BEACON TRANSCRIPT – The 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards just ended after filling the night with strong, emotional, and politically charged moments. A night of surprises with perhaps unexpected losers, the Handmaid’s Tale, Hulu’s adaptation of the classical dystopia was unquestionably one of the biggest winners of the night.
Hulu Took a Big Risk, But One that Paid Off
The Handmaid’s Tale, the televised series is based on the same named dystopia written by the Canadian author Margaret Atwood. Featured on many Must Read and Classics lists, the television series was a gamble that seemingly more than paid off for Hulu.
The subscription video on demand service’s adaptation generated extremely positive reviews and critical and public appraisal. Now, following the 2017 Emmy Awards, it also became the first web television series ever to win the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series.
— hulu (@hulu) September 18, 2017
This is also not the only win of the night for The Handmaid’s Tale. The series collected five awards from a total of seven nominations. Elisabeth Moss, who played June Osborne or Offred, as she is best known got her first Emmy, that of Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series after nine nominations.
Ann Dowd, who plays the reader despised Aunt Lydia, was critically acclaimed and now rewarded with the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Emmy herself. The category was a strong one, with other nominees including Uzo Aduba for Orange is the New Black, Westworld’s Thandie Newton, and even another The Handmaiden’s Tale actress as well, Samira Wiley for her portrayal of Moira.
— The Handmaid's Tale (@HandmaidsOnHulu) September 17, 2017
Season 1 Done, What’s in Store for Season 2?
Hulu will also be taking the politically charged series even further. The first season of the Handmaid’s Tale, a straight-to-series order of ten episodes followed the plot of the novel. In May 2017, it was officially renewed for a second season, set to premiere in 2018.
As the first season followed the book, it also ended in almost the same place as the dystopia. It will be very interesting to see where the series will go from there, but it has been touted to offer ‘answers to the questions that arise after finishing the story’.
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The politically and religiously charged dystopia is set in a near future, in the totalitarian, Christian theonomic government of Gilead, formed in the former United States. As fertility rates crumbled because of environmental pollution and STDs, any remaining fertile woman becomes a “handmaid” and is assigned to a sterile family of the ruling elite.
Ritualized rapes, brutal ritualistic “cleansings”, the race for and importance of healthy children, are just some of the elements that characterize a society where even a glance or thought can get you killed.
Offred, the main handmaid protagonist of the series, can still remember the “before”. At the time, she had a name, June Osborne, and a family of her own, and throughout the series, she revisits the actions and lack of reactions which led humanity to this point in its history.
The full list of nominees and winners can be checked out on the 69th Emmy Awards Nominees and Winners page.
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