Emmys 2017: A recap of what you saw and what you missed

Lena Waithe and Donald Glover made history. And Sean Spicer even showed up.

— -- The 69th Primetime Emmy Awards were handed out Sunday night, capping off another exciting season of television.

The big winners of the evening were Hulu's "The Handmaid's Tale," which took home the award for outstanding drama series, among a total haul of eight Emmy awards. "Big Little Lies," an HBO limited series that earned 16 nods, tied with an additional eight total wins.

The Emmys get political

The evening, which often referenced politics, got even more political when Alec Baldwin accepted his Emmy Award for his impersonation of Donald Trump on "Saturday Night Live," which was nominated for an epic 22 awards.

"I should say, at long last Mr. President here is your Emmy," Baldwin said onstage, referencing the fact that Trump tweeted back in 2014 that the awards show was "dishonest."

The Emmys make history

Donald Glover

He said his award "really belongs to Hiro Murai," the director who helped create music videos for his rap persona, Childish Gambino. "He had the eye for the show first. He’s really amazing. Thank you," Glover said onstage.

He also went on to win the award for outstanding lead actor in a comedy series, for his role as Earnest 'Earn' Marks, an ambitious yet struggling Atlanta resident who wants to make his cousin a famous rapper.

"It feels like a dream," he said backstage of his wins. "I'm glad I was able to make history, but that's not what I was trying to do. I was just trying to make the best product. I believe the people deserve quality and when they taste it, they see their own value, and they don't ask for less. So I just want to make a really good show."

Sterling K. Brown

The "This Is Us" star was the first black actor to win the outstanding lead actor in a drama series category in two decades.

During his acceptance speech, which was sadly cut short, Brown, 41, recognized the moment. "19 years ago, Detective Frank Pembleton as impeccably played by Andre Braugher — it is my supreme honor to follow in your footsteps," he said.

Lena Waithe

Lena Waithe also made history after penning the "Thanksgiving" episode for "Master of None." On Sunday night, she became the first black woman to be nominated and win for comedy writing. The episode tells Waithe's real-life coming out story.

"My LGBTQI family," she said, when accepting her award, "I see each and every one of you. The things that make us different, those are our superpowers ... Every day put on your imaginary cape and go out there and conquer the world."

Julia Louis-Dreyfus

The "Veep" star made history tonight, becoming the first performer to win six Emmy Awards for the same role, as Selina Meyer in the HBO series.

"This ... continues to be the role of a lifetime and an adventure of utter joy," Louis-Dreyfus, who's been nominated for 24 Emmys in her career, said when accepting the award.

The Emmys have a reunion

Parton said the onetime co-stars have been "waiting for a '9 to 5' reunion ever since we did the first" film.

Fonda said, "Back in 1980, in that movie we refused to be controlled by a sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot."

"And in 2017, we still refuse to be controlled by a sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot," Tomlin said to thunderous applause.

The Emmys remember

"Hamilton" star Chris Jackson performed a moving tribute to remember the actors, and those who helped create our favorite TV shows, who passed away this year.

After being introduced by Emmy Award winner Viola Davis, Jackson — who has composed songs for "Sesame Street" — then sang a cover of Stevie Wonder's classic, "As."

"The Handmaid's Tale" takes top prize

After nabbing an impressive 13 nominations, "The Handmaid's Tale," took home the evening's top prize for outstanding drama series.

Before that, star Elizabeth Moss also took home the award for outstanding lead actress in a drama series. The actress clearly couldn't hide her excitement, dropping two F-bombs during her speech that were muted by CBS, which aired the awards show.

"You can be kind and a f------ bad---," she said, concluding her speech.

Producer and writer Bruce Miller accepted the top prize on behalf of the cast and crew. After many thank-yous, he closed out his speech by giving a directive not only to his cast but also to the entire viewing audience: "Go home, get to work. We have a lot of things to fight for."