The handmaid’s tale 5 season series, “A Nation’s Tale”, won Emmy nominations and the acting secret
The announcement of the 2021 Emmy Awards nominations lists was full of surprises, in terms of a number of new series and TV shows appearing in those lists after they won the admiration of members of the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, but the lists of nominations were almost expected for a series that continues to win awards for 4 years. For years, “The Handmaid’s Tale” or “A Nation’s Tale”, which has received 21 Emmy nominations this year, bringing the number of nominations the series has received over the past 4 years to 75 nominations and 15 awards since its appearance in 2017.
Emmy awards equal Oscars
The Emmy Awards, which appeared in 1949, are presented to distinguished television series and programs, and are similar to the Academy Award, in their importance, but the Academy Awards are awarded to cinematographic works, while the Emmy Awards are given to works, programs and series produced specifically for television, and the Academy announced that the ceremony is expected to be held in Its 73rd edition, on September 19th.
The handmaid’s tale 5 season series “A Nation’s Tale”
What is the story of a nation series?
The series “ Hand Made Tale ” or “A Nation’s Tale” is based on a novel by the Canadian writer who won the Booker Prize “Margaret Atwood”, and the novel appeared in 1985, then was turned into a movie in 1990, and then it was converted in 2017 into a series of 4 parts on The hand of Bruce Miller who took over the writing and directing, while the main heroine of the series, actress Elisabeth Moss, who also participated in the production and directing.
The series was produced by on hulu , from the first part issued in 2017, to the third part in 2019, and the fourth part, issued in 2021, was somewhat different, in terms of the participation of the “MGM” company in the production, and the novel of “The Testaments” by the same author “Margaret Atwood”, which was released in 2019, was among the events of the fourth part.
The series revolves around a civil war that takes place in the United States of America, followed by a revolution, in which the state of Gilad appears, which is a theocratic state that is based on a religious basis from the Bible and texts from the Torah. The spread of diseases and environmental pollution that destroyed agricultural lands, it was no longer possible to obtain good food, fertility rates among men and women decreased, the number of births decreased dramatically, and women in Gilead were transformed into second-class citizens, so they were not allowed to read, write or share their opinion in All walks of life, only their role of procreation and raising children.
Gilead is called equality and it was established for the sake of justice, but it depends on class. There is the class of rulers, which are the leaders, and there is the class of the eyes, who are spies, to ensure the implementation of orders in Gilead, and not to break them. There is a different category which is the pregnant women, and they are the women who are captured, in order to give birth and pregnancy from the leaders in order to increase the population of Gilead.
Does the series deserve all these nominations?
The series presents an exceptional case in acting and directing, as the viewer will be breathless from unexpected scenes and events, and excessive realism, although some events are fictional, but the greatest value of the series is to present the situation of women under tyranny, and their inability to obtain their rights once in the name of religion, once in the name of Customs and traditions, a third time under the heading “women” only.
“John Azobon,” a woman who is kidnapped with her daughter in the city of Gilead, her daughter “Hana” is housed with a leader’s family in Gilead, and “John” herself changes her name to “Ofred” – a tradition in Gilead that every childbearing is named after the leader who lives in Gilead. His home – She serves in the home of another leader, Fred, because his wife, Serena, cannot have children, and John is forced to have sexual relations with Offred once a month, with religious rituals and biblical texts being recited in an attempt to make it socially acceptable.
John becomes pregnant with a child, Nicole, and during that period we see the state of Gilead from the inside. Serena, the commander’s wife, has her finger cut off when she reads some texts in the Bible. Women do not have the right to love, marry, or educate. Volunteers If they are among the children who have children or even from the women of society, they are killed, or sent to the colonies where they work in the lands full of nuclear radiation, and above all they are tortured in the worst possible ways.
The handmaid’s tale 5 season series “A Nation’s Tale” won Emmy nominations
The fourth part is a pure masterpiece
The fourth part of the series, which received 21 Emmy nominations, is a pure masterpiece, and from its hyper-realism, viewers may wonder where they saw its events before? Are the “Yazidi girls” escaping from ISIS? And their appearance before committees of the United Nations recounting their suffering in rape and torture, or in girls who sought asylum in other countries to obtain their right to express their opinions freely and without fear?
The fourth part, which was shown on April 27 of this year, in 10 episodes, presents John’s attempt with a group of female children, to rebel against the laws of Gilead, and to escape to obtain their right to a normal life outside its walls, after they smuggled more than 70 children to Canada While preparing to escape, they reside inside the home of an elderly commander, whose wife is repeatedly raped by other leaders and guards, until she gives birth, which makes the wife want to escape from Gilead prison.
But John is arrested, and she confesses the whereabouts of the mothers after threatening to torture her daughter “Hana” and locking her in a glass cage.
John does not give up, though, and tries to escape again with the children during their deportation, but a large number of them are killed or die during the escape, except for John and her friend Jenin, who escape to Chicago, and there they meet the rebels, and John can leave Gilad alone in disguise, and reach Canada And her journey begins by presenting her testimonies about the torture she was subjected to, and the condition of the women in Gilead, but she collides that the leader who participated in her torture, “John Waterford”, made a deal with representatives of the US government in Canada, and he would obtain innocence in exchange for providing full confessions about the regime in Gilead. The series ends with John killing Commander Waterford.
Directing, photography and acting are the basis of success
The series “Hand Made Tail” grabbed 10 nominations in the field of acting, between main and secondary roles for men and women, in addition to the nomination for the best drama series, which is the award previously obtained, in addition to nominations in the field of fashion design, music, outdoor photography, and others. .
They are nominations that seem worthy, as the fourth part was able to brilliantly present the escape journey of “John Azobon”, the heroine of the series, accurately and realistically, in a way that captures the viewer’s breath, and at the same time respects his mind, so that he does not feel that he is following imaginary events, and the representation of the heroine was “Elizabeth Moss” and with her The staff, especially Bradley Whitford, who played the role of captain “Joseph Lawrence” is like an acting match, everyone is racing to give the best performance, without exaggeration or screaming.
“You hide behind the Lord whenever it is in your best interest.”
And the representation of “Elizabeth Moss” was like playing a musical note with thin fingers, moving from soft calm tones to loud frightening tones, depending on the nature of the scene. She used complete silence sometimes, eye looks, body movements that can convey to the viewer the feelings of suffering that she still controls from the torture that She was subjected to it in Gilead despite the escape, and then moves the scenes to a higher degree when she confronts the wife of Commander “John Waterford” with anger, heated discussions and frightening screams about her human right to see her daughter, who was unlawfully kidnapped by Gilad, as she tells her this iconic sentence: “You are hiding behind the Lord.” Whenever it is in your best interest.”
As for the actor Bradley Whitford, who eventually took over the presidency of Gilead, he is the true Joker of the series, moving from medical to absolute evil, smoothly drawing confusion on the viewer’s face between sympathy and hatred, in scenes he rejects the violations that occur in Gilead and helps smuggle children outside it, Once again, his position changed when he wanted to maintain his authority, so he decided to abuse the rebels while justifying his action by saying, “The Lord loves the leader who wants to review his position.”
It is worth noting that “Bradley Whitford”, a famous American politician and columnist for the Huffington Post, has clear political views on freedom, voter suppression, and abortion, which was demonstrated during his discussion with “John Osbon” about the political nature of Gilad during the previous parts of the series .
Science fiction, is the series really that ?
The series “Hand Made Tail” is always described as pure science fiction, or dystopia, an English word of Greek origin, which first appeared in the English Parliament in 1868 AD, and translated into Arabic as “The Literature of the Corrupt City,” a fictional society dominated by absolute evil, chaos, and violence, but Is the series “Hand Made Tail” like that?! Are its events not present in the reality in which we live and live?!
The answer may be frightening, and it is no, the series “Hand Made Tail” is present in all its events in Arab and foreign countries, but it is present in Egyptian reality in some of its events that focus on women, the idea that dominates the series is that females are the main vessel for reproduction and education, while they hide The woman herself as a human entity and thought that has the right to practice his life freely is still present in some societies in Egypt, especially rural and Upper Egypt.
And the Hand Made Tail series, despite its symbolism, was present in the campaign launched by Egyptian women on social media under the hashtag “The mandate is my right” to demand that they have the right to guardianship over their children in the event of the husband’s absence for any reason. Women in the state of Gilead are not Although they are the main vessel for procreation and upbringing, in the end they have no right to their children, everything is up to the father only.
“I’m sorry there is so much pain in this story.”
In the end, the viewer can only feel a rare mixture of gratitude, amazement, sadness and pain as he follows the events of the series “Hand Made Tail”. As for gratitude, it is directed to this valuable masterpiece, which was able to win 21 nominations from the Emmy Awards, and as for the surprise, it is because the events that were written in the year 1985 in a literary novel, influenced by the separation between Eastern and Western Europe, and it is still happening to this day, and in the same way, despite the passage of more than 36 years of imagining it. Able to accept the other, or in a more precise sense, the other half, thus destroying the human right to freedom, justice and an honorable life, which was expressed by the heroine “John” in one of the episodes, saying, “I am sorry that there is a lot of pain in this story.”
The handmaid’s tale 5 season series “A Nation’s Tale” won Emmy nominations