The Handmaid's Tale and Veep take top prizes at Emmy awards

Hulu’s adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel is the first show produced by a streaming service to win best drama Emmy

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The Handmaid's Tale and Veep take top prizes at Emmy awards

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“The Handmaid’s Tale” was the big winner at the television Emmy Awards on Sunday night.

Its star Elisabeth Moss was named best drama actress for playing a woman in a dystopian world who’s forced into sexual servitude.

The show, based on Margaret Atwood’s best seller, also won awards for writing, directing and for supporting actress Ann Dowd.

The wins also mark a major coup for US streaming service Hulu over its big rivals, Netflix and Amazon.

Sterling K. Brown won best dramatic actor for his role as an African-American who is adopted into a white family in the NBC family drama “This Is Us.”

NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” was named best variety sketch series with actor Alec Baldwin won best comedy supporting actor for his impersonations of Donald Trump;
and the White House was again the source for Julia Louis-Dreyfus’s sixth successive Emmy for playing egotistical presidential hopeful Selina Meyer in HBO’s Veep.

The satirical show also won for Outstanding Comedy series.