The ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ invaded the 2019 Emmy Nominations, even if the series is regarded ineligible. The thumb rule for Emmy’s eligibility, in fact, demands that the show must air half of its latest season before May 31. That is the reason why The Handmaid’s Tale’s third season, which debuted in June, isn’t in the nomination list of Emmy 2019.
Handmaid’s Tale, The Winner Of Creative Arts Emmys
The Creative Arts Emmy Awards celebrated the 71st Emmy Awards on Saturday and Sunday at the Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles. Here, the technical and acting categories distributed an Avalanche of Emmys to the winners.
"She's not just the main character on the show, she's the creative center," Bradley Whitford says of #HandmaidsTale star and producer Elisabeth Moss | Creative Arts #Emmys https://t.co/qBvJ0GYaIg pic.twitter.com/qk6wPU1HJ5
— Variety (@Variety) September 16, 2019
As expected, HBO’s Game of Thrones, won the race with 10 Emmys. Moreover, HBO’s Chernobyl earned seven. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel from Amazon won six. The most surprising win was The Handmaid’s Tale grabbing guest acting trophies for Bradley Whitford and Cherry Jones.
How The Episodes Barged-In The Emmy 2019 List
However, The Handmaid’s Tale season two, with seven of 13 episodes aired before May 31, 2018, (episode seven aired May 30, 2018) won three awards from 20 primetime nominations.
The season two’s final three episodes came after the 2018 Emmy nomination ballots deadline, (on June 24, 2018). However, the streaming giant Hulu allowed the streaming of those episodes to Emmy voters as screeners. It means that individual episode can receive nominations in categories of directing, writing, and other technical categories like editing, cinematography, etc.
Season Two Episodes
Consequently, (the season two) last three episodes of The Handmaid’s Tale are eligible for 2019 Emmys individual episodes categories. This includes directing, writing, technical, and guest acting nominations. It, in fact, means that the whole series of Handmaid’s Tale is not eligible to compete for categories like Outstanding Drama Series or similar four acting awards for series regulars.
The Notorious “Holly”
One of these finale episodes of Handmaid’s Tale is the highly acclaimed “Holly,” an exceptionally high-class episode which stars Elisabeth Moss. The episode was aired on June 27, 2018 —The episode is competing in all the legit Emmy 2019 technical categories.
As a matter of fact, Daina Reid and Mike Barker won the outstanding directing for a drama series category. Diana won the award for Holly.
However, Bruce Miller and Kira Snyder, for “Holly competed for the outstanding writing for a drama series category. Bradley Whitford, Commander Joseph Lawrence in episode 12, “Postpartum,” won the outstanding guest actor in a drama.
The Handmaid’s Tale
The Handmaid’s Tale is an American dystopian drama web television series. It is based on the 1985 novel of the same name by Margaret Atwood. The plot features a dystopia following a Second American Civil War. The series focused fertile women, called “Handmaids”, into child-bearing slavery.