Emmys 2017: Here’s Why ‘Stranger Things’ May Win Best Drama Series

Netflix drama series Stranger Things came away with five Creative Arts Emmy awards on Sept. 10, putting the show as frontrunner to win Best Drama Series during the 2017 Emmy Awards, which will be presented Sept. 17.

The television academy gave the show, which has 18 nominations this year, its five Creative Arts Emmys on Sunday in a ceremony at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. They are as follows:

  • Best Main Title Theme Music for Michael Stein and Kyle Dixon.
  • Best Sound Editing
  • Best Drama Casting
  • Best Main Title Design
  • Best Drama Single-Camera Picture Editing

Fans congratulated the show on Twitter for the Emmy wins.

The prize the show earned for casting is regarded by Emmy forecasters as the clearest sign of a show’s strength heading into the primetime awards show.

Stranger Things casting director Carmen Cuba received the award for best casting in a drama series, shared with Tara Feldstein Bennett and Chase Paris. “No matter how the real world is beginning to represent the upside down, no matter how the Demogorgon finds ways to terrify and separate us, let’s stand together and fight for our neighbor’s protection and acceptance,” Cuba said on Sunday, of the need to stand up for one’s beliefs. “America is lucky and richer with all of the voices. Especially the strange ones.”

Actress Natalia Dyer of “Stranger Things”

Actress Natalia Dyer attends the Premiere of Netflix’s Stranger Things at Mack Sennett Studios on July 11, 2016 in Los Angeles, Calif. | Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images

The show’s first season was released July 15, 2016, and it soon became the sleeper hit of the season. It features pre-teens searching for their missing friend who has disappeared under mysterious circumstances. They do so with the help of a mysterious girl named Eleven who possesses strange powers – which prove useful in their search, which leads them to some horrifying discoveries at a local science lab.

The show is sets in the 1980s in fictional Hawkins, Indiana. The cast includes Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Millie Bobby Brown, Noah Schnapp, Gaten Matarazzo, Finn Wolfhard, and Caleb McLaughlin.

Season 2 of the show arrives on Netflix on Oct. 27. (A season 3 is rumored, as well.)