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The Hollywood Reporter Award Special 20B August 2020

The all-new Hollywood Reporter offers unprecedented access to the people, studios, networks and agencies that create the magic in Hollywood. Published weekly, the oversized format includes exceptional photography and rich features.

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4 min.
how limited series stole the spotlight

A decade ago, the limited series was on its death-bed, as was its place at the Emmys. To be fair, the “limited series” didn’t really exist. Way back in the ancient past of 2010, they were called “miniseries,” a name that primarily referred to three things: PBS prestige literary adaptations, broadcast multiparters reserved to air during sacred “sweeps” periods, and Tom Hanks-produced epics for HBO, all of which sounds like enough to support a genre. It was not. At the 62nd Primetime Emmys, there were only two nominees in the outstanding miniseries category: HBO’s ambitious, bloody masterpiece The Pacific, which probably would have won even against a loaded field, and PBS’ Return to Cranford. The TV Academy did what, at the time, made total sense: It folded the miniseries and TV movie categories…

3 min.
high-stakes drama among lead actors

JASON BATEMAN Ozark, Netflix The popular fixture of TV who won in 2019 for directing has now been nominated for all three seasons of this show, the most recent of which was its best reviewed (no fellow nominee’s season outscored its 97 percent on Rotten Tomatoes) and wrapped more recently than his competitors’ (March 27). This category is a proxy for the larger Netflix-HBO battle, and Netflix is working hard to win. He’s also nominated for The Outsider. He has never won for acting. STERLING K. BROWN This Is Us, NBC Season four of TV’s highest-rated drama brings a fourth consecutive nom in this category for the actor (he won in 2017). His show demanded 18 episodes of him in its most recent season (every other nominee made only 10), which was still rolling out after…

7 min.
falling for the ‘wo-mance’

This year’s field of Emmy-nominated actresses across both the comedy and drama series categories offers a refreshing twist on the old behind-every-great-man axiom: Alongside many of these great leading ladies is another great woman. A growing crop of television’s top-tier series are fueled by increasingly compelling, complicated, codependent and often clashing female relationships, whether playing them for laughs or mining them for dramatic gold. On the comedic side, there’s Jen (Christina Applegate) and Judy (Linda Cardellini), the mismatched, homicidally inclined, in-too-deep-together duo of Dead to Me; The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’s Midge (Rachel Brosnahan) and Suzie (Alex Borstein), linked together, but from decidedly different sides of the New York tracks, in their struggle; and Insecure’s Issa (Issa Rae) and Molly (Yvonne Orji), whose long friendship is tested by their ever-evolving paths to…

5 min.
wrapped up in the heartache and ‘joys of motherhood’

After the film adaptation of her Broadway play American Son dropped on Netflix in late 2019, producer, star and, now, Emmy nominee Kerry Washington urged fans to engage with her in a dialogue about what they’d just witnessed: a heart-wrenching tale of a biracial couple whose son, Jamal, is killed by the police. What followed was a series of powerful exchanges with Black viewers, who were grateful to see their stories reflected, and non-Black viewers, who were grateful for the opportunity to try to understand a different perspective. When Little Fires Everywhere debuted on Hulu in March, the feedback was similarly powerful. “To be able to hold a mirror up to society where some get to see themselves and some get to experience the other is really a tremendous gift,”…

4 min.
these are not your mother’s tv moms

When asked to imagine the quintessential TV mom, you might recall any number of firm, wholesome or uplifting characters from across the decades. June Cleaver and Carol Brady remain the paradigms of chipper blond matriarchy. Marge Simpson and the doyennes of The Waltons and Little House on the Prairie made hearth and home. On classic sitcoms, Clair Huxtable eased you with her patrician comfort while Marie Barone and Roseanne Conner smothered you with bullish affection. In later years, TV drama mamas Lorelai Gilmore, Tami Taylor and the Pearson women could help you feel like you always had a place to turn. As TV content continues to swell and deepen in the streaming era, so do our definitions of onscreen motherhood. Competition increasingly has led platforms to seek innovative auteurs and groundbreaking…

4 min.
‘there is value in telling stories we haven’t heard’

Octavia Spencer grew up with the legacy of Madam C.J. Walker, a businesswoman and philanthropist who built an empire selling cosmetics and grooming products to Black women. Walker became known as America’s first self-made female millionaire — hence the title of the Netflix series Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker, for which Spencer earned her career-first Emmy nomination for lead actress in a limited series. But it wasn’t Walker’s wealth that inspired Spencer, who also served as an executive producer on the four-episode series. “The fact that this woman, who was born the first free person in her home post-slavery, was able to achieve so much when the world told her that she had no value — that’s what my mother used as the example,” Spencer tells…