Nicole Kidman accepts the award for outstanding lead actress in a limited series or a movie for Big Little Lies at the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards.
Nicole Kidman accepts the award for outstanding lead actress in a limited series or a movie for Big Little Lies at the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards. Chris Pizzello

Emmy Awards 2017: The ceremony and winners

NICOLE Kidman teared up onstage at the Emmys, accepting an award for her role as an abused wife on Big Little Lies ... but viewers were confused when she left one thing out.

"We shone a light on domestic abuse. It is filled with shame and secrecy," Kidman said, also paying tribute to Reese Witherspoon, her Big Little Lies co-star and fellow Emmy nominee.

"I'm a mother and wife, I have two little girls, and my darling Keith," a teary Kidman said.

"This is yours. I want my little girls to have it on their shelf and look at it and go, 'for every time time mum didn't put me to bed, at least I got something.'"

She referred to her "two kittle girls", daughters Sunny and Faith with Urbam but viewers were confused when she neglected to mention her adopted kids Connor and Isabella Cruise, from her former marriage to ex-husband Tom Cruise.

Shortly after Kidman's solo acceptance speech, she was onstage again collecting the show's award for outstanding limited series.

Kidman urged Hollywood to create better roles for women - "More great roles for women, please," Kidman said.

POLITICAL STATEMENTS

Earlier, Veep star Julia Louis-Dreyfus gave President Trump a major hint while accepting her gong for best actress in a comedy series.

Speaking about the upcoming season of her American political comedy, Louis-Dreyfus said: "We did have a whole storyline about an impeachment but we abandoned that because we were worried someone might get to it first".

Meantime, Alec Baldwin brought down the house accepting an Emmy for his impersonation of President Donald Trump.

"At long last Mr President, here is your Emmy," Baldwin said, accepting his Emmy for his work on Saturday Night Live.

Baldwin, who won the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series category, said playing Trump had impacted his personal life.

"You put that orange wig on, it's birth control, trust me," he said.

Earlier, Emmys host Stephen Colbert won over the audience with a little help from former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, who appeared onstage.

Yep, that’s the real Sean Spicer.
Yep, that’s the real Sean Spicer. Supplied

Colbert devoted a significant portion of his opening comments to teasing Trump for having never won an Emmy, something Trump has often griped about.

"If he had've won an Emmy, I bet he wouldn't have run for president," Colbert said.

"This is all your fault. I thought you loved morally compromised anti heroes … he's like Breaking Bad's Walter White. He's Walter Whiter."

Colbert also recruited Julia Louis Dreyfus, in character as President Selina Meyer. During a star-studded musical number, Everything Looks Better on TV, Dreyfus sang, "Imagine if your president was not beloved by Nazis."

In a prerecorded sketch, Colbert danced through the set of hit shows Veep, Stranger Things and The Americans, before arriving on stage - miming hilariously out of time - with a gaggle of high-kicking handmaids (from The Handmaid's Tale).

Shailene Woodley, from left, Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern and Zoe Kravitz appear at the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles.
Shailene Woodley, from left, Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern and Zoe Kravitz appear at the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles. Phil McCarten

MEMORABLE EMMYS SPEECHES

Master of None's Aziz Ansari and Lena Waithe won a gong for best writing in a comedy series. Waithe became the first African American woman to win in the category, with a shoutout "to my LGBTQI family".

Atlanta's Donald Glover, accepting his award for Best Actor in a Comedy, said: "I want to thank Trump for making black people No.1 on the most oppressed list. He's the reason I'm up here."

Producer Lorne Michaels nailed the short speech requirement, accepting a statue for Best Comedy Series for Saturday Night Live.

"I remember in 1976 … thinking, this is it. This is the high point. Turns out I was wrong," he said.

Ann Dowd appeared genuinely shocked and teary accepting a gong for her work on The Handmaid's Tale, named best supporting actress in a drama series.

"I've been acting for a long time. That this should happen now, I don't have the words," Dowd said.

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver picked up the Best Variety Talk Series, with the star thanking Oprah's seat filler and asking the band to play him off.

EMMYS 2017 MAJOR WINNERS

* Limited Series: Big Little Lies

* Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie: Nicole Kidman (Big Little Lies)

* Lead Actor in Limited Series or Movie: Riz Ahmed (The Night Of)

* Comedy Series: Veep

* Lead Actor in a Comedy: Donald Glover (Atlanta)

* Lead Actress in a Comedy: Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep)

* Drama Series: The Handmaid's Tale

* Lead Actress in a Drama Series: Elizabeth Moss (The Handmaid's Tale)

* Lead Actor in a Drama Series: Sterling K. Brown (This Is Us)

* Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: John Lithgow (The Crown)

* Supporting Actress in a Comedy: Kate McKinnon (Saturday Night Live)

* Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie: Laura Dern (Big Little Lies)

* Directing for a Comedy Series: Donald Glover (Atlanta)

* Supporting Actor in a Comedy: Alec Baldwin (SNL)

* Directing for a Limited Series, Movie or Special: Jean-Marc Vallee (Big Little Lies)

* Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie: Alexander Skarsgard (Big Little Lies)

* Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Ann Dowd (The Handmaid's Tale)

* Writing for a Comedy Series: Aziz Ansari and Lena Waithe (Master of None)

* Directing for a Drama Series: Reed Morano (The Handmaid's Tale)

* Writing for a Limited Series, Movie or Special: Charlie Brooker (Black Mirror: San Junipero)

* Variety Talk Series: Last Week Tonight With John Oliver (HBO)

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