Film stars dominate television’s biggest event

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES (SEPTEMBER 17, 2017) (REUTERS) – The annual Emmys took place on Sunday (September 17) but with its big name Hollywood stars, like Nicole Kidman, Ewan McGregor, Reese Witherspoon and Susan Sarandon parading the red carpet, it seemed more like a film awards ceremony than television.

In the past couple of years, more and more Hollywood stars have made a movie into television, and this year, many of them have found themselves nominated in the acting categories.

‘Better Call Saul’ actor Patrick Fabian said on the carpet “When I first started in the business, there was a distinct line between TV and film and that is completely obliterated, it’s been blurred and the fact of the matter is that TV is doing really great interesting storytelling and they don’t necessarily have to sell a toy at McDonalds to make a film, do you know what I mean?”

“I don’t see that line, that real line anymore,” said ‘Westworld”s Rodrigo Santoro. “Of course, when you’re talking about that big budget film that you want to go to the movie theater and watch that spectacle, there might be a difference there but it’s kind of hard to draw that line between what’s TV and what’s film.”

‘Stranger Things’ directors the Duffer Brothers admitted on the red carpet that it was the trailer for the television production that persuaded the young film makers to change direction from film to television.

Matt Duffer said “I remember us both being so excited for that and wondering whether we’re in the wrong area which is movies and what does an 8 hour movie look like? And what our dream 8 hour movie be? I’m really excited how it’s opening up all sorts of new narrative possibilities. I mean, I don’t know what the industry is going to look like in 10 years but that’s actually exciting.”