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Handmaid helps Hulu to C21 Awards

Winners celebrate at the C21 International Drama Awards

CONTENT LONDON: US streamer Hulu led the way with three prizes at C21Media’s International Drama Awards, two of which went to its hit drama The Handmaid’s Tale.

The adaptation, produced by MGM Television for Hulu, has been one of the most talked about series of 2017 and aired in the UK on Channel 4.

It won the Best English-Language Drama Series and its star, Elisabeth Moss, took the Best Female Performance gong at the awards ceremony this evening (Wednesday), which marked the culmination of C21’s annual Content London event.

Hulu also picked up the Editor’s Choice award from C21’s editor-in-chief and managing director David Jenkinson. This followed an outstanding year that has seen it become the first streaming service to pick up a Best Drama Emmy, commission originals such as The Path and partner on headline-making dramas such as Electric Dreams with Channel 4 and Hard Sun with the BBC.

Jenkinson said: “We are delighted to recognise a company that has proved, through the shows it has backed and partnerships is has formed, it is one of the most progressive players on the world stage. The past year has seen Hulu join the leading pack and confirmed that SVoD is the group to keep up with.”

Rival streamer Netflix took the Best Casting of a Drama Series gong for The Crown (Left Bank Pictures) and Best TV Movie for Black Mirror: San Junipero (Endemol Shine Group).

Midnight Sun, a French-Swedish coproduction by Nice Drama and Atlantique Productions for Canal+ and SVT, took the Best Foreign-Language Drama Series. StudioCanal is handling distribution of the show, about a series of killings in a remote Scandinavian mining community.

Channel 4’s Catastrophe, produced by Avalon, took the Best Returning Comedy Drama award, while Big Little Lies, for HBO, was named Best Miniseries.

CanalPlay’s High Life took Best Original Digital Drama fresh from the news of its acquisition by BBC3, revealed exclusively by C21 earlier this week.

The full list of drama award winners is as follows:

BEST DIGITAL ORIGINAL DRAMA

highlifeHigh Life
Produced by: More Sauce in coproduction with CanalPlay
For: CanalPlay
Distributed by: More Sauce

High Life is a unique online drama series which tackles  difficult subject matter in a heartwarming and entertaining way. It was made independently and has already made sales in the US, France and Australia. On the festival circuit it has  won eight awards at three festivals, including two best series  and two best director awards.

BEST RETURNING COMEDY DRAMA SERIES

catastropheCatastrophe
Produced by Avalon Television with co producers Birdbath Productions and Merman Films
For: Channel 4
Distributed by: Avalon Distribution

Written by and starring Sharon Horgan and Rob Delaney, the series has garnered universal critical acclaim and a raft of awards since launching in 2015. Viewing of the second series of Catastrophe was up 20% on series one and averaged 1.4 million/7.0% over the six episodes, making it Channel 4’s second highest performing comedy of the year.

BEST COMEDY DRAMA SERIES

FalletFallet
Produced by: FLX
For: SVT
Distributed by: Keshet International

Nordic Noir meets British murder mystery in this original crime dramedy directed by Simen Alsvik (Lilyhammer). Thrilling and funny, and produced in Swedish and English, Fallet breaks new ground in Nordic Noir as two unlikely detectives team up to solve a gruesome murder. Nominated for best comedy in the Seoul International Drama awards. Starring Lisa Henni and Adam Godley.

BEST TV MOVIE

Deutschland83Black Mirror: San Junipero
Produced by: House of Tomorrow (Endemol Shine Group)
For: Netflix
Distributed by: Endemol Shine International

San Junipero is one of the most beloved Black Mirror films and has become a cultural phenomenon.
A love story set in 1980s California, it is steeped in nostalgia but still unfolds a mind-bending concept, as is Black Mirror’s trademark. Through two stunning central performances, the film transports us across different eras and marks the show’s first happy ending.

BEST MINISERIES

BigLittleLiesBig Little Lies
Produced by: HBO Entertainment in association with David E Kelly Productions, Pacific Standard and Blossom Films
For: HBO
Distributed by: HBO

Based on Liane Moriarty’s bestselling book, this subversive, darkly comedic drama tells the tale of three mothers of first-graders whose seemingly perfect lives unravel to the point of murder. Starring Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley, Alexander Skarsgard, Laura Dern, Adam Scott, Zoe Kravitz, James Tupper and Jeffrey Nordling, directed by Jean-Marc Vallée from scripts by David E Kelley.

BEST RETURNING DRAMA SERIES

broadchurchBroadchurch
Produced by: Kudos, Imaginary Friends, Sister Pictures
For: ITV1
Distributed by: Endemol Shine International

Broadchurch’s third and final chapter built on and added to the previous seasons’ domestic and worldwide success and helped define ITV as a home for quality drama. The extensively researched crime drama tackled the difficult and important subject of sexual assault. Boosted by authentic performances and a beautifully cinematic landscape, Chris Chibnall’s distinct poetic vision captivates, thrills and entertains.

BEST CASTING OF A DRAMA SERIES

TheCrownThe Crown
Produced by: Left Bank Pictures
For: Netflix
Distributed by: Netflix

The ambition of Left Bank’s The Crown is unparalleled; the world these characters inhabit is incredibly exquisite, pushing the creative teams to give the series the scale it needed. But at the heart of Peter Morgan’s drama is how a family copes with extraordinary circumstances. Receiving rave reviews in the UK and worldwide, The Crown also won two Golden Globes.

BEST MALE PERFORMANCE OF A DRAMA SERIES

TomTabooTom Hardy – Taboo
Produced by: Scott Free London, Hardy Son & Baker
For: BBC, FX
Distributed by: Sonar Entertainment

Tom Hardy’s nuanced and visceral performance as James Delaney in Taboo redefined expectations for a lead period drama role. Part servant, part psychopath, Delaney is both ruthless and ravaged by his own previous wrongdoings. Torn between revenge and love, Hardy skilfully walks the line between violent unknowability and vulnerability.

BEST FEMALE PERFORMANCE OF A DRAMA SERIES

Elisabeth Moss – The Handmaid’s TaleElisabeth_Handmaids
Produced by: MGM Television
For: Hulu
Acquired by: Channel 4
Distributed by: MGM

Rarely is the most chillingly topical drama of the year also the most exquisitely crafted and distinctive. Elisabeth Moss’s stand-out performance and defiant monologues shine through as commentary on our current reality as much as that of the dystopian world. The Handmaid’s Tale resonates loudly now and will no doubt be the definitive portrayal of repression for years to come.

BEST NON-ENGLISH LANGUAGE DRAMA SERIES

limitlessMidnight Sun
Produced by: Nice Drama, Atlantique Productions
For: Canal+, SVT
Distributed by: StudioCanal

French crime meets Nordic Noir in this jaw-dropping series. A French Algerian policewoman teams up with a Swedish prosecutor with Sami heritage to solve a murder in the land of the midnight sun. Nominated for awards in the categories best drama, best script and best actor/actress at L’Association des Critiques de Séries, Monte Carlo TV Awards and BANFF Rockie Awards.

BEST ENGLISH-LANGUAGE DRAMA SERIES

The Handmaid’s TaleElisabeth_Handmaids
Produced by: MGM Television
For: Hulu
Acquired by: Channel 4
Distributed by: MGM

Rarely is the most chillingly topical drama of the year also the most exquisitely crafted and distinctive. Elisabeth Moss’s stand-out performance and defiant monologues shine through as commentary on our current reality as much as that of the dystopian world. The Handmaid’s Tale resonates loudly now and will no doubt be the definitive portrayal of repression for years to come.

DQ CRAFT AWARD – Harry Williams and Jack Williams, Two Brothers Pictures

C21 EDITOR’S CHOICE AWARD – Hulu

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