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All the 2017 Emmy Award winners

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Last night saw the annual Emmy Awards, considered the pinnacle of the Television award ceremonies. Once considered the poor stepchild to the more popular and bigger movie award ceremonies that take place earlier in the year, the Emmys has been growing in importance and popularity with the recent resurgence of high-quality productions that have come out recently.

All this is visible if you take a look at many of the acting nominees in this year’s awards, which were populated by big name movie stars who are now also making their mark in the TV world. As production values have picked up on TV, so have the budgets – and so it’s not surprising that many of these series have been able to garner interest from the best of Hollywood.

One of the big drivers of this growth though has been the streaming platforms who have been responsible for ensuring their respective television series remain of an exceptional quality. Chief among these are Netflix, Amazon and Hulu who collectively racked up more than 120 nominations this year between them. It should be no surprise that Netflix’s Stranger Things was one of the most nominated shows of the year with 18 nominations across all the categories, second only to Saturday Night Live and HBO’s Westworld which tied for 22 nominations.

So, just how did the 2017 Emmy awards pan out? Well, strangely enough, it was a very quiet night for those aforementioned big nominees. So just who took their thunder? Check out the full list of winners below (in bold) – which is essentially everything you need to know about the awards show minus the boring speeches:

Outstanding Drama Series

  • Better Call Saul
  • House of Cards
  • The Handmaid’s Tale
  • The Crown
  • This Is Us
  • Stranger Things
  • Westworld

Outstanding Comedy Series

  • Modern Family
  • Silicon Valley
  • Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
  • Veep
  • Master of None
  • Black-ish
  • Atlanta

Outstanding Limited Series

  • Big Little Lies
  • Fargo
  • Feud: Bette & Joan
  • The Night Of
  • Genius

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

  • Claire Foy, The Crown
  • Viola Davis, How to Get Away With Murder
  • Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid’s Tale
  • Keri Russell, The Americans
  • Evan Rachel Wood, Westworld
  • Robin Wright, House of Cards

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

  • Kevin Spacey, House of Cards
  • Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul
  • Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan
  • Matthew Rhys, The Americans
  • Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us
  • Milo Ventimiglia, This Is Us
  • Anthony Hopkins, Westworld

Outstanding Actress in a Limited Series or Movie

  • Carrie Coon, Fargo
  • Felicity Huffman, American Crime
  • Nicole Kidman, Big Little Lies
  • Reese Witherspoon, Big Little Lies
  • Jessica Lange, Feud: Bette and Joan
  • Susan Sarandon, Feud: Bette and Joan

Outstanding Actor in a Limited Series or Movie

  • Riz Ahmed, The Night Of
  • Robert De Niro, The Wizard of Lies
  • Ewan McGregor, Fargo
  • Geoffrey Rush, Genius
  • John Turturro, The Night Of
  • Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
  • Lily Tomlin, Grace and Frankie
  • Jane Fonda, Grace and Frankie
  • Ellie Kemper, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
  • Tracee Ellis Ross, Black-ish
  • Allison Janney, Mom
  • Pamela Adlon, Better Things

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

  • Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent
  • William H. Macy, Shameless
  • Anthony Anderson, Black-ish
  • Aziz Ansari, Master of None
  • Donald Glover, Atlanta
  • Zach Galifianakis, Baskets

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

  • Ty Burrell, Modern Family
  • Matt Walsh, Veep
  • Tony Hale, Veep
  • Louie Anderson, Baskets
  • Alec Baldwin, Saturday Night Live
  • Tituss Burgess, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

  • Leslie Jones, Saturday Night Live
  • Vanessa Bayer, Saturday Night Live
  • Judith Light, Transparent
  • Kathryn Hahn, Transparent
  • Anna Chlumsky, Veep
  • Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

  • Jonathan Banks, Better Call Saul
  • Ed Harris, Westworld
  • Michael Kelly, House of Cards
  • Ron Cephas Jones, This Is Us
  • John Lithgow, The Crown
  • Jeffrey Wright, Westworld

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

  • Millie Bobby Brown, Stranger Things
  • Chrissy Metz, This Is Us
  • Thandie Newton, Westworld
  • Uzo Aduba, Orange Is the New Black
  • Ann Dowd, The Handmaid’s Tale
  • Samira Wiley, The Handmaid’s Tale

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or a Movie

  • Bill Camp, The Night Of
  • Michael Kenneth Williams, The Night Of
  • Alfred Molina, Feud: Bette and Joan
  • Alexander Skarsgard, Big Little Lies
  • David Thewlis, Fargo
  • Stanley Tucci, Feud: Bette and Joan

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or a Movie

  • Judy Davis, Feud: Bette and Joan
  • Laura Dern, Big Little Lies
  • Regina King, American Crime
  • Shailene Woodley, Big Little Lies
  • Michelle Pfeiffer, The Wizard of Lies
  • Jackie Hoffman, Feud: Bette and Joan

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series

  • Gerald McRaney, This Is Us
  • Ben Mendelsohn, Bloodline
  • BD Wong, Mr. Robot
  • Denis O’Hare, This Is Us
  • Brian Tyree Henry, This Is Us
  • Hank Azaria, Ray Donovan

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series

  • Alexis Bledel, The Handmaid’s Tale
  • Shannon Purser, Stranger Things
  • Laverne Cox, Orange Is the New Black
  • Ann Dowd, The Leftovers
  • Cicely Tyson, How to Get Away With Murder
  • Alison Wright, The Americans

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series

  • Matthew Rhys, Girls
  • Riz Ahmed, Girls
  • Dave Chappelle, Saturday Night Live
  • Lin-Manuel Miranda, Saturday Night Live
  • Tom Hanks, Saturday Night Live
  • Hugh Laurie, Veep

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series

  • Wanda Sykes, Black-ish
  • Carrie Fisher, Catastrophe
  • Becky Ann Baker, Girls
  • Melissa McCarthy, Saturday Night Live
  • Kristen Wiig, Saturday Night Live
  • Angela Bassett, Master of None

Outstanding TV Movie

  • Black Mirror: San Junipero
  • Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
  • Sherlock: The Lying Detective
  • The Wizard of Lies

Outstanding Variety Sketch Series

  • Billy on the Street
  • Documentary Now!
  • Drunk History
  • Portlandia
  • Saturday Night Live
  • Tracey Ullman’s Show

Outstanding Variety Talk Series

  • Full Frontal With Samantha Bee
  • Jimmy Kimmel Live!
  • Last Week Tonight With John Oliver
  • The Late, Late Show With James Corden
  • The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
  • Real Time With Bill Maher

Outstanding Reality Competition Program

  • The Voice
  • Top Chef
  • The Amazing Race
  • Project Runway
  • American Ninja Warrior
  • RuPaul’s Drag Race

Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series

  • Donald Glover, Atlanta
  • Jamie Babbit, Silicon Valley
  • Mike Judge, Silicon Valley
  • Morgan Sackett, Veep
  • David Mandel, Veep
  • Dale Stern, Veep

Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series

  • Donald Glover, Atlanta, “B.A.N.”
  • Stephen Glover, Atlanta, “Streets on Lock”
  • Aziz Ansari and Lena Waithe, Master of None, “Thanksgiving”
  • Alec Berg, Silicon Valley, “Success Failure”
  • Billy Kimball, Veep, “Georgia”
  • David Mandel, Veep, “Groundbreaking”

Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series

  • Vince Gilligan, Better Call Saul
  • Reed Morano, The Handmaid’s Tale
  • Stephen Daldry, The Crown
  • Kate Dennis, The Handmaid’s Tale
  • Lesli Linka Glatter, Homeland
  • The Duffer Brothers, Stranger Things
  • Jonathan Nolan, Westworld

Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series

  • Joel Fields and Joel Weisberg, The Americans, “The Soviet Division”
  • Gordon Smith, Better Call Saul, “Chicanery”
  • Peter Morgan, The Crown, “Assassins”
  • Bruce Miller, The Handmaid’s Tale, “Offred”
  • Matt Duffer and Ross Duffer, Stranger Things, “Chapter One: The Vanishing of Will Byers”
  • Lisa Joy and Jonathan Nolan, Westworld, “The Bicameral Mind”

Outstanding Directing for a Limited Series, Movie, or a Dramatic Special

  • Jean-Marc Vallée, Big Little Lies
  • Noah Hawley, Fargo
  • Ryan Murphy, Feud: Bette and Joan
  • Ron Howard, Genius
  • James Marsh, The Night Of
  • Steven Zaillian, The Night Of

Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series, Movie, or a Dramatic Special

  • David E. Kelly, Big Little Lies
  • Charlie Brooker, Black Mirror: San Junipero
  • Noah Hawley, Fargo, “The Law of Vacant Places”
  • Ryan Murphy, Feud: Bette and Joan, “And the Winner Is…”
  • Jaffe Cohen, Michael Zam, Ryan Murphy, Feud: Bette and Joan, “Pilot”
  • Richard Price and Steve Zaillian, The Night Of, “The Call of the Wild”

Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series

  • Full Frontal With Samantha Bee 
  • Last Week Tonight With John Oliver 
  • Late Night With Seth Meyers 
  • The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
  • Saturday Night Live 

Outstanding Directing for a Variety Series

  • Derek Waters & Jeremy Konner, Drunk History
  • Andy Fisher, Jimmy Kimmel Live
  • Paul Pennolino, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
  • Jim Hoskinson, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
  • Don Roy King, Saturday Night Live

The big winners this year were instead Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale and HBO’s Big Little Lies, which took home an incredible five awards each. In case you were wondering where Game of Thrones was on this list and why it was missing it’s because with their extended development period for this past season, they actually missed the nomination window for this year’s awards. Fear not though your beloved show will be back in the running next year.

Personally, I have yet to watch many of these shows, but I have no doubt that I will sometime in the next 5-10 years on some big binge sessions. As for you, any awards that surprised you or have you simply just stopped caring about these sort of things?

Last Updated: September 18, 2017


  1. Skittle

    September 18, 2017 at 09:01

    What is a limited series? Is a it a mini-series just with a new name?


    • Sandelk

      September 18, 2017 at 09:25

      Essentially yes.


    • Kervyn Cloete

      September 18, 2017 at 09:37

      Sort of. They’re basically the same thing, in that they’re series that have a predetermined end date, but mini-series tends to have a lower episode count. Fargo getting in this list is a bit of a technicality, as it’s an ongoing series, but its an anthology, so each season is standalone.


    • Kervyn Cloete

      September 18, 2017 at 09:40

      Oh and the other new buzzword is “event series”. This is usually when a normal longform TV series either comes back or stages a “season” that stands alone from previous efforts and lowers the episode count from the traditional 23 or 24 episodes so as to up the budget per episode. 24: Live Another Day kicked off this trend, and now we’ve seen it done for Prison Break and X Files.


  2. Magoo

    September 18, 2017 at 09:03



  3. David Weatherhead

    September 18, 2017 at 22:01

    Super bummed no awards for Stranger Things or Westworld 🙁


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