This year at the Emmys, genre series, especially those adapted from comics, had their best performance, with 81 nominations across eight live shows. During the Creative Arts Emmys, three of those shows – âWandaVision,â âThe Mandalorian,â and âLovecraft Countryâ – won 12 wins between them.
So there was every reason to expect at least some TV genres – including Amazon’s “The Boys,” the first comic book adaptation ever nominated for Best Drama – to win an Emmy or two on Sunday. evening during prime-time telecast.
Instead, mainstream drama dominated the night, leaving all nominated genre series winless for the evening.
By far the most surprising omission was the late Michael K. Williams, whose deeply felt performance as a gay man locked in HBO’s âLovecraft Countryâ was a big favorite for the supporting actor in a drama. Instead, that award went to Tobias Menzies’ tight performance as Prince Philip for Netflix’s âThe Crown,â a show that won nearly every award it was nominated for on Sunday, including Best. drama series.
Most Emmy pundits had also asked Kathryn Hahn to win the supporting actress in a limited series for her stage thief trick as curious neighbor turned scheming witch Agatha Harkness in Disney Plus’ “WandaVision”, but Julianne Nicholson won instead for HBO. “Mare of Easttown” on the strength of her heartbreaking final scenes as a mother faced with an impossible choice.
But perhaps the most revealing victory of the night was for the limited-series actor. Paul Bettany of âWandaVisionâ was, once again, a favorite to win here, for a performance that ranged from a mighty superhero to a goofy sitcom dad to an empathetic loving husband. But instead, Emmy voters picked Ewan McGregor for his larger-than-life performance as iconic fashion designer Halston on Netflix’s âHalstonâ – the only win for the series of just five nominations, against 23 nods. head of “WandaVision”.
Genre TV has always struggled to be on a level playing field when it comes to awards season, but over the past few years, several major titles have pierced this prejudice, especially the “Game of Thrones” winners. and “Watchmen”.
This year, this pendulum has returned to more traditional dishes. Granted, as the very first Marvel Studios TV show, the fact that “WandaVision” won as many nominations as it made is its own accomplishment, especially since it took Marvel 10 years to get it. the same level of recognition at the Oscars with “Black Panther.”
Likewise, it was hard to escape the feeling on Sunday that Emmy voters really didn’t want to vote for a show based on a comic book or with real monsters instead of metaphorics.