Want to know the list of winners, with analysis, from the 2017 Emmys? Well, this is what this entire article is about. Over the course of the night, we are going to be updating this piece with our take on all of the major winners! Let’s hope for some surprises, since the last thing that we want to see is an Emmy broadcast that is 100% predictable from start to finish.
Anyway, let’s not waste too much time diving into this: Let’s get into the main reason all of you are here!
Supporting Actor, Drama – John Lithgow, The Crown. This was of course predictable, but also deserved. We genuinely think that Lithgow, even with this and other wins, is probably one of the most underrated actors of our time. He’s great in everything, whether it be comedies or dramas. His speech was also genuine and very much from the heart.
Supporting Actress, Comedy – Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live. We were hoping for Leslie Jones just because we love her story and her comedy. Yet, Kate’s a worthy winner given that she always brings so much to the table. Plus, her playing Hillary Clinton this year was the cheery atop the dessert.
Supporting Actress, Drama – Laura Dern, Big Little Lies. It’s a worthy win, but the biggest surprise here was just that this was the first win for Dern. How did that happen!? We’re absolutely glad that it did.
Directing, Comedy – Donald Glover, Atlanta. In the end, we have a feeling that this is going to be just one of many awards that Glover and this show win tonight.
Variety Sketch Series – Saturday Night Live. After this past year, it would be sacrilege if the show didn’t win here.
Writing, Drama Series – Bruce Miller, The Handmaid’s Tale. This wasn’t all that much of a shock just on the basis of the timely nature of the work, plus also just how conducive this show is for discussion.
Supporting Actor, Comedy – Alec Baldwin, Saturday Night Live. After playing Trump for so many episodes, this is a win that was easy to telegraph — and much deserved given his cultural impact.
Director, Limited Series – Jean-Marc Vallée, Big Little Lies. Does this raise the odds for a season 2? We hope so!
Supporting Actress in a Drama – Ann Dowd, The Handmaid’s Tale. ANN DOWN. Who doesn’t want to celebrate this? If only she got more love for The Leftovers.
Reality Competition Show – The Voice. How did this happen? We feel like this is a fun show at times, but also deeply flawed and with winners year in and year out who really don’t matter.
Variety Series – Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. You knew it was going to happen, and nobody should be upset over it.
Actor, Comedy Series – Donald Glover, Atlanta. This was a wonderful win for him, especially when you think about his journey and everything that he’s been through to get to this point. He paid his dues, and is certainly a worthy choice.
Actress, Comedy Series – Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep. This was as predictable a victory as Oliver’s show. Yet, we don’t mind this one, either.
Outstanding Variety Series – Veep. Given this past season being such an amazing iteration of the show’s run, let’s toast to it getting some love here.
Actor, Limited Series – Riz Ahmed, The Night Of. Riz was spectacular, but at the same time we didn’t think that the Emmys would give it to him in the midst of this field. Let’s just say we consider ourselves very lucky that he got it!
Actress, Limited Series – Nicole Kidman, Big Little Lies. The only thing that we were concerned about going into tonight was that she and Reese Witherspoon would split the vote.
TV Movie – Black Mirror: San Junipero. From our vantage point, the surprise of the night given that it felt like The Wizard of Lies was a given. Yet, this brilliant, thought-provoking Netflix anthology is worthy of every bit of love that it gets.
Limited Series – Big Little Lies. The HBO limited series clearly came, saw, and conquered this year. Great speech by Witherspoon and Kidman on the stage, as well.
Actor, Drama – Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us. Brilliant actor, a brilliant performance, and a brilliant speech — including him refusing to let the music cut him off at the end.
Actress, Drama – Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid’s Tale. We knew that she would give an extraordinary speech, and she did that — plus also setting off the sensors in the process.
Drama Series – The Handmaid’s Tale. You likely saw this coming after some of the other wins, but what a big night this is for streaming. This Margaret Atwood adaptation was powerful, timely, and anything and everything in between. Great way to close off the show.
What do you think about some of the winners tonight at the Emmys? Share in the comments below! Meanwhile, head over here in the event you missed our take on the opening monologue featuring Stephen Colbert. (Photo: Emmys.)