Moving on to the Emmy season, overshadowed by the Black Lives Matters protests and the Covid-19 pandemic, the question was whether we would see new trends in nominations or business as usual. Tuesday’s announcement was not filled with surprises, but you can read several time signs in the nominees, starting with …
Everyone loved Disney + Star Wars and its beautiful Baby Yoda, but no one predicted that it would be nominated for an Emmy for Best Drama. Perhaps the coronavirus has actually made us susceptible to TVs with comfortable food, an opportunity that is supported by at least a slightly more amazing nominee in the category, “Strangers”; Netflix. More socially busy shows that did not make up the field included “Pose”, “Good Struggle” and “Morning Show”.
If you were looking for signs of commitment in diversity, you could find them in the acting categories, although reading something in a certain category is unwise. But still: Zendaya’s nomination for “Euphoria”, “In a good place” by William Jackson Harper, “Andre Bragger” for “Brooklyn Nine”, Octavia Spencer – “Homemade: inspired by the life of Madame JJ Walker”, Jeremy Pop for “Hollywood” and Samira Willy for “The Maid’s Tale” (beating his barmaid Anne Dowd) add to the many smaller-than-expected names on the run.
Snub: Reese Witherspoon
Ubiquitous as a producer and performer in a high-pitched television drama, Witherspoon was not nominated as an actress for “Little Fires Everywhere,” “Morning Show,” or “Big Little Lies,” and the last two shows were turned off by the dramatic race. She will have plenty of reason to pay attention to the night of the Emmys, but a nomination with a limited series of “Little Lights” and a number of acting nominations for other performers of her series.
Humility: Jane Lynch
Lynch was considered a lock for the comedy that supports the actress, nodding at her now regular role as Sophie Lennon’s comic pose in “Wonderful Mrs. Meisel.” Taking her place, probably Cecily the Strong, taking the second nomination in the category (along with Kate McKinnon) on “Saturday night”.
Surprise: “What we do in the shadows”
The vampire comedy FX Vampire is a critical favorite, but was not thought to have much of a chance at the Emmys. Most likely, they paid the price for the unexpected appearance of “Shadows” in the comedy series: Hulu “Rami”.
Humility: “Late Late Show with James Corden”
In the nomination in the category of conversations about varieties in the last four years, Corden was replaced among the usual suspects (John Oliver, Stephen Colbert, Trevor Noah) by “Full Frontal with Samantha Bdji”.
Surprise: Steve Carell and Mark Daplas
The acting nominations of Jennifer Aniston and Billy Krudup in “Morning Show” were not surprising, but it was a bit impressive to see Kerrell and Daplas join them, especially when the series itself was left out of the drama category.
Humility: “At Home with Amy Sedaris”
The TV Academy announced that the category of pop sketches would be reduced to four nominees, but only three names were read on Tuesday, leaving a flawless parody of Sedaris on a small home improvement show.
Snub (like): “You better call Saul”
Yes, the series AMC was nominated for best drama, and Giancarlo Esposito found himself in a role to support the actor. But it was noticeable that Bob Odenkirk, Ray Seehorn and Jonathan Banks, all solid favorites in their categories, were disabled.
A small selection of shows and people that I considered the best for most or all of the nominees in their categories: “Good Wrestling”, CBS All Access; “Our Boys,” HBO; Bosch and Titus Welliver, Amazon; Zoe Kazan in “Plot Against America,” HBO; Quiz and Matthew McFaddien, AMC; Nicholas Pinok and Indira Varma at ABC “For Life”; “My Brilliant Friend: A New Name,” HBO; Connery, ABC; Tamsin Greig and Harriet Walter in Belgravia, Epix; Sophina Brown in the Twenties, BET. And no television awards, which do not include the constantly amazing performance of John Goodman in “Conners”, really do not need to be held.