The Handmaid’s Tale didn’t hit the brief and was snubbed of deserving awards at last year’s Emmys. But they won’t make the same mistake at the 2020 Emmys.
The Handmaid’s Tale is currently in its third season and finally back in the 2020 Emmy Awards race. The dystopian series is Hulu’s adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s best-selling novel of the same name. Starring Elisabeth Moss, Anna Dowd, Joseph Fiennes, Yvonne Strahovski, and Alexis Bledel, the story is set in Gilead.
- The Handmaid’s Tale has been a favourite at the Emmys since the beginning
- It was snubbed at the Emmys last year
- The Handmaid’s Tale to win big at the 2020 Emmys
Gilead is a futuristic, autocratic nation set in what used to be a part of the United States. The country faces environmental disasters and a declining birth rate, and is ruled by a totalitarian, fundamentalist regime. The country treats women like they’re the property of the state and gives them no rights of their own.
Fertile women are enslaved and forced into sexual servitude, and infertile women are taken as wives or work as cooks. Elisabeth Moss plays the titular character Offred, a handmaid committed to fight a rebellion against Gilead’s government.
The Handmaid’s Tale has been a favourite at the Emmys since the beginning
The dystopian-tragedy aired its first season in 2017, and won several nods at the Emmys. The Handmaid’s Tale had a brilliant awards night and went on to win eight of its thirteen Primetime Emmy nominations.
The adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s classic 1985 novel made unforgettable history that night. It was the first-ever series on a streaming service to win an Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series. It beat competitors including The Crown, Stranger Things and This Is Us to take the most-coveted award of the evening.
Elisabeth Moss won the outstanding lead actress in a drama award for her stunning role as Offred in the series. Anna Dowd also won a nod for Supporting Actress and Alexis Bledel took home Guest Actress in a Drama Series. But that wasn’t it – The Handmaid’s Tale also took home several awards for writing and direction.
Hulu scored an unforgettable 8 Emmys just for the first season of The Handmaid’s Tale! Whether their wins at the 2020 Emmy Awards will trump their first-season wins, we’ll have to wait and find out!
It was snubbed at the Emmys last year
The series has multiple nominations at the 2020 Emmy Awards, but wasn’t even supposed to be nominated last year. It missed the mark by overlooking an important technicality that renders a series eligible for an Emmy nod.
The second season of The Handmaid’s Tale aired mostly in the spring of 2018. It only aired its final episodes during the 2019 eligibility period, which made the last three episodes ‘dangling episodes’.
In Emmy parlance, ‘dangling episodes’ are those episodes which qualify for individual awards and not grouped, bigger ones. It’s the reason behind the series being snubbed off an ‘Outstanding Drama Series’ category nomination in 2019.
The final three episodes of season 2 fell outside the eligibility terms and were nominated at the 2019 Emmys instead. And just three episodes went on to receive 11 incredible Emmy nominations! The second season was honoured with every possible nomination that the series was eligible for.
It won nods for direction, acting and cinematography, production design, costumes, music, picture editing, sound mixing and the guest performances. Now that says something, doesn’t it?
The Handmaid’s Tale to win big at the 2020 Emmy Awards
Fans can’t wait to see if The Handmaid’s Tale will win big at this year’s Emmy Awards. The Hulu production has 10 Emmy nominations this year, including Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Lead Actress and other major awards.
The Handmaid’s Tale is up against The Crown, Killing Eve, Stranger Things and other big names for Outstanding Drama Series. It’s not going to be an easy win — especially when The Crown has 13 nominations to its name this year.
We don’t know if The Handmaid’s Tale will win big at the 2020 Emmy Awards, but their future is bright! Hulu has already picked up the rights to adapt a sequel to the series titled The Testaments. The sequel will be Hulu’s second adaptation of a Margaret Atwood novel and will tell Gilead’s story once again.
Set to narrate the incidents fifteen years after The Handmaid’s Tale, The Testaments will continue to explore life in Gilead. But all that is in the future. For now, we have the 2020 Emmy Awards to look forward to and the fourth season that premieres in 2021.