Some 11.4 million Americans watched Sunday's Emmy awards on television in a ceremony marked by jokes and jibes at U.S. President Donald Trump and where "Saturday Night Live" was the biggest victor.
Big Little Lies tied with The Handmaid's Tale that also won eight Emmys including Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series (Elisabeth Moss), Outstanding Drama Series and Outstanding Writing For A Drama Series.
John Lithgow, who received the best supporting drama actor for his role as British leader Winston Churchill in "The Crown", took a more diplomatic approach to political commentary. One of the night's big winners was Big Little Lies, which boasts a main cast that's largely female.
"Big Little Lies" swept the longform awards, including Best Limited Series. Yes, even Julia Louis-Dreyfus winning her sixth consecutive Emmy for Veep (a record number of wins for a single role).
Among those who made history at the Emmys were Lena Waithe, who penned the "Thanksgiving" episode of Master of None, Donald Glover, the director of comedy series Atlanta and This is United States star, Sterling K Brown.
Unsurprisingly, the evening was littered with ruthless jokes about President Donald Trump thanks to this year's host Stephen Colbert.
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But then the group stormed in carrying a banner, signs and chanting - "We undocumented youth demand a clean bill ... The confrontation went on for about 30 minutes, according to one published report .
The best comedy series nod went to "Veep", a show about a fictional US politician. "Margaret Atwood, oh my gosh, thank you for what you did in 1985 and thank you for what you continue to do for all of us".
Hulu substantially upped its game from just two measly nominations in 2016 to a total of 18 this year.
Lena Waithe also made history after penning the "Thanksgiving" episode for "Master of None". Kate McKinnon also won for the same show in the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series category.
Elisabeth Moss' Emmy acceptance speech saw her acknowledge friends, directors, and others who have supported her career - but the censors had to cut out the actress' tribute to her mother.
Alec Baldwin won the comedy supporting actor Emmy for his withering impersonations of Trump for "Saturday Night Live "on the Comcast Corp's NBC".
"I think we'll see a definite sales surge with the Emmy win", Hamm said Monday in a phone interview. She was eventually joined by Kidman, Louis-Dreyfus, Moss, all three of whom won in their respective acting categories, Eryn Krueger Mekash and Joy Zapata, who all took home two trophies, tying for the most wins by individuals during the 2017 ceremonies. "Black Mirror: San Junipero" was named best TV movie. Hulu had struggled for years to find its footing with original programming, marked by failed pushes to launch original series with high-profile talent, including actors James Franco (in the time-travel drama 11.22.63) and Breaking Bad's Aaron Paul (in The Path, about a sinister cult). The stars of the 1980 feminist-themed movie 9 to 5 - Lily Tomlin, Jane Fonda and Dolly Parton - reunited to present an award, and Fonda said, "Back in 1980, in that movie, we refused to be controlled by a sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot". That's not surprising, given how nominations Netflix earned this year - with 91 Emmy nods, it had come close to doubling its Emmy presence from 2016, where it was up for 54 potential wins.