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‘Big Littles Lies’ Snags Many SAGs

Big Little Lies, the TV adaptation of Liane Moriarty’s novel of the same name, has been going from strength to strength. After scooping six nominations and four wins at the Golden Globes,  the show was nominated for four awards at the Screen Actor’s Guild awards, and won two. 


Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern, and Alexander Skarsgård were nominated for Outstanding Performance, with Kidman and Skarsgård winning. 


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Skarsgård with his friend Jack McBrayer, whom he brought as his date. I also like the serious side eye they are receiving from the lady at the bottom right. | Image Via People 


Nicole Kidman paid tribute to the other actresses nominated in her category, Susan Sarandon and Jessica Lange, as well as the older generation of actresses by whom she is inspired, in a moving speech which has attracted some attention. 


“To receive this at this stage in my life is extraordinary—and in this time in the industry when these things are going on and for this role…” Acknowledging her costars Witherspoon and Dern, she continued, “I revere you. I watched you and I learned from you. And there are others: Meryl Streep, Jane Fonda, Judy Davis, Isabelle Huppert, Shirley Maclaine, Judi Dench—the list is so long and there are so many names.” 


Kidman and Witherspoon are teaming up again to produce a film adaptation of Moriarty’s novel Truly Madly Guilty, while Jennifer Aniston is in talks to star in the adapation of her 2009 novel, What Alice Forgot.


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‘Big Little Lies’ Racks up Nominations in Wrong Category and People Are Not Happy

On top of the recent announcement that Big Little Lies is returning for a second season, it was also just nominated for six Golden Globe awards (in the TV miniseries categories), as well as four SAG awards. While you may think the news would make pretty much everybody happy, think again.


If you haven’t heard about the controversy yet, let me break it down. Since the series (which began as a mini-series) was renewed for another season, it doesn’t exactly qualify as a miniseries anymore. And yet it garnered nominations in the miniseries category. See the problem? 


You may have noticed that while everyone (the cast/crew and fans alike) were confident that the series would return, HBO remained mum for quite awhile. It wasn’t until three days before the Golden Globe nominations were announced publicly that HBO confirmed the news of a second season.




HBO is now being accused of cheating the system, having renewed the series just days after the voting window closed. 


In a press release, HBO responded, saying:


Big Little Lies was conceived, produced, and aired as a limited series. The implication of impropriety regarding HBO’s awards submission of Big Little Lies in the Limited Series category is irresponsible and uninformed. The idea to continue the story came about only after the show aired. None of the cast or filmmakers had holdover contracts. Each deal had to be renegotiated, which is proof that no ongoing series was contemplated. Additionally, no source material beyond Liane Moriarty’s novel existed. The accusation that HBO was ‘gaming the system’ is baseless and undeserved.


Technically, Big Little Lies does qualify as a miniseries per the Golden Globes’ requirements. According to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, a miniseries must: consist of two or more episodes with a total running time of at least 150 program minutes, must have originally aired on TV as a miniseries, and have a complete story [arc]. 


The series definitely meets all three requirements. And, as a result, it offers a better outlook for HBO. It may sound innocent, but HBO’s disapproval after the Producers Guild re-categorized the series for the PGA awards (putting them out of the mini-series category into the episodic category and demanding a re-vote) shows their preference for the miniseries category. And we think we know why.


If you’re confused as to what’s the big fuss, here’s the deal: categorization can play a huge influence in the likelihood of walking away with a win. Opponents in the miniseries categories for the Best Actress include Jessica Biel (The Sinner), Jessica Lange (Feud: Bette and Joan), and Susan Sarandon (Feud: Bette and Joan).


If Kidman and Witherspoon were unable to qualify in the miniseries category then they would be up against Caitriona Balfe (Outlander), Claire Foy (The Crown), Maggie Gyllenhaal (The Deuce), Katherine Langford (13 Reasons Why), and Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid’s Tale). While the actress in the miniseries category are absolutely incredible, the second category seems far more competitive. Had Kidman and Witherspoon been forced to duke it with the latter actresses, then their chances might have been slimmer.


Thus, regardless of how shady HBO might have been, it was well played.





Big Little Lies has been nominated for the following Golden Globe awards:


Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made For Television


Best Performance By An Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made For Television (Nicole Kidman)


Best Performance By An Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made For Television (Reese Witherspoon)


Best Performance By An Actress in a Supporting Role in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made For Television (Laura Dern)


Best Performance By An Actress in a Supporting Role in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made For Television (Shailene Woodley)


Best Performance By An Actor in a Supporting Role in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made For Television (Alexander Skarsgård)


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BIG Things Are Happening for ‘Big Little Lies’ Season 2!

After winning eight Emmy Awards,  a second season of Big Little Lies seems inevitable. While HBO hasn’t officially ordered more episodes, they are reportedly figuring out when production can begin and it may start as early as Spring 2018. HBO’s very real interest in producing a second season is big news for fans.


The star-studded cast and production crew have already said that they’d like to continue the story, assuring audiences that talks about a second season will happen.




With that out of the way…mostly…the only worry audiences should have is who will and won’t return for the new season.


Luckily for us, it’s looking as if Reese Witherspoon will definitely return. She has publicly expressed interest in reprising her role in the past, barring schedule difficulties. Since she has reportedly dropped out of the production for Pale Blue Dot, her schedule seems to have opened up.


Nicole Kidman has also expressed interest in reprising her role. And even if Witherspoon’s character would be the sole remaining original character, that’d be okay too considering she’s one of the best characters on the show and my nagging suspicion of her husband Ed has convinced me that their story hasn’t exactly resolved yet.


The bad news is that the director who brought us this incredibly packaged show won’t be returning. Jean Marc Vallée has already withdrawn from an additional season, as a result of scheduling difficulties. That is a significant loss, as his vision undoubtedly made the show what it is.




Nevertheless, there isn’t a shortage of creative directors in Hollywood and, while they’ll have differing visions, it may be beneficial to the show’s future. HBO is reportedly on the lookout for a female director and it would be interesting to see how the story is perceived when a female directs females. 


While it is unclear whether or not author Liane Moriarty will be on board, it’s clear that the production team is hoping for her approval to produce another season. If you’ve read the book Big Little Lies then you know that the story resolves fairly well, unlike the show itself, which offers a cliffhanger. While I for one am dying for another season, I could understand why Moriarty and HBO, would be reluctant.


Stories portrayed on television are undoubtedly different than those portrayed in books. The stories told on television are constantly open-ended and leave room for the plot to continue. Unless a show’s creator, writers, and production company are fully aware of how many episodes the plot will be told over, the story is kept open-ended. When it comes to books, however, an author has leeway over how long or short the story is. Given that an author can ensure that his or her story won’t be abruptly cut off by a production company, their story often has a full arc. If Moriarty felt unsatisfied with where the book ended, then she clearly would have written a sequel. Given that she didn’t, she may reject the idea of continuing the story she created.


If HBO decides to go for a second season, then they won’t have any source material to work with unless Moriarty agrees to consult with the writers and share her vision for what it would look like. What that means is that without Moriarty’s vision, the story could be completely distorted from what the author was originally trying to create. However, it is also beneficial because it can use her original story as inspiration to effectively communicate additional issues that are related. 


As a huge fan of the show, of course I want more. As someone who values creativity, however, I know that it could end poorly too. Either way, audiences will have to be patient while HBO contemplates whether or not a second season is appropriate. 


One thing is certain: the cliffhanger ending to the first season has many fans crossing their fingers in hopes of seeing a second season. If HBO declines, some fans won’t be very happy. 




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7 Books to Read If You Loved ‘Big Little Lies’

Done with Big Little Lies and looking for your next big read? After the HUGE success that the Big Little Lies limited series had at the Emmys, we can’t wait for the will-they-won’t-they question between HBO and a second season. For those of you who are like us and need some instant gratification, here are seven books that resemble Big Little Lies in the best ways.


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  1. Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty


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Who better to get our Big Little Lies fix from other than Liane Moriarty herself? Rumors are Reese Witherspoon’s production company, the same company that produced Big Little Lies, has optioned the rights to Moriarty’s newest novel! Be on the look out for the adaptation of Truly Madly Guilty. The events that transpire at a seemingly enjoyable barbecue change the lives of six adults forever. In true Moriarty fashion, you can expect a brilliant tale weaving through time and character’s minds to reveal the devastating events of the weekend.


  1. Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng


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This book recommended from Reese Witherspoon’s Book Club incorporates similar themes found in Moriarty’s work. From Amazon: “Little Fires Everywhere explores the weight of secrets, the nature of art and identity, and the ferocious pull of motherhood – and the danger of believing that following the rules can avert disaster.”



  1. After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid  


After I Do

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What do you do when your marriage just isn’t working out? Lauren and Ryan’s plan is to take a year off of marriage and explore who they are as separate people. With an agreed upon rule of no contact for one year, Lauren rediscovers love in her own beautiful way in this intelligently written novel.



  1. You Will Know Me by Megan Abbott


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If you loved the theme of parental love in Big Little Lies, this book is for you. From Amazon: “You Will Know Me is a breathless rollercoaster of a novel about the desperate limits of parental sacrifice, furtive desire, and the staggering force of ambition.”


  1. The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena  


The Couple Next Door

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Be prepared for secrets, lies, and betrayal to be revealed in this thrilling novel centered around a dinner party. Anne and Marco are at their neighbors’ house while their baby sleeps next door, only to return home to an empty crib. Will Detective Rasbach be able to reveal the couple next door’s mysterious secret?


  1. The Dinner by Herman Koch 


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This Dutch novel has been turned into a movie starring Richard Gere, however, we recommend you skip the film and read the book – of course. From Amazon:


An internationally bestselling phenomenon: the darkly suspenseful, highly controversial tale of two families struggling to make the hardest decision of their lives — all over the course of one meal. Tautly written, incredibly gripping, and told by an unforgettable narrator, The Dinner promises to be the topic of countless dinner party debates. Skewering everything from parenting values to pretentious menus to political convictions, this novel reveals the dark side of genteel society and asks what each of us would do in the face of unimaginable tragedy.


  1. The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty


The Husband's Secret

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Moriarty does it again! This novel has everything you’ve come to expect from the writer – witty insight into its main characters, secrets, betrayal, and love. What would you do if you found a letter addressed to you, but only to be opened at the time of the sender’s death? For Cecilia, this letter will unravel her entire life and the lives around her – but it true Pandora fashion, once it’s been opened you can’t return the horrors to the box.




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Powerful Women Storm the 2017 Emmys!

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:


  1. Outstanding Limited Series
  2. Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie – Nicole Kidman
  3. Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie – Laura Dern
  4. Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie – Alexander Skarsgard
  5. Outstanding Casting for a Limited Series, Movie or Special – David Rubin
  6. Outstanding Contemporary Costumes for a Series, Limited Series or Movie – Alix Friedberg, Rise Garcia and Patricia Mclaughlin
  7. Outstanding Directing for a Limited Series, Movie or Dramatic Special – Jean-Marc Vallee
  8. Outstanding Music Supervision – Susan Jacobs


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The Handmaid’s Tale Emmy wins:


  1. Outstanding Drama Series
  2. Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series – Elisabeth Moss
  3. Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series – Ann Dowd
  4. Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series – Reed Morano
  5. Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series – Bruce Miller
  6. Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series – Alexis Bledel
  7. Outstanding Cinematography for a Single-Camera Series – Colin Watkinson
  8. Outstanding Production Design for a Narrative Contemporary or Fantasy Program – Julie Berghoff, Evan Webber, Sophie Neudorfer


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