Earlier tonight, CBS aired the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, and Hulu took home the biggest prize of all. The event was held at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, CA, and Hulu became the first streaming service in history to win a Primetime Emmy Award in the Best Series category for its new drama series “The Handmaid’s Tale”. Hulu garnered its first-ever Emmy Awards for The Handmaid’s Tale and documentary The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years, bringing its total to ten Emmy Award wins for the night.
In addition to becoming the first streaming service to nab an Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series, Lead Actress Elisabeth Moss also took home her first Emmy Award for her standout role as Offred in The Handmaid’s Tale, and Ann Dowd received her first-ever Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series. The series also received Emmy Awards for Outstanding Writing and Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series. You can find the complete list of winners here.
“When we set out to make this series, we were dedicated to the vision and passion of Bruce Miller and Warren Littlefield to pay tribute to Margaret Atwood’s original masterpiece. To be recognized for that vision and make history for it today is a true testament to the incredible cast and creative team of ‘The Handmaid’s Tale,’” stated Hulu CEO Mike Hopkins. “Tonight we celebrate Bruce, Warren, Lizzie, Reed, Alexis, Colin, Julie, Evan, Sophie, and everyone who worked tirelessly to make a story that has resonated with people around the globe. To say that we are honored would be an understatement. We are happy beyond words to receive this recognition from the academy and even happier to continue our partnership with this incredibly talented team for season two.”
If you still haven’t jumped into the series yet, The Handmaid’s Tale follows the story of life in the dystopia of Gilead, a totalitarian society in what was formerly part of the United States. The series is created, executive produced and written for television by Bruce Miller (THE 100), who serves as the series’ showrunner. The Handmaid’s Tale is executive produced by Miller, Warren Littlefield (Fargo), Daniel Wilson, Fran Sears and Ilene Chaiken. Margaret Atwood is a consulting producer for the series. The Handmaid’s Tale is produced by MGM Television and marks the first collaboration for an original series between Hulu and MGM.