Why Isn’t ‘Big Little Lies’ Nominated For Any Emmys In 2019?

It’s no secret: Everyone watches Big Little Lies. But the HBO series, which was originally categorized as a limited series after the first season aired, isn’t up for any awards at the 2019 Emmys. Why? Let us explain.

‘Big Little Lies’ Season 1 aired in 2017

Reese Witherspoon, Shailene Woodley, and Nicole Kidman in Big Little Lies Season 1
Reese Witherspoon, Shailene Woodley, and Nicole Kidman in Big Little Lies Season 1 | HBO

Season 1 of Big Little Lies began airing on Feb. 19, 2017. Because it’s based on a book, HBO categorized it as a miniseries, with the plan that it would be a one-and-done kind of thing. The seventh and final episode of Season 1 aired on April 2, 2017.

As you know by now, Big Little Lies quickly became a huge hit. Director Jean-Marc Vallée and writer and creator David E. Kelley were praised, as were stars Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern, and more.

The HBO series took home these Emmy Awards

Because of its airdate, Big Little Lies Season 1 was eligible for the 2017 Emmy Awards season. It was nominated for an impressive 14 Emmy awards: eight at the Creative Arts Emmys and six at the Primetime Emmys.

And the show did very well for HBO. Kidman, Dern, and Alexander Skarsgård won for their acting, Vallée for his directing, and it scored the big prize, Outstanding Limited Series. Big Little Lies also won for Oustanding Casting, Contemporary Costumes, and Music Supervision.

Season 2 of ‘Big Little Lies’ recently finished airing

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Despite HBO and Kelleys’ original claims, Big Little Lies was so in-demand that they decided to make a second season. The highly anticipated Season 2 was confirmed in late 2017, casting announcements made in 2018, and everything came together this year.

Season 2 of Big Little Lies began airing on Jun 9, 2019, and completed its seven-episode run on July 21, 2019. The Academy of TV Arts and Sciences’ eligibility guidelines for the 2019 Emmys states that all episodes most air between June 1, 2018, and May 31, 2019, meaning Big Little Lies Season 2 didn’t make the cut.

Here’s who we think will be nominated in 2020

So because of when it aired, Big Little Lies Season 2 wasn’t eligible this award season. This was, we’re sure, purposeful on the part of HBO — the network didn’t want the show up against the last season of Game of Thrones, as both will be competing in the same category now that Big Little Lies must be classified as a Drama Series.

Once GoT is out of the way, the path is clear for BLL to take home plenty of awards in 2020. Where do we think it will succeed? Likely many of the same categories as it did when it was a limited series. What will be interesting is which women will be classified as leads and which as supporting, since we know Meryl Streep is a shoo-in for Outstanding Supporting Actress.

Will there be a ‘Big Little Lies’ Season 3?

Right now, there’s been no confirmation as to whether there will be a third season of Big Little Lies. But that doesn’t mean that we get tired of asking about it. So far, Kidman (who is also a producer) has mostly but the kibosh on the idea, as has Kelley.

But not everyone is so unsure. Dern was recently asked about the possibility, and she talked about how great it would be to reunite with her “family,” saying, “There’s no happier place to work on Earth.”

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