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‘Schitt’s Creek,’ ‘Succession,’ ‘Watchmen’ dominate historic Emmys

By David Villafranca

Los Angeles, US, Sep 20 (efe-epa).- Disinfection of envelopes in front of the cameras, live COVID-19 testing and messengers wearing decontamination suits to deliver awards — the pandemic turned out to be the protagonist of the 72nd Emmy Awards celebrated virtually Sunday.

“Welcome to the Pandemmys,” presenter Jimmy Kimmel joked from the nearly empty Staples Center at the beginning of a gala in which most of the guests joined from sofas at home, some alone, some with their family and others having parties in front of a webcam.

With the award-snatching “Game of Thrones” over, it was the night to find out who its successor would be.

Although “Succession” was crowned outstanding drama and “Watchmen” outstanding limited series, the standout winner was “Schitt’s Creek,” which took each and every one of the comedy awards.

This modest Canadian series made history by taking home a record-breaking total of nine comedy awards, including for outstanding lead actor in a comedy series (Eugene Levy), outstanding lead actress in a comedy series (Catherine O’Hara), supporting actor in a comedy series (Dan Levy), and supporting actress in a comedy series (Annie Murphy).

Never before has a series garnered all the major comedy awards, and none had gotten as many at a single Emmys ceremony.

This was the ideal culmination for the six seasons of the series about a wealthy clan that reinvents itself after going bankrupt, and starring creators Eugene Levy and his son Dan.

The farewell in 2019 to “Game of Thrones,” the most awarded series in the history of the Emmys (59 statuettes), this year left the field clear for the candidates for best drama, a crown that was claimed Sunday by the Shakespearean “Succession.”

This HBO series, about the betrayal in a family that owns a media conglomerate, took a total of seven Emmys home, including outstanding actor in a drama series (Jeremy Strong).

In addition, its creator Jesse Armstrong, gave one of the most political speeches of the evening.

“Unthank you to President Trump for his crummy and uncoordinated response. Unthank you to thank Boris Johnson and his government for doing the same in my country. Unthank you to all the nationalists and sort of quasi-nationalists governments in the world who are doing exactly the opposite of what we need right now, and unthank you to the media moguls who do so much to keep them in power. So unthank you,” he said.

Extending a legendary Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons comic to the small screen seemed like a very risky bet, but HBO’s “Watchmen” confirmed Sunday that it has been one of the great television sensations of the season and its explosive and ambitious reflection on racism in the US gave it the Emmy for outstanding limited series.

“Watchmen” started as a big favorite with 26 nominations and ended up being the most awarded series of these Emmys with 11 prizes, including outstanding lead actress in a limited series or TV movie (Regina King).

“Have a voting plan,” King urged viewers, while wearing a T-shirt with the image of young African American Breonna Taylor who was shot dead by police.

With a storyline related to the massacre in Tulsa, US, in 1921, “Watchmen” has connected with the racial justice and Black Lives Matter movements in the US in recent months.

And that is why Damon Lindelof, the mastermind behind “Watchmen” and other television phenomena such as “Lost” (2004-2010), dedicated his award to the victims and survivors of that slaughter of African Americans.

Driven by “Watchmen” and “Succession,” HBO was the most distinguished company in these Emmy with 30 awards (from 107 nominations) and thus surpassed Netflix, which landed an impressive 160 nominations but in the end had to settle with 21 awards.

Disney+ had a remarkable debut, as it won eight awards in its debut, mainly thanks to the seven recognitions for “The Mandalorian” (Star Wars).

On the other hand, the huge gamble of Apple TV+ on “The Morning Show” went largely unnoticed, except for the Emmy for supporting actor in a drama series for Billy Crudup, who defeated no less than three nominees from “Succession.”

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