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Emmys put feminine foot forward


This year’s award was a celebration of women-oriented content, sartorial fashion choices and diversity

The 69th Primetime Emmy Awards saw “Saturday Night Live” – a platform for political satire – and two women-oriented dramas win big, even as US President Donald Trump remained a favourite subject during the ceremony where people of colour stood out.

“Saturday Night Live”, which features Alec Baldwin doing an impression of Trump, won nine awards, while “Big Little Lies” and “The Handmaid’s Tale” – both of which tell engrossing tales on women – won eight honours, which saw Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra as one of the presenters.

Politics remained at the forefront of the event, where former White House press secretary Sean Spicer made a surprise appearance. American comedian-actor Stephen Colbert, debuting as the Emmy Awards host, laced his opening monologue with swipes at Trump.

Donald Glover won for Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series –the first African-American to win an Emmy in the category – and one for Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series. Lena Waithe became the first African-American woman to win an Emmy award for writing for a comedy series. She shared the award with Indian-American Aziz Ansari for co-writing the “Thanksgiving” episode of “Master of None”. Even Sterling K. Brown made history as he emerged as the first African-American to win Best Actor in a Drama Series at the Emmys in 19 years. He was lauded for “This Is Us”.

Adding more colour of diversity to the show were Nicole Kidman, Elisabeth Moss and Julia Louis-Dreyfus.Kidman took home the award for the outstanding lead actress in the limited series or movie category for Big Little Lies. While Elisabeth Moss was named best actress in a drama series for “The Handmaid’s Tale”, Julia Louis-Dreyfus became the best actress in a comedy seriesfor ‘Veep’

Reese Witherspoon, who acted in and served as an executive producer on “Big Little Lies” accepted the Outstanding Limited Series honour for the show. And ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ won the best dram series award. –Agencies