‘The Crown’, ‘The Mandalorian’ Lead Emmy Nominations

Disney+’s “Star Wars” series “The Mandalorian” equaled the most Emmy nominations on Tuesday with Netflix royal drama “The Crown” at age 24, while the Mouse House stormed the televised version of the Oscars.

Disney’s new streaming service, in just its second year, also topped the prestigious limited series category, where Marvel superhero spin-off “WandaVision” earned 23 nominations.

Apple TV+, another streamer in its sophomore year, topped the comedy categories with “Ted Lasso” at 20, while NBC sketch comedy series “Saturday Night Live,” a perennial Emmys favorite, expanded its record-breaking nominations to 306 with 21 new ones. to nod.

The 73rd Emmy Awards, the equivalent of the Oscars on a small screen, will be presented on September 19 at a live, in-person ceremony in Los Angeles, broadcast by CBS.

The show – set to have a “limited audience of nominees and their guests” – will mark a welcome return to some normalcy. Last year’s edition was broadcast from an empty theater, with winners beaming in via video call.

Hosted by American actor-comedian Cedric the Entertainer, the gala will honor the best on television from a unique pandemic-ravaged year as producers rushed to film under strict Covid restrictions.

Like the rest of us, the Television Academy’s 25,000 voters sat at home for several months, giving them ample time to sift through a stripped-down selection of series from their couch.

Superheroes and ‘Star Wars’

Disney+ increased its share of Emmy nominations from 19 in its debut year to a whopping 71 this time around.

Combined with other parent company platforms such as ABC and Hulu, Disney topped the overall nominations with 146.

HBO and its own streamer HBO Max reached 130, just like last year’s record-breaking leader Netflix at 129.

“The Mandalorian” and “The Crown” will compete for best drama against Hulu’s dystopian drama “The Handmaid’s Tale,” which scored 21 nods, and the eponymous Netflix rom-com “Bridgerton.”

Season two of “The Mandalorian,” a neo-Western spin-off of the wildly popular sci-fi “Star Wars” films, scored strongly in technical categories, alongside multiple acting nominations for the likes of Giancarlo Esposito — although, sadly, Baby Yoda didn’t. was eligible.

All three previous seasons of the monarchy saga “The Crown” have been nominated for Best Drama Series, but the show – like all other Netflix dramas – has never won the top prize.

The show also features leading contenders in the drama acting categories, including Emma Corrin as Princess Diana, Josh O’Connor as Prince Charles, and Gillian Anderson as Margaret Thatcher.

“Ted Lasso” — about a hapless American football coach who plunges into English football — is the firm favorite to win Best Comedy Series, with Michael Douglass’ “The Kominsky Method” returning to last year’s only comedy nominee is in the running.

The limited series field has arguably the most competitive and prestigious lineup of them all, making the success of Disney+’s Marvel series “WandaVision” all the more impressive.

It will compete with shows such as Kate Winslet’s murder mystery “Mare of Easttown” and the Barry Jenkins-directed slavery story “The Underground Railroad.”

“WandaVision” — featuring popular characters from Marvel’s record-breaking films, including Elizabeth Olsen’s magical witch Wanda Maximoff — won legions of fans and critical acclaim for its quirky broadcast of classic TV sitcoms.

And it’s not the only superhero show to take home the Emmys – fellow Marvel series “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” garnered five nominations, including for guest star Don Cheadle, as did Amazon Prime Video’s “The Boys.” .

(AFP)

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