'The Handmaid's Tale,' 'Saturday Night Live' Win Big at Emmy Awards

Ruben Ruiz
September 22, 2017

The 69th Emmy Awards were held at the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles to honor outstanding achievements in the television industry.

Elizabeth Moss and Ann Down won Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress in a Drama.

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 awards ceremony itself was filled with fantastic moments including a few historical ones. And the victor was...

In the TV show based on Margaret Atwood's prolific novel, Moss plays a slave (a handmaid) who is forced to bear children within a totalitarian regime. Despite Moss's odd comments that she didn't consider the story feminist, audiences generally agree that she did a fantastic job looking enraged at the oppressive patriarchal regime. Donald Glover, the creator and star of FX's Atlanta-which has an all-black main cast-took home three Emmys, for directing, acting, and Best Comedy.

"There were two [swear words], unfortunately, that was the best version you could have possibly gotten of that", she said.

She concluded her speech by a particular exuberant thank you to her mom.

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She also credited her mother with being "brave, and strong and smart". I can't even begin to think what it must be like for people who live in that situation. "You have taught me that you can be kind and a f***ing badass".

One of the first minority actors to win an Emmy was none other than Donald Glover.

There's Viola Davis, who was nominated for her role as the fearless Annalise Keating in ABC's How To Get Away With Murder.

Dowd literally couldn't believe she won when her name was announced. Davis is hot this year, too, having just come off of an Oscar win for the 2016 film Fences. "There will plenty of more shows like "Big Little Lies" on the air, but will there be more like 'Being Mary Jane?' 'Jane the Virgin?' 'Fresh Off the Boat?' 'Master of None?' Asian-American actors are barely on television at all, and when they are, they usually portray terrorists in shows like '24′ and 'Homeland'". "It was after our first season in 1976".

Fellow Emmy victor Donald Glover had the exact same reaction to his Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series as Moss did when she won. Minorities have won in that category in previous years, but Brown is only the fourth person to win it.

The NAACP is tremendously pleased that this year's Emmy nominations accurately reflected the work of the many talented individuals of color.

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