|Based on|| Olive Kitteridge |
by Elizabeth Strout
|Screenplay by||Jane Anderson|
|Directed by||Lisa Cholodenko|
|Theme music composer||Carter Burwell|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||4|
|Editor||Jeffrey M. Werner|
|Running time||233 minutes|
|Production companies|| HBO Miniseries |
Olive Kitteridge is an American television miniseries based on Elizabeth Strout's 2008 novel Olive Kitteridge . Set in Maine,the HBO miniseries features Frances McDormand as the title character, Richard Jenkins as Olive's loving husband Henry Kitteridge, Zoe Kazan as Denise Thibodeau, and Bill Murray as Jack Kennison. The show is divided into four parts, each depicting a certain point of time in the novel.
The miniseries debuted in the United States on November 2, 2014, on the American premium TV network HBO, which aired the show's first two episodes back-to-back that evening; the third and fourth episodes aired back-to-back the following evening. It was shown in a similar format in the United Kingdom on Sky Atlantic, on December 14 and December 15, 2014.It premiered in Australia on showcase from 13 January 2015. At the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards, the miniseries won eight awards including Outstanding Limited Series.
Olive Kitteridge is a misanthropic and strict, but well-meaning, retired schoolteacher who lives in the fictional seaside town of Crosby, Maine. She is married to Henry Kitteridge, a kind, considerate man who runs a pharmacy downtown, and has a troubled son named Christopher, who grows up to be a podiatrist. For 25 years, Olive has experienced problems of depression, bereavement, jealousy, and friction with family members and friends.
Olive Kitteridge received widespread critical acclaim for its writing, directing, cinematography, and Frances McDormand's central performance as well as those of Jenkins, Murray and Gallagher. On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the show has an approval rating of 95% based on 63 reviews, with an average rating of 8.68/10. The website's critics consensus reads: "Olive Kitteridge's narrative slow burn enhances fascinating performances – and a story worthy of its source material." On Metacritic, it has a weighted average score of 89 out of 100, based on 34 critics, indicating "universal acclaim".
The miniseries received nominations at several awards ceremonies including the 72nd Golden Globe Awards, where the series was nominated for Best Miniseries or Television Film, Frances McDormand was nominated for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film and Bill Murray was nominated for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries, or Television Film.Frances McDormand was also nominated at the 21st Screen Actors Guild Awards for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie and Richard Jenkins was nominated Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie. McDormand and Jenkins were also nominated in equivalent categories at the 19th Satellite Awards, where Zoe Kazan was also nominated Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries, or Television Film and the series was nominated Best Miniseries or Television Film.
|2015||American Cinema Editors Awards||Best Edited Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television||Jeffrey M. Werner||Nominated|
|Directors Guild of America Awards||Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing – Television Film||Lisa Cholodenko||Won|
|Golden Globe Awards||Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film||Frances McDormand||Nominated|
|Best Miniseries or Television Film||Nominated|
|Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film||Bill Murray||Nominated|
|Satellite Awards||Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film||Richard Jenkins||Nominated|
|Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film||Frances McDormand||Won|
|Best Miniseries or Television Film||Won|
|Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film||Zoe Kazan||Nominated|
|Screen Actors Guild Awards||Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie||Frances McDormand||Won|
|Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie||Richard Jenkins||Nominated|
|Writers Guild of America Awards||Long Form – Adapted||Jane Anderson||Won|
|Critics' Choice Television Awards||Best Limited Series||Won|
|Best Actress – Movie or Limited Miniseries||Frances McDormand||Won|
|Best Actor – Movie or Limited Miniseries||Richard Jenkins||Nominated|
|Best Supporting Actor – Movie/Miniseries||Bill Murray||Won|
|Cory Michael Smith||Nominated|
|TCA Awards||Outstanding Achievement in Movies, Miniseries and Specials||Nominated|
|Primetime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Limited Series||Won|
|Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or a Movie||Richard Jenkins||Won|
|Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a Movie||Frances McDormand||Won|
|Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or a Movie||Bill Murray||Won|
|Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or a Movie||Zoe Kazan||Nominated|
|Outstanding Directing for a Limited Series, Movie or a Dramatic Special||Lisa Cholodenko||Won|
|Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series, Movie or a Dramatic Special||Jane Anderson||Won|
|Outstanding Casting for a Limited Series, Movie or a Special||Laura Rosenthal & Carolyn Pickman||Won|
|Outstanding Costumes for a Contemporary Series, Limited Series or Movie||Jenny Eagan & Debbie Holbrook||Nominated|
|Outstanding Hairstyling for a Limited Series or a Movie||Cydney Cornell||Nominated|
|Outstanding Main Title Design||Garson Yu, Synderela Peng, Michael Lane Parks & Alex Pollini||Nominated|
|Outstanding Makeup for a Limited Series or a Movie||Christien Tinsley, Gerald Quist & Liz Bernstrom||Nominated|
|Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Limited Series or a Movie||Jeffrey M. Werner||Won|
Olive Kitteridge was released by HBO on DVD and Blu-ray on February 10, 2015.
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