Ann Dowd looked genuinely shocked when her name was called as the winner for the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama award at the 2017 Emmys.


Dowd played Aunt Lydia in the Hulu original show The Handmaid’s Tale. She beat out co-star Samira WileyUzo Aduba from Orange is the New Black, and Millie Bobby Brown of Stranger ThingsChrissy Metz of This Is Us, and Thandie Newton for Westworld. Dowd became tearful during her acceptance speech, in which she thanked author Margaret Atwood for creating such an intriguing story.

This was Dowd’s first Emmy win and only her second nomination at the award show. “Hello, everyone. Well, I think this is a dream, I know it’s an actor’s dream and I’m deeply grateful to you,” the 61-year-old actress said to the crowd. “I have been acting for a long time and that this should happen now, I don’t have the words. So I thank you.” She also thanked her husband, children, her cast mates, her manager, and Hulu.

Dowd has been working in the business but not well known since 1985. She had a remarkable role on The Leftovers, which ended this year after three seasons. She’s also played parts in Freaks and GeeksLaw & OrderOlive Kitteridge, and Masters of Sex.

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