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

Story by Jack Foley

DYSTOPIAN drama The Handmaid’s Tale, starring Elisabeth Moss, has scooped four of the top prizes at this year’s Emmy Awards (2017).

The show won best drama series, best director for Reed Morano and best actress for Moss. Ann Dowd also took home the best supporting actress in a drama series prize.

Producer Bruce Miller thanked author Margaret Atwood, “who created this world for all of us”.

But the show wasn’t the biggest single winner on the night. That honour went to HBO series Big Little Lies, which picked up five trophies.

Nicole Kidman won best lead actress, Laura Dern took home best supporting actress, Alexander Skarsgard was named best supporting actor and Jean-Marc Vallee took best director.

A fifth trophy was claimed for best limited series, prompting Kidman to say: “The power of television has astounded us, you allowed us into your living rooms… but as much as the show has the entertainment value, it’s about the issues.”

The series dealt with themes such as domestic violence. It also stars Reese Witherspoon, who encouraged the TV industry to provide “more great roles for women”.

Other big winners on the night included British actor Riz Ahmed, who claimed best lead actor in a limited series or movie for The Night Of (another of HBO’s shows).

Another British winner was Charlie Brooker, who won best writing for a limited series for his Netflix show Black Mirror.

One of the episodes, San Junipero, also won the trophy for best TV movie. Brooker said it “was a story about love, and love will defeat hate, it will win”.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus won best actress in a comedy series for Veep, thereby breaking the record for the most Emmys won by a lead actor for the same role.

Veep, which was created by Armando Iannucci and is now entering its final series, also won one of the night’s top prizes for best comedy series.

Alec Baldwin received warm applause as he collected his prize for supporting actor in a comedy series for his portrayal of the US President on Saturday Night Live.

Collecting his trophy, he joked “at long last, Mr President, here is your Emmy”, mocking Trump’s frustration at never having won for The Apprentice.

There were further notable prizes for Donald Glover, who won two awards on the night: for best actor in a comedy series for Atlanta and for penning the script for Atlanta episode BAN.

And Sterling K Brown won best actor in a drama series for his role in acclaimed US series This Is Us.

Going into the ceremony, HBO’s futuristic drama Westworld had been the hot favourite after picking up the most nominations. But it left empty-handed after being snubbed in all of the main categories.