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20 Best, Worst and WTF Things We Saw at Emmys 2017

From Stephen Colbert getting political to Sean Spicer getting a podium – the highlights, low points and headscratchers from last night’s Emmys

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The 20 best, worst and most WTF moments at Emmys 2017 – from Stephen Colbert getting chummy with Sean Spicer to some truly historic wins.

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That’s a wrap on the 2017 Emmys, and despite some bumps – and one very large, Spicey-shaped elephant in the room – the 69th annual ceremony went off with very few hitches, and not just because it ended almost exactly 11 p.m EST.

Despite some obvious misses in the nominees (no Insecure? The Americans? The Leftovers?), last night’s winners felt pretty spot-on. Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale and HBO’s Big Little Lies cleaned up, as did old favorites like Veep and Saturday Night Live. Thanks to a more diverse crew of winners – including Riz Ahmed for The Night Of, Lena Waithe for Master of None and Donald Glover for Atlanta – it seemed like Emmy voters may have actually been listening to those who’ve criticized the #EntertainmentIndustrySoWhite norm.

And under the auspices of host Stephen Colbert, the whole thing was sprightly and – unsurprisingly, given the fact that we’re living in Donald Trump’s bizarro world – politically charged. Here are our picks for 20 of the night’s best, worst and most genuinely headscratching WTF moments.

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Best: ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Gets the Gold

Bruce Miller’s adaptation Margaret Atwood’s 1985 dystopian novel turned out to be the most upsettingly relevant show of 2017 – so it’s no surprise that The Handmaid’s Tale was a big drama winner tonight, nabbing eight statuettes including Outstanding Lead Actress (Elisabeth Moss), Writing (Miller), Supporting Actress (Ann Dowd) and Directing (Reed Morano. In addition to being a timely meditation on the way society polices women and their bodies, it’s also a vividly realized piece of television – from Moss’s haunted and haunting central performance to the show’s visceral cinematography and pointed writing. And it was particularly lovely to see veteran actor Dowd nab a much-deserved win (for her turn as the fearsome Aunt Lydia) after decades of memorable but often unrecognized work on TV, film and stage. JS

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