After 4 years of watching Game of Thrones conquest the Emmys, 2017 offered other Television shows a chance to snatch an award. After all the nominations were revealed in July, it proved that despite a lack of Kahleesi and Jon Snow, this year was still going to be extremely tough to call.
The three big winners throughout the night; ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’, ‘Veep’ and ‘Big Little Lies’; went home estatic with their new trophies to add to the shelf. Taking best Drama Series; ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ won against ‘House of Cards’ and ‘Stranger Things’, whilst Elizabeth Moss took ‘Lead Actress: Drama’. Ann Dowd won ‘Supporting Actress: Drama’; Alexis Bledel ‘Guest Actress: Drama’; Reed Morano ‘Directing for a Drama Series’; and Bruce Miller ‘Writing for a Drama Series’. The undefeated show also collected ‘Production design for a narrative contemporary or fantasy program (one hour or more)’, and ‘Cinematography for a single-camera series (one hour)’.
This was a triumphant night for ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ cast and crew. Overall, I would agree with nearly all winners throughout the night; while apart of me still hoped that Reece Witherspoon would beat rival co-star Nicole Kidman for ‘Leading Actress: Limited series/TV Movie’. Despite this, the emmy’s showcased the beauty that 2017 television had to offer.
The importance of the Emmy’s is underestimated. Behind all the glam that comes with hours of preparation and red carpet appearances, the amount of work that is poured into producing and airing this show is immense. But the celebration has to be exaggerated to match the impact that TV Shows have on our lives. The appeal that comes with watching Television is that it never fully comes to an end. We can sit through two hours of a film and feel content that it has finished, or that a sequel is being produced. But a television show can be aired in your own home; creating an immediate connection. Once an hour episode has ended, we are itching for the next instalment. Television relies on a strong narrative to ensure that it retains viewers; we often forget that each episode is treated as a short film. For example, the budget for Michael Crichton’s ‘Westworld’ per episode reached $10 million; a frankly sickening amount. The dedication and money poured into TV today mirrors the influence that companies such as HBO and Netflix are having on society. TV can now also be looked at as an escape; and soon will be in parallel competition with the film industry.
2017 has been showered with mesmerising television series all year. For once it can acceptable to turn down a night out with the excuse of watching TV instead. No matter what your preference is: cowboys; thrillers; society or fantasy; 2017 has it covered. Perhaps next year Game of Thrones will be more prepared, and ensure that their work can be recognised in 2018. But for now, all credit is due to the nominations and winners identified in The Emmys 2017.