With ‘the Crown’, Netflix finally takes the throne of the Emmys
Finally, streaming platforms triumphed at the Emmys, Netflix and AppleTV + winning major awards in dramas, comedies and limited series as Television Academy voters recognized a sea change in entertainment, days of change. Traditional television channel in the 21-century fashion of click-and-watch frenzy viewing.
“The Crown,” Netflix’s rich chronicle of the ups and downs of the British royal family, won the Best Drama award at the 73rd Emmy Awards on Sunday, propelling the tech giant to its first-ever victory in one of the most great TV prices.
The drama won thanks to its fourth season, which took viewers into the 1980s by portraying Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s relationship. “The Crown” also dominated the actor categories. Olivia Colman, as Queen Elizabeth II, won the award for Best Actress in a Drama. She was the second actress to win for a portrayal of Queen Elizabeth in “The Crown”, with Claire Foy winning the honor in 2018.
Josh O’Connor (Prince Charles), Gillian Anderson (Margaret Thatcher) and Tobias Menzies (Prince Philip) also won Emmys for their performances in the period drama on Sunday.
“I am very proud, I am very grateful, we are going to party,” said Peter Morgan, the creator of “The Crown”, making his remarks at a viewing party attended by the show’s cast. in London, after winning for Better Writing.
“The Queen’s Gambit,” Netflix’s seven-episode show about a chess prodigy, took home the award for Best Limited Series, another first for the platform. The limited series category has become a staple genre with viewers, with its big-budget productions often featuring top-tier stars, and the Television Academy, which hosts the Emmys, seemed to agree: the limited series category was the last price of the night, a designation formerly reserved for the best drama.
For Netflix, victories in Best Drama and Best Limited Series were long overdue. From 2013 to 2020, the streaming service garnered 30 nominations in Best Drama, Comedy, and Limited Series, but had never achieved a victory in those categories, often losing to HBO, the eternal heavyweight of the Emmys.
Prior to the best dramatic victory for “The Crown”, only one streaming service, Hulu, had won in this category, when “The Handmaid’s Tale” won the award four years ago. And before the win for “The Queen‘s Gambit,” no streaming show had ever taken the best limited-series statuette.
By the end of the ceremony, Netflix had received more accolades than HBO for the first time, winning 44 Emmy Awards, compared to 19 for HBO and its streaming platform, HBO Max.
And Netflix was hardly the only streaming service to have a big night out.
“Ted Lasso,” the wellness show about a aphorism-springing and out of water football coach that struck a chord with viewers, won the Emmy for Best Comedy, A Major Triumph for Apple TV +, a streaming service is not quite two years old.
Jason Sudeikis, the former mainstay of “Saturday Night Live” who plays the series’ main character, won his first Emmy for Best Actor in a Comedy, and fellow cast members Brett Goldstein and Hannah Waddingham won in the categories of support.
“Jason, you changed my life with this,” said an exuberant Waddingham, paying tribute to Sudeikis, who is also the show’s creator and executive producer, amid shouts of joy.
“Hacks” also scored in the comedy categories, winning awards in writing and directing, and for best actress in a comedy for the role of Jean Smart as a Joan Rivers-like comedian in the series. The series was not made for cable, but exclusively for HBO’s streaming service, HBO Max.
The victories suited a ceremony that recognized the best shows that impressed critics and viewers hooked amid the coronavirus pandemic. Over the months of staying home last year and early this year, people have increasingly turned away from cable and embraced streaming video entertainment, accelerating a trend that has been going on for years.
Cable TV was not completely absent on Sunday.
“Mare of Easttown,” HBO’s gritty crime fiction limited series, has ripped through acting categories, with Julianne Nicholson and teammate Evan Peters taking home Best Supporting Actor honors. Kate Winslet, for her role as a tired detective, won the award for Best Actress in a Limited Series, defeating Anya Taylor-Joy (“The Queen’s Gambit”), Michaela Coel (“I May Destroy You”) in one of the most competitive categories of the evening. .
“’Mare of Easttown’ was that cultural moment and it brought people together and gave them something to say other than a global pandemic,” Winslet said, after accepting her Emmy.
Another score for the cable: “RuPaul Drag’s Race”, winner of the best series of competitions for a fourth consecutive year. With the win, RuPaul Charles took his career tally to 11 Emmys.
Michaela Coel won the award for Best Writing in a Limited Series for HBO’s “I May Destroy You”. And John Oliver’s “Last Week Tonight,” an HBO series, won a sixth consecutive Emmy for Best Variety Talk Series. In his speech, Oliver paid tribute to Norm Macdonald, the comedian who died of cancer last week at the age of 61. Lorne Michaels, the main creator of NBC’s “Saturday Night Live,” also paid tribute to Macdonald, former host of the show’s Weekend Update segment, by accepting the Emmy for Best Variety Sketch Series.
“’Weekend Update’ has been with ‘SNL’ for 46 seasons,” said Michaels. “And here I would like to pay tribute to one of the best we’ve ever had – Norm Macdonald.”
Cedric the Entertainer, the stand-up comedian and star of CBS sitcom “The Neighborhood” who hosted the show, kicked off the ceremony in its first moments with an exuberant song and dance number .
In a riff of “Just a Friend”, the 1989 hit from Biz Markie, the beloved rapper who died over the summer, Cedric led the crowd in a TV hymn: “TV – you got what I need.” Rappers LL Cool J and Lil Dicky and, in a surprise appearance, Rita Wilson each took a verse and quickly got the celebrities out of their seats and dancing.
Following the opening act, Cedric delivered a four-minute monologue that avoided the kind of slashing comment that featured in the on-stage comments made by recent Emmy hosts Jimmy Kimmel, Stephen Colbert, Michael Che and Colin Jost.
With a number of jokes on topics far removed from the political realm, Cedric began with a reference to the botched search for a replacement for Alex Trebek as the host of “Jeopardy!”
“Lock the doors,” he told the crowd. “We won’t be leaving until we find a new host for ‘Jeopardy!’ here somewhere.
He then spoke about the various Covid-19 vaccines, calling Pfizer’s shot a ‘candle’ and comparing him to Neiman Marcus. In this diagram, Moderna was Macy’s and the Johnson & Johnson was compared to TJ Maxx.
Cedric’s warm approach, with the opening number and cheerful remarks, provided a good start to a ceremony that was a face-to-face event for the first time in two years. Still, it didn’t quite measure up to the size of the crowd and the Hollywood spectacle of the days before. Instead of taking place at the 7,100-seat Microsoft Theater, the Emmys were handed over to a tent in downtown Los Angeles, with a few hundred people gathered comfortably.
The nominees were seated at tables, with food and drink, a la Golden Globes, a touch of glamor that the show’s producers said would boost ratings, which hit a new low on the show. last year.
The downsizing ceremony reflects the shrinking situation of the television industry over the past year. Due to production delays during the pandemic, the number of shows submitted for top drama and comedy races has dropped by 30%.