“Squid Game” or “Succession”: Who Wins at the Emmy Awards?
Will it be the first non-English language production to be voted Best Drama Series? Gory Korean series Squid Game will face stiff competition at Monday’s Emmy Awards, where it has a chance to make competitive history.
Dark and fierce denunciation of the excesses of capitalism, with the poor killing each other playing cruel children’s games in hopes of winning millions, Netflix’s global success could be the pinnacle of this competition, tantamount to American television’s Oscars.
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 a serious opponent: “Succession,” a production that won awards two years ago for chronicling a powerful family whose members conspire and tear each other apart.
This Shakespearean-tinged series appears to be leading the dance with 25 nominations and remains the favorite, according to experts polled by specialist website Gold Derby.
However, Deadline film columnist Pete Hammond is banking 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.
The Korean drama has already won four awards in smaller categories presented during the Creative Emmys in early September, including Best Performance in a Series, which went to actress Lee Yoo-mi.
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.
– comedies and mini-series –
On the comedy side, last year’s winner “Ted Lasso” (Apple TV+) seems to be making a comeback. 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 hit man who dreams of becoming a Hollywood star in the series Barry.
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.
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” traces the underside of 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 this category, the tragi-comic satire The White Lotus, which explores the atmospheric hypocrisy of a luxury Hawaiian hotel, seems to be the favorite with eight nominations.
“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”.
-Kenan Thompson at the helm-
In front of the Los Angeles theater where the ceremony is taking place, the first stars began parading on the red carpet in the afternoon, a sign of the return to normal after previous editions marked by the pandemic.
The show is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. on the West Coast and will be hosted 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’re going to be cautious and vigilant, as we always are,” Emmys boss Frank Scherma told the webzine Deadline, refusing to overbid.
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