Hulu Makes Emmy History With 'The Handmaid's Tale'

Carla Harmon
September 19, 2017

REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson69th Primetime Emmy Awards - Show - Los Angeles, California, U.S., 17/09/2017 - Alec Baldwin accepts the award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for "Saturday Night Live".

Hulu's adaptation of Margaret Atwood's dystopian novel had a big night at the Emmys: Elisabeth Moss, Ann Dowd, and Alexis Bledel all won for their work acting in the series, while Bruce Miller and Reed Morano won for writing and directing, respectively.

The Handmaid's Tale made history last night when it took home the Outstanding Drama Series prize at the Emmy Awards, becoming the first show produced by a streaming site to take home what is arguably the TV industry's top honor.

The Jewish Liev Schreiber lost the best actor in a drama series award for Ray Donovan to Sterling K. Brown for This is Us.

But politics was always going to be the story of the awards from the moment John Lithgow picked up the first one: best supporting actor in a drama for his acclaimed turn as Winston Churchill in Netflix's British royal drama "The Crown".

"Big Little Lies" won the limited series award, with Nicole Kidman taking the lead actress award and supporting honours going to her castmates Alexander Skarsgard and Laura Dern. "Veep", which stars Julia Louis-Dreyfus as the former president of the US, won best comedy series.


Riz Ahmed won outstanding lead actor in a limited series for his portrayal of Nasir "Naz" Khan in "The Night Of".

Variety Talk Series: "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver".

The cast and crew of "The Handmaid's Tale" accept the Outstanding Drama Series award at the 2017 Emmy Awards. "Thank you for that opportunity and for audiences to wrap their arms around us".

Britain's Riz Ahmed beat presumed front-runner Robert De Niro to take his first Emmy for his role as a man who falls foul of the USA judicial system in HBO's crime limited series "The Night Of".

"All the late-night shows, obviously, 'House of Cards, ' the new season of 'American Horror Story'".

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"I suppose I should say at long last, Mr President, here is your Emmy", he joked, in a dig at Trump's oft-stated annoyance at never having won a statuette for NBC reality show "The Apprentice" or its celebrity spin-off. It featured some of our favorite TV shows, including "This Is Us", "Veep", "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" and "The Handmaid's Tale".

Genius, the National Geographic series that covered the career of Albert Einstein against the backdrop of the Nazi rise to power in Germany, lost out to HBO's Big Little Lies in the outstanding limited series category.

Variety Sketch Series: "Saturday Night Live".

Saturday Night Live was another big victor of the night for their politically charged 43rd season.

Women also made inroads behind the camera, with Lena Waithe winning best comedy writer Emmy for "Master of None".

Julia Louis-Dreyfus is expected to win her sixth consecutive Emmy for playing an egotistical, losing presidential candidate on Time Warner's HBO comedy "Veep". Add in the Emmys Louis-Dreyfus won for "Seinfeld" and "New Adventures of Old Christine", and she is now tied with Cloris Leachman as the most Emmy-winning performer ever.


Stephen Colbert has started the 2017 Emmy Awards with a musical number. Immediately after the awards telecast, Hulu CEO Mike Hopkins celebrated with the cast and producers.

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