Netflix and Amazon have already staked a claim for streaming services at the Emmys with shows like “Orange is the New Black,” “House of Cards,” “Master of None” and “Transparent.” This year might give Hulu its best chance of joining that group. The online distributor premiered “The Handmaid’s Tale” this spring, which debuted with rave reviews from critics. It also has an impressive pedigree.
“Handmaid’s Tale” is based on a classic dystopian novel by Margaret Atwood first published in 1985. It was created by Bruce Miller, who has past credits including “Everwood” and “The 4400,” and its producers include Emmy winner Warren Littlefield (“Fargo”) and Ilene Chaiken (“Empire”). And then of course there’s the cast, led by Elisabeth Moss as Offred, a fertile woman who is forced into servitude for a powerful infertile couple. Moss has six past Emmy nominations for her role as Peggy Olson in “Mad Men” and one for her leading performance in the miniseries “Top of the Lake,” but she has yet to win.
Moss is on the Emmy ballot for Best Drama Actress, while noteworthy supporting contenders include Joseph Fiennes (“American Horror Story”), Ann Dowd (“The Leftovers”), Samira Wiley (“Orange is the New Black”) and Yvonne Strahovski (“Chuck,” “Dexter”). Alexis Bledel, best known for “Gilmore Girls” is aiming for her first career Emmy nom in the Drama Guest Actress race.
The most represented episode across all ballots is the pilot episode, “Offred,” which introduces us to the totalitarian theocracy of Gilead. It could earn nominations for its writing, directing, cinematography, costumes, hairstyling, non-prosthetic makeup and production design. The most awarded episodes in Emmy history are the “Boardwalk Empire” pilot and “Battle of the Bastards” from “Game of Thrones,” each of which won six prizes, so “Offred” could theoretically break that record.
Where “Handmaid’s Tale” stands in music categories we won’t know until nominations are actually announced on July 13. Ballots are not available for music categories, since the voting process for those awards is different from most other races (more on that here). Other than that, check out the complete list of “Handmaid’s Tale” submissions below.
Best Drama Series
Best Drama Actress
Best Drama Supporting Actor
Best Drama Supporting Actress
Best Drama Guest Actress
Alexis Bledel, “Late”
Best Drama Directing
“Nolite Te Bastardes Carborundorum”
Best Drama Writing
Best Casting (Drama)
Best Cinematography (Single-Camera Series, One Hour)
Best Costumes (Period/Fantasy)
Best Hairstyling (Single-Camera Series)
Best Makeup (Single-Camera Series, Non-Prosthetic)
Best Makeup (Prosthetic)
Best Picture Editing (Single-Camera Drama Series)
Best Production Design (Contemporary/Fantasy, One Hour)
Best Sound Editing (Series)
Best Sound Mixing (One Hour Series)
Best Supporting Visual Effects
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