The Handmaid’s Tale has broken the record for the most losses ever recorded at the Emmys for one season after failing to win a single award at the ceremony this year.
Last night, the Emmy Awards 2021 took place, with stars including Michaela Coel, Kaley Cuoco and Dan Levy gracing the red carpet in person after last year’s virtual event.
While there were several big winners from the night, with The Crown and Ted Lasso dominating, some acclaimed shows went home empty handed, including Marvel Studios series WandaVision and dystopian drama The Handmaid’s Tale.
The Handmaid’s Tale received 21 nominations in total across the Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards and the Primetime Emmy Awards, which took place a week apart.
Despite winning at the awards ceremony on several occasions in the past, the show – which is based on the Margaret Atwood novel of the same name – missed out on every single one of its nominations this year.
This meant that the series set the record for the most losses at the Emmys in a single year… not quite the record any TV show wants to achieve at an entertainment awards ceremony.
The previous record was set by Mad Men in 2012, when it received 17 nominations at the Emmy Awards, losing in every category for which it was recognised.
The Handmaid’s Tale’s Emmy losses this year meant that actors including Elisabeth Moss, O-T Fagbenle, Madeline Brewer and Mckenna Grace missed out on any wins.
The very first accolade presented at the event this year was for best supporting actress in a comedy, an award which was received by an overwhelmed Hannah Waddingham for her performance in Ted Lasso.
Seth Rogen appeared on stage to present the award, beginning his monologue by calling out the Emmys for its lack of Covid-19 safety measures.
‘Good to be here at the Emmy Awards. Let me start by saying there is way too many of us in this little room,’ he said.
‘What are we doing?! They said this was outdoors! It’s not! They lied to us!’ he exclaimed, as the star-studded crowd laughed.
Emmy Awards 2021 winners list
Outstanding Drama Series – The Crown (Netflix)
Lead Actress in a Drama Series – Olivia Colman, The Crown
Supporting Actress in a Drama Series – Gillian Anderson, The Crown
Lead Actor in a Drama Series – Josh O’Connor, The Crown
Supporting Actor in a Drama Series – Tobias Menzies
Outstanding Limited or Anthology Series – The Queen’s Gambit (Netflix)
Lead Actress in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie – Kate Winslet, Mare of Easttown
Lead Actor in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie – Ewan McGregor, Halston
Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie – Julianne Nicholson, Mare Of Easttown
Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie – Evan Peters, Mare Of Easttown
Outstanding Writing for a Limited or Anthology Series – Michaela Coel, I May Destroy You
Outstanding Comedy Series – Ted Lasso (Apple Plus TV)
Lead Actress in a Comedy Series – Jean Smart, Hacks
Lead Actor in a Comedy Series – Jason Sudeikis, Ted Lasso
Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series – Hannah Waddingham, Ted Lasso
Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series – Brett Goldstein, Ted Lasso
Outstanding Competition Program – RuPaul’s Drag Race
Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program –
Outstanding Variety Special Pre-recorded – Hamilton
Outstanding Variety Special (Live) – Stephen Colbert’s Election Night 2020: Democracy’s Last Stand Building Back America Great Again Better 2020
Outstanding Variety Talk Series – Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
Outstanding Variety Sketch Series – Saturday Night Live
Governors Award – Debbie Allen
The Handmaid’s Tale is available to watch on All 4.