The Handmaid's Tale's Ann Dowd Wins Emmy for Supporting Actress, Drama

Ann Dowd The Handmaid's Tale 2017 Emmys

We’re as shocked as she was: The Handmaid’s Tale co-star Ann Dowd, who plays the imperious Aunt Lydia, scored a surprise win at the 2017 Emmys for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series.

Dowd beat out her Handmaid’s Tale co-star Samira Wiley for the trophy, along with Orange Is the New Black‘s Uzo Aduba, Stranger Things‘ Millie Bobby Brown, Westworld‘s Thandie Newton and This Is Us‘ Chrissy Metz.

A clearly emotional Dowd began her acceptance speech in awe: “I think this is a dream, you know? I know it’s an actor’s dream… I’ve been acting for a long time, and that this should happen now… I don’t have the words, so I thank you.” She went on to thank Hulu — “you’re very lovely, Hulu” — and her co-star and fellow nominee Elisabeth Moss before mentioning her husband and children and offering a final, heartfelt “thank you very much.”

Ironically, Dowd was also nominated in the Guest Actress in a Drama category this year for her work on HBO’s The Leftovers — but lost out to her Handmaid’s Tale co-star Alexis Bledel.

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