also hit the stage twice for directing and starring in Atlanta. Glover is the man of the moment, playing a young Lando in the Han Solo film and Simba in Disney’s live action adaptation of The Lion King.

Saturday Night Live also got recognition for the long-running show’s standout year. Kate McKinnon and Alec Baldwin both received performance Emmy’s and the show scored another Outstanding Variety Sketch Series win. This has been a peak in talent and content for a consistently high caliber series.

Those were some of our favorite moments, but here’s a list of the night’s nominees and winners:

Outstanding Drama Series
Better Call Saul
House of Cards
Stranger Things
The Crown
WINNER The Handmaid’s Tale
This Is Us

Outstanding Comedy Series
Master of None
Modern Family
Silicon Valley
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Viola Davis – How to Get Away With Murder
Claire Foy – The Crown
WINNER Elisabeth Moss – The Handmaid’s Tale
Keri Russell – The Americans
Evan Rachel Wood – Westworld
Robin Wright – House of Cards

Lead Actor in a Drama Series
WINNER Sterling K. Brown – This Is Us

Anthony Hopkins – Westworld
Bob Odenkirk – Better Call Saul
Matthew Rhys – The Americans
Live Schreiber – Ray Donovan
Kevin Spacey – House of Cards
Milo Ventimiglia – This Is Us

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Jonathan Banks – Better Call Saul
WINNER John Lithgow – The Crown
Mandy Patinkin – Homeland
Michael Kelly – House of Cards
David Harbour – Stranger Things
Ron Cephas Jonas – This Is Us
Jeffrey Wright – Westworld

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
WINNER 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

Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Pamela Adlon – Better Things
Jane Fonda – Grace and Frankie
Allison Janney – Mom
WINNER Julia Louis-Dreyfus – Veep
Ellie Kemper – Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Tracee Ellis Ross – Black-ish
Lily Tomlin – Grace and Frankie

Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Anthony Anderson – Black-ish
Aziz Ansari – Master of None
Zach Galifianakis – Baskets
WINNER Donald Glover – Atlanta
William H. Macy – Shameless
Jeffrey Tambor – Transparent

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Louie Anderson – Baskets
Ty Burrell – Modern Family
WINNER Alec Baldwin – Saturday Night Live
Tituss Burgess – Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Tony Hale – Veep
Matt Walsh – Veep

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Vanessa Bayer – Saturday Night Live
Leslie Jones – Saturday Night Live
WINNER Kate McKinnon – Saturday Night Live
Kathryn Hahn – Transparent
Judith Light – Transparent
Anna Chlumsky – Veep

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie
Felicity Huffman – American Crime
WINNER Nicole Kidman – Big Little Lies
Reese Witherspoon – Big Little Lies
Carrie Coon – Fargo
Jessica Lange – FEUD: Bette and Joan
Susan Sarandon – FEUD: Bette and Joan

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie
Ewan McGregor – Fargo
Geoffrey Rush – Genius
WINNER Riz Ahmed – The Night Of
John Turturro – The Night Of
Benedict Cumberbatch – Sherlock: The Lying Detective
Robert De Niro – The Wizard of Lies

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie
WINNER Alexander Skarsgard – Big Little Lies

David Thewlis – Fargo
Alfred Molina – FEUD: Bette and Joan
Stanley Tucci – FEUD: Bette and Joan
Bill Camp – The Night Of
Michael Kenneth Williams – The Night Of

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie
WINNER Laura Dern – Big Little Lies
Shailene Woodley – Big Little Lies
Judy Davis – FEUD: Bette and Joan
Jackie Hoffman – FEUD: Bette and Joan
Michelle Pfeiffer – The Wizard of Lies

Reality Competition
WINNER The Voice

The Amazing Race
Top Chef
Project Runway
RuPaul’s Drag Race
American Ninja Warrior

Variety Talk Series
Full Frontal With Samantha Bee
Jimmy Kimmel Live!
WINNER Last Week Tonight With John Oliver
The Late Late Show With James Corden
Real Time With Bill Maher
The Late Show With Stephen Colbert

Limited Series or Movie
The Night Of
FEUD: Bette and Joan
WINNER Big Little Lies

Featured images: L-r clockwise: Julia Louis-Drefyus, Donald Glover and Lena Waithe. Courtesy CBS.


Kelle Long

Kelle has written about film and TV for The Credits since 2016. Follow her on Twitter @molaitdc for interviews with really cool film and TV artists and only occasional outbursts about Broadway, tennis, and country music. Please no talking or texting during the movie. Unless it is a musical, then sing along loudly.

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