Best Television Series – Drama
BEST TV SERIES, DRAMA
THE HANDMAID’S TALE
BRUCE MILLER: Thank you so much.
We have a big cast. Thank you to the Hollywood Foreign Press and all the journalists who championed the show from the very beginning. To Lizzie and to Margaret Atwood, who is the mother of us all. And to my wife, Tracy, and my children Ben, Duncan, and Tess. To those at MGM who have been braver than I could possibly imagine. And to all the people in this room and this country and this world who do everything they can to stop “The Handmaid’s Tale” from becoming real. Keep doing that. Thank you.
Q Now that you’ve won twice, you have to give us something. Tell us something about Season 2.
BRUCE MILLER: It starts after Season 1. It’s really good. How’s that?
Q So something in the broad strokes, something about tone. Give us something.
BRUCE MILLER: It’s a comedy. It’s hilarious. No. We are just expanding on the world created by Margaret in the first season. We go to the colonies. Is that giddy enough for you? We just won for Season — can’t we rest? This is for Season 1.
BRUCE MILLER: Thank you.
Q My questions are from the fans of the FHPA and Facebook, and they want to know, where does your drive to create come from?
BRUCE MILLER: You know, it’s a good question. I’ve been doing this since I was just writing. I’ve been writing since high school. So I think it’s always what I’ve liked to do. I mean, I come from a big storytelling family, but I’m sure everybody up here has a different circuitous route that got them to a storytelling profession. But, for me, I think it was just, you know, genetically encoded for me.
Q What is your biggest challenge when starting a project, and how do you overcome it?
ELISABETH MOSS: I think our biggest challenge as a group is probably trying to do this incredible book justice, this particular show. My challenge in general when starting a project is I set a, kind of, high bar for myself, and so I’m always trying to do something I haven’t done before. So, for me, it’s just about, I suppose, the challenge that I set for myself that nobody else does, really, for me. And sleep. Sleep always, always a challenge.
Q I don’t know if you drove here and you saw the Hollywood “Handmaid’s” outside. Just, what do you make of all of this response to the show that is, you know, in line with what’s going on in Hollywood this evening, a political social movement of sorts? And everything is, sort of, in line with themes that fell out of your show, I would say.
LEE UNKRICH: Yeah. Please, Ann, come on up. There were a lot of times we wish we weren’t as relevant as we are. We went into development and then into production, and the world was a very different-looking place. It was not a Trump world, and midway through the first season, the reality changed. And I think each and every day we are reminded of what we care to follow, a responsibility to live up to Margaret Atwood’s vision and also to be a part of the resistance. And, today, we also join the resistance for “Time’s Up.” So that feels, I think for all of us, a really important and good place to be, and we love that our work is being celebrated.
Q Elisabeth, I’m here. If I could ask you, you worked in Australia this year as well on “China Girl” and “Top of the Lake,” and two very female-centered projects have not been nominated tonight, which have been getting lots and lots of viables [ph]. You see these people watching and enjoying. Is this a way, in itself, of empowering women, telling our stories that have a female social problem?
BRUCE MILLER: Yeah, absolutely. We want to tell stories that reflect our lives back at us. And many, many women watch television, and many, many women go to the movies, sometimes more than men, and so we want to see those stories. We want to see ourselves, and we also believe, not only in “Top of the Lake” but in “The Handmaid’s Tale,” having as many women behind the cameras as possible, as many producers, directors — there she is — it’s really, really important to us to take a part in that movement, and that’s what people want to see. I think that Hollywood is learning that that makes money, that that’s popular. This is a show led by a woman, and it’s doing well, and I think that is something that people are listening to.
Q Following up on the “Time’s Up” movement, what simply are you guys doing in joining it?
BRUCE MILLER: I think just to be able to have people start to be comfortable talking about all of these things that are so uncomfortable because when they are not spoken about is when they, you know, proliferate in the darkness. So the more we can talk about it, the more we can bring these conversations to the floor. Things have changed a lot since I started in television, and this seems like a tipping point where things are going to change quite a bit, and we are thrilled to just be here and be part of it.
Q Really for all of the actors, Elisabeth, all of you. You were debating things on the screen, some out of the book, that you think, “This could never happen. This could never happen.” Now you pick up the newspapers, you turn on the news, and you think, “Hey, that could never happen. That could never happen.” For all of you, have they expanded your ideas of possibilities, both positive and negative? And congratulations, of course.
ANN DOWD: Sweetheart, would you say that question again. I’m sorry.
Q Some of the things in the plot —
ANN DOWD: I think I remember.
Q — and some things in the news seem impossible to happen, and they are happening. Has this expanded your idea of what can and cannot happen in the world on the upside and the downside?
ANN DOWD: Well, I think women know that it’s certainly about attention. And so some of them are not surprised, not for a minute, that Margaret Atwood’s story could be possible. We are going to make sure that that doesn’t happen, but the story is very worth telling and living. But, no, I don’t think — I’m not surprised, and I’m not going to be surprised when it all turns around either, which I think it is well on its way of doing.
Q This show was passed over on Amazon, and after that, we learned a little bit about the Voss family, and I just wonder if you can say if you think that was a coincidence or not.
BRUCE MILLER: I have no idea, and I wouldn’t dare to answer the inner workings of Amazon, how they decide what project they are going to do or not.
LEE UNKRICH: What I will say is both at Hulu and at MGM, there’s never been, ever, a message in any way to cut back, curtail, soften any of our content. We have partners that basically just look at us and say, “Go forward. Do the work you are doing.” They are amazing, for us to go out there. And our greatest fear is to disappoint them or disappoint Margaret’s readers and her loyal following. It’s an amazing role, that world that we get to live in, to do this kind of work.