Synopsis: It’s been an incredible year for Jean Smart. First, a supporting role on the hit HBO show Mare of Easttown, and then a starring role on Hacks. In the latter, Smart plays a legendary stand-up comic with a Las Vegas residency who hires a Gen Z TV writer (Hannah Einbinder) to help revamp her act.
Won: Best Television Series, Drama; Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series, Drama (Jeremy Strong); Best Supporting Actress, Television (Sarah Snook)
Synopsis: Per HBO, “Power, politics, money…it’s all in the family in this provocative, funny series about a highly dysfunctional dynasty.” Like Game of Thrones and The Sopranos, this is the HBO show everyone can’t stop talking about. If you’re not watching, you’re out of the conversation.
Won: Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series, Drama (Michaela Jaé Rodriguez)
Synopsis: Per FX, “Pose is a drama spotlighting the legends, icons, and ferocious house mothers of New York’s underground ball culture, a movement that first gained notice in the late 1980s. Making television history, Pose features the largest cast of transgender actors in series regular roles, including Mj Rodriguez, Dominique Jackson, Indya Moore, and Hailie Sahar, who costar alongside Tony Award winner and Golden Globe nominee Billy Porter, Angel Bismark Curiel, Dyllón Burnside, Sandra Bernhard, and Jason Rodriguez. The Golden Globe–nominated drama also features the largest recurring cast of LGBTQ actors ever for a scripted series.”
The Underground Railroad
Won: Best Limited Series, Anthology Series, or a Motion Picture Made for Television
Synopsis: Per Amazon Prime Video, “From Academy Award winner Barry Jenkins and based on the Pulitzer Prize–winning novel by Colson Whitehead, The Underground Railroad is a new series that chronicles Cora Randall’s desperate bid for freedom in the Antebellum South. After escaping a Georgia plantation for the rumored Underground Railroad, Cora discovers no mere metaphor, but an actual railroad beneath the Southern soil.”