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Netflix eyes top prize with ‘The Crown’ as in-person Emmy Awards return

As Netflix’s ‘The Crown’ vies for the top prize in television, in-person Emmys are making a comeback.

For the first time in two years, television’s biggest stars will meet in person at the Emmys on Sunday, where Netflix is expected to win the small screen’s biggest accolade for “The Crown.”

Due to lingering Covid-19 worries, the critically acclaimed British royals story will compete for the best drama award alongside “Star Wars” series “The Mandalorian” and others during a ceremony conducted outside with a small live audience in downtown Los Angeles.

Since its debut original show in 2012, Netflix has completely altered the television landscape, yet it has shockingly never won a top series award at television’s equivalent of the Oscars — best drama, best comedy, or best limited series.

“It feels like ‘The Crown’ has finally arrived at the point when it will have its moment,” Variety awards editor Clayton Davis told AFP. “This will be Netflix’s first major series win.”
“It’s written on the wall. Libby Hill, the TV awards editor for IndieWire, wrote, “This is Netflix’s year.”

The streaming giant is betting on the highly popular “The Queen’s Gambit” in addition to “The Crown,” which is in its fourth season and follows the ill-fated marriage of Prince Charles and Princess Diana.

That show, starring Anya Taylor-Joy as a bright but tormented chess prodigy, sent chessboard sales surging around the world, and is the frontrunner to win top honors in the very competitive limited series area – for shows that last less than one season.

With nominees ranging from the Regency romp “Bridgerton” to the environmental documentary “David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet” – as well as 34 Emmys won in technical categories released ahead of Sunday’s ceremony – Netflix could be on track for an all-time high.

AFP quoted Deadline journalist Pete Hammond as saying, “What we’re seeing is Netflix finally breaking through.”
“They’ve always done a good job with nominations, but never with the final tally.”

Disney+, the new kid on the TV streaming block in just its second year, will most certainly disrupt Netflix’s celebration by sending beloved big-screen characters from “Star Wars” and Marvel blockbusters to the Emmys bash.

Along with rival drama “The Crown,” “The Mandalorian” topped the total nominations count with Baby Yoda and a digitally de-aged Luke Skywalker.

“Pose,” Billy Porter’s LGBTQ-focused program about New York’s underground ballroom scene in the 1980s, is an outside contender for outstanding drama. Its final season has created a spectacular Emmys campaign.

The zany sitcom-inspired Marvel superhero show “WandaVision” on Disney+ has surpassed all critical expectations in the limited series competition.

 

Emmys 2021 – live: TV stars prepare to gather in Hollywood for latest awards ceremony

The 2021 Emmys are finally here.

One year after a socially-distanced ceremony, which celebrates the best in television, a limited amount of nominees are preparing to gather in Los Angeles to (hopefully) accept their prizes.

Actor and comedian Cedric the Entertainer is on hosting duties, with The Crown and The Mandalorian leading this year’s nominations.

Other shows in contention include Lovecraft Country, WandaVision and Ted Lasso.

 

 

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In-person Emmy Awards return, for first time since pandemic began

Netflix expected to finally win the small screen’s biggest prize for ‘The Crown,’ also banks on award for ‘The Queen’s Gambit’; Ted Lasso is comedy frontrunner

Television’s top stars will gather in person for the first time in two years at Sunday’s Emmys, where Netflix is tipped to finally win the small screen’s biggest prize for “The Crown.”

The critically adored British royals saga will battle for the best drama prize with “Star Wars” series “The Mandalorian” and others at a ceremony held outdoors with a limited live audience in downtown Los Angeles due to ongoing Covid-19 concerns.

Leading streamer Netflix has utterly transformed the TV landscape since creating its first original show in 2012, but surprisingly has never won a top series prize at television’s equivalent of the Oscars — best drama, best comedy, or best limited series.

“‘The Crown’ does feel like it finally has come to the moment where it’s going to have its moment,” Variety awards editor Clayton Davis told AFP. “It’s going to be the first big series win for Netflix.”

“The writing is on the wall. This is Netflix’s year,” wrote IndieWire’s TV awards editor Libby Hill.

As well as “The Crown” — which in its fourth season depicts the ill-fated marriage of Prince Charles and Princess Diana — the streaming giant is banking on the wildly popular “The Queen’s Gambit.”

Starring Anya Taylor-Joy as a gifted but troubled chess prodigy, that show sent chessboard sales skyrocketing worldwide, and is the favorite to win top honors in the fiercely competitive limited series section — for shows ending after one season.

Add in nominations from Regency romp “Bridgerton” to nature documentary “David Attenborough: A Life on our Planet” — plus 34 Emmys won in technical categories announced ahead of Sunday’s gala — and Netflix could be eyeing an all-time record haul.

“What we’re seeing is Netflix finally breaking through,” Deadline columnist Pete Hammond told AFP.

“They’ve always done well with the nominations, but never the final tally.”

If anyone can ruin Netflix’s party, it will likely be Disney+, the new kid on the TV streaming block in just its second year, bringing beloved big-screen characters from “Star Wars” and Marvel films to the Emmys party.
Baby Yoda and a digitally de-aged Luke Skywalker helped “The Mandalorian” jointly top the overall nominations count alongside rival drama “The Crown.”

An outside bet for best drama is “Pose” — Billy Porter’s LGBTQ-focused show exploring New York’s 1980s underground ballroom culture has mounted a dazzling Emmys campaign for its final season.

In limited series competition, quirky sitcom-inspired Marvel superhero show “WandaVision” on Disney+ has exceeded all critical expectations.

The category also features Kate Winslet’s small-town detective drama “Mare of Easttown,” and British break-out series “I May Destroy You,” which examines the aftermath of a rape — both from traditional Emmys juggernaut HBO.

 

Big budget streaming services expected to dominate Emmys

Apple has its first bona fide hit in ‘Ted Lasso’ with 20 nominations

While many of the hot-ticket parties have been cancelled because of Covid-19, the Emmy Awards on Sunday are expected to be a night of celebration for the streaming services that are shaking up the economics of Hollywood.

The live broadcast on Sunday, the type of “big tent” programming that until recently brought in enormous audiences, is expected to reach far fewer viewers for the CBS network than in the era before cord-cutting, when the Emmys could pull in as many as 35m viewers.

Those most responsible for that decline are expected to win most of the trophies. Disney Plus, the streaming service launched by Walt Disney in 2019, tops the nominations with its Star Wars series The Mandalorian with 24, followed by its Marvel comic-based series WandaVision at 23.

Netflix’s latest instalment of The Crown also has 24 nominations

, including Emma Corrin as lead actress for her portrayal of Diana, Princess of Wales and Gillian Anderson as supporting actress for her turn as Margaret Thatcher.

Apple Plus will have its biggest night yet at the Emmys thanks to Ted Lasso, a feel-good comedy about an American who is hired to coach a British football team, which has received 20 nominations.

 

Netflix eyes top prize with ‘The Crown’ as in-person Emmys return

The critically adored British royals saga will battle for the best drama prize with “Star Wars” series “The Mandalorian” and others at a ceremony held outdoors with a limited live audience in downtown Los Angeles due to ongoing Covid-19 concerns.

Television’s top stars will gather in person for the first time in two years at Sunday’s Emmys, where Netflix is tipped to finally win the small screen’s biggest prize for “The Crown.”

Leading streamer Netflix has utterly transformed the TV landscape since creating its first original show in 2012, but surprisingly has never won a top series prize at television’s equivalent of the Oscars, best drama, best comedy, or best limited series.

“‘The Crown’ does feel like it finally has come to the moment where it’s going to have its moment,”

Variety awards editor Clayton Davis told AFP. “It’s going to be the first big series win for Netflix.”

“The writing is on the wall. This is Netflix’s year,” wrote IndieWire’s TV awards editor Libby Hill.