Emmy Awards 2017: Priyanka Chopra owns red carpet, ‘little Indian boy’ Aziz Ansari wins for Master of None
The 69th Emmy Awards concluded with Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale, HBO’s Big Little Lies and Veep and FX’s Atlanta winning the ceremony’s big awards. Although most eyes on the red carpet were on Priyanka Chopra - one of the presenters.tv Updated: Sep 18, 2017 10:57 IST
The 69th prime-time Emmy Awards concluded at the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles with Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale winning the ceremony’s big award - Best Drama Series. Other major winners include NBC’s This is Us, Netflix’s breakout hit, The Crown and HBO’s The Night Of and Big Little Lies. Science fiction western drama Westworld and NBC sketch comedy Saturday Night Live led the pack with 22 nominations apiece.
On the comedy side, Donald Glover’s Atlanta and the second season of Aziz Ansari’s Master of None were winners in major categories - Glover picked up Best Actor in a Comedy Series, and Ansari and Lena Waithe made history with a win for Best Writing in a Comedy Series.
A number of records were broken at the ceremony. Reed Morano became the first woman in 22 years to win for directing a drama series. Lena Waithe became the first black woman to win for writing, and Donald Glover became the first black man to win for directing a comedy series.
US President Donald Trump was top of mind all night long. In his opening monologue, the host Stephen Colbert declared Trump the biggest story of the year in television and Sean Spicer, the former White House press secretary, made a surprise appearance during the show.
Priyanka Chopra, one of the presenters at the Emmys, unwittingly made news when her name was announced as ‘Priyanka Choppa’, and her fans on Twitter calling the Emmy organisers out on it.
HBO led the race with 46 nominations in different categories while FX and Netflix have 27 nominations each. NBC and ABC follow them with 17 and 11 nominations respectively.
Catch all the updates from the ceremony here:
8:32 am IST: The Handmaid’s Tale is crowned Best Drama Series. This is the first major win for streaming service Hulu, seen as a competitor to Netflix and Amazon.
8:27 am IST: Elisabeth Moss wins Best Actress in a Drama Series for her performance as Offred in Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale. The show is seen as a poignant parable about American life under Donald Trump’s presidency. Moss dropped two f-bombs in her acceptance speech.
8:23 am IST: Sterling K Brown, star of 2016’s hit American Crime Story, wins Best Actor in a Drama Series for his performance in NBC’s breakout hit, This is Us.
8:16 am IST: HBO’s Big Little Lies continues its dominance with a win for Best Limited Series. The show has already won Emmys for Best Director and Best Supporting Actress (Nicole Kidman).
8:10 am IST: Veep wins Best Comedy Series for the third year in a row.
8:08 am IST: Nicole Kidman wins Best Actress in a Limited Series or TV Movie for HBO’s Big Little Lies. She spoke about domestic violence in her acceptance speech. Her character in the show is a victim of abuse.
8:06 am IST: Riz Ahmed takes home Best Actor for Limited Series or TV Movie for his portrayal of a falsely accused Pakistani immigrant in HBO’s The Night Of. He spoke about the broken American justice system in his acceptance speech.
7:54 am IST: Julia Louis-Dreyfus delivers a political speech after winning Best Actress in a Comedy Series for Veep. The former Seinfeld star plays the vice president in the HBO comedy. She makes Emmy history with most wins for the same role - six years in a row.
7:50 am IST: Donald Glover wins Best Actor in a Comedy Series for Atlanta, gives a shout out to Donald Trump in his acceptance speech. “He’s the reason I’m probably here,” he said.
7:46 am IST: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver picks up its second trophy of the ceremony, wins Best Variety Series. The award was presented by Priyanka Chopra and Anthony Anderson.
7:24 am IST: Reed Morano wins Best Directing in a Drama Series for the pilot episode of The Handmaid’s Tale, and Charlie Brooker wins Best Writing for a Limited Series or TV Movie for Netflix’s Black Mirror. Morano becomes the first woman to win for directing a drama series in 22 years.
7:11 am IST: Aziz Ansari and Lena Waithe win for Outstanding Writing for Comedy Series for Netflix’s Master of None, which premiered its second season this year. Aziz is the second Indian origin winner of an Emmy, after Archie Panjabi’s win in 2010 for The Good Wife. Lena Waithe becomes the first African American woman to win an Emmy for Best Writing. “Thank you for supporting a little Indian boy from South Carolina and a queer black girl from the heart of Chicago,” she said in her acceptance speech.
6:56 am IST: Ann Dowd is the Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for Hulu’s Handmaid’s Tale. This is her first Emmy. She also played a supporting role in HBO’s The Leftovers.
6:52 am IST: HBO’s Last Week Tonight With John Oliver wins Best Writing for Variety Series. It’s the show’s second win in two years in the same category.
6:45 am IST: Alexander Skarsgard wins Best Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or TV Movie for his terrifying turn as an abusive husband in HBO’s Big Little Lies.
6:38 am IST: Jean-Marc Vallee wins Best Directing for a Limited Series or TV Movie for helming all 7 episodes of HBO’s Big Little Lies.
6:35 am IST: Alec Baldwin wins Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for his portrayal of US president Donald Trump on SNL. Baldwin started out his acceptance speech night by ribbing Donald Trump, saying the president finally has his Emmy.The actor’s impersonations of Trump have propelled SNL to its best season in years, bringing in viewers and also Emmy glory. Baldwin’s win is the third win for Saturday Night Live during the show.
6:16 am IST: NBC institution, Saturday Night Live wins Best Outstanding Variety Sketch Series in a unusually political year for the show which lampooned the US presidential race.
6:13 am IST: Donald Glover wins Best Directing for a Comedy Series for his FX hit, Atlanta. Glover also writes, produces and stars in the show about the city’s DIY rap scene. He became the first black man to win for directing a comedy series.
6:07 am IST: Laura Dern, who played a high society vamp in HBO’s Big Little Lies, wins Best Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie.
6:03 am IST: Kate McKinnon wins Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for playing Hillary Clinton on Saturday Night Live. This is McKinnon’s second Emmy in as many years.
5:51 am IST: John Lithgow wins Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for playing former British PM, Winston Churchill in Netflix’s lavish period piece, The Crown. The show is speculated to be one of the most expensive TV projects in history, with a budget exceeding £100 million. “I thank Winston Churchill, I thank the Academy, and I thank you all,” said the veteran actor.
5:47 am IST: Former White House press secretary Sean Spicer makes a surprise appearance, drawing reactions that ranged from utter shock (we’re looking at you, Anna Chlumsky) and sheepish embarrassment (Melissa McCarthy played a female Spicer on numerous occasions on SNL) the famously liberal Hollywood audience
5:44 am IST: Host Stephen Colbert kicks off the show with a lavish song and dance number - and a Chance the Rapper verse!
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