Reed Morano just won the Emmy for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series for her work on the pilot of Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale. This is Morano’s first Emmy win. The filmmaker, who started her career as a cinematographer, made her directing debut with the 2015 feature film Meadowland, before moving to television with shows like Billions and Halt and Catch Fire.
In her acceptance speech, Morano thanked Margaret Atwood, show creator Bruce Miller, and the rest of the Handmaid’s Tale cast, singling out Elisabeth Moss for her performance as Offred. “Lizzie is my ultimate inspiration, and this is as much her as it is me,” Morano said.
Morano was up against Vince Gilligan (Better Call Saul), Lesli Linka Glatter (Homeland), The Duffer Brothers (Stranger Things), Stephen Daldry (The Crown), Jonathan Nolan (Westworld) and Kate Dennis, who directed The Handmaid’s Tale episode “The Bridge.”
The show has picked up a number of awards tonight, including Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series and Best Supporting Actress.