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

The Handmaid's Tale and Veep take top prizes at Emmy awards
By Tokunbo Salako with REUTERS
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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” 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.

Praise be! Elisabeth Moss wins her first #Emmy for #HandmaidsTale after 8 nominations. https://t.co/BdmcrdHihspic.twitter.com/lfMrMergkB

— EntertainmentTonight (@etnow) September 18, 2017

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.

WATCH: Baldwin trolls Trump while winning Emmy for Trump impersonation: Here is your Emmy https://t.co/Vtrl8sp27mpic.twitter.com/1k5pbLWDUG

— The Hill (@thehill) September 18, 2017

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.”

Sterling K. Brown Finishes Emmy Speech Backstage After Being Cut Off During Show (Watch) https://t.co/LcdlbMpasv

— Variety (@Variety) September 18, 2017

Chicago native Lena Waithe made Emmy history on Sunday as the first black woman to win for comedy writing https://t.co/7vg4U72ZH5pic.twitter.com/wZdfHhlyvc

— Chicago Tribune (@chicagotribune) September 18, 2017

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.

WATCH: Baldwin trolls Trump while winning Emmy for Trump impersonation: Here is your Emmy https://t.co/Vtrl8sp27mpic.twitter.com/1k5pbLWDUG

— The Hill (@thehill) September 18, 2017

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