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Entertainment Weekly


Reese Witherspoon makes plea for women to tell their own stories after Big Little Lies win

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Consider this achieving “more“: HBO’s Big Little Lies won the Outstanding Limited Series trophy at the 69th annual Emmy Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday.

“Thank you to the people that embraced [us],” producer and star Nicole Kidman, who won an Emmy for best actress in a limited series, said. “The power of television, it has astounded us. As much as the show had the entertainment value, it was about issues. We are so grateful you told your friends to watch the show; you can still watch it.”

“It’s been an incredible year for women on television,” costar and producer Reese Witherspoon added. “Can I just say, bring women to the front of their own stories, and make them the hero of their own stories. And thank you for that opportunity and for audiences to wrap their arms around us. Jean‑Marc [Vallée], David Kelley, you are incredible and thank you for giving us these stories.

“This is a friendship that then created opportunities,” Kidman added. “It created opportunities out of our frustration because we weren’t getting offered great roles, so now, more great roles for women, please. Thank you.”

The critically acclaimed seven-episode miniseries, based on Liane Moriarty’s bestselling novel, followed a group of mothers embroiled in a murder mystery in the sunny coastal town of Monterey, California. Well, it was a lot more than that, too: Creator David E. Kelley, along with his star-studded, female-fronted cast — namely Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley, Laura Dern, and Zoë Kravitz — captured the dark comedy of wealthy family life in the adaptation, while also tackling tough commentary on the travails of motherhood, marriage, and muted ambition. It’s a whodunit full of nuance on women and power that unfolded in the most picturesque, escapist setting in America.

And it’s no wonder talk of a second season began as soon as the stellar series aired. “Everybody’s game for getting the band back together, but we want to make sure that we’ve got the music to justify it,” Kelley told EW of a potential follow-up. “That decision hasn’t been made yet, and it’ll be story-driven when it is.”

The series nabbed 16 nominations at the Emmys, including ones for Dern and Woodley in the Supporting Actress category, Alexander Skarsgård for Supporting Actor, and Kidman and Witherspoon for Lead Actress.

Big Little Lies beat out fellow HBO nominee The Night Of, as well as National Geographic’s Genius, and FX’s Fargo and Feud: Bette and Joan.