With the cut-and-paste of winners from one ceremony to another, the Oscars of television have left on the floor Better Call Saul and the new nuggets Severance and Yellowjackets. A lack of curiosity at the time of “peak tv” only belied by the triumph of Squid Game.
Do the Emmy Awards live in a parallel dimension? The question arises after the again far too consensual awards of the 43rd Oscars of American television. Faithful to this habit of copying and pasting the winners from one ceremony to another, that of Monday evening crowned the family saga among the ultra-rich of HBO Succession, best drama, and football Ted Lasso, best comedy. A perfect duplicate of the winners of the 2020 and 2021 editions.
At 26, Zendaya, heroine ofEuphoria, made history by becoming the youngest performer and the only actress from diversity to win the best actress trophy two years apart for her role as a self-destructive and addicted teenager. As Succession, Ted Lasso and its stars Jason Sudeikis and Brett Goldstein, its victory is not undeserved but it still raises questions… Let’s not talk about the third statuette for best supporting role entrusted to the excellent Julia Garner for the soporific and sticky epilogue ofozark . Sarah Snook from Succession (abandoned as in the series in favor of his partner Matthew Macfadyen) or Sydney SweeneyEuphoria would have been wiser and newer choices.
Why at a time of serial abundance – this famous peak tv linked to the development of platforms -, the Emmy Awards repeat themselves, drool and lay consensual awards that never seem to go beyond the buzz and dub series already confirmed ? As too often at the Emmy awards, the boiling novelties of the season left empty-handed. As if the jurors hadn’t bothered to find them out. Nothing for the astonishing dystopia on the world of work carried by Severance from Apple+. Nothing either for the distressing survivalist story Yellowjackets. The hilarious Only Murders In The Building about fans of criminal cases does not take off either despite the feats of Selena Gomez and Steve Martin. Insecure, The Fabulous Mrs. Maisel and barry are also forgotten on the honor roll.
Make the immobility lie
Let’s not even talk about one of the most watched cable series: the western Yellowstone, where Kevin Costner is reborn had no nominations! The humiliation also continues for Better Call Saul . The prequel to breaking Bad will have a last chance to convert nominations into statuettes next year. The airing of the final episodes corresponds to the eligibility window for the 2023 Emmys.
One of the rare times the Emmy Awards have kindly rushed in the stretchers is the consecration in the section of the best actor of the revelation of the South Korean phenomenon Squid Game, Lee Jung-jae. He becomes the first non-English speaking artist to triumph. The killing game also won the trophy for best achievement.
A little wind of change also came comedies with the coronation of the ABC sitcom Abbott Elementary about the daily life of a penniless Philadelphia elementary school. This public and critical success leaves with an interpretation prize and a writing prize. One of the rare awards of the evening for traditional channels against cable and the giants of SVOD.
HBO returns to Netflix
The freshness was logically in the miniseries sections. Disney+ made a heist of the performer categories with Amanda Seyfried’s win in The Dropoutportrait of hated and ex-tech darling Elizabeth Holmes, and that of Michael Keaton in dopesick, terrifying plunge into the opiate crisis. This double hit comes at the expense of rock and roll Pam & Tommy who remains at the foot of the podium.
In this part of the charts, HBO takes the lion’s share with its satire The White Lotus, tasty camera in a luxury hotel. Five statuettes on the counter, including one for the hilarious Jennifer Coolidge and one for the best miniseries. But this mania for concentrating the rewards on a single soap opera again betrays a certain lack of curiosity on the part of voters. The supremacy of Succession and of The White Lotus allows HBO and its HBO Max platform to outdo Netflix and once again become the most successful broadcaster of this season. 38 statuettes against 26. Stranger Things didn’t break through despite Sadie Sink’s fine performance.
Next year, House Of The Dragonthe prologue of Game Of Thrones, may be HBO’s new golden goose. But you have to be careful of the aura of rings of power from Amazon Prime Video. A hell of a duel in perspective if the members of the Academy are willing to open the door wide to fantasy. They would no doubt be well advised to do so to avoid inertia and total fossilization.
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By (re)creasing Ted Lasso and Succession, the Emmy Awards confirm their inertia