HBO dominates 2017 Emmy awards

HBO has once again swept the Creative Arts Emmy Awards with a total of 22 wins across two nights of ceremony despite a no-show from Game of Thrones

The 69th Annual Creative Arts Emmy Awards was presented over the weekend at the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles and awarded 92 Emmys throughout the night, with Netflix productions scoring 21 awards, NBC taking home 15 and ABC winning 14.

HBO’s Westworld, Big Little Lies, Veep and Silicon Valley were among the few which helped the production company score 111 nominations back in July. Astoundingly, HBO’s Game of Thrones was absent from the Television Academy’s list of nominations due to their latest season’s delayed premiere – to be nominated, a show’s premiere episode needs to fall between June 1, 2016 and May 31, 2017. However, Game of Thrones fans need not worry, as HBO’s monolithic fantasy will surely add to their long list of Emmy awards when they are recognised in 2018’s ceremony.

The Creative Arts Emmy awards are usually a good indicator for who will take home the most prestigious titles including Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Lead Actor and Actress in a Drama Series, Outstanding Comedy Series and Outstanding Limited Series. 2017’s nominees for the most anticipated category, Outstanding Drama Series, include Better Call Saul (AMC), The Crown, House of Cards, Stranger Things (Netflix), Westworld (HBO), The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu) and This Is Us (NBC).

Some of the weekend’s winners include Planet Earth II for Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Series, Melissa McCarthy in Saturday Night Live for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series, David Chappelle in Saturday Night Live for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series and most notably, Alexis Bledel in The Handmaid’s Tale for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series.

Alexis Bledel at the 69th Annual Creative Arts Emmy Awards (Image: Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)

Bledel’s win is the most strongly applauded success at this year’s Emmys after years of the actress being subject to typecaste roles following her seven-year stint on WB’s Gilmore Girls in which she played everyone’s favourite intelligent, angelic yet often spoilt teenager, Rory Gilmore. Bledel thanked fellow nominee and fellow cast member Ann Dowd and The Handmaid’s Tale‘s creator Bruce Miller, who has been nominated 13 times by the Television Academy.

Bledel’s recognition for her role as the rebellious Ofglen in Margaret Atwood’s fictional dystopia, Gilead is more than deserved: her character symbolises the effervescent power of those that speak up against repressive leaders, and although Gilead is a highly unlikely depiction of the future, The Handmaid’s Tale‘s resurgence is as timely as ever with our current political climate being shaken by problematic democracy. Bledel took a moment to mention the show’s partnership with online petition platform change.org which functions to bring awareness to an array of international causes.

Bledel thanked Miller and co-star Elisabeth Moss for suggesting to Bledel that she portray a character with “such fortitude amongst such devastation”.

The subsequent Primetime Emmy Awards will air on September 17 and will announce the most deserving winners of 2016’s and 2017’s behemoth year of television. The 69th annual awards will be hosted by Stephen Colbert and is exclusive to Foxtel for Australian viewers – coverage will start at 10:00am AEST, Monday September 18.

Read our review of Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale here.

Featured Image: James Marsden and Evan Rachel Wood in HBO’s Westworld (HBO)