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18 Sep 2017

Emmys 2017: The Handmaid's Tale, Big Little Lies win big

The 69th Emmy Awards was a celebration of women's stories. HBO's miniseries Big Little Lies and Hulu's screen adaptation of Margaret Atwood's novel The Handmaid's Tale won the biggest - five and eight awards respectively.

The star-studded event was hosted by Stephen Colbert amid several jabs and puns at American President Donald Trump.

Read on to find out all the major winners.

In context

Emmys 2017: List of major winners
The Handmaid's Tale makes Emmy debut and how!

Big win

The Handmaid's Tale makes Emmy debut and how!

Online streaming network Hulu's popular show The Handmaid's Tale emerged as the biggest winner.

In the absence of HBO's blockbuster show Game of Thrones, it took home most of the major awards in the drama series category - best series, best actress (Elizabeth Moss), supporting actress (Ann Dowd), best director (Reed Morano), and best writer (Bruce Miller).

Big Little Lies

HBO wins despite no Game of Thrones

Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon's TV miniseries Big Little Lies made sure HBO didn't miss Game of Thrones' absence too dearly.

It clinched five awards in the limited series section - best limited series, best actress (Nicole Kidman), best supporting actress (Laura Dern), best supporting actor (Alexander Skarsgard), and best director (Jean-Marc Vallée).

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Damage control

Sean Spicer makes guest appearance at Emmys

Early in the ceremony, during Stephen Colbert's monologue, rolled on stage former press secretary Sean Spicer, much like when Melissa McCarthy impersonated him on Saturday Night Live.

Referring to his own statement about the crowd size during Trump's inauguration, Spicer announced, "This will be the largest audience to witness an Emmys, period, both in person and around the world!"

Julia Louis-Dreyfus creates Emmy history again

Comedienne Julia Louis-Dreyfus made Emmy history once again by winning the award for Best Actress in a Comedy Series for her show Veep, for the sixth year in a row. Veep also bagged the trophy for the Best Comedy Series.

Other winners

From John Oliver to Aziz Ansari, meet other winners

Indian-American comic Aziz Ansari and Lena Waithe won the Best Writing for a Comedy Series award for Master of None. Sterling K Brown and John Oliver both won for the second year in a row for their shows This Is Us, and Last Week Tonight, respectively.

Saturday Night Live bagged the most awards in the comedy section. Atlanta's Donald Glover took home two awards.

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