How ‘bout those Emmy Awards?

Last night, millions of people around the world tuned in for the television industry’s biggest event of the year, and late-night host Stephen Colbert did a great job keeping the show moving and the laughs coming.

Tons of A-list movie stars were there for the festivities as well, now that so many actresses and actors who usually favor the big screen are signing up for limited TV series. Take, for example, the entire cast of Big Little Lies. Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern, Shailene Woodley and Alexander Skarsgård were all nominated, with Kidman, Dern and Skarsgård nabbing the gold.


In total, Big Little Lies was nominated for 16 Emmys and took home 8, including 5 biggies:

  • Outstanding Limited Series
  • Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series (Nicole Kidman)
  • Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series (Laura Dern)
  • Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series (Alexander Skarsgård)
  • Outstanding Directing for a Limited Series (Jean-Marc Vallée)
  • Contemporary Costumes for a Limited Series
  • Outstanding Music Supervision
  • Outstanding Casting for a Limited Series (duh!)


So, um, if you haven’t seen Big Little Lies yet, you might want to remedy that by reserving it from the Box right now! It’s excellent.

In other Limited Series news from last night, The Night Of — the binge-worthy tale of a naïve college student imprisoned for a murder he’s not sure if he committed — was nominated a total of 13 Emmys, and ended up winning 5, including one of the biggies:


  • Outstanding Actor in a Limited Series (Riz Ahmed)
  • Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Limited Series
  • Outstanding Sound Editing for a Limited Series
  • Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Limited Series
  • Outstanding Cinematography for a Limited Series


Since Game of Thrones aired too late in the summer to be considered this year, Outstanding Drama and some of the major acting categories for full-length series were wide open for the first time in a while, giving other shows and stars a chance at awards that the cast and producers of Game of Thrones usually claim. So this year in the Drama category we had The Handmaid’s Tale win Outstanding Drama, Sterling K. Brown (This is Us) win Outstanding Actor and Elizabeth Moss (The Handmaid’s Tale) win Outstanding Actress.

On the Comedy side, Veep won Outstanding Comedy, with Donald Glover (Atlanta) taking home Outstanding Actor and Julia-Louis Dreyfus (Veep) once again accepting the award for Outstanding Actress.

Other highlights of the evening include Christopher Jackson (Moana) performing the In Memoriam tribute, a 9 to 5 cast reunion, and legendary TV producer Norman Lear and iconic comedic actress Mary Tyler Moore presenting together.

And now the wait is on for the biggest awards show of the season: the Academy Awards, hosted once again by Jimmy Kimmel and airing March 4. Next week we’ll be posting our take on what Oscar contenders you should be renting at the Box to prepare for the show — don’t miss it!


By: Redbox Writer, Erika Olson