‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ wins top honours at politically charged Emmys

“The Handmaid’s Tale” and political comedy “Veep” won the top prizes at the Emmy awards on Sunday, but satirical sketch show “Saturday Night Live” won the most Emmys overall on the back of a season of Donald Trump spoofs.

The new US president, who never won an Emmy despite his reality show past, was also the butt of multiple jokes at the ceremony honoring the best of television.

“If he (Trump) had won an Emmy, I bet he wouldn’t have run for president,” host Stephen Colbert told the A-list audience.

“It’s your fault! He never forgave you and he never will. But unlike the presidency, the Emmys go to the winners of the popular vote,” Colbert quipped, referring to the 2016 election result.

Alec Baldwin won the comedy supporting actor Emmy for his withering impersonations of Trump for “Saturday Night Live “on the Comcast Corp’s NBC.

After its most-watched season in 23 years, “Saturday Night Live” won nine Emmys, including best variety sketch series, for actress Kate McKinnon and for Melissa McCarthy’s turn as former White House press secretary Sean Spicer.

With HBO’s medieval series “Game of Thrones” out of the running this year because of a later airdate, there were a slew of new faces among Sunday’s winners.

Many of them were for women, who scored with female-centric shows like “Big Little Lies,” “A Handmaid’s Tale” and “Veep,” and rare wins for women directors, writers and producers.

‘More roles for women’

In the first major awards wins for streaming service Hulu, “The Handmaid’s Tale” star Elisabeth Moss was named best drama actress for playing a woman forced into sexual servitude. The show also won awards for writing, directing and for supporting actress Ann Dowd for a total of 8.

Other new faces included Donald Glover, the best comedy actor and also director for his hip-hop themed show “Atlanta.”

Julia Louis-Dreyfus won her sixth consecutive Emmy for playing a female egotistical presidential candidate on HBO’s “Veep,” one of the few repeat winners.

“We did have a whole storyline about impeachment but we abandoned that because we were worried that someone else might get to it first,” said Louis-Dreyfus, accepting her trophy.

Sterling K. Brown won best dramatic actor for his role as an African-American who is adopted into a white family in heart-tugging NBC family drama “This Is Us.”

In a crowded limited series category, HBO’s murder mystery “Big Little Lies” came out on top, winning eight Emmys including for best series, for Nicole Kidman’s abused wife character, for Laura Dern and Alexander Skarsgard, as well as for writing and directing.

Kidman said the show “was created out of frustration because women weren’t getting great roles. So now, more roles for women, please!”

Britain’s Riz Ahmed beat presumed front-runner Robert De Niro to take his first Emmy for his role as a man who falls foul of the US judicial system in HBO’s crime limited series “The Night Of.”

Some of the night’s biggest losers included two new Netflix shows. Fan favorite “Stranger Things” won just five of its 18 nominations, mostly in technical categories, and British royal series “The Crown” came away with three out of 16 nominations.

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  1. Avatar Guest March 22nd, 2013 at 4:46 pm

    Mr. Isaac let the court do its job av respect as you claim
    to respect our supreme court.

      1. Avatar kipsuter morioong March 22nd, 2013 at 9:30 pm

        tungojee korti.

  2. Avatar Fundi Franc March 22nd, 2013 at 4:49 pm

    LORDRICK MAYABI -take a look at your recent posts and tell me if you are patriotic? Seems like you are on some payroll or looking for attention. Style up

    1. Avatar Gabby March 22nd, 2013 at 7:29 pm

      Keep on asking and one day you will find……

      1. Avatar kipsuter morioong March 22nd, 2013 at 9:30 pm

        iebc messed up everything. no register was valid. it was polluted. period

  3. Avatar TYSOO March 22nd, 2013 at 6:36 pm


    1. Avatar Morris Mwongo March 22nd, 2013 at 6:53 pm

      ..@tysoo…a courageous comment… cheers,

  4. Avatar kipsuter morioong March 22nd, 2013 at 9:29 pm

    i see why iebc and hassan are scrambling to have this case thrown. messing up with kenyans mind yet you did shoddy job. lets wait for supreme court. period. enuff of some kenyans being treated as second class.

  5. Avatar kange March 22nd, 2013 at 10:53 pm

    It will take life time for RAO to accept defeat, let me take you back abit, during the final Presidential debate, RAO claimed Uhuru had cases in court and while on request was aks to mention afew, he had none, that was his campain about Uhuru and Land issues. His claims of him not winning, am sorry no one will convince him even if you finally tell him you are a winner ATAKATAA MPAKA MAWE NA MOTO IFANYE KAZI.

  6. Avatar upuzi_tele March 23rd, 2013 at 6:46 am

    I feel sorry for this Hassan guy, having failed to give Kenyans a free and fair elections, he is now desperately trying to push the supreme court to throw the case out. It seems he is desperately trying to save his job from being taken away.

    1. Avatar Gabby March 23rd, 2013 at 1:30 pm

      How do you know he failed? You would NOT have survived the referendum and now this. Too big at talking…….

  7. Avatar beshte March 23rd, 2013 at 8:32 am

    The Supreme Court needs to assert its place and Authority as the third force in the Constitution.

    This is a good chance to make themselves really powerful, unlike in the past where most power was held by the executive.

    I really want us to have even up to 5 elections until we get it
    right. The money we will spend for elections will be better used than
    the opposite (It being embezzled in State & County contracts)

    Elections really waste our time, and takes our economy back because everything comes to a standstill.

    I want us to be like Japan where they have up to 2 elections in a year when their Governments collapse.

    We need to make elections be ordinary stuff. Right now its like its
    such a big deal that folks will go to such a great length to rig
    themselves in and make fools of everyone.

    This is the Supreme courts Judges chance to earn their power and
    force us to learn to do things the right way, because we are all just
    too spoiled.

    1. Avatar upuzi_tele March 23rd, 2013 at 1:02 pm

      “I really want us to have even up to 5 elections until we get it
      right. The money we will spend for elections will be better used than
      the opposite (It being embezzled in State & County contracts)” Well said @Beshte. This is the best comment so far.

  8. Avatar Beloved King March 23rd, 2013 at 3:17 pm

    It’s strange that IEBC is not confessing nor acknowledging a systematic failure in their electronic system. The Chairman Hassan is on record assuring Kenyans that their electronic system was tested and was perfect since it had mult-security bumper. The chairman is also on record inviting hackers to attack their system. CORD has placed a serious accusation that IEBC exposed their server to KENCALL who were at the same time hosting TNA servers, thus compromising completely the whole exercise. Hassan must be held personally responsible for favoring the Jubilee and TNA side. For example he went briefing the president about the process in absence of the PM. President Kibaki is perceived to be behind the scenes in the Jubilee campaigns, one must wonder what Hassan was briefing Kibaki privately if that was a way of arranging rigging of elections. IEBC is an independent commission and should not be seen as taking commands from the executive. Mr. Hassan must be fired at the end of all these saga…..


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