For the first time ever, a streaming service has won the coveted award for winning best series in a given category at the 2017 Emmy Awards Sunday night — and it wasn’t Netflix.
The Hulu original series, The Handmaid’s Tale, won the award for Outstanding Drama Series competing against Netflix hits like House of Cards and Stranger Things. The series was nominated for 13 Emmys and won eight of them, including Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for Elisabeth Moss and Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series for Reed Morano.
The series is based on the 1985 novel by Margaret Atwood and premiered on Hulu in April. The show gained popularity as it tackled the current issues and anxieties in our political climate including minority and women’s rights, war, religious freedom and intolerance.
Following Bruce Miller’s Emmy win for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series, he commented backstage on the show’s relevance to current society.
“I think nowadays people are worried that they live in a society where there are big things happening and government does things that they can’t affect,” Miller said. “Certainly you get a little inspiration if you look at a character like Offred who is living in such a terrible, oppressive, horrible situation and yet still finds ways to rebel and ways to live.”
Hulu’s victorious Emmy evening could change the game for the future of television as more interest in on-demand, streamable content becomes the mainstream consumption for television series.
“Certainly the way that Hulu handled our show, they were bold and behind us and really committed to making something interesting so if the streaming services continue to do that, I don’t see any limit to how many of these they can win,” Miller added.
The Haindmaid’s Tale has been renewed for a second season.