Chernobyl: HBO Nuclear Disaster Drama Wins Major Emmy Awards

One of 2019’s most celebrated shows, Chernobyl, the acclaimed HBO drama, won the coveted Emmy Award for Outstanding Limited Series.

The five-part miniseries dramatized the Soviet Union’s 1986 nuclear disaster and the subsequent cleanup efforts. “Chernobyl” was often a harrowing and bleak watch, but that didn’t stop critics from praising the series.

Series creator and writer Craig Mazin thanked the people of Lithuania, where much of “Chernobyl” was filmed, in an acceptance speech.

Mazin also won the Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series or TV Movie earlier in the evening. Mazin’s dark writing some creative liberties, but much of “Chernobyl” was rooted in historical accuracy.

Actors including Jared Harris, Stellan Skarsgård, and Emily Watson led an ensemble cast that portrayed scientists, engineers, and Soviet officials who responded to the disaster.

The Outstanding Limited Series win for “Chernobyl” was a high point for the breakout show. “Chernobyl” was nominated for 19 Emmys and won 7 during the Creative Arts Emmys on Sunday, September 15.

The series’ critical reception was part of a particularly strong awards season for HBO, which received more Emmy nominations than any other studio in July.

“Chernobyl” beat out Showtime’s “Escape at Dannemora,” FX’s “Fosse/Verdon,” Netflix’s “When They See Us,” and HBO miniseries “Sharp Objects” to secure its Emmy.