|69th Primetime Emmy Awards|
|Location||Microsoft Theater, |
Los Angeles, California
|Presented by||Academy of Television Arts and Sciences|
|Hosted by||Stephen Colbert|
|Outstanding Comedy Series||Veep|
|Outstanding Drama Series||The Handmaid's Tale|
|Outstanding Limited Series||Big Little Lies|
|Outstanding Competition Program||The Voice|
|Outstanding Variety Talk Series||Last Week Tonight with John Oliver|
|Produced by||Ricky Kirshner|
|Directed by||Glenn Weiss|
The 69th Primetime Emmy Awards honored the best in US prime time television programming from June 1, 2016, until May 31, 2017, as chosen by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. The ceremony was held on Sunday, September 17, 2017, at the Microsoft Theater in Downtown Los Angeles, California, and was broadcast in the U.S. by CBS. The ceremony was hosted by Stephen Colbert. The 69th Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards were held on September 9 and 10, and was broadcast by FXX on September 16.
The nominations were announced by Anna Chlumsky and Shemar Moore on July 13, 2017. Channelwise, the freshman HBO science fiction western drama Westworld and NBC sketch comedy Saturday Night Live were the most nominated programs, each with 22 nominations.
Host Stephen Colbert opened the ceremony with a song-and-dance number and a monologue that lampooned the state of the world under President Donald Trump, which The New York Times said set an anti-Trump tone for the rest of the event. Many of the further presentations and host commentary continued jokes aimed towards Trump, along with winners' speeches criticizing the President and standing behind diversity in the television field. Sean Spicer, Trump's former White House Press Secretary, made an appearance in which he parodied himself. RuPaul played a living Emmy statue in a comedic interview segment with Colbert during the ceremony.
Original programming streaming television services—Netflix and Hulu—upended traditional broadcast television series in several categories. Netflix series earned a total of 20 Primetime Emmy Awards, following only HBO with 29 and leading NBC with 15. Hulu's The Handmaid's Tale became the first web series to win Outstanding Drama Series. Additionally, streaming television also won their first awards for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series (Elisabeth Moss for The Handmaid's Tale – Hulu), Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series (Alexis Bledel for The Handmaid's Tale – Hulu),[a] Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series (Bruce Miller for The Handmaid's Tale – Hulu), Outstanding Television Movie (Black Mirror: San Junipero – Netflix) and Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series, Movie or Dramatic Special (Charlie Brooker for Black Mirror: San Junipero – Netflix).
In addition, the night saw several other historic firsts: Donald Glover became the first African-American to win Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series for Atlanta. Riz Ahmed, with his win for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie for The Night Of, became the first Asian to win that category as well as the first Asian male to win an acting award and first South Asian to win a lead acting award. Moreover, Ahmed and Dave Chappelle also became the first Muslims to win acting awards, with Ahmed being the first Muslim to win a lead acting award and Chappelle the first to win for a guest role for Saturday Night Live. With Aziz Ansari and Lena Waithe winning Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series for Master of None, Waithe became the first African-American female to win that award. Finally, Julia Louis-Dreyfus won her record sixth consecutive award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for the same category for the same role in a single series as Selina Meyer on Veep; she is now tied with Cloris Leachman for the most wins as a performer.
The awards ceremony drew 11.4 million viewers, on par with the previous awards ceremony, but one of the lowest viewerships for the Primetime Emmy Awards overall. Analysts attribute this to younger audiences preferring to watch clips or summaries than the entire event and to Florida markets being affected by Hurricane Irma.
Winners and nominees
Winners are listed first, highlighted in boldface, and indicated with a double dagger (‡).[b] For simplicity, producers who received nominations for program awards, as well as nominated writers for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series, have been omitted.
Most major nominations
|Feud: Bette and Joan||Limited||FX||10|
|Big Little Lies||Limited||8|
|The Night Of|
|The Handmaid's Tale||Drama||Hulu||7|
|Saturday Night Live||Comedy/Variety||NBC|
|Better Call Saul||Drama||AMC|
|This Is Us||NBC|
|Full Frontal with Samantha Bee||Variety||TBS||4|
|House of Cards||Drama||Netflix|
|Last Week Tonight with John Oliver||Variety||HBO|
|The Late Show with Stephen Colbert||CBS|
|Master of None||Comedy||Netflix|
|Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt||Netflix|
|The Wizard of Lies||Movie||HBO|
Most major awards
|Big Little Lies||Limited||HBO||5|
|The Handmaid's Tale||Drama||Hulu|
|Saturday Night Live||Comedy/Variety||NBC||4|
|Black Mirror: San Junipero||Movie||Netflix|
|Last Week Tonight with John Oliver||Variety||HBO|
Presenters and performers
Chance the Rapper
Millie Bobby Brown
|"Everything is Better on TV"|
- Glen Campbell
- June Foray
- Ed Greene
- John Bernecker
- Mike Connors
- Zsa Zsa Gabor
- Chuck Barris
- Chris Bearde
- Brad Grey
- Frank Konigsberg
- Powers Boothe
- Jeannie Gunn
- Adam West
- John Heard
- Gary Glasberg
- Roger Ailes
- Agnes Nixon
- Robert Osborne
- Jay Thomas
- Nelsan Ellis
- Mark Schlegel
- Norman Brokaw
- Marsh McCall
- Don Ohlmeyer
- Robert Vaughn
- Bill Paxton
- Roger Moore
- Carrie Fisher
- Debbie Reynolds
- John Hurt
- Gwen Ifill
- Grant Tinker
- Stanley Kallis
- Sandy Gallin
- Miguel Ferrer
- Martin Landau
- Richard Hatch
- Alan Thicke
- Florence Henderson
- Jerry Lewis
- Don Rickles
- Mary Tyler Moore
- Awarded the weekend before at the Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards
- The outlets listed for each program are the U.S. broadcasters or streaming services identified in the nominations, which for some international productions are different from the broadcaster(s) that originally commissioned the program.
- "Major" constitutes the categories listed above: Program, Acting, Directing, and Writing. Does not include the technical categories.
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