Best Limited Series Or Motion Picture Made For Television
BEST LIMITED SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
BEST TELEVISION LIMITED SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
JARED HARRIS: Hi, I’m Jane Featherstone. Thank you to the HFPA. Thank you to the HBO. See, Ricky, it’s not all Netflix. Sorry, Netflix.
Thank you to Sky Atlantic. Thank you to Sister Pictures, Mighty Mint. Thank you to the cities of Vilnius and Kiev for being so hospitable. Thank you to our Ukrainian crews, our Lithuanian crews, our Swedish crews, our French crews, our English crews.
Craig, your script posed the question what is the cost of lies? And that question becomes more relevant with each passing day’s news cycle. The people of the Ukraine and the Belarus bore the brunt of this catastrophe, and they shielded millions of people from its worst effects at the cost of their own lives. “Chernobyl” is dedicated to their courage and sacrifice.
CRAIG MAZIN: Brad Pitt is on his way. Just hang out. Take deep breaths. He's coming. Put up with us briefly. There's an amazing composer, Hildur Gudnadóttir, who just went for Joker and who did the music for Chernobyl. So ask her some Chernobyl questions, then Brad Pitt. (Paul Ritter) QUESTION: The question is could any of you guys recall the day when Chernobyl happened in real life? CRAIG MAZIN: Yeah, I think we all could. I was 15, and in the United States, the Challenger disaster had happened just about three months earlier, and so I think we were all in this state of kind of national mourning, and we had this interesting perspective on what it meant to experience a national tragedy. This was in the middle of the Cold War. I wonder if that hadn't happened, if we would have viewed Chernobyl the same way. To me, seeing that just three months later, something like a disaster like we had suffered, and it turned out much, much worse, happened in the Soviet Union, I think we all felt a little bit of a kinship, like, huh, we were the two big heavyweights and we were bloody and on our knees. It's humbling and it's instructive that regardless of what our governments do and what they say, we are all just people. QUESTION: Congratulations again. You guys deserve every award you pick up, and Hildur also has a good cry, I promise. I will ask her the question, this is slightly off-topic, for Carolyn. Carolyn, you have been associated with HBO for a long time as an executive and now as a producer of little shows like Game of Thrones and Chernobyl. What -- this is a big time of transition for HBO right now. What do you think -- because you are in the family, but a little bit arm's length. What do you think of everything that's going on for HBO and HBO Max right now? CAROLYN STRAUSS: Oh, that's a big question. I think it is a huge time of transition. I think HBO has always had a very distinctive brand, and my fervent hope is that they are able to hang onto that brand through all the change because I think it does stand for something. QUESTION: My question, you thanked these communities that helped you in the filming. Did it surprise you, because even though you show some of the roads, you also show some doubts, some trying to hide. How do the people express themselves about these happenings? And, again, were you surprised that they were willing to help you, that they wanted to tell this story? CRAIG MAZIN: They were incredibly helpful. I think they responded to the fact that they were trying to tell the story from their point of view, and we were obsessive about being accurate. To us, that is how you show respect to a culture, by getting it right. That was something that we were working on together, from research and the script and casting and costuming, everything. But they suffered from this. There is nothing ideological about radiation. It doesn't care. And they all suffered from it, and they all had a heartfelt desire to see it reflected well, to see Ukrainians and Belorussians and Russians and Soviet citizens portrayed as they were, which was heroic. The government, no; but the people, yes. QUESTION: From the actors, did you meet local people? Did you meet -- local people told you their stories? JARED HARRIS: Yeah, we met some people in Lithuania, and afterwards, since then, we've met people whose parents were some of the liquidators' parents, who worked and met somebody just the other day who grew up in Pripyat and left when he was six. So I actually run into people all the time, and they all are tremendously appreciative of the effort that the show made to be as authentic as it possibly could to show what the resulting effect was on their lives.