This Sunday night, Netflix might finally be taking the top prize for The Crown at the 73rd Emmy Awards. Popular drama series such as The Mandalorian and Handmaid’s Tale are also contenders for the best-drama category but The Crown’s fourth season with its hit portrayal of the Charles and Diana saga has experts proclaiming it as the expected winner.
Despite being a leading streamer, the top Emmy award has somehow eluded Netflix. The Crown failed to win best-drama three times in a row but as David Canfield writes in the Vanity Fair, this might be the year that changes that. “In a relatively weak year for drama, there’s nothing blocking its clear path toward the best-series Emmy,” he says.
The sentiment was echoed by Variety awards editor Clayton Davis who told AFP that The Crown has “finally come to the moment where it’s going to have its moment.”
This year Netflix is also banking on The Queen’s Gambit. Starring Anya Taylor-Joy as a troubled chess prodigy, the show already has nine Creative Arts Emmys under its belt and has sent chessboard sales skyrocketing. The show is a top contender in the limited series category along with HBO’s Mare of Easttown and Marvel’s streaming debut WandaVision.
Buut with its wide-ranging nominations Netflix may be the one to sweep this year’s Emmys.
“What we’re seeing is Netflix finally breaking through. They’ve always done well with the nominations, but never the final tally,” said Deadline columnist Pete Hammond. “This is a turning point for them,” he told AFP.
Apple TV+’s Ted Lasso is the comedy frontrunner, and is expected to be this year’s Schitt’s Creek – the show that won all seven awards in the comedy categories last year and made Emmy history.
Last year’s ceremony, hosted by comedian Jimmy Kimmel, was a virtual affair as it was held before Covid-19 vaccines were available. This time, comedian Cedric the Entertainer will be hosting the show in a scaled-down version. The 500 nominees will gather outdoors, under strict Covid-19 guidelines including proof of vaccination.
“Making that level of celebrities ill is not on our agenda,” Emmys producer Ian Stewart told Variety, promising a “fun, ritzy party” for those who clear security.
Some overseas nominees including the cast of The Crown are expected to dial in from a satellite hub in London.
“It’s going to look different,” said Davis as reported by AFP. “Hopefully, I just cross my fingers this is the last ‘hybrid’ show that we see.
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