A few surprises
‘Legacy’ and ‘Ted Lasso’ win Emmys
(Almost) everything is the same at this year’s US Emmy Awards. Numerous winners among TV and streaming series have already received prizes. In addition to “Heirs” and “Ted Lasso”, the mini-series “White Lotus” was a success.
A debate has been brewing in the U.S. entertainment industry for months now: who is really watching this? With hundreds of broadcast and cable channels and half a dozen streaming providers from Netflix, Hulu and HBO to Disney, Apple and Amazon, many feel that viewers are long lost. The 74th Primetime Emmy Awards on Monday night in Los Angeles gave the film industry a chance to rethink its internal compass. But by the end of the three-hour ceremony, one thing is clear: the almost 20,000 voters of the TV Academy currently do not have a clear fixed point – and it is difficult for them to evaluate something new. Instead, the winners are widespread and often well known.
Series that have already won in the past won in the most important nominations of the evening: the dark humorous media and family satire “Legacy” won the best drama of 2020, the soulful football series “Ted Lasso” won the Primetime Emmy Award for best comedy. like in 2021. They took precedence over newer and often bolder material – for example, the dark South Korean social critique of “Squid Game” could win for the first time in a non-English language drama. The hit comedy Abbott Elementary, about life at an underfunded school, ended up with more consolation prizes in the screenplay and supporting actor categories.
Three of the four Best Actor awards also went to stars who have already won these awards for their roles: Jason Sudeikis in the title role of “Ted Lasso” as an American football coach leading the British team, and Jean Smart as the head coach. the aging comedian in Crafts has already won in 2021. Zendaya, still a rookie at the age of 26, has already landed the lead role of Ryu in the relentless teen drama Euphoria in 2020. The only surprise was South Korean Lee Jong-jae in “The Squid Game” as the best dramatic actor – it was impossible to find out whether actors Brian Cox and Jeremy Strong, simultaneously nominated for “Legacy”, stole each other’s voices from each other.
White Lotus Miniseries Clears Up
In the recently growing miniseries and TV movie awards category, White Lotus was the big winner and won ten awards, more than any other format this year. The holiday satire about a murder and many special requests from the super-wealthy at a luxurious Hawaiian resort won awards for Best Miniseries, Best Director and Best Writing in a Miniseries, and Best Supporting Actor for Murray Bartlett and Jennifer Coolidge.
There were notable winners in many other sub-categories: John Oliver won for the seventh consecutive time for his sketch news program “Last Week Tonight” as the best entertainment talk show. And the Black Lady Sketch Show couldn’t do anything about the all-time winner of Saturday Night Live: SNL won the Best Entertainment Sketch Series award for the sixth time in a row, which was only introduced in 2015. . The live-action comedy, which has been running since 1975, has 87 Emmy awards and over 300 nominations to date, according to IMDB.
NBC does a lot of self-promotion
The three-hour awards ceremony was also slowed down by lengthy self-promotion of NBC’s products, an excessive amount of prescribed praising talk, and a car ad billed as a sketch clip. In addition, more than once the decision to have stars sit at round tables rather than rows meant that there was no video footage of the nominees’ immediate reaction to victory or defeat.
The audience in the hall gladly accepted every offer to take a breath of fresh air. Singer and host Lizzo took home the award for Best Competition Program, beating the favorite “Ru Paul’s Drag Race”. Her show Lizzo’s Watch Out for the Big Grrrls follows 13 overweight women who struggle to become professional dancers. “The stories they share with us aren’t all that special, they just don’t get the platform,” Lizzo said as she accepted her Emmy, adding, “All I wanted as a little girl was a girl like me in MASS MEDIA. Fat like me. Black like me. Handsome like me.” The 2022 Emmys have only occasionally satisfied that desire for diversity.