HBO prevails in a videoconference ceremony in which the stars encouraged to vote in the complicated political moment of the United States
The rarest Emmy gala in history, and it is not hyperbole, was held this Sunday with a presenter in Los Angeles and the nominees in more than a hundred different locations. The television awards managed to resemble almost everyone’s work since March with a virtual broadcast in which they connected by videoconference with the winners and presented the statuettes to their homes. It was “like setting up a video conference with your family and trying to get your grandmother to look at the camera, but multiplied by a hundred,” joked Jimmy Kimmel, the presenter. So it was, but it also had the endearing and personal part. And, most importantly, it will be remembered for awards. Schitt’s Creek, Succession and Watchmen were the series of the year, in a pseudo-gallery that did not evade the moment of maximum political tension that the United States is experiencing.
An hour of program had passed and only one series had been named: Schitt’s Creek. The sixth season of this Canadian production created by Daniel Levy and starring his father, Eugene Levy, and Catherine O’Hara made history at these awards. During all that hour of ceremony, the series won the seven comedy awards (best comedy, director, screenplay and the four performers). It had never happened before.
The series swept over The wonderful Mrs. Maisel (who had 20 nominations this year and has won 54 total emmys), Insecure The The Kominsky method. It had never won an Emmy in its previous five seasons. After an hour giving him awards, the situation led to a Kimmel joke: “I don’t know about you, but I’m getting tired of so much Canadian.”
American television has been looking for the new one for three years Veep. The HBO series ended last year after dominating for a decade. Already in that ceremony a chapter was closed, with the irruption of Fleabag, the little British series that arrived, triumphed with four awards and said goodbye forever, as it was over. It gave the impression that the American television industry had discovered it because it appeared on Amazon. Something similar happens this year with Schitt’s Creek. Her extraordinary triumph remains on the records forever, but it is not the future of anything. Season six, aired this year, was the last.
Perhaps the victory of this series connects in a way with the reality of the pandemic television. Since the lockdown began, viewers have been able to swallow entire series that they had missed. It is as if the voters of the Academy, after five years, have said to themselves, I am going to give this series a chance that I have never had time to watch. They have loved it. The fact that the first five seasons are on Netflix certainly hasn’t hurt him.
In the miniseries category, where Watchmen won best production of the year as expected. David Lindeloff’s miniseries based on the legendary comic has caused a great impact in the United States, for the quality with which it reinvents the comic and for the presence of Regina King, an actress that the public is used to seeing in great dramas, in an action role. Watchmen it was the most nominated program of this year and was also the most awarded, with 11 emmys.
After a decade, Hollywood was finally forced to choose a drama series that wasn’t Game of Thrones. Not to muddle through, but to really indicate what great dramas have to look like in the next decade. The winner was Succession, an intrigue of some sons who conspire to replace the father at the top of a family media empire. Succession, production of HBO, was already for many the best series of last year. His second season was even better than the first. The series won best production of the year, direction and screenplay (despite the fact that up to three chapters of Ozark and two of Better Call Saul were nominated).
Perhaps the most significant award for the fans of the series was that of Jeremy Strong, a great North American secondary nominated this time as the protagonist and who won as the main actor his partner Brian Cox. The second season of Succession he transfers the dramatic burden of the father to the character of Strong, who enjoys some of the television moments of the year.
The drama category also gave for two moments for the books of the emmys. AppleTV + won its first big award, Best Supporting Actor in a Drama, with Billy Crudup, the haunting news executive from The Morning Show. It tasted like triumph for a service streaming which has been released this year with original content and can hardly boast of a series, that one, that has made an impact among the public. Ozark’s Julia Garner won as a supporting actress for the second time.
And most of all, Zendaya. The 24-year-old actress made history as the youngest to receive the award for best female lead for Euphoriaby HBO. The award cements Zendaya’s star stature, in the sense of a true idol who draws legions of viewers all by herself to whatever she does. The triumph of Succession and Watchmen it once again placed the HBO pay chain as the queen of television fiction, with a total of 30 emmys this year, 11 of them among the big awards this Sunday. Behind is Netflix, with 21 awards. Netflix, the platform that has reinvented the way of producing and watching television in the last five years, had broken the historical record for nominations with 160. Never, this year either, has it achieved one of the three great fiction awards.
The final award was given by Sterling K. Brown wearing a Black Lives Matter T-shirt, the organization behind the true anti-racist rebellion that this country has lived from coast to coast in the last six months. It was one more reference to the moment of political tension in the United States. Regina King was shown sitting in an armchair wearing a Breonna Taylor T-shirt, a 26-year-old black woman who was shot and killed by Louisville, Kentucky police last March. Her name was added to that of George Floyd in the anti-racism protests that swept across the United States for months.
Others, like Mark Ruffalo (winner for the miniseries I know this much is true), implored the audience to register and make a plan to vote in a country where it can be really difficult to exercise that right. Even Daniel Levy, true winner of the night from Canada, sent an unequivocal message when he received the last award for Schitt’s Creek: “Our series is about the transforming power of love. For anyone who hasn’t registered to vote, do so, because it’s the only way to get some love back. “