The Emmys are that awards show that always feels like a surprise, mostly because it’s in September. So if you forgot they were happening—and if so, shame on you, in this most golden of ages for television—here are the talking points:
1. The Handmaid’s Tale cleaned up!
The show that everyone has been talked about (and which was filmed in and around Toronto, fun fact) took home 5 awards, including Elisabeth Moss’ first best actress award. The show’s win for best drama series also marks another milestone: Hulu just became the first streaming service to take that gong, beating out their major competitors Amazon and Netflix.
2. Big Little Lies also cleaned up!
That other show that everyone was talking about also took home 5 awards, dominating the “limited series” category, which confusingly is different than the drama category The Handmaid’s Tale dominated. Nicole Kidman and Alexander Skarsgard (and his new moustache; unsure about it) both got best actor trophies, and Laura Dern won in the supporting category.
3. Julia Louis Dreyfus won AGAIN.
SIX YEARS. That’s the Veep star’s winning streak in the “best actress in a comedy series” category.
4. Lena Waithe made history, as did Donald Glover
Waithe, who works on Aziz Ansari’s Master of None, became the first African American woman to win the Emmy for “best writing on a comedy” on the same night that Donald Glover, the genius behind Atlanta, became the first African American period to win a directing award in the show’s comedy category.
5. Sean Spicer was there
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