Big Little Lies' Flexes Femme Muscle With Eight Emmy Wins


LOS ANGELES — The “fierce tribe” behind “Big Little Lies” has flexed some serious Emmy muscle as voters showered eight trophies on HBO’s star-studded limited series.

“Big Little Lies,” shepherded by the production banners of stars Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman, offered a remarkable display of female clout in a project that touched a nerve with viewers in dealing with domestic violence, divorce, child-rearing struggles and aging gracefully. Witherspoon, Kidman, Laura Dern, Shailene Woodley toplined the seven-episode series adapted from the Liane Moriarty novel of the same name.

“The fact that we created four roles for women that all got nominated is a real win here,” Witherspoon said backstage.

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“Big Little Lies” prevailed for limited series in a tight race with FX’s equally starry “Feud: Bette and Joan.” Kidman and Dern took the lead and supporting actress nods for a limited series. Alexander Skarsgard won for supporting actor in a limited series, while helmer Jean-Marc Vallee won for directing limited series.




Image: Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon

Nicole Kidman, center left, Reese Witherspoon, center right, and cast and crew accept the award for outstanding limited series for “Big Little Lies” at the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday in Los Angeles.