The 69th Primetime Emmy Awards commenced live on Sunday, September 17 at 5 p.m. PT (8 p.m. ET). With Game of Thrones out of the running due to its late season debut, this year was a whole new ball game. While there were a few winners that have become expected names (e.g., Julia Louis-Dreyfus), there were also a number of first-timers, including Donald Glover for his intriguing new series, Atlanta. As such, we’ve worked up a list of Emmy winners from the top nominations.
Follow below for the top Emmy winners from the 2017 awards show.
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
- Viola Davis, (How to Get Away with Murder)
- Claire Foy (The Crown)
- Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid’s Tale)
- Keri Russell (The Americans)
- Evan Rachel Wood (Westworld)
- Robin Wright (House of Cards)
Winner: Elisabeth Moss for The Handmaid’s Tale. After nine career nominations, Moss finally took home the award for her mesmerizing performance as Offred, bringing charm, vulnerability, and even a bit of sass to a tortured character forced into a devastating situation in a dystopian society.
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama series
- Sterling K. Brown (This Is Us)
- Anthony Hopkins (Westworld)
- Matthew Rhys (The Americans)
- Liev Schreiber (Ray Donovan)
- Kevin Spacey (House of Cards)
- Milo Ventimiglia (This Is Us)
- Bob Odenkirk (Better Call Saul)
Winner: Sterling K. Brown for This Is Us. For his second win in a row (he won last year for his supporting role in American Crime Story: The People vs. OJ Simpson), Brown brought home a win for network TV for his role in the emotionally charged NBC drama.
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie
- Riz Ahmed (The Night Of)
- Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock: The Lying Detective)
- Robert De Niro (The Wizard of Lies)
- Ewan McGregor (Fargo)
- Geoffrey Rush (Genius)
- John Turturro (The Night Of )
Winner: Riz Ahmed for The Night Of. Known for being a rapper and activist, Ahmed has been on the rise, appearing in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, as well as winning acclaim for this HBO miniseries and a guest spot on the final season of HBO’s Girls, for which he was also nominated. Can anyone say rising star?
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie
- Carrie Coon (Fargo)
- Felicity Huffman (American Crime)
- Nicole Kidman (Big Little Lies)
- Jessica Lange (Feud: Bette and Joan)
- Susan Sarandon (Feud: Bette and Joan)
- Reese Witherspoon (Big Little Lies)
Winner: This is Kidman’s first Emmy win after three nominations. She finally brought home the award for her emotional role as an abused wife in the star-studded HBO limited series. Alexander Skarsgard, who played her husband, also took home an Emmy for his supporting role.
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
- Anthony Anderson (Black-ish)
- Aziz Ansari (Master of None)
- Zach Galifianakis (Baskets)
- Donald Glover (Atlanta)
- William H. Macy (Shameless)
- Jeffrey Tambor (Transparent)
Winner: Donald Glover for Atlanta. Finally knocking Jeffrey Tambor off the winner’s podium in this category, Glover delivered an impassioned performance as a young Princeton dropout trying to reclaim his life by managing his cousin’s burgeoning rap career. Glover also mades some history as the first black director to win an Emmy for a comedy series, also for Atlanta.
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
- Pamela Adlon (Better Things)
- Tracee Ellis-Ross (Black-ish)
- Jane Fonda (Grace and Frankie)
- Lily Tomlin (Grace and Frankie)
- Allison Janney (Mom)
- Ellie Kemper (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt)
- Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep)
Winner: Julia Louis-Dreyfus for Veep. With this win, Louis-Dreyfus now holds the record for the most Emmys won for the same role in the same series, grabbing the award for the sixth consecutive year.
Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series
- Ann Dowd (The Handmaid’s Tale)
- Samira Wiley (The Handmaid’s Tale)
- Uzo Aduba (Orange is the New Black)
- Millie Brown (Stranger Things)
- Chrissy Metz (This Is Us)
- Thandie Newton (Westworld)
Winner: Ann Dowd for The Handmaid’s Tale. This was one of the toughest categories to call, but with Ann Dowd bringing terror to new heights with her role as the stern, fanatical, and downright cruel Aunt Lydia, it’s no surprise she took home the statue.
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
- John Lithgow (The Crown)
- Jonathan Banks (Better Call Saul)
- Mandy Patinkin (Homeland)
- Michael Kelly (House of Cards)
- David Harbour (Stranger Things)
- Ron Cephas Jones (This Is Us)
- Jeffrey Wright (Westworld)
Winner: John Lithgow for The Crown. The man is a movie and TV legend, and while the other nominees all delivered fantastic performances, it was no surprise that Lithgow’s interpretation of Churchill saw his name called to the podium.
Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series
- Vanessa Bayer (Saturday Night Live)
- Anna Chlumsky, above (Veep)
- Leslie Jones (Saturday Night Live)
- Kate McKinnon (Saturday Night Live)
- Kathryn Hahn (Transparent)
Winner: Kate McKinnon for Saturday Night Live. Kate McKinnon may have started a trend with her surprise win last year, joined by two other SNL cast mates this year. And she took home the award for a second year in a row, delivering a tearful acceptance speech.
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
- Alec Baldwin (Saturday Night Live)
- Louie Anderson (Baskets)
- Ty Burrell (Modern Family)
- Tituss Burgess (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt)
- Tony Hale (Veep)
- Matt Walsh (Veep)
Winner: Alec Baldwin for Saturday Night Live. As expected, the Emmy folks handed Baldwin the statue for his spot-on Trump impression. Baldwin’s appearances played a significant role in giving SNL a ratings boost last season — even though he wasn’t a regular cast member, he probably appeared in more sketches than most.
Outstanding Limited Series or Movie
- Big Little Lies (HBO)
- Fargo (FX)
- Feud: Bette and Joan (FX)
- The Night Of (HBO)
- Genius (National Geographic)
Winner: Big Little Lies from HBO. With The People vs. OJ Simpson no longer on the list, it was fair game for anyone in this category. And as the clear favorite, Big Little Lies and its star-studded female-centric cast brought home another win for HBO.
Outstanding Drama Series
- Better Call Saul (AMC)
- The Crown, above (Netflix)
- The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu)
- Stranger Things (Netflix)
- This Is Us (NBC)
- Westworld (HBO)
- House of Cards (Netflix)
Winner: The Handmaid’s Tale from Hulu. While The Crown was a viable sleeper, the cathartic dystopia unleashed by The Handmaid’s Tale on a listless nation, along with a litany of incredible performances, imaginative sets, and striking cinematography helped give the show yet another deserving win.
Outstanding Comedy Series
- Atlanta (FX)
- Black-ish (ABC)
- Modern Family (ABC)
- Master of None (Netflix)
- Silicon Valley (HBO)
- Veep (HBO)
- Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix)
Winner: Veep from HBO. The whole crew took the stage to accept the award in this category for the third year in a row. Veep will air its seventh and final season in 2018.