Emmys 2017: Priyanka Chopra dazzles, Nicole Kidman wins her first
Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra stepped out in a figure hugging white custom-made Balmain mermaid creation at the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards.
She took the stage alongside Anthony Anderson to present the Award for Outstanding Variety Talk Series to John Oliver for "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver" at the Microsoft Theater on September 17.
But, while announcing the name, the announcer missed out the alphabet "R" from Chopra and pronounced it as "Chopa". As the video of the event surfaced on social media, people started teaching Emmy, how to pronounce the name. One of the tweets reads, “Did this dude just call her "Priyanka Chopa"?”
At the red carpet, Priyanka made heads turn with her full-sleeves ensemble, which was adorned with crystals and had a feather skirt train. With her hair neatly tied in a ponytail, her lips done up in deep berry red and dramatic eye make-up, the "Quantico" star exuded a fierce and powerful demeanour at the red carpet of the gala.
In terms of accessories, she chose to go minimalistic with only a pair of earrings which added elegance to her look. Last year, Priyanka had made her debut at the Emmy Awards and left a lasting impression with a confident twirl in a red single shoulder gown.
At the event, Oscar winner Nicole Kidman won her first ever Emmy Award as Outstanding Actress in a Limited Series, for her role in "Big Little Lies". She called domestic abuse a "complicated, insidious disease".
Kidman played Celeste, a wife and mother who becomes the victim of domestic violence at the hands of her husband Perry, essayed by Alexander Skarsgard, who also won an Emmy here on September 17.
Looking resplendent and radiant in a red gown, Kidman thanked her husband Keith Urban and her daughters for supporting her career, and said she hoped the Emmy win can be a lesson for others in a way.
"Sometimes, when you're acting you get a chance to bring a bigger message... We shone a light on domestic abuse," she said.
"It is a complicated, insidious disease. It exists far more than we allow ourselves to know. It is filled with shame and secrecy. And by you acknowledging me with this award, it shines a light on it even more," she said in gratitude to the Television Academy.
"Big Little Lies" was nominated for a total of 16 Emmys this year, and won eight, including Outstanding Limited Series.
Kidman and Reese Witherspoon, who served as executive producers on the series, were pitted against each other in the Outstanding Actress in a Limited Series.
"Reese, I share this with you," Kidman said, adding: "Without you, I would not be standing up here."
Later, when the team took the stage to accept the Outstanding Limited Series honour, Witherspoon said: "It has been an incredible year for women, (to) bring women to the front of the stories."
"More great roles for women, please," Kidman added.
Even Laura Dern, who won the Best Supporting Actress in a Limited Series for her role in "Big Little Lies", gave a speech empowering women.
"I've been acting since I was 11-years-old and I think I've worked with maybe 12 women," Dern said.
The actress also thanked Kidman, Witherspoon and Shailene Woodley, by saying: "I share this with my tribe of four ladies. I feel very proud to be a part of reflecting fierce women and mothers."
Meanwhile, the long-running sketch series "Saturday Night Live" won nine Emmys, including an award for actor Alec Baldwin for portraying US President Donald Trump.
The 69th Primetime Emmy Awards, held here on Sunday, saw "SNL" dominating the awards with wins like Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (Baldwin), Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series (Kate McKinnon), Outstanding Variety Sketch Series and Outstanding Directing for a Variety Series.
"I remember the first time we won this award," the series creator Lorne Michaels said on the stage.
"It was after the first season in 1976. I remember thinking... this was the high point and there would never be another season as crazy, as unpredictable, as frightening, as exhausting or as exhilarating.
"Turns out I was wrong," he said about the show that takes aim at various issues, especially the US politics.
"Big Little Lies", which boasts of a team full of "incredible tribe of fierce women", got eight wins in categories like Outstanding Limited Series, Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Limited Series Or Movie (Alexander Skarsgard), Outstanding Lead Actress In A Limited Series Or Movie (Nicole Kidman) and Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Limited Series Or Movie (Laura Dern).
During her acceptance speech, Kidman said that the show with an entertainment value is also about issues.
Its executive producer and actress Reese Witherspoon said that it's been "an incredible year for women in television and women getting to tell their own stories".
The project, which revolves around a murder investigation, also deals with domestic violence, among other things.
It tied with "The Handmaid's Tale" that also won eight Emmys including Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series (Elisabeth Moss), Outstanding Drama Series and Outstanding Writing For A Drama Series.
The Hulu's series is the first streaming show to win an Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series.
The awards ceremony that saw many, including the show's host Stephen Colbert, taking jibes at Trump, also witnessed "Veep" winning the Outstanding Comedy Series, Outstanding Variety Talk Series award going to "Last Week Tonight With John Oliver" and "The Voice" bagging the Outstanding Reality-Competition Programme.
Among actors, the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama series was bagged by Sterling K. Brown, for "This Is Us", John Lithgow ("The Crown") got the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series and the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Emmy went to Ann Dowd for "The Handmaid's Tale".
Donald Glover ("Atlanta") received the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series trophy, Julia Louis-Dreyfus ("Veep") walked away with Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series and Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series award went to Riz Ahmed for "The Night Of".