The Emmys surrender to Netflix in a decaffeinated gala

Los Angeles (USA), Sep 19 (EFE) .- Last year and with the pandemic as an obstacle, the awards ceremonies of the entertainment industry registered minimum audience, a trend that the Emmy tried to change this Sunday by recover a certain normality, although with a decaffeinated and reduced format gala.

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Regarding the awards, Netflix swept through the harvests of "The Crown" (best drama) and "The Queen's Gambit" (best miniseries). But between thanks and speeches, the Television Academy was unable to give rhythm to the ceremony, which had some 600 guests in person in a small tent.

At the beginning of summer, the Emmy announced a great display of guests thanks to the vaccination campaign, although the infections that the US still registers forced a last-minute change of plans that took their bill live.

The capacity was reduced to five people for each nominated production, the guests sat at round tables and the event was located in a closed tent at the foot of the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

However, the attendees themselves did not fully understand the change.

"Let me start by saying that there are too many people in this small room," Seth Rogen assured when announcing the first prize of the night, eliciting uncomfortable laughter from the rest of the audience.

Some stars, like Jennifer Aniston, declined to attend to minimize the risk of contagion and others, including the winner of best dramatic actress Olivia Colman, intervened from London because they could not fly to California.

The tent and its tiny stage did not manage to do well on camera despite the efforts of the host of the gala, Cedric the Entertainer, in front of a script that tried to be more acid and left aside the sentimentality of previous ceremonies, organized in the toughest moments of the pandemic.

There was even room to satirize the anti-vaccine movement, with jokes about rapper Nicki Minaj's controversial comments.


Of all the thank you speeches, the most moving was by Michaela Coel, the star of the miniseries "I May Destroy You."

The actress did not win an Emmy for best performance for portraying a woman trying to overcome the trauma of rape. However, he won one with greater meaning, the one with the best script, since the series is based on his personal experience.

"Write about what scares you, what makes you feel uncertain, what is not comfortable," he said to deathly silence.

"I May Destroy You", a BBC / HBO co-production, swept the British BAFTAs but was ignored by the Golden Globes in the US. Coel's triumph was seen as poetic justice.

"In a world that encourages us to look at the lives of others to determine how we feel about ourselves and, in turn, to feel the need to be constantly visible with an exhibition that these days seems to equate to success, do not be afraid to disappear for a while and watch what comes to you in silence, "said Coel.

"I dedicate this story to every survivor of sexual assault," he concluded.


Among the rest of the awards, three industry veterans shared the most important awards and, incidentally, the most outstanding minutes of the night: Kate Winslet (miniseries), Olivia Colman (drama) and Jean Smart (comedy).

Winslet won the Emmy for Best Actress for portraying a listless cop in "Mare of Easttown." His reaction was anything but apathetic.

"Okay, breathe ...", she told herself excitedly on stage.

Then, she thanked the writers for creating the character of "an imperfect middle-aged woman and a flawed mother" who made many feel reflected by what they saw on screen.

Minutes later, Colman, winner in the drama category for "The Crown," could not hide his surprise.

"Thank you very much, I bet money that that would not happen," she said with her mouth open and covered by the rest of the cast from London, since she could not visit Los Angeles due to the restrictions of the pandemic.

For its part, Smart, who added her fourth Emmy thanks to "Hacks", dedicated the award to her husband, who died six months ago.

More discreet were the boys, Josh O'Connor (drama), Ewan McGregor (miniseries) and Jason Sudeikis (comedy), who opted to wear a discreet blue suit when he received his award for "Ted Lasso" and left his usual closet in the closet. t-shirts with vindictive messages.

The tributes focused on the recently deceased actor Michael K. Williams and a tribute award to Debbie Allen, star of "Fame."

"Fame costs," Allen repeated. The Emmys are still fighting for audiences.


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