'The Handmaid's Tale' Won Outstanding Drama Series & Snubbed This Fan-Favorite

by Laura Rizzo

The competition at the 2017 Emmys was fierce. Not only did the past year bring some of the most kickass shows, but they seemingly all went head-to-head for best drama series. The 2017 Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series went to... drum roll please... The Handmaid's Tale. Needless to say, Hulu totally swept this year's Emmys.

Diehard fans "aren't surprised." Don't lie, you would be just as smug if your favorite show won. Seriously though, this category was (in my opinion) the toughest of the night. Well, OK maybe except trying to decide between all the amazing women in the Drama Actress category (ROBIN WRIGHT, ROBIN WRIGHT, ROBIN WRIGHT) Eh hem, excuse me. Here were the nominees for Outstanding Drama Series:

Better Call Saul (AMC) The Crown (Netflix) The Handmaid's Tale (Hulu) House of Cards (Netflix) Stranger Things (Netflix) This Is Us (NBC) Westworld (HBO)

Whether your show won or lost, the Emmys were a spectacular evening. Our strong and daring host, Stephen Colbert, was a great choice. Entertainment Tonight reported that in his first statement about hosting the show, Colbert took a jab at our current president and said, “This will be the largest audience to witness an Emmys, period. Both in person and around the globe.”

Smooth move, Colbert.

Perhaps the biggest snub of the evening happened in this competitive category. With Game of Thrones out of the running (explained below), Westworld waltzed in with 22 Emmy nominations overall. They had a very promising start, but did not win any of their categories this year. Sorry, maybe next year.

For those of you wondering why Game Of Thrones was mysteriously left out of the Outstanding Drama category, there is a very good reason. No, they weren't snubbed — could you imagine the backlash if they were?! Basically, Season 7 just came out too late, so obviously they can't nominate something they hadn't seen yet. Even though they should've known it would be amazing, but I digress.

According to Emmy guidelines, the only shows eligible for the 2017 awards must have aired between June 1, 2016 and May 31, 2017. Game Of Thrones Season 7 missed that cutoff by a month and a half with it's premiere on July 16. SO EVERYONE JUST CALM DOWN. This marks the first time that GoT has not been nominated for an Emmy since the show premiered in 2011.

Why did Game Of Thrones choose to miss the Emmys guideline? Apparently, it was a practical move for the storytelling of their show. According to Variety, Game Of Thrones showrunners decided to postpone production in order to wait for more snow. So the show ended up trading trophies for snowflakes. See, easy explanation.

Another series that caused a lot of commotion was Stranger Things. It's easily one of the hottest shows right now. It's first season captivated viewers with it's plot twists, bizzaro fear of the upside-down, and the mysterious Eleven. RIP Barb. Considering the bulk of the cast is under the age of 15, the show has produced a ton of buzz.

The Season 2 trailer of Stranger Things gives a huge sneak peek into the fate of the characters. Will is still very much connected to the Upside Down and viewers have been assured "nothing's gonna go back to the way it was." There's no going back, just moving forward and getting crazier than ever. Plus, it looks like Eleven is definitely returning. Don't fret, Season 2 will be released on Oct. 27 — just in time for Halloween.

The show took home 11 Creative Arts Emmy wins this year. The Creative Arts Emmys are the "other" two-thirds of the Primetime Emmys. The outstanding amount of wins was a big deal for Stranger Things. Traditionally, the Creative Arts Emmys is a telltale for the way voting will go in the Primetime Show. That's why it was very surprising they lost in the category.

The Emmys turned out to be an amazing night. The Handmaid's Tale got a ton of recognition and well-deserved praise. Congrats to all the nominees!

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