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

Posted September 19, 2017

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Going into the 69th Emmy awards Sunday night, online streaming services were poised to make a statement.

LOS ANGELES-Television's glittering Emmys placed politics front and center on Sunday, lavishing "The Handmaid's Tale" with awards for its bleak portrait of an authoritarian America. Kidman began her acceptance speech by thanking her co-star Reese Witherspoon, who was also nominated in the category. Ahmed is the first Asian actor to win an Emmy in this category. The Handmaid's Tale star Elisabeth Moss finally won her first Emmy after nine previous nods, so it's no wonder she dropped the F-bomb twice during her speech - the audio was dropped out for viewers at home.

He won past year for his portrayal of O.J. Simpson prosecutor Christopher Darden in the FX series "The People v O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story".

Donald Glover won the best comedy actor and best comedy director Emmys for "Atlanta", which he created and which carries his distinctive voice.

All nominees for Outstanding Comedy Series this year have been nominated in the past, with the exception of FX Network's "Atlanta".

Past winners of the award since 2000 include The West Wing, The Sopranos, Mad Men, Breaking Bad and Game of Thrones, which won in 2015 and 2016.

Kidman won best actress in a limited series moments earlier. Barely earning any nominations past year with only two, Hulu announced its arrival in a big way with 18 nominations, 13 of which came from "The Handmaid's Tale". SNL took four statuettes, with Kate McKinnon tearfully accepting the award for best supporting actress in a comedy series for her portrayal of Hillary Clinton.

Trump was a major subject throughout the award show.

Now begins the Stephen-Colbert-should-be-the-host-every-year conversation. He recalled the future president's past complaints that the Emmys were rigged for not honouring his reality show "Celebrity Apprentice".

Colbert joked that Trump would not have run for president if he had been able to win the top USA television award.

The president, unsurprisingly, remained a popular punching bag throughout the night.

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The Australian actress played a victim of domestic abuse in the acclaimed drama series.

Published in 1985, "The Handmaid's Tale" won and was nominated for several prizes at the time, and was adapted into a movie in 1990.

"The entire cast of the series woke up on November 9th and looked at each other and said, in essence, 'we are no longer in a fiction, '" she said. A sampling: John Lithgow, winning as Winston Churchill in Netflix's The Crown, cited the British prime minister as a reminder of "what courage and leadership in government really looks like". The second season of The Handmaid's Tale begins shooting this week, and the service has already been hyping Castle Rock, its upcoming Stephen King-inspired series from producer J.J. Abrams.

She previously won comedy acting awards for "Seinfeld" and "The New Adventures of Old Christine" before dominating the category with her work on "Veep". The show also won the Emmy for Best Directing for a Limited Series, Movie or Dramatic Special. Also, during Colbert's opening musical number, Louis-Dreyfus, as Veep's Selina Meyer, sang, " Imagine if your president was not beloved by Nazis!"

Supporting Actor, Comedy Series: Alec Baldwin, "Saturday Night Live". The show won the Emmy for best variety sketch series.

Variety, Writing Series: "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver".

Baldwin said he and his wife had had three children in three years before he took on the role, but didn't welcome a baby while he was guest starring on "Saturday Night Live".