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 show also won awards for writing, directing and for supporting actress Ann Dowd for a total of 8.
Other new faces included Donald Glover, the best comedy actor and also director for his hip-hop themed show “Atlanta.”
Julia Louis-Dreyfus won her sixth consecutive Emmy for playing a female egotistical presidential candidate on HBO’s “Veep,” one of the few repeat winners.
“We did have a whole storyline about impeachment but we abandoned that because we were worried that someone else might get to it first,” said Louis-Dreyfus, accepting her trophy.
Sterling K. Brown won best dramatic actor for his role as an African-American who is adopted into a white family in heart-tugging NBC family drama “This Is Us.”
In a crowded limited series category, HBO’s murder mystery “Big Little Lies” came out on top, winning eight Emmys including for best series, for Nicole Kidman’s abused wife character, for Laura Dern and Alexander Skarsgard, as well as for writing and directing.
Kidman said the show “was created out of frustration because women weren’t getting great roles. So now, more roles for women, please!”
Britain’s Riz Ahmed beat presumed front-runner Robert De Niro to take his first Emmy for his role as a man who falls foul of the U.S. judicial system in HBO’s crime limited series “The Night Of.”
Some of the night’s biggest losers included two new Netflix shows. Fan favorite “Stranger Things” won just five of its 18 nominations, mostly in technical categories, and British royal series “The Crown” came away with three out of 16 nominations.