Canada was well represented among the winner’s at this year’s Emmy Awards ceremony.
Margaret Atwood, the Canadian author of “The Handmaid’s Tale,” joined the cast and producers onstage as the series accepted the best television drama series Emmy Award.
Atwood, whose 1985 novel is the show’s source, received a standing ovation. The Bravo series is shot in Toronto, Hamilton and Cambridge.
Montreal’s Jean-Marc Vallee took home the Emmy for outstanding directing for a limited series for “Big Little Lies.”
And Lorne Michaels – the Canadian creator of “Saturday Night Live” – says the show’s outstanding variety sketch series victory follows one of the most amazing years SNL has ever had.
“I remember the first time we won this award,” Michaels said in accepting the show’s trophy. “It was after our first season in 1976. And I remember thinking … there would never be another season as crazy, as unpredictable, as frightening, as exhausting, or as exhilarating. Turns out I was wrong.”
Michaels later said he knows people will stop listening if the show has a clear political bias.
Michaels told reporters backstage at the Emmy Awards that he knows “Saturday Night Live” airs in all 50 states and that “not all of them are going to agree with what you’re doing.”
“Philosophically anyone who is in power should be questioned,” Michaels said. “That’s what we do.”
With files from The Associated Press