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The field for the Primetime Emmy Awards looked a little more open this year than usual. The Covid-19 pandemic has postponed new seasons of a number of the most nominated shows of 2020: “Insecure”, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”, “Ozark”, “Succession” and “Westworld” are all out of competition. And “Schitt’s Creek”, which received nine awards last year, no longer exists.
However, this additional space did not lead to many surprises in the nominations announced on Tuesday morning. Category after category went largely or entirely as predicted. There was only one real surprise in the four main categories for outstanding shows, but it was a shock …
Darren Star’s candy-colored, cliché-friendly romance about American ingenuity in the City of Lights wasn’t hailed when it was released, but Netflix got the final laugh with a completely unexpected nomination for Outstanding Comedy. Together with a somewhat surprising comedy nomination for “Cobra Kai”, Netflix earned a total of six nods in the categories of outstanding comedy, drama and limited series, of which it never won.
The likely victim of Netflix’s success in the comedy category with “Emily in Paris” was “Girls5Eva,” Peacock’s great hope for Emmy’s fame that, despite her cast and general sympathy, did not break through. Also left out is his star Renée Elise Goldsberry, a favorite for an acting nomination.
Perhaps the most confusing omission was the lack of recognition for Hawke’s sovereign performance in “The Good Lord Bird,” Showtime’s limited adaptation of James McBride’s novel about the abolitionist John Brown. Apparently, Hawke couldn’t get past the series’ failure to attract a lot of attention.
The third season of the Hulu comedy “Shrill” didn’t make a big splash either, but that didn’t stop Bryant from getting a lead actress, her first for “Shrill” after three for acting and writing on “Saturday Night”. Living. “She jumped in front of Goldsberry and Maya Erskine from Hulus” Pen15 “.
Bees late night show on TBS went without a nomination for the first time in five years. This kept the variety talk series category a boys-only club, with Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Kimmel, John Oliver and Trevor Noah snagging their expected slots and Conan O’Brien making it into his final season.
Paulson, an Emmy favorite with seven nominations (and one win) in the past decade, was set to score another for her portrayal of the title character in “Ratched,” Ryan Murphy’s “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” prequel for Netflix. But apparently she couldn’t get past the show’s poisonous reviews. Instead, Jurnee Smollett made it into the field of drama actress, perhaps the only slightly surprising nomination among the 18 that drew in HBO’s “Lovecraft Country”.
Kidman was considered a marginal lead actress for HBO’s “The Undoing,” but it doesn’t feel fair that she was expelled while her co-star Hugh Grant was nominated for a lead in a limited series or film.
OK, it wasn’t really a surprise – Amazon’s dark superhero story drew a lot of attention and critical respect for its second season. But it’s not a show you would have seen on the list a few years ago, and its presence in the drama series category with “Lovecraft Country” and “The Mandalorian” solidifies the growing acceptance of science fiction and fantasy shows. (If you include “The Handmaid’s Tale,” we’re talking half the category.) For the past few years, it could be “In Treatment,” “Perry Mason,” or “The Mosquito Coast”.
Not exactly a snub here, either – no one actually expected a comedy series nomination for Showtime’s longstanding working-class dramedy – but there was a lot of sentimental hopes versus hope for a miracle in the show’s 11th and final season. The star, William H. Macy, withdrew his sixth Leading Actor nomination for the role (from a total of 10 Leading Actors in different categories), so there’s still a chance the show will end with a big win.