Jean-Marc Vallee, Handmaid’s Tale win Emmys

The Montreal filmmaker took home an award for Big Little Lies, while Toronto-shot The Handmaid's Tale was a big winner of the night, setting a new benchmark for streaming services.

Handmaids Tale S1Canada shone brightly on Emmys night this year.

Montreal’s Jean-Marc Vallée picked up his first Primetime Emmy award on Sunday night, and Canada-shot The Handmaid’s Tale took home five trophies, with literary icon Margaret Atwood on hand to accept best drama.

The Handmaid’s Tale, filmed in Toronto and produced locally by Take 5 Productions and Whizbang Pictures, also took home Emmys for writing and directing for a drama series. The series shot in Toronto in fall 2016 at Cinespace Studios and will shoot its second series again at the GTA studio starting this week. The win is a significant one, for both the industry and for Hulu itself, as The Handmaid’s Tale became the first show from a streaming service to win a series award at the Emmys.

The series also set records on Bravo when it aired in Canada this spring, becoming the most-watched series premiere on the channel in five years and the second-most watched ever on the network.

Jean Marc ValleeVallée won for direction in a limited series for his work behind the camera on HBO’s Big Little Lies. The series was a big winner at the annual awards ceremony, which honours the best in U.S. television. Big Little Lies also received the award for best limited series, while stars Nicole Kidman, Alexander Skarsgard and Laura Dern received acting awards.

Updated Sept 19