Olive Kitteridge, the four-part HBO miniseries that aired to U.S. audiences in early November 2014, walked away as a big winner at last night’s 67th Emmy Awards.
“Hey thank you all for loving Olive. We sure loved making it,” Richard Jenkins, who played the part of Henry Kitteridge stated, while accepting the Outstanding Limited Series Emmy on behalf of the cast and crew.
The miniseries was inspired by the 2008 novel, Olive Kitteridge, which won a 2009 Pulitzer Prize in the “Letters, Drama and Music” category, as reported by Amazon. Olive Kitteridge was authored by 59-year-old Maine native, Elizabeth Strout.
The miniseries received a total of 13 nominations. The list of Emmys taken by the Olive Kitteridge cast and production crew, as reported by Variety, includes:
Directing For A Limited Series, Movie Or Dramatic Special: Lisa Cholodenko
Limited Series: Olive Kitteridge
Lead Actress, Limited Series Or Movie: Frances McDormand
Lead Actor, Limited Series Or Movie: Richard Jenkins
Supporting Actor, Limited Series Or Movie: Bill Murray
Writing For A Limited Series, Movie Or Dramatic Special: Jane Anderson
Even before the Emmys, HBO’s Olive Kitteridge had already been a big hit with viewers, garnering an 8.4 out of 10 with IMDb, which records 6,699 ratings.
“At times stern, at other times patient, at times perceptive, at other times in sad denial,” is how the synopsis of the novel, Olive Kitteridge describes its protagonist, who has trouble dealing with changes both in the world and in the people around her, such as her son Christopher (played by John Gallagher, Jr. in the miniseries) and husband Henry (played by Richard Jenkins).
Christopher is said to feel “tyrannized” by his mother. Olive’s husband Henry’s loyalty to her is described as both a “blessing and a curse.”
Through “ruthless honesty” and the trials and tribulations of others in Crosby, Maine, Olive is said to be provided with a clearer understanding of “herself and her life.”
The full miniseries is available with Google Play and Apple iTunes.
“We’re all here because of the power of story well told, sometimes… that enough. Thank you,” is what Olive Kittenridge-lead Frances McDormand had to say during her acceptance of the Outstanding Lead Actress, Limited Series Or Movie Emmy.
McDormand is 58-years-old and a native of Chicago. She has been nominated for two Emmys previously; Olive Kitteridge is her first win. McDormand has appeared in dozens of films, including Fargo, Blood Simple, Mississippi Burning, and Raising Arizona among many others, reports IMDb.
[Olive Kitteridge Screenshot Courtesy HBO / YouTube]