The Handmaid's Tale, Veep win top Emmy Award prizes

Julia Louis-Dreyfus Sets Emmys Record With Sixth Consecutive Win for Veep

The Handmaid's Tale took home Outstanding Drama, Veep - which earned Julia Louis-Dreyfus a record seventh acting Emmy - won Outstanding Comedy, while Big Little Lies took home Limited Series and Black Mirror's "San Junipero", about a lesbian couple, won Outstanding TV Movie. Louis-Dreyfus won once more for her razor-sharp portrayal of political viper Selina Meyer on HBO's caustic comedy Veep.

"This is and continues to be the role of a lifetime", she said during her acceptance speech on Sunday evening.

Reed Morano was named best director for her work on the show, also her first, while series creator Bruce Miller won the Emmy for drama series writing.

The 56-year-old actress - who became famous for playing in Saturday Night Live and Seinfeld - promised a "great final season" of Veep.

'We did have a whole storyline about impeachment but we abandoned that because we were anxious that someone else might get to it first, ' said Louis-Dreyfus, accepting her trophy.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus won the Primetime Emmy for outstanding actress in a comedy series for "Veep".

"Saturday Night Live" was named best variety sketch series, and also brought wins for Kate McKinnon and Melissa McCarthy's turn as former White House press secretary Sean Spicer.

The win for McKinnon was her second in a row.

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More history was made in the best comedy writing award, which was shared by Lena Waithe and Aziz Ansari for penning his Netflix sitcom Master Of None.

Donald Glover doubled down on historic wins, as the first black actor to win Outstanding Lead Actor in a comedy series since Robert Guillaume won for Benson in 1985 and the first black person to win an Emmy for comedy directing ever.

Plenty of history was made at the Emmys Sunday night.

Colbert promised the ceremony honoring the best actors and shows on television would be political in the days before Sunday's ceremony broadcasting live from the Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles.

"Okay, thanks a million, you guys", she said as she took the stage.

In a crowded limited series category, HBO's female-driven murder mystery "Big Little Lies" came out on top, winning for best series, for actors Nicole Kidman, Laura Dern and Alexander Skarsgard, as well as for writing and directing.

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