Based on Margaret Atwood’s novel, ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ wraps up the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards by winning the Outstanding Drama Series, beating out strong competitors from Netflix (‘House of Card’, ‘Stranger Things’, and ‘The Crown’). The 77 year-old Canadian poet, literary critic, novelist, and so much more, also received a standing ovation while she closes the awards night.
‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ is a Hulu series shot in Toronto that is based on a 1985 dystopian piece by Atwood. Production began back in the 2016, producing 10 episodes of which the first 3 were aired on April 26, 2017. Right of the bat, the show was received by the public so well that by May 2017, it already got a go signal for renewal for a second season to be aired in 2018.
The show depicts a world where fertility almost hit an all-time low due to environmental pollution and STD’s (sexually transmitted diseases), a Christian theonomic totalitarian government of “Gilead” established rule as an aftermath of a civil war. As a result of the low fertility rates, the remaining fertile women are assigned a household of the ruling elite. These women then submit themselves in a rape ritual with the male master to get impregnated to bear children for the men and their wives.
The series also represents as the first indisputable hit from Hulu’s line of shows. The show also won many other nominations for this year: Outstanding Actress (Elizabeth Moss as June Osborne/Offred), Outstanding Supporting Actress (Ann Dowd as Aunt Lydia), Outstanding Directing, and Outstanding Writing. In total, the critically beloved series won a total of eight Emmy Awards from their 13 nominations. Due to the success of the concept, the winners from the series became vocal about how thankful they are to Margaret Atwood.
The stars have really aligned for the Canadian novelist. And that standing ovation was really just the cherry on top for such her great year.