TV series“Squid Game” is set to make Emmy history
Will it be the first non-English language production to be voted Best Drama Series? The Korean series “Squid Game” faces tough competition on Monday.
Dark and violent denunciation of the excesses of capitalism, in which miserable people kill each other playing cruel children’s games in the hope of winning millions, Netflix’s global success could become the star of this competition, tantamount to the Oscars of American television. A success that would follow in the footsteps of Korean film Parasite, which won the Oscar for Best Picture in 2020.
But to win in Los Angeles, the series must face off against a serious competitor: Succession, a production that won awards two years ago for chronicling a powerful family whose members conspire and tear each other apart.
“It’s quite difficult to face this giant of HBO,” observes Deadline’s cinema columnist Pete Hammond, recalling that the American series seems to be leading the dance with 25 nominations. However, this specialist is betting on a best actor award for Lee Jung-jae, the lead actor of “Squid Game”. Enough to make the South Korean the first winner of this award for a performance in a language other than English.
Also up for Best Drama Series are Severance (Apple TV+), a disturbing metaphor for the world of work, and Ozark (Netflix), which explores money laundering and the vices of America’s middle class.
In a show like this, 2020 award-winner Zendaya has every chance of winning Best Actress again for her role as a teenage drug addict in Euphoria.
On the comedy side, last year’s winner “Ted Lasso” (Apple TV +) appears to be on track to re-enlist. In the series, Jason Sudeikis plays an American football coach who parachutes into an English football team.
Nominated for Best Actor in a Comedy, he meets Bill Hader for his role as a hitman who dreams of being a Hollywood star in the series Barry, which is resuming after a three-year hiatus due to the pandemic.
It’s widely expected among women that Jean Smart will once again be voted best actress for her performance in ‘Hacks,’ a comedy in which she plays the role of an aging Las Vegas humorist who is forced to reinvent herself on stage to invent.
As every year, the miniseries category, which rewards productions limited to one season, will bring new blood. Four of the five contenders are inspired by real scandals. “Dopesick” examines America’s murderous addiction to opioids, “The Dropout” addresses the fraud of the medical startup Theranos, “Pam and Tommy” investigates the release of Pamela Anderson’s sex tape, “Inventing Anna” follows the story of a young woman Russian woman who has long deceived the New York elite by posing as a wealthy German heiress.
But in that very close race, the tragi-comic satire The White Lotus, which explores the atmospheric hypocrisy of a luxury Hawaiian hotel, is the pundits’ favourite.
“I think Michael Keaton is almost guaranteed to be voted best actor in a miniseries,” predicts Mr. Hammond for his role in Dopesick. The critic also sees an award for Amanda Seyfried, who plays the fallen boss of Theranos in “The Dropout”.
The Emmy Awards generally anchor peer recognition in the microcosm of American television: actors are the primary constituency.
The ceremony, organized in a Los Angeles theater with a red carpet and parade of stars, marks this year’s return to normal after previous editions were marred by the pandemic and social distancing rules. She is presented by American comedian Kenan Thompson, a well-known character from the show “Saturday Night Live”.
The actor will officiate without security being tightened, a few months after the scandal caused by Will Smith, who responded to a joke made to his wife by punching comedian Chris Rock at the Oscars in front of a stunned audience.
“We have smart security. We have people around us making quick decisions,” Emmys boss Frank Scherma told the webzine Deadline, refusing to overbid. “I can’t imagine lightning striking twice.”
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