Updated 9/20/2021 2:05 PM
“Let me start by saying that there are too many of us in this room.
What are we doing?
They said it was going to be outdoors and it is not being that way
They lied to us.
Right now we are in a hermetically sealed tent, and I did not come for this.
Why is there a roof? "
Seth Rogen was the first person in charge of delivering an award and, also, the first to mention
the great anomaly of the 73rd edition of the
Emmy: in the midst of a pandemic, the return to a face-to-face ceremony, in a closed space, with the presence of 500 people without a mask or social distance.
Of course: all attendees were vaccinated and had to present a negative analysis to enter.
It is that the show had to continue.
If these ceremonies are by definition boring, and the whole circus around is mere damage control, paraphernalia to make more bearable a procedure that almost always extends beyond what is tolerable, not to mention
how soulless they have become since the coronavirus appeared on stage
For something the Emmy 2020 had the lowest rating in history.
Delta is an airline
Seth Rogen at the Emmys.
He was the first to say that they were not outdoors.
What a delta or what eight rooms: quite logically,
the Emmys follow the productivist logic of capitalism
The wheel could not remain locked any longer: you had to return to the face-to-face show as it was.
And whitewash it from the start with Rogen's jokes: “Tonight it is more important to be able to use candles than to make sure we don't kill Eugene Levy, so it has been decided.
I went from cleaning my food to Paul Bettany sneezing in my face. "
It is likely that the ceremony was not a source of contagion, and it is even more likely that if it was, we will never find out.
The question is whether it was worth it
Compared to last year's installment and sad "mixed" galas like the last of the Oscars, the answer is yes.
The excitement about the return to "normality" that was felt in the air at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles somewhat attenuated the usual tedium of these awards rituals.
The diversity agenda, up to date
As has been happening in recent years at both the Emmys, the Oscars and the Golden Globes, the effort to stay up-to-date on the gender and diversity agenda was once again noticeable.
RuPaul and his drag queens, at the Emmy Awards AP Photo
More than ever, an attempt was made to turn the red carpet and the auditorium into a great Star Wars bar, with a copy of every planet in the galaxy.
From Native American people to a Paralympic athlete with prosthetic legs marched across the stage, passing by the exuberant drag queens of RuPaul.
Even from the podium,
the number of women nominated
in a category that was traditionally forbidden to them, as direction of a drama series, was
These are costs to pay in search of parity: it is to be expected that in the future it will be so common for women, men or whatever gender identity to win, that no one will notice that data when awarding awards.
The same goes for ethnic groups, although in these Emmy there was no Solomonic cast as in the Oscars.
And then the outraged appeared because
the twelve main categories of performance were for white performers
: in the micro-world of social networks, the hashtag #EmmysSoWhite (Emmys so white) became a trend again.
Netflix bathed in prestige
Anya Taylor-Joy goes up to receive the Emmy for Lady's Gambit.
It was a night without great surprises, in which Netflix finally
managed to take the long-awaited prestigious bath that it had been looking for
and was denied since 2012, when it premiered its first original series,
. The pioneering streaming platform took home two of the top three awards: Best Miniseries,
, and Best Drama, The Crown.
44 awards in total
, Netflix managed to tie a record that CBS had held since 1974, when it took that many thanks to shows like
M * A * S * H *
The Mary Tyler Moore Show
It should be noted that although in the televised ceremony on Sunday 27 categories were resolved plus the honorary Emmy (that is why it lasted three hours), in total 119 items are settled.
Far were HBO and HBO Max, with 19;
Disney ++, with 14;
and Apple TV ++, with 10. Only in fifth place does a “traditional” channel appear, such as NBC (eight), which
confirms the change of time in the way television is consumed
Olivia Colman, Emmy winner for The Crown.
Nobody doubted that
would sweep through the dramas, and it was the most winning fiction, with eleven awards (they received them in London). The same amount as
, which among the miniseries finally managed to defeat the enemy,
Mare of Easttown
(it took four, three of them to its cast: Kate Winslet, Julianne Nicholson and Evan Peters). With seven awards, including best comedy,
also confirmed the forecasts.
Perhaps the big loser was
The Handmaid's Tale
Not because he was expected to
lot of statuettes this year, but because he was
aiming for 21 and didn't win one
- a record for a single Emmy award.
Just one more of those curiosities of these ceremonies that absurdly equate the art and entertainment industry with sports.
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