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While The Handmaid's Tale on Hulu is a favorite among viewers, fans may very well notice that the series was only nominated for a select few Emmys this year—and for the final episodes of the show's second season, not its third which is currently on the air.
This is due to the Television Academy's strict eligibility rules for when episodes of a show need to be on the air (or, out on a streaming service) in order to be considered for an award.
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Season 2 of the show aired from April to July of 2018, which meant that the final three episodes of that season were not eligible for last year's Emmy awards—but are indeed eligible for this year's round.
The Academy’s rule, known as the ‘hanging episode’ rule, means that those final three episodes were able to garner a total of 11 nominations this year.
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While the show as a whole is not eligible for consideration, these 11 nods are for individual achievements, like acting in a specific episode.
The Handmaid's Tale's 2019 Emmy nominations include one for veteran theater actress Cherry Jones, who played June’s mother Holly in...
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