Dystopian television series, “The Handmaid’s Tale,” won many of the awards at the 69th Annual Primetime Emmys, Forbes reported. This year’s Emmys was held at the Microsoft Theater in California on September 17 and was broadcast on CBS.

The Handmaid’s Tale” won in five categories at the awards show. These awards include Best Drama Series, Best Drama Actress for Elisabeth Moss, and Best Writing for a Drama Series for Bruce Miller.

The program also won Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for Ann Dowd and Best Directing for a Drama Series for Reed Morano.

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Hulu, the company that streamed “The Handmaid’s Tale” to its viewers, also made history by winning the awards for the first time, besting other services like Netflix and Amazon.

TV adaptation

“The Handmaid’s Tale” is the TV adaptation of a 1985 novel written by Margaret Atwood, a Canadian author. It has since become one of the highest rated television series run by a streaming service.

The show tells the story of a totalitarian government that forces the last few fertile women, called “handmaids,” to bear offspring. These women are invited to the estates of the ruling class where they are subjected to rape, become pregnant, and give birth to children for the benefit of the dystopian society.

Award winners

Aside from “The Handmaid’s Tale,” there are also other shows that won many of the major awards at the annual Primetime Emmys. “Big Little Lies” won the awards in the Limited Series, Movie and Dram categories Best Limited Series, Best Actress for Nicole Kidman, and Best Supporting Actress for Laura Dern.

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The show also won Best Directing for Jean-March Vallee, and Best Supporting Actor in the Limited Series for Alexander Skarsgård, Forbes reported. Meanwhile, the Comedy category was mostly won by “Saturday Night Live.”

Kate McKinnon bagged the Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her portrayal of Hillary Clinton during the campaign. Alec Baldwin was named Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of President Donald Trump.

Don Roy King of “Saturday Night Live” won Best Directing for a Variety Series, Forbes further noted. It was Sterling Brown who was named Best Drama Actor for “This Is Us.”

Political references

The Primetime Emmy awards 2017 host Stephen Colbert also made political remarks during the event. First, he pointed out that President Trump became the biggest star on TV this year, Star Tribune reported.

Furthermore, Colbert also compared the audience of the entire period run of the shows that this year’s Emmys have honored to the audience during Trump’s inauguration.