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Montreal's Jean-Marc Vallée wins first Emmy for 'Big Little Lies'

Much sought after Quebec writer and director Jean-Marc Vallée has won his first Emmy Award on Sunday night for his work as director and executive producer of HBO’s miniseries “Big Little Lies.”

The Montreal native’s Emmy was for Outstanding Director for a Limited Series, and the other nominees were Noah Hawley (Fargo), Ryan Murphy (FEUD), Ron Howard (Genius), James Marsh (The Night of), and Steven Zaillian (The Night Of).

Actors Laura Dern and Alexander Skarsgard, who play roles in the series, earned Emmys.

“Big Little Lies,” which had garnered 16 nominations, had already received three Emmys in the creative arts category, which are technical awards.

Among the other big winners of the evening were “Saturday Night Live,” where Kate McKinnon, who plays former Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, and Alec Baldwin, who personifies President Donald Trump, received an award for their interpretation in a humorous series.

“The Handmaid’s Tale,” a program inspired by a work by Canadian author Margaret Atwood, was also recognized. The series received an award for best achievement and best supporting actress for a drama.

Actor John Lithgow, who played Winston Churchill, was also praised for his role in the series “The Crown.”

“I have to thank Winston Churchill. In this crazy age, his life, even as an old man, reminds us of what courage and leadership really look like,” Lithgow said, receiving his award.

Host Stephen Colbert opened the evening with a distinguished guest: former White House spokesperson Sean Spicer.

“This will be the largest audience to witness an Emmys, period, both in person and around the world!” Spicer announced, over the roars of the audience.

This is a reference to Spicer‘s own statement about Trump’s inaugural crowd size during his first White House press briefing in January: “This was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration — period — both in person and around the globe.”