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Succession won, but The Squid Game made history

Everyone will see the glass half full or half empty when they cast their eyes on the winners of the Emmy, which were delivered last night at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. In the most important area, Succession was the best drama series, but the squid game won best leading actor (Lee Jung-jae) and directing (Hwang Dong-hyuk), making history.

It is that a leading actor had never won an Emmy for a performance spoken in a language other than English. OK, the top prize once again went to the HBO series about the Roy family, who run a news media empire and hate each other as much as they love each other, but…

The British Jesse Armstrong, with the Emmy for best dramatic series for "Succession", with the cast (Brian Cox, in the foreground).  AFP Photo

The British Jesse Armstrong, with the Emmy for best dramatic series for “Succession”, with the cast (Brian Cox, in the foreground). AFP Photo

But if there’s a big, huge loser is Better Call Saul. The series, a spin-off that takes place before the events of breaking badhis “mother” series, did not get any statuette last night, with the aggravating circumstance that never, ever in its six seasons won an Emmy.

fans of Better Call Saul they must want to cut the veins with a biscuit of those of the squid game. Bob Odenkirk did not win in the category of best leading actor in a dramatic series: as we marked, it was won by the Korean Lee Jung-jae.

Even if Bob Odenkirk takes off his glasses, he can

Even if Bob Odenkirk takes off his glasses, he can’t believe it. “Better Call Saul” didn’t win an Emmy last night… or ever. AP Photo

In this edition Better… I had seven applications, and nothing. In total, in her entire history, she added 46 nominations and never won anything at all.

In the balance of winners and losers, a separate paragraph deserves The White Lotuswhich won in all the categories in which the HBO miniseries was nominated: precisely best miniseries, direction, supporting actors and screenplay.

And another, Disney+. With Only Murders in the Building he aspired to win a lot, and last night he got nothing. Of the 17 nominations, she won three in the non-televised awards.

Zendaya takes a selfie with Lizzo, also an Emmy winner who gave the most sincere speech of the night.  AP Photo

Zendaya takes a selfie with Lizzo, also an Emmy winner who gave the most sincere speech of the night. AP Photo

In the final count of the prizes awarded last night (not counting the statuettes previously awarded, in non-televised items), the miniseries The White Lotus led with 5 statuettes, followed by series ted lasso (4), Succession (3) and the squid game (2), the same as Abbott Elementary.

repeated figurines

Obviously, members of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in the United States have their preferences. And they maintain them, year after year, edition after edition.

Jason Sudeikis with the statuettes for best comedy series and best comedy actor.  The two repeated... Photo AFP

Jason Sudeikis with the statuettes for best comedy series and best comedy actor. The two repeated… Photo AFP

So much so, that at times the ceremony seemed to have a retro air, a deja vu. Haven’t we seen this before? Jason Sudeikis and Brett Goldstein, Best Actor and Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for ted lassowhich also won Best Comedy Series, Zendaya Best Leading Actress in a Drama Series (euphoria), Jane Smart, Best Leading Actress in a Comedy Series for Hacks.

And what about Julia Garner, best supporting actress in a drama series for Ozarks for the third time, always for her impressive portrayal of Ruth, and Jesse Armstrong for best screenwriter for Succession (He already won it for each of the three seasons of the series)… Are you playing it safe?

Julia Garner won an Emmy for the third time for "Ozark."  And she got comfortable ... AP Photo

Julia Garner won an Emmy for the third time for “Ozark.” And she got comfortable … AP Photo

There were many who revalidated titles and awards, and others who went up on the Emmy stage for the first time to thank their award.

The fight in the background

In the fight between HBO and Netflix, who came in at the top of the nominations, it is clear that the streaming giant has a hard time getting recognition. Last year he had it with The Crown (and we will have to prepare for next year’s edition: the fifth season premieres in November), no longer be confused because breaking bad It won best drama series for the second year in a row in 2014, but it’s not produced by Netflix, but by ACM. That it is in the Netflix catalog is something else.

The united family of "Succession".  Brian Cox, Sarah Snook, Jeremy Strong, Matthew Macfadyen (Won Supporting Actor in a Drama), J. Smith-Cameron and Nicholas Braun.  AFP Photo

The united family of “Succession”. Brian Cox, Sarah Snook, Jeremy Strong, Matthew Macfadyen (Won Supporting Actor in a Drama), J. Smith-Cameron and Nicholas Braun. AFP Photo

HBO maintains a clear predominance in the last ten years, with Succession now awarded for the second time, and game of Thrones on four occasions (2015, 2016, 2018 and 2019).

The best moments

Kenan Thompson as Daenerys Targaryen from "Game of Thrones."  Lazy conduct of the comedian.  Reuters Photo

Kenan Thompson as Daenerys Targaryen from “Game of Thrones.” Lazy conduct of the comedian. Reuters photo

The best did not come, precisely, from the driver. Pretty routine was the Emmy ceremony this year. There were no great monologues by the driver, Kenan Thompson, remembered for his humorous participation in Saturday night Liveand except for the joke about the later winner Zendaya, she didn’t particularly shine.

“Zendaya just turned 26 last week. Happy birthday, Zendaya -started- her. She is 26 years old. She is a strange age in Hollywood, you can still play a teenager, but now you are too old for Leonardo DiCaprio, ”she said, about the Titanic actor’s predilection for women much younger than him.

Another great moment was played by Lizzo. And yes, it had to be her. Lizzo woke everyone up at the delivery, and those of us who followed her on TV. Her speech was by far the most emotional – and heartfelt – of the night.

Lizzo and her dress.  She beat RuPaul on reality.  AP Photo

Lizzo and her dress. She beat RuPaul on reality. AP Photo

“When I was a girl I dreamed of seeing someone like me on television, someone fat like me, someone black like me, someone beautiful like me,” she said when accepting the Emmy for best reality show is for Lizzo’s Watch Out For The Big Grrrlswho beat the eternal RuPaul’s Drag Race.

Amanda Seyfried, very excited: she was best actress for the miniseries "The Dropout".  AP Photo

Amanda Seyfried, very excited: she was best actress for the miniseries “The Dropout”. AP Photo

Another one? Christopher Meloni and Mariska Hargitay, stars of the legendary Law and orderthey acted as if they were chasing a hooded thief, who had stolen an Emmy, before handing it over to Jason Sudeikis.

Later, other winners that we had anticipated: Michael Keaton and Amanda Seyfried, best leading actor in a miniseries or movie for TV, for dopesick Y The Dropout, Abbott Elementarywhich took a script for a comedy series and added a supporting actress for Sheryl Lee Ralph, one of the teachers in this production about teachers from one of the worst public schools in the United States.

Michael Keaton won the first Emmy of his career for the miniseries "Dopesick."  Reuters photo

Michael Keaton won the first Emmy of his career for the miniseries “Dopesick.” Reuters Photo

Something is going to have to change when thinking about award ceremonies, so that they are not simply an announcement followed by thanks. And this goes for both the Emmys and the Oscars, which continue to drop in rating year after year.

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