Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made For Television

  • Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made For Television


    Big Little Lies

    DAVID E. KELLEY:  I’m going to talk really fast, and then pass this off to Reese.  This one has been a real joy.  It started with HBO’s unflinching support.  This man here, Jean Marc Vollee, he directed every single episode.  He took this material into his heart and, more importantly, he delivered it from his heart, elevating every page, every performance.  We are all so grateful.

    As far as the cast ‑‑ take a look at this cast ‑‑ many of which have already been honored.  But two in particular are also ferocious producers, Nicole and Reese.

    And, Reese, you come here and get this

    REESE WITHERSPOON:  Okay.  I just want to say thank you so much.  This show is so much about the life we present to the world that could be very different than the life we live behind closed doors, so I want to thank everyone who broke their silence this year and spoke up about abuse and harassment.  You are so brave.  And, hopefully, shows like this, more will be made so people out there who are feeling silenced by harassment, discrimination, abuse ‑‑ time is up.  We see you, we hear you, and we will tell your stories.  Thank you.


    Backstage interview:

    Q On such a pivotal night as tonight, a special time in Hollywood, does the success of such a female centric story make this win a little more special, a little more significant somehow?

    NICOLE KIDMAN: Yeah, absolutely. It feels like — Shane and I were just talking about this for this show to be resonating right now at this time is extraordinarily. We are incredibly grateful, but it also allows us to speak and be heard. And as Reese was saying, to be heard and to be seen and to stand up for what this show is about and the issues that this show has dealt with.

    Q This is for Reese Witherspoon. Hi. Congratulations. I would love for you to talk about the transition to Andrea, Season 2. Oprah really did a cute impression of you. I was wondering if you have one of her?

    REESE WITHERSPOON: First, to say we are so deeply grateful to Jean-Marc Vallee. His vision for these characters, the way he guided us, everything he did. He put his artistry and his heart and soul into it. His musical taste is all over this miniseries. Unfortunately, he was busy. We did try and accommodate, but we wanted to get the show — the second season started soon because I do think the public wants it soon, and so we were very lucky to have Andrea Arnold, and David wrote an incredible script. Leon wrote an incredible piece that he’s adapting, and so we were just thrilled to welcome her to our family. Jean-Marc has welcomed her to the family, and we are just thrilled we all get to do this again with each other. Do I have an Oprah impression? “You get a Golden Globe, and you get a Golden Globe, and you get a Golden Globe.” Thank you.

    Q For Reese and Nicole, first of all, congratulations to all of you, but to Reese and Nicole, you are both in black. Can you leave a message? Do you have a message for a woman as well tonight?

    REESE WITHERSPOON: Oh, okay. Yeah. I think all of the women should answer this question why we wore black tonight. I think it’s important. Do you all want to come up and talk? Okay. We all decided it’s been a really — it’s been a difficult year for our industry discovering a lot of things. A lot of things have come out of the darkness and into the light. I think there was a collective feeling that it wouldn’t be business as usual because I think we have to be forever changed in this moment. We are more united as an industry than we have ever been, men and women, determined to change our own industry but also shine a light on other industries because we get a lot of attention. We are very privileged to be here. We get to tell stories, and there are a lot of people in other industries who don’t get this opportunity to speak up. So hopefully this is a small gesture that will continue to resonate.

    Q And your message?

    NICOLE KIDMAN: Well, I’ve been working for two decades for young women to try to eradicate violence to young women. It is so hard to be heard amongst all of the noise, and so I think right now we have the chance to be heard, and that’s why we are doing it. We are all doing it because we are asking to try and elicit change and that everyone will help and participate so that we can do that.

    Q I’m curious. There’s so many strides being taken now with time out, with the legal fund that will be helping for women. How can we actually get more — and you are all producers. How can we get more production extending into female-centric projects, female-directed projects?

    ANDREA ARNOLD: Well, I think the success of shows like this that have five women at the center help. I’ve been saying this sentence lately that I think rings true for all of us up here, is putting women at the center of our stories is not just the right thing to do; it’s also great business. And I think given the fact that you think “Handsmaid’s Tale” this year, and shows like “Insecure” with women at the center, people want them. We shouldn’t be confined because women are the center of the show. Men flock to the show, and it’s been a great gift for all audiences of the show. We just have to keep doing it, and we have to keep encouraging other women to do it.

    NICOLE KIDMAN: And, also, I may be wrong at this, but I think the three top grossing movies, or some of the highest grossing movies, were women-centric with women leads. So it’s not just in television. And it’s about as women saying we are going to have female directors. I’m in the midst of working with not just a female director, but a female VP. They are so rare. I’ve made over 60 films. I’ve worked with one other female VP. So this is the second one ever, which is not right, you know. So we are just trying to change the statistics, and we need the help.

    Q For Reese and Nicole, you guys really pioneered this show and worked really hard and talked about how to get it. I’m kind of curious about your bond working together on and off camera. Can you kind of talk about that and your special friendship that you formed?

    REESE WITHERSPOON: Well, we have special friendships with everyone in this group. It’s been an extraordinary experience. I think so much of my career, for 27 years, I never got to work with another woman. To be able to have incredible scenes and the opportunity to have a spectrum of female behavior that women look different, they have different socioeconomic backgrounds, they have different experiences in life, I think to start to talk about seeing a more dynamic woman on film, I think this is just the beginning, and we hope to continue that and even make it more diverse and make it more inclusive, make it more look like the world really looks. It’s really important. When women are the architects of the story, the stories change, and you see things differently. So we need to hear stories from different types of people, every type of person, and I think that’s been going on too long, the same people telling stories over and over again. It feels like it’s changing. It really does.


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