It was an exciting night for strong female novelists last night at the Emmys! The adaptations of Big Little Lies and The Handmaid’s Tale received loads of awards in their respective categories. Both adaptations also took home the big win – Outstanding Limited Series for Big Little Lies on HBO and Outstanding Drama Series for The Handmaid’s Tale on Hulu.
Big Little Lies is a compelling tale based around powerfully developed female characters that deal with important issues that many face around the world. It elegantly shines a light on domestic abuse while portraying the lengths victims of abuse must go to in order to uphold their public face. Liane Moriarty has created beautifully complex female characters that give new dimension to the way women are portrayed in media. The adaptation written by David E. Kelly and produced by Reese Witherspoon’s production company, Pacific Standard, attracted millions of viewers from around the world and certainly captured the eye of the TV Academy based on the eight Emmys awarded to the series.
Margaret Atwood originally wrote The Handmaid’s Tale in 1985. Bruce Miller created the television series that premiered on Hulu this year with promise of a second season. The Handmaid’s Tale revolves around a future society that strips women of their rights entirely. A disease causing infertility spreads, and the sole purpose of fertile women is to conceive children for wealthy couples. This story truly embodies feminist literature in that it explains a world where women are regularly controlled by the government. The adaptation has had amazing success judging by its eight Emmy wins!
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Big Little Lies Emmy wins:
- Outstanding Limited Series
- Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie – Nicole Kidman
- Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie – Laura Dern
- Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie – Alexander Skarsgard
- Outstanding Casting for a Limited Series, Movie or Special – David Rubin
- Outstanding Contemporary Costumes for a Series, Limited Series or Movie – Alix Friedberg, Rise Garcia and Patricia Mclaughlin
- Outstanding Directing for a Limited Series, Movie or Dramatic Special – Jean-Marc Vallee
- Outstanding Music Supervision – Susan Jacobs
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The Handmaid’s Tale Emmy wins:
- Outstanding Drama Series
- Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series – Elisabeth Moss
- Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series – Ann Dowd
- Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series – Reed Morano
- Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series – Bruce Miller
- Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series – Alexis Bledel
- Outstanding Cinematography for a Single-Camera Series – Colin Watkinson
- Outstanding Production Design for a Narrative Contemporary or Fantasy Program – Julie Berghoff, Evan Webber, Sophie Neudorfer
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