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Why The Handmaid’s Tale’s Golden Globes Win Is A Big Deal, If Not Remotely Surprising

The show’s success also says a lot about life right now

The Handmaid’s Tale is probably one of the most timely and poignant shows to hit our television screens in the last year or so. Few need reminding why this is the case, but the parallels that could (and have) been drawn between 2017’s most popular dystopian drama and the political and societal unrest that has shaken all of us deeply are likely to continue to resonate well into 2018.

Beyond the eerily distressing echoes of systematic undoing to progress in women’s rights, the show’s production is incredible. Which it’s why it’s safe to say that not one person watching the 2018 Golden Globes could have been surprised when the show scooped up the award for Best TV Series (drama) on Sunday night.

Nevertheless, it’s still of course a huge deal. Not just because well, it’s nice to win an award for your hard work on a brilliant series, but because it’s a victory that holds particular poignancy after a year dominated by stories of sexual harassment and women’s inequality.

In accepting the award executive producer Bruce Miller said: ‘To all the people in this room and this country and this world who do everything they can to stop The Handmaid’s Tale becoming real, keep doing that’. It's a call to action that many of us have desparately hoped for while watching the events of last year play out, and a call that echoes the one heralded by the Times Up movement too.

Elizabeth Moss also went on to win an award for the show, taking home the accolade for Best Actress (drama) for her role in The Handmaid’s Tale’. Quoting Margaret Atwood, Elizabeth said in her acceptance speech: ‘We lived in the blank white spaces at the edge of print. It gave us more freedom. We lived in the gaps between the story.’

‘Margaret Attwood, this is for you’, she went on to say, ‘and all the women who came before you and after you who were brave enough to speak out against intolerance and injustice and to fight for inequality and freedom in this world. We no longer live in the blank white spaces in the edge of print. We no longer live in the gaps between the stories. We are the story in print and we are the story ourselves’.

The sentiment of the evening has been clear and the #WhyWeWoreBlack concept seems to have carried through from the red carpet to the acceptance speeches made on stage. But what's important about the trend of conversation is that while it acknowledges the injustices that have gone on for too long, the intention isn't necessarily to be a negative one, but one of progress and working towards a future that is further from Margaret Atwood's novel than we are at the moment.

The cast and crew are very aware of the show's significance amongst what's been going on, for better and for worse. ‘There are a lot of times we wish we weren’t as relevant as we are,' explained executive producer Warren Littlefield, speaking backstage at the awards. 'We went into development and then into production and the world was a very different looking place it was not a Trump world and mid-way through the first season reality changed and I think each every day we’re reminded of what we carry forward – a responsibility to live up to Margaret Attwood’s vision and also to be a part of the resistance. And today we also join the resistance for Times 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.'

We love that their work is being celebrated too. The Handmaid's Tale's merit is undeniable. But we shouldn't overlook its significance as IRL political signpost too. Because, although at times it was difficult to watch, shows like The Handmaid's Tale which challenge and highlight the injustices of our world only help us to face the things that, outside of the TV screen, aren't so easy to address head on.

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