This year’s Emmy awards focused on the rise of strong women. Two big winners were “A Handmaid’s Tale,” winner of eight Emmy’s, including best drama and best lead actress in a drama, and “Big Little Lies,” also winner of eight awards, including best Emmy’s for limited series, lead actress, and supporting actress and actor.
Actors bare their souls to tell stories of injustices. The acceptance speeches of the leading actresses, Elisabeth Moss and Nicole Kidman, spoke to why these stories are impacting women, to why they must be told. Both have had other women reach out to them thanking them for the work they do in raising awareness of women’s issues. Both are grateful of the many roles now being written for women and encouraged film makers to find and promote their stories. Women writers, directors, producers, and with the backing to make it happen, are emerging in every curve and crevice of the planet. Even though both stories are dark and disturbing, they do shine a light on why women are standing together to say, “no more.”
The time is now for women to take a stand and speak their truths. The time is now for feminine and strength to merge and support the sisterhood around them. Every day, every minute, the choices we make do impact others. Make your choices in love and kindness. We’ve got this!
A Handmaid’s Tale
In the near future, fertility rates collapse as a result of sexually transmitted diseases and environmental pollution. With this chaos in place, the totalitarian, Christian theonomic government of “Gilead” establishes rule in the former United States in the aftermath of a civil war. Society is organized by power-hungry leaders along a new, militarized, hierarchical regime of fanaticism and newly created social classes, in which women are brutally subjugated, and by law are not allowed to work, own property, handle money, or read.
Big Little Lies
Filming scenes where her character often engaged in rough sexual acts to please her husband Perry (Alexander Skarsgård), seconds before (or in some cases, after) being slapped or pushed or mentally abused, Kidman was physically and emotionally naked. And she absorbed every bit of Celeste’s pain.
“I felt very exposed and vulnerable and deeply humiliated at times,” the 50-year-old actress admitted in an interview for W’s August issue.
Nicole Kidman has played a slew of transformative roles throughout her three-decade career. But rarely has a character had such a strong personal impact on her as Celeste — the mother of two trying to navigate her way through an abusive relationship that Kidman so beautifully portrayed in HBO’s megahit miniseries Big Little Lies.
In her acceptance speech, Nicole thanked her husband and kids for supporting her in this difficult and important role. It takes true strength of character to face the ugly sides of life. In her own vulnerability, she has become the role model for women all over the planet. Awards both actresses deserve. Thank you for the work you do.