2017 Gold Derby TV Awards winners: ‘Big Little Lies’ and ‘SNL’ sweep, while ‘Stranger Things’ takes Best Drama

Hundreds of Gold Derby users voted to spread the wealth at the 2017 Gold Derby TV Awards — except when it came to the longform categories. The biggest winner at these awards was “Big Little Lies,” which entered with eight nominations and walked away with five victories. But it’s even more impressive than it sounds because the seven-part HBO series won every category it was nominated for, losing only to itself. (Scroll down to see the complete list of winners, and watch the announcement of the winners above.)

“Big Little Lies” claimed Best Limited Series, Best Movie/Mini Actress (Nicole Kidman, over co-star Reese Witherspoon), Best Movie/Mini Supporting Actress (Laura Dern, over co-star Shailene Woodley) Best Movie/Mini Supporting Actor (Alexander Skarsgard, over co-star Adam Scott), and Ensemble of the Year. That didn’t leave much for anyone else in those categories. “Big Little Lies” didn’t have a lead actor, which left the door open for Riz Ahmed (“The Night Of”) to win Best Movie/Mini Actor, while “Black Mirror: San Junipero” claimed Best TV Movie.

The next biggest winner was “Saturday Night Live,” which prevailed four times out of six nominations: Best Variety Sketch Series, Best Comedy Supporting Actress (Kate McKinnon), Best Comedy Guest Actor (Tom Hanks, over fellow “SNL” nominee Dave Chappelle), and Best Comedy Guest Actress (Melissa McCarthy). The only award “SNL” lost was, perhaps surprisingly, Best Comedy Supporting Actor: Alec Baldwin‘s performance as Donald Trump lost out to Tituss Burgess‘s third straight victory for “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” which ties the record of three consecutive wins set by Neil Patrick Harris (“How I Met Your Mother,” 2007-2009).

This year’s top comedy nominee was “Veep” with nine bids. It had to settle for two wins, but they were the two big ones: Best Comedy Series and Best Comedy Actress (Julia Louis-Dreyfus). This was the HBO show’s second win in a row for Best Comedy, while Louis-Dreyfus wins this category for the third time. The remaining comedy prizes went to Donald Glover (Best Comedy Actor for “Atlanta”) and “Master of None” (Best Comedy Episode for “Thanksgiving”).

Our readers were even more divided when deciding the drama races. After two straight victories by “Game of Thrones” as Best Drama Series, the HBO epic fantasy was absent this year as it didn’t air its seventh season until after the eligibility cutoff. In its place, another fantasy series, Netflix’s “Stranger Things,” won the top prize — but that was its only victory, though Millie Bobby Brown did win Breakthrough Performer of the Year.

Meanwhile, two dramas picked up two acting awards apiece. “The Handmaid’s Tale” claimed Best Drama Actress (Elisabeth Moss) and Best Drama Guest Actress (Alexis Bledel), while “This is Us” claimed Best Drama Actor (Sterling K. Brown) and Best Drama Guest Actor (Gerald McRaney). Moss is now a three-time winner, having previously claimed Drama Supporting Actress (“Mad Men,” 2010) and Movie/Mini Actress (“Top of the Lake,” 2013). Brown’s victory is his second; he previously won Movie/Mini Supporting Actor just last year for “The People v. O.J. Simpson.” Bledel is also a two-time winner, with a previous Drama Guest Actress victory for “Mad Men” (2012).

The remaining three drama categories were split between three different shows. The supporting prizes went to Thandie Newton (“Westworld”) and John Lithgow (“The Crown”), while Best Drama Episode went for the second year in a row to “The Leftovers,” this time for “The Book of Nora,” written by Damon Lindelof, Tom Perrotta, and Tom Spezialy, and directed by Mimi Leder. In addition to the two wins for “The Leftovers,” the ABC sci-fi series “Lost” won this award a record five times, which gives Lindelof a remarkable seven victories in this race.

Performer of the Year went to Carrie Coon, who had the rare distinction of having two leading roles this year: in “The Leftovers” and “Fargo.” Both of those performances were nominated for Gold Derby TV Awards, and though neither won individually, the combined achievement was enough for our readers to bestow her with this even higher honor.

Look below to find out who else won at this event. What do you think of the winners?

DRAMA SERIES:
“The Crown”
“The Handmaid’s Tale”
“The Leftovers”
“Orange is the New Black”
X — “Stranger Things”
“This Is Us”
“Westworld”

DRAMA ACTRESS:
Carrie Coon, “The Leftovers”
Claire Foy, “The Crown”
X — Elisabeth Moss, “The Handmaid’s Tale”
Keri Russell, “The Americans”
Evan Rachel Wood, “Westworld”
Robin Wright, “House of Cards”

DRAMA ACTOR:
X — Sterling K. Brown, “This Is Us”
Rami Malek, “Mr. Robot”
Bob Odenkirk, “Better Call Saul”
Matthew Rhys, “The Americans”
Kevin Spacey, “House of Cards”
Justin Theroux, “The Leftovers”

DRAMA SUPPORTING ACTRESS:
Millie Bobby Brown, “Stranger Things”
Vera Farmiga, “Bates Motel”
Chrissy Metz, “This Is Us”
X — Thandie Newton, “Westworld”
Aubrey Plaza, “Legion”
Winona Ryder, “Stranger Things”

DRAMA SUPPORTING ACTOR:
Christopher Eccleston, “The Leftovers”
David Harbour, “Stranger Things”
Ron Cephas Jones, “This Is Us”
X — John Lithgow, “The Crown”
Michael McKean, “Better Call Saul”
Jeffrey Wright, “Westworld”

DRAMA GUEST ACTRESS:
Gillian Anderson, “American Gods”
X — Alexis Bledel, “The Handmaid’s Tale”
Laverne Cox, “Orange is the New Black”
Ann Dowd, “The Leftovers”
Carrie Preston, “The Good Fight”
Alison Wright, “The Americans”

DRAMA GUEST ACTOR:
Jemaine Clement, “Legion”
Brian Tyree Henry, “This Is Us”
X — Gerald McRaney, “This Is Us”
Ben Mendelsohn, “Bloodline”
Denis O’Hare, “This Is Us”
BD Wong, “Mr. Robot”

DRAMA EPISODE:
“Better Call Saul” – “Chicanery”
(written by Gordon Smith; directed by Daniel Sackheim)

X — “The Leftovers” – “The Book of Nora”
(written by Damon Lindelof, Tom Perrotta, and Tom Spezialy; directed by Mimi Leder)

“Stranger Things” – “Chapter Seven: The Bathtub”
(written by Justin Doble; directed by Matt Duffer and Ross Duffer)

“Stranger Things” – “Chapter Eight: The Upside Down”
(written by Paul Ditcher, Matt Duffer, and Ross Duffer; directed by Matt Duffer and Ross Duffer)

“This Is Us” – “Pilot”
(written by Dan Fogelman; directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa)

“Westworld” – “The Bicameral Mind”
(written by Lisa Joy and Jonathan Nolan; directed by Jonathan Nolan)

COMEDY SERIES:
“Atlanta”
“Black-ish”
“Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”
“Fleabag”
“Master of None”
“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”
X — “Veep”

COMEDY ACTRESS:
Rachel Bloom, “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”
Ellie Kemper, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”
X — Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep”
Issa Rae, “Insecure”
Tracee Ellis Ross, “Black-ish”
Phoebe Waller-Bridge, “Fleabag”

COMEDY ACTOR:
Anthony Anderson, “Black-ish”
Aziz Ansari, “Master of None”
Ted Danson, “The Good Place”
X — Donald Glover, “Atlanta”
Neil Patrick Harris, “A Series of Unfortunate Events”
Jeffrey Tambor, “Transparent”

COMEDY SUPPORTING ACTRESS:
Anna Chlumsky, “Veep”
Olivia Colman, “Fleabag”
Jane Krakowski, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”
Judith Light, “Transparent”
X — Kate McKinnon, “Saturday Night Live”
Rita Moreno, “One Day at a Time”

COMEDY SUPPORTING ACTOR:
Louie Anderson, “Baskets”
Alec Baldwin, “Saturday Night Live”
X — Tituss Burgess, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”
Tony Hale, “Veep”
Brian Tyree Henry, “Atlanta”
Timothy Simons, “Veep”

COMEDY GUEST ACTRESS:
Becky Ann Baker, “Girls”
Angela Bassett, “Master of None”
Carrie Fisher, “Catastrophe”
X — Melissa McCarthy, “Saturday Night Live”
Maya Rudolph, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”
Sally Phillips, “Veep”

COMEDY GUEST ACTOR:
Riz Ahmed, “Girls”
Dave Chappelle, “Saturday Night Live”
X — Tom Hanks, “Saturday Night Live”
Hugh Laurie, “Veep”
Peter MacNicol, “Veep”
Matthew Rhys, “Girls”

COMEDY EPISODE:
“Atlanta” – “B.A.N.”
(written by Donald Glover; directed by Donald Glover)

“Black-ish” – “Lemons”
(written by Kenya Barris; directed by Kenya Barris)

“Master of None” – “New York, I Love You”
(written by Aziz Ansari, Cord Jefferson, and Alan Yang; directed by Alan Yang)

X — “Master of None” – “Thanksgiving”
(written by Aziz Ansari and Lena Waithe; directed by Melina Matsoukas)

“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” – “Kimmy’s Roommate Lemonades!”
(written by Tina Fey and Sam Means; directed by Tristram Shapeero)

“Veep” – “Groundbreaking”
(written by David Mandel; directed by David Mandel)

LIMITED SERIES:
“American Horror Story: Roanoke”
X — “Big Little Lies”
“Fargo”
“Feud: Bette and Joan”
“The Night Of”

TV MOVIE:
X — “Black Mirror: San Junipero”
“Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks”
“Looking: The Movie”
“Sherlock: The Lying Detective”
“The Wizard of Lies”

MOVIE/MINISERIES ACTRESS:
Carrie Coon, “Fargo”
Bryce Dallas Howard, “Black Mirror: Nosedive”
Jessica Lange, “Feud: Bette and Joan”
X — Nicole Kidman, “Big Little Lies”
Susan Sarandon, “Feud: Bette and Joan”
Reese Witherspoon, “Big Little Lies”

MOVIE/MINISERIES ACTOR:
X — Riz Ahmed, “The Night Of”
Benedict Cumberbatch, “Sherlock: The Lying Detective”
Robert De Niro, “The Wizard of Lies”
Jude Law, “The Young Pope”
Ewan McGregor, “Fargo”
John Turturro, “The Night Of”

MOVIE/MINISERIES SUPPORTING ACTRESS:
Judy Davis, “Feud: Bette and Joan”
X — Laura Dern, “Big Little Lies”
Jackie Hoffman, “Feud: Bette and Joan”
Gugu Mbatha-Raw, “Black Mirror: San Junipero”
Mary Elizabeth Winstead, “Fargo”
Shailene Woodley, “Big Little Lies”

MOVIE/MINISERIES SUPPORTING ACTOR:
Alfred Molina, “Feud: Bette and Joan”
Adam Scott, “Big Little Lies”
X — Alexander Skarsgard, “Big Little Lies”
Michael Stuhlbarg, “Fargo”
David Thewlis, “Fargo”
Stanley Tucci, “Feud: Bette and Joan”

VARIETY TALK SERIES:
“Full Frontal with Samantha Bee”
“Jimmy Kimmel Live”
X — “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver”
“Late Late Show with James Corden”
“Late Show with Stephen Colbert”
“Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”

VARIETY SKETCH SERIES:
“Billy on the Street”
“Documentary Now”
“Drunk History”
“Portlandia”
X — “Saturday Night Live”
“Tracey Ullman’s Show”

REALITY-COMPETITION PROGRAM:
“The Amazing Race”
“American Ninja Warrior”
“America’s Got Talent”
X — “RuPaul’s Drag Race”
“Survivor”
“The Voice”

REALITY HOST:
Alec Baldwin, “Match Game”
X — RuPaul Charles, “RuPaul’s Drag Race”
Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn, “Project Runway”
Ellen Page and Ian Daniel, “Gaycation with Ellen Page”
Jeff Probst, “Survivor”
Martha Stewart and Snoop Dogg, “Martha and Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party”

ANIMATED PROGRAM:
“Archer”
“Bob’s Burgers”
X — “Bojack Horseman”
“Family Guy”
“The Simpsons”
“South Park”

PERFORMER OF THE YEAR:
Riz Ahmed
Alec Baldwin
X — Carrie Coon
Donald Glover
Nicole Kidman
Elisabeth Moss

BREAKTHROUGH PERFORMER OF THE YEAR:
X — Millie Bobby Brown
Brian Tyree Henry
Katherine Langford
Chrissy Metz
Issa Rae
Phoebe Waller-Bridge

ENSEMBLE OF THE YEAR:
X — “Big Little Lies”
“Feud: Bette and Joan”
“The Leftovers”
“Orange is the New Black”
“Stranger Things”
“This Is Us”

5 Wins
“Big Little Lies”

4 Wins
“Saturday Night Live”

2 Wins
“The Handmaid’s Tale”
“RuPaul’s Drag Race”
“This is Us”
“Veep”

1 Win
“Atlanta”
“Black Mirror: San Junipero”
“Bojack Horseman”
“The Crown”
“Last Week Tonight with John Oliver”
“The Leftovers”
“Master of None”
“The Night Of”
“Stranger Things”
“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”
“Westworld”

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