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Elisabeth Moss Finally Wins Her First Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama

After earning six nominations for playing Peggy Olsen on "Mad Men," Elisabeth Moss has finally prevailed at the Emmys thanks to "The Handmaid's Tale."

The Handmaid's Tale  -- "Late" Episode 103 --  Offred visits Janine’s baby with Serena Joy and remembers the early days of the revolution before Gilead. Ofglen faces a difficult challenge. Offred (Elisabeth Moss), shown. (Photo by: George Kraychyk/Hulu)

Elisabeth Moss in “The Handmaid’s Tale”

George Kraychyk/Hulu

Elisabeth Moss is finally an Emmy Award winner. The actress won her first prize for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series thanks to her heralded role as Offred in Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale.” The win is a major victory for not only Moss but also for Hulu, who wins its first major Primetime Emmy as well.
Moss is no stranger to the Emmys. She was nominated six times for playing Peggy Olsen on “Mad Men” and earned a seventh nomination for “Top of the Lake” in the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie race. For five consecutive years between 2009 and 2013 her role in “Mad Men” earned her an Emmy nomination.
“The Handmaid’s Tale” earned 13 nominations at the Emmys this year for its debut season. The show entered the Primetime Emmys already a big winner thanks to Alexis Bledel’s Guest Actress win at the Creative Arts Emmys last weekend. Other major nominations for the show include Outstanding Drama Series and two contenders for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Samira Wiley and Ann Dowd.
Moss is also nominated this year for Outstanding Drama Series since she is an executive producer on “The Handmaid’s Tale.” She will return as Offred in the already announced second season.

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