From Kate Mckinnon to Elizabeth Moss and everyone in between the 2017 Emmy Awards weren’t just the most diverse Emmys yet by race and TV channel, but women far outranked men, in both gender as well as themes.
The Handmaid’s Tale won best drama: I have a love-hate relationship with this. I think it’s very current and the ideas/world building is excellent. I do not know if it was just me but it seemed like during some scenes the actors just couldn’t get into it and that what they were trying to portray was impossible and a big joke. I’m also not sure if that was intentional or not but it threw me off for awhile. I had a hard time watching more than one episode at a time, because it sends a very powerful message which can be interpreted in many different ways. This will be a long running success for Hulu. Ann Dowd and Elizabeth Moss both won Emmys for their acting chops on the best Drama.
Big Little Lies won best mini-series: It also tied Handmaid’s Tale in overall Emmy wins. This year I have probably watched about 50+ TV shows and the one that sticks in that back of my mind is Big Little lies. The staying power of the show, combines the star power of Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern, and Shailene Woodley to highlight destructive relationships from a female perspective. It is a really good soap opera type drama and the majority of the series deals with relationship abuse in the high society suburbs. I heard there was talk of a second season, but I’m not sure it’s needed, it was perfect as a mini-series. While Hollywood starlet Reese Withersoon did not win an Emmy, most of her fellow cast members did including Nicole Kidman, Laura Dern, and baddie Alexander Skarsgard.
Women even won most of the lesser awards:
Master of None (perhaps my favorite comedy series) won an Emmy for the Thanksgiving episode about a black girl coming out to her family.
San Junipero has been heralded as Black Mirror’s crown jewel. One of the best hours of television ever created. It’s about a a shy woman visiting a beach town and falling in love with a regular visitor, Kelly. Fans seemed to like that Netflix threw in a happy and cheerful episode. Rather than another one of Black Mirror’s bleak dystopian futures, this dark horse sets up the sci-fi series to be something even more unique.
Black Mirror has got it’s finger on the trigger of cultural technophobia more than perhaps the Emmy judges realize. I have documented the fragmentation of the Television industry and it’s only because of technology and web TV that these shows are dominating conversations. While once standard bearer NBC’s This is US, inched into the crowded field of new streaming options, The Big Three at the Emmys, were Netflix, HBO, and Hulu! Hulu, gets the crown as the first streaming network to win best drama.