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Hulu becomes first streaming service in history to take home Outstanding Drama Series at Primetime Emmy Awards

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Mon, Sep 18th 2017 05:30 pm
Critically acclaimed Hulu original 'The Handmaid's Tale' Nabs Top Award, as well as wins for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series; earns 10 2017 Emmys in total
Sunday evening, at the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony held at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, Hulu became the first streaming service in history to win a Primetime Emmy Award in the Best Series category for its critically acclaimed, breakout drama series "The Handmaid's Tale."
The premium streaming service 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 10 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.
Last weekend, at the Creative Arts Emmys, Hulu garnered two wins for its first-released documentary, "The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years," and three wins for breakout drama series "The Handmaid's Tale."
Hulu's total wins for the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards include:
"The Handmaid's Tale"
  • Outstanding Drama Series
  • Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series - Elisabeth Moss
  • Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series - Ann Dowd
  • Outstanding Guest Actress In A Drama Series - Alexis Bledel
  • Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series - Reed Morano
  • Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series - Bruce Miller
  • Outstanding Cinematography For A Single-Camera Series (One Hour) - Colin Watkinson
  • Outstanding Production Design For A Narrative Contemporary Or Fantasy
  • Program (One Hour Or More) - Julie Berghoff, Evan Webber, Sophie Neudorfer
"The Beatles: Eight Days A Week - The Touring Years"
  • Outstanding Sound Mixing For A Nonfiction Program (Single Or Multi-Camera)
  • Outstanding Sound Editing For A Nonfiction Program (Single Or Multi-Camera)
"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,'" Hulu CEO Mike Hopkins said. "... 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."
Hulu received a total of 18 nominations for the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards:
"The Handmaid's Tale"
  • Outstanding Drama Series
  • Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series - Elisabeth Moss
  • Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series - Ann Dowd
  • Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series - Samira Wiley
  • Outstanding Guest Actress In A Drama Series - Alexis Bledel
  • 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)
  • Outstanding Directing For A Drama Series - Reed Morano
  • Outstanding Directing For A Drama Series - Kate Dennis
  • Outstanding Writing For A Drama Series - "Offred" (Pilot)
  • Outstanding Period/Fantasy Costumes For A Series, Limited Series Or Movie
  • Outstanding Special Visual Effects In A Supporting Role
"The Beatles: Eight Days A Week - The Touring Years"
  • Outstanding Documentary Or Nonfiction Special
  • Outstanding Picture Editing For A Nonfiction Program
  • Outstanding Writing For A Nonfiction Program
  • Outstanding Sound Mixing For A Nonfiction Program (Single Or Multi-Camera)
  • Outstanding Sound Editing For A Nonfiction Program (Single Or Multi-Camera)
Since its premiere earlier this year, "The Handmaid's Tale" has continued to spark conversation and draw new viewers week-to-week. The complete first season of "The Handmaid's Tale" is now streaming in its entirety on Hulu and has recently picked up for a second season, set to premiere in 2018.
In addition to being a home for Primetime Emmy Award-nominated original programming, Hulu boasts a complete library of full seasons of hit, Emmy-nominated series that stream exclusively on the service. Popular Primetime Emmy Award-nominated series that are now streaming only on Hulu include "This Is Us," "Saturday Night Live," "Fargo," "Black-ish," "The Voice," "Dancing With the Stars," "Homeland," "Bob's Burgers" and "South Park."
"The Handmaid's Tale" follows the story of life in the dystopia of Gilead, a totalitarian society in what was formerly part of the U.S. The series was created, executive produced and written for television by 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. Atwood is a consulting producer for the series.
Featuring rare and exclusive footage, "The Beatles: Eight Days A Week - The Touring Years" is produced with the full cooperation of Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono Lennon and Olivia Harrison. White Horse Pictures' Grammy Award-winning Nigel Sinclair, Scott Pascucci and Academy Award-winner and Emmy Award-winner Brian Grazer of Imagine Entertainment produced with Howard. Apple Corps Ltd.'s Jeff Jones and Jonathan Clyde serve as executive producers, along with Imagine's Michael Rosenberg and White Horse's Guy East and Nicholas Ferrall.

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