With Olive Kitteridge doing so well at the Emmys, Frances McDormand wants to do more. The Oscar-winning actress, who had been the driving force behind the four-hour HBO miniseries, won her first Emmys tonight for starring in and executive producing.
When McDormand optioned Elizabeth Strout’s book, on which the mini was based, and brought in writer Jane Anderson to adapt it, Anderson wrote a six-hour script. HBO and the film’s production company, Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman’s Playtone, opted to make the mini four-hour, McDormand said backstage. “We would love to do more and we would love for you all to start a social media campaign to do more,” McDormand said of her passion project.
Olive Kitteridge — chronicling Olive’s (McDormand) 25-year relationship with her husband, Henry (Rickard Jenkins) — absolutely dominated the miniseries categories this year, bagging a total of 8 Emmys, including best miniseries and best actress, McDormand. In receiving the latter, McDormand delivered the shortest acceptance speech of the night. “We’re all here because of the power of the stories that need to be told,” she said.