Best: ‘Big Little Lies’ Wins Big
You'd be forgiven for thinking the film industry had invaded last night, with the likes of Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon popping up everywhere, looking like they'd taken a wrong turn on the way to the Oscars. But they made waves on the small screen with Big Little Lies, David E. Kelley's moody HBO miniseries (based on Liane Moriarty's 2014 novel) about a murder in an affluent community. The show tied with The Handmaid's Tale for most Emmys of the year, taking home prizes in eight categories, including Outstanding Limited Series, Lead Actress (Kidman), Supporting Actor (Alexander Skarsgard), Directing (Jean-Marc Vallée) and Supporting Actress in a Limited Series (Laura Dern). As many of the winners hastened to emphasize, Big Little Lies is more than its sleek surface and clever plotting; it's a story about women's lives and the cost of domestic abuse. Witherspoon called for the TV world to "bring women to the front of their own stories and make them the hero of their own stories," and Kidman echoed her sentiment: "More great roles for women, please."