Despite being an underdog in a category of heavy hitters, Chernobyl took home the statue for Outstanding Limited Series at the 71st Primetime Emmy Awards. The gritty HBO drama about the heroic men and women who acted swiftly to contain the nuclear disaster site after a power plant meltdown wowed critics and audiences alike; Chernobyl was nominated for a total of 19 awards.
Creator Craig Mazin spoke on behalf of the cast and crew while accepting the award, kicking off his speech by admitting he couldn't get anyone else to give it. He thanked the people of Lithuania and Ukraine, who he said "gave so much of themselves" to the production. Then, Mazin went to translate the words he used to close his speech from earlier in the evening, when he accepted the award for Best Writing in a Limited Series. "Eternal hope," he explained. "I hope in some small way our show has helped remind people of the value of the truth, and the danger of the lie. We can make stories be known permanently, and that's a remarkable power and responsibility for us all. We're incredibly grateful."
The series already dominated the Creative Emmys with seven statues, including awards for cinematography, production design, and special visual effects. Chernobyl beat out the heavily favored Ava DuVernay-helmed drama, When They See Us, about the Central Park 5, to add Emmy No. 10 (including Best Direction and Best Writing so far this evening) to its ever-growing collection.
The only bad news of the night for Chernobyl? Jared Harris lost Best Actor in a Limited Series, but we have a feeling he'll be back in the nominee ring soon.
Chernobyl is now available to stream on HBO Go and HBO Now.