The screen adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s 1985 novel A Handmaid’s Tale has won five Emmy Awards, including one for best drama series this year – the first show from a streaming service to receive the accolade.
Shot in Toronto, the 10-episode dystopian series, depicting a future version of the U.S. where the few remaining fertile women are enslaved by the state and forcibly impregnated, streamed on Hulu in the U.S. starting in April. (In Canada, the show aired on Bravo and streamed on CraveTV.) Mad Men‘s Elisabeth Moss starred as Offred, with Orange Is the New Black’s Samira Wiley playing her best friend, Moira. Bruce Miller (The 100) wrote and executive produced the series, alongside Daniel Wilson (The Handmaid’s Tale feature film), Fran Sears (The Sophisticated Gents), Warren Littlefield (Fargo), and Ilene Chaiken (The L Word). Atwood – who received a standing ovation when she appeared on stage with the cast and crew – served as consulting co-producer.
For the series, Moss took home the award for outstanding lead actress in a drama, with Ann Dowd, who plays the domineering Aunt Lydia, winning in her category of outstanding supporting actress in a drama series. (Wiley was also nominated in the same category.) Alexis Bledel, who plays Ofglen, won for best guest actress in a drama series. Bruce Miller was a recipient for his writing on the series, and Reed Morano, for directing. (Reed was up against Kate Dennis, who also directed a number of episodes of the show). The Handmaid’s Tale had 13 nominations in five categories overall.
The series also received three awards – for cinematography, production design, and guest acting – at the Creative Arts Emmys in early September.