Hulu Has a Big Emmy Night Thanks to ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’

Hulu had a breakthrough Emmy year, taking home five awards last night in addition to the three Creative Arts Emmys it won last week. “The Handmaid’s Tale” was awarded the Outstanding Drama Series Emmy, marking the first time any streaming offering has won for the category. In addition to best drama, “The Handmaid’s Tale” earned several additional wins: Elisabeth Moss took home Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, Ann Dowd was awarded for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama, Reed Morano earned the Outstanding Directing award, Bruce Miller won the Best Writing Emmy, and Alexis Bledel was recognized as Outstanding Guest Actress.

The evening was a major milestone for Hulu, which is third to introduce its own original content, behind top streaming services Netflix and Amazon. While Netflix took home the most overall awards after nabbing 16 Creative Emmy Awards, noticeably lacking in wins this year was Amazon.

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“’The Handmaid’s Tale’ is Hulu’s biggest series yet, and its success shows the value a streaming network can get from producing their own programming,” notes Engadget. “It’s no wonder Hulu is planning to spend $2.5 billion on original content this year.”

“This year’s Emmys also will be remembered for hitting two milestones for women,” reports Deadline, “the first ever writing for a comedy series Emmy for … Lena Waithe,” who shared the award with Aziz Ansari for “Master Of None,” in addition to “the first win in Morano.”