The Handmaid’s Tale’ and ‘SNL’ clean up at politically charged event

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‘Atlanta’ and ‘Veep’ win big in diverse, commentary-filled awards ceremony

‘The Handmaid’s Tale’, ‘Saturday Night Live’ and ‘Veep’ cleaned up at the 2017 Emmy Awards, befitting a three-hour ceremony that simmered with political outrage and proffered television as a haven for diversity, equality and opportunity – and perhaps an escape as well.

Host Stephen Colbert opened the show with a monologue packed with Trump burns, focusing specifically on the president’s obsession with the Emmys and the fact that his long-running reality show, The Apprentice, never won. At the end of his speech, he introduced Trump’s former Press Secretary, Sean Spicer, who rolled a podium onto the stage a la Melissa McCarthy’s SNL impersonation of him and joked, “This will be the largest audience to witness an Emmys, period – both in person and around the world.”

In all, Saturday Night Live took home nine Emmy awards – the biggest haul of the evening. In the night’s two biggest categories, The Handmaid’s Tale won Outstanding Drama Series while Veep took home its fourth Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series. The night saw several stars winning their first Emmys as well, with Donald Glover picking up Best Actor in a Comedy Series and Best Directing for his work on Atlanta, and Elisabeth Moss – after years of coming up short for Mad Men – winning Best Lead Actress in a Drama for The Handmaid’s Tale.