Genre TV Cleans Up At the Emmys

No longer relegated to solely the technical achievement awards, genre television seems to be on the ascendant in critical recognition and popular buzz, and last night’s Emmy Awards reflected this trend amply, awarding some of their highest honors to the streaming dramas that dominated this season. Below, we collect the full list of genre Emmy winners for 2017.

The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu) WINNER:

  • Best Drama
  • Best Actress, Drama: Elisabeth Moss
  • Supporting Actress, Drama: Ann Dowd,
  • Writing for a Drama Series: Bruce Miller
  • Directing for a Drama Series: Reed Morano
  • Guest Actress, Drama: Alexis Bledel
  • Outstanding Production Design For a Narrative Contemporary Or Fantasy Program (One Hour Or More)
  • Outstanding Cinematography For a Single-Camera Series (One Hour)

The night’s biggest genre winner, capturing some of the ceremony’s most prestigious awards overall, The Handmaid’s Tale was a huge win for Hulu and the growing dominance of streaming television services, as well as perfectly pitched for today’s political moment.

Black Mirror: San Junipero (Netflix) WINNER:

  • Television Movie
  • Writing for a Limited Series, Movie or Drama, Charlie Brooker

While typically, “genre” and “television movie have gone together with a cringe in critical eyes, this Black Mirror feature for Netflix won acclaim and a pair of high-profile Emmys.

Stranger Things (Netflix) WINNER:

  • Outstanding Sound Editing For a Series
  • Outstanding Main Title Design
  • Outstanding Original Theme Title Music
  • Outstanding Casting For a Drama Series
  • Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing For a Drama Series

This critical and fan darling on Netflix picked up a respectable handful of technical awards, while losing out on the higher-profile nods.

Westworld (HBO) WINNER:

  • Outstanding Special Visual Effects
  • Outstanding Hairstyling For a Single-Camera Series
  • Outstanding Makeup For a Single-Camera Series (Non-Prosthetic)
  • Outstanding Sound Mixing For A Comedy Or Drama Series (One Hour)
  • Outstanding Creative Achievement In Interactive Media Within a Scripted Program

Grabbing a heaping helping of technical recognition, newcomer Westworld reaped the strongest recognition of any network or cable genre series this Emmy Awards.

Other Notable Genre Winners:

  • Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup For a Series, Limited Series, Movie, Or Special: American Horror Story: Roanoke (FX)
  • Outstanding Special Visual Effects In a Supporting Role: Gotham (FOX)
  • Outstanding Stunt Coordination For a Drama Series, Limited Series, Or Movie: Marvel’s Luke Cage (Netflix)

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