The Emmy's: A look at the big winners

Two of the biggest wins of the night went to Alec Baldwin and Kate McKinnon who both received Emmy awards for their Saturday Night Live appearances over the USA election, portraying presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.

"Last Week Tonight With John Oliver" scored the awards for Best Variety Talk Series and Best Writing for a Variety Series.

With 50 of 56 major markets reporting ratings for the 2017 Emmy Awards, the show appears to have dipped in ratings for the third year in a row. Margaret Atwood, whose 1985 novel is the show's source, stood onstage with the cast and crew to enjoy the adulation.

The program also won Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for Ann Dowd and Best Directing for a Drama Series for Reed Morano.

The Handmaid's Tale's win for best drama series means Hulu has become the first streaming service to win that award, beating the likes of big hitters Netflix and Amazon.

After the show's most-watched season in 23 years, Alec Baldwin won the comedy supporting actor Emmy for his withering impersonations of Trump. Unfortunately, at this point, we have no way of knowing how big our audience is.

Nicole Kidman thanked the voters for acknowledging domestic abuse. It's a complicated, insidious disease.

"However you feel about the president, every show was influenced by Trump in some way. Most notably "Veep's" Anna Chlumsky, while, after portraying him on "Saturday Night Live" so impressively, Melissa McCarthy immediately looked embarrassed, as she knew full well the camera would be on her.

Spicer, who resigned in July, made a surprise cameo, rolling up on his signature podium as Colbert joked about the Emmys' audience size, making a jab at Spicer's "alternative facts" regarding his inauguration crowd.

And Colbert's biggest zinger: "Unlike the presidency, Emmys go to the victor of the popular vote".

Trump's lack of an Emmy win during his long-running stint hosting NBC's "The Apprentice" and "The Celebrity Apprentice" has been a sore spot for the now president, who has bemoaned not winning in previous years. (She'd previously tied Candice Bergen, who'd won five in a row as the star of Murphy Brown.) Atlanta took two big awards of its own, both for creator/star Donald Glover: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series and Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series.



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