A Tale of Big Wins for Women at the Emmys 2017

I love TV.  I love TV SO MUCH.  And when I saw the Emmy results from last night, and saw that two amazing female-centred TV shows had swept up the bulk of the awards I was super-chuffed to run on here and tell you about them.

 

The Handmaid's Tale

 6 Emmy wins for The Handmaid's Tale, starring Elizabeth Moss

6 Emmy wins for The Handmaid's Tale, starring Elizabeth Moss

 Reed Morano, who won Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series, is the first woman in 22 years to win the Emmy in this category.  YAY, REED!

Reed Morano, who won Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series, is the first woman in 22 years to win the Emmy in this category.  YAY, REED!

The Handmaid’s Tale is based on Margaret Atwood’s incredible 1985 novel of the same name – a dystopian novel which viewers of the TV series often noticed bore some resemblances to some of the goings-on in the world today!  The story is set in New England at a time the government has been overthrown and totalitarian Christian leaders instead control the lives of everyone in the US.  Women have become almost infertile, and therefore those still able to bear children are forced into a life of slavery whereby they are traded and owned, and have children for the richest of families.  Ohmygoddddd it’s good.

Last night The Handmaid's Tale won:

Outstanding Drama Series

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series (Elizabeth Moss)

Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series (Reed Morano)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (Ann Dowd)

Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series (Bruce Miller)

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series (Alexis Bledel)

 

Big Little Lies

 5 Emmy wins for Big Little Lies, starring Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Zoë Kravitz, Shailene Woodley and Laura Dern

5 Emmy wins for Big Little Lies, starring Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Zoë Kravitz, Shailene Woodley and Laura Dern

 The Big Little Lies cast and crew accept the Emmy for Outstanding Limited Series

The Big Little Lies cast and crew accept the Emmy for Outstanding Limited Series

Big Little Lies is an adaptation of a novel by Liane Moriarty, starring and executively produced by Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman.  It centres around the seemingly perfect lives of a group of women living in Northern California, and how things unravel to the point of murder.  And it’s FANTASTIC.  After I finished the series I couldn’t stop thinking about it for weeks.  When the cast and crew went up to accept their award for Outstanding Limited Series, Reese and Nicole used the opportunity to explain how their friendship was born out of a shared frustration for not getting offered great roles, so now they’re calling for “more great roles for women, please!”  Reese added that this has “been an incredible year for women in television”.

Last night Big Little Lies won:

Outstanding Limited Series

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie (Nicole Kidman)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie (Alexander Skarsgård)

Outstanding Directing for a Limited Series, Movie, or Dramatic Special (Jean-Marc Vallée)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie (Laura Dern)

Bring women to the front of their own stories and make them the hero of their own stories
— Reese Witherspoon

Did you watch these two shows?  What did you think?  What have been your favourite series so far this year?  Let me know in the comments below!