Well, here we are once again at the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards. I mean, least year we were at the 68th Emmy Awards, and the year before that was 67 but like... you know what I mean. The 2017 Emmy Awards aired on CBS this Sunday, Sept. 17, and many worthy TV shows went home with well-deserved awards, and many more worthy TV shows went home without them. But fans of Hulu's adaptation of Margaret Atwood's classic novel, The Handmaid's Tale, will be happy to hear that the breakout dystopian show of the year totally swept the Emmys. Here's how many Emmys The Handmaid's Tale won on Sunday night: Five Primetime Emmys on Sunday night, and even more if you count the Creative Arts Emmys.
Bruce Miller's chilling and popular adaptation was up for an impressive 13 Emmy nomination total. The big four it was up for was: Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for Samira Wiley, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for Ann Dowd, and Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series for Elisabeth Moss.
Dowd snagged Outstanding Supporting Actress, and gave a very emotional, tearful speech. Moss took home Outstanding Actress in a Drama, and then The Handmaid's Tale itself won Outstanding Drama Series.
The show also scored several behind-the-scenes and technical nominations too, such as two Outstanding Directing for A Drama Series nominations — one for Reed Morano for the pilot, and one for Kate Dennis for Episode 9, "The Bridge." The other nominations including Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series for Alexis Bledel (who apparently is technically considered a guest actress in the series, due to her limited screen time), Outstanding Special Visual Effect in a Supporting Role, Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series for Bruce Miller's pilot, "Offred," Outstanding Production Design for a Narrative Contemporary or Fantasy Program (one hour or more), Outstanding Casting for a Drama Series, Outstanding Cinematography for a Single-Camera Series (one hour), and Outstanding Period/Fantasy Costumes for a Series, Limited Series or Movie.
Bruce Miller snagged the Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series for the pilot, "Offred." Reed Morano got her win for Outstanding Directing for A Drama Series for the same episode.
Of course, last week The Handmaid's Tale already took home a few Creative Arts Emmys at the 2017 Creative Arts Emmys on Sunday, September 10. Bledel took home Best Drama Guest Actress for playing Ofglen. It was Bledel's very first Emmy, despite her years playing Rory Gilmore on the critically acclaimed comedy drama series, Gilmore Girls. In her speech, Bledel, wearing a blue ribbon for the American Civil Liberties Union, encouraged people to "sign up, speak up, and stay awake."
Bledel didn't specify what exactly she wanted us to speak up for, but given the context of The Handmaid's Tale and Bledel's character Ofglen on The Handmaid's Tale — you know, she was in a same-sex relationship and had her genital mutilated because of it, and oh yeah, the entire show is about the oppression of women and reproductive rights — it's not really hard to guess. I have a hard time believing Bledel agrees with any of the policies brewing the United States current presidential administration.
Moss, the star of The Handmaid's Tale, is 35 years old and has already been nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series five times for her role as Peggy Olson in AMC's Mad Men, but she never took home a win. For that reason, many fans feel Moss has been snubbed by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for years. Well, it's safe to say that snub is over now, don't you think?