I finished 'The Boys' leads all winners at the Critics Choice Super Awards with four awards, an examination of politics with superheroes by telegraphing my plans for celebrating today's federal holiday.
I'm not done with entertainment. Stay tuned for MLK Day tomorrow, when I usually examine diversity in visual media.This is a tradition I have observed on this blog for the past six years, as I noted last year.
Time to be a good environmentalist and recycle my salutation to my readers from celebrating diversity in awards shows nominees and winners for MLK Day.Since most of the awards shows have not announced their nominations yet, I'm going to use today as an opportunity to resume writing about the rest of this year's Emmy winners by looking at diversity among the winners for limited series, where "Watchmen" and "Mrs. America" had the most diverse award recipients, at least six people of color winning for "Watchmen" and one for "Mrs. America." That's as many winners of color as the Comedy Series and Drama Series combined!A happy and contemplative Martin Luther King Day to my readers! To celebrate, I'm continuing the tradition I began with 'Glory' from 'Selma' for MLK Day and continued with Hollywood's diversity issues for MLK Day and 'Hidden Figures' tops the box office for MLK Day plus diversity among Golden Globes winners, examining diversity and representation in entertainment....
It did. Watch 72nd Emmy Awards: Watchmen Wins for Outstanding Limited Series.The nominees for Outstanding Limited Series are Little Fires Everywhere, Mrs. America, Unbelievable, Unorthodox, and Watchmen....This field is very similar to the one at the 2020 Television Critics Association Awards, so I'll be a good environmentalist and recycle.Both "Watchmen" and "Unbelievable" examine politics and government through the lens of law enforcement. "Watchmen" views crime and punishment using a fantastic and futuristic perspective (even though it takes place in 2019, it's not our 2019), while "Unbelievable" based its story on real events..."Mrs. America" explicitly portrays actual politicians and activists, so it is expressly about politics and government..."Little Fires Everywhere" explores social issues and includes a trial at the climax of the series, so a government function becomes a critical plot point...As for the winner, I'll repeat what I wrote for Program of the Year, "I'm hoping it's 'Watchmen'...but it could just as easily be 'Unbelievable.'" It could even be "Mrs. America" as a spoiler.Since I wrote that, "Watchmen" won four awards from the Television Critics Association, Program of the Year, Outstanding New Program, Outstanding Achievement In Movie, Miniseries, Or Special, and Individual Achievement In Drama for Regina King. "Watchmen" also won Limited Series and King won Movie/Limited Series Actress at the Gold Derby Awards. Because of those awards, as well as the five Emmy Awards the superhero show has already won, I'm even more confident that "Watchmen" will win this category.
Watchmen wins the Emmy for Outstanding Limited Series.That was worth including just for Anthony Anderson of "Black-ish" mentioning that last year's Emmys had a record number of African-American nominees opening his introduction. The same is true for Damon Lindelof's speech. While he is not a person of color, he helped created a speculative fiction program about America's history of racism that used the Tulsa Massacre as a pivotal event, to paraphrase what I wrote about "Lovecraft Country" in Fantastic and futuristic politics and government nominees at the Critics Choice Super Awards for National Science Fiction Day, and which Lindelof himself recognized in his shirt saying "Remember Tulsa '21," so the show itself winning an award deserves recognition today.
Follow over the jump to read about the individual winners recognized for their work in limited series and television movies.
Next, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie, won by Regina King.
And she did. Watch 72nd Emmy Awards: Regina King Wins for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie.The nominees for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series are Cate Blanchett, Shira Haas, Regina King, Octavia Spencer, and Kerry Washington.As I wrote above, the nominees from political shows are Cate Blanchett as Phyllis Schlafly on "Mrs. America," Regina King as Angela Abar/Sister Night on "Watchmen," and Kerry Washington as Mia Warren on "Little Fires Everywhere." I know that I wrote "based on previous awards experience, I would say that two-time Oscar winner Cate Blanchett is the favorite, followed by Oscar and two-time Emmy winner Regina King," but King's two victories at the TCA Awards and Gold Derby Awards along with her win at the Critics' Choice Awards are enough to convince me she's the favorite. Good, I want her to win.
Regina King wins the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie.While Anderson had a point about not having all the nominees and winners in the theater so that America could see all of them at once, having the awards presented at the winners' homes allowed them to make statements with their attire that they couldn't have wearing evening gowns and tuxedos. Lindelof had "Remember Tulsa '21" and King had a shirt with Breonna Taylor's image on it and the message "Say her name." On the other hand, her speech, mentioning Coffee Party USA partner Ballotpedia and mourning Ruth Bader Ginsburg, was the kind of political statement could have made on stage instead of in her living room. That written, the intimate surroundings and lack of an orchestra to play her off made her sentiments more salient, so things balanced out.
King's co-star Yahya Abdul-Mateen II won for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie.
I'm glad the Emmy electorate agreed with my choice instead of what I expected from them. Watch 72nd Emmy Awards: Yahya Abdul-Mateen II Wins for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series/Movie.Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or MovieTituss Burgess is the television movie nominee in a field full of limited series actors. I think his only hope of winning is if the voters split their ballots among the two nominees for "Hollywood" and three nominees from "Watchmen." Otherwise, I think the Emmy electorate will settle on an actor from "Watchmen." I would vote for Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, but I expect they will vote for Louis Gossett Jr., who has won both an Oscar, an Emmy, and two Golden Globes already.
Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Calvin "Cal" Abar / Doctor Manhattan on Watchmen (Episode: "A God Walks into Abar") (HBO)
Jovan Adepo as Young Will Reeves on Watchmen (Episode: "This Extraordinary Being") (HBO)
Tituss Burgess as Titus Andromedon on Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy vs. The Reverend (Netflix)
Louis Gossett Jr. as Will Reeves on Watchmen (Episode: "See How They Fly") (HBO)
Dylan McDermott as Ernest "Ernie" West on Hollywood (Episode: "Meg") (Netflix)
Jim Parsons as Henry Willson on Hollywood (Episode: "Outlaws") (Netflix)
Yahya Abdul-Mateen II wins the Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie.That was a very heartfelt acceptance speech by Abdul-Mateen that struck the right balance between the personal and political. Also, kudos to Tituss Burgess for toasting him back; that shows he's a good sport.
Next the diverse talent behind the camera, beginning with Cord Jefferson, who won Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series, Movie or Dramatic Special along with Damon Lindelof.
Watch 72nd Emmys Awards: Damon Lindelof & Cord Jefferson Win for Writing Limited Series Movie or Drama Special.Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series, Movie, or Dramatic Special"Watchmen" won the award for New Series and was nominated for Drama Series at the Writers Guild of America while no other limited series was even nominated for either award, so it's my choice to win here, too.
Mrs. America (Episode: "Shirley"), Written by Tanya Barfield (FX)
Normal People (Episode: "Episode 3"), Written by Sally Rooney and Alice Birch (Hulu)
Unbelievable (Episode: "Episode 1"), Written by Susannah Grant, Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman (Netflix)
Unorthodox (Episode: "Part 1"), Written by Anna Winger (Netflix)
Watchmen (Episode: "This Extraordinary Being"), Written by Damon Lindelof and Cord Jefferson (HBO)
Damon Lindelof and Cord Jefferson win the Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series Movie or Drama Special.I'm glad Cord Jefferson gave the acceptance speech; Lindelof had his time in the spotlight for the series win. As for his speech, it was very standard and could have been given on stage — Jefferson even wore a tux — including the mention of the Tulsa Massacre, which he called "the original sin of our show" and the call to remember our history. Honestly, if it weren't for "Watchmen," a lot of white Americans would never have heard of it.
I may be done with the awards "Watchmen" won at the Primetime Emmy Awards, but I have two more awards for the superhero series from the 2020 Creative Arts Emmys to share beginning with Casting for a Limited Series Movie or Special.
The team from Watchmen wins the Emmy for Outstanding Casting for a Limited Series Movie or Special.That's Victoria Thomas (casting director) accepting the award. She shows that having representation and diversity behind the camera matters as well.
I wrote about the last category won by a person of color for their work in "Watchmen" in Star Trek vs. Star Wars — futuristic politics and government at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards.
I was right. Watch 2020 Creative Arts Emmys: Outstanding Fantasy/Sci-Fi Costumes.Outstanding Fantasy/Sci-Fi CostumesI think "The Mandalorian" should be happy just to be nominated, even though it's competing in a open field with "Game of Thrones" over. It's competing against three-time nominee "The Handmaid's Tale" and former nominee "Westworld." The track record favors "The Handmaid's Tale" but I thought the costumes in "Westworld" this season were spectacular. The costumes in "Carnival Row" were no slouch, either, as they were both fantastical and historical, taking place in an alternative timeline during the late Victorian and Edwardian eras, making them the kind of clothes Emmy voters might drool over. That written, I think all of them will lose to "Watchmen." I wouldn't be the least bit upset if that happens.
Carnival Row (Episode: "Aisling") (Prime Video)
The Handmaid's Tale (Episode: "Household") (Hulu)
The Mandalorian (Episode: "Chapter 3: The Sin") (Disney+)
Watchmen (Episode: "It's Summer and We're Running Out of Ice") (HBO)
Westworld (Episode: "Parce Domine") (HBO)
The team from Watchmen wins the Emmy for Outstanding Fantasy/Sci-Fi Costumes.Costume designer Sharen Davis tied this section together by not only name-checking most of the winners, but also thanked "HBO for telling the stories not told in our history books." "Watchmen" certainly did.
Before I move on, I'm congratulating "Watchmen" not only for the awards above, but also for winning Outstanding Cinematography for a Limited Series or Movie, Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Limited Series or Movie, Outstanding Music Composition for a Limited Series, Movie or Special (Original Dramatic Score), Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Limited Series or Movie, and Outstanding Sound Editing for a Limited Series, Movie or Special. Congratulations on a job well done!
Now for the final category won by a person of color for a Limited Series or Movie.
I wasn't. Watch 72nd Emmy Awards: Uzo Aduba Wins for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie.Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or MovieThe very political "Mrs. America" has three nominees, Uzo Aduba as Shirley Chisholm, Margo Martindale as Bella Abzug, and Tracey Ullman as Betty Friedan. I suspect they will split the vote and let either Jean Smart as Laurie Blake win, just as she did at the Critics' Choice Awards or Toni Collette win, as she did at the Gold Derby Awards. For what it's worth, Collette wasn't even nominated at the TCA Awards; her co-stars were. Between the two, I want Smart to win. Let's hope I'm right.
Uzo Aduba as Shirley Chisholm on Mrs. America (Episode: "Shirley") (FX)
Toni Collette as Det. Grace Rasmussen on Unbelievable (Episode: "Episode 6") (Netflix)
Margo Martindale as Bella Abzug on Mrs. America (Episode: "Bella") (FX)
Jean Smart as Laurie Blake on Watchmen (Episode: "She Was Killed by Space Junk") (HBO)
Holland Taylor as Ellen Kincaid on Hollywood (Episode: "Jump") (Netflix)
Tracey Ullman as Betty Friedan on Mrs. America (Episode: "Betty") (FX)
Uzo Aduba wins the Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie.Aduba, who won for "Mrs. America," wore a shirt with Breonna Taylor's name on it. Between her and King, she had that covered. She also acknowledged the efforts of Shirley Chisholm, who she played, and told the audience "Let's go out and change the world." Amen to that and congratulations!
Before I leave, I want to acknowledge the rest of the winners in the Limited Series and Television Movie categories. First, "Bad Education," my personal preference for Outstanding Television Movie, won its category, Mark Ruffalo won Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series for his role in "I Know This Much Is True," and Maria Schrader won Outstanding Directing for a Limited Series, Movie or Dramatic Special for "Unorthodox." Second, all the other winners of color I haven't already recognized will get at least one entry. Next Sunday is taken (see the footnote), but the Sunday after that and all the Sundays during February, which is Black History Month, are open. I'll get to them, I promise.
*The Series nominees for the 26th annual Critics Choice Awards, which were announced today, are the exception. I plan on covering them for the next Sunday entertainment feature. Stay tuned.
Previous posts about the 2020 Primetime and Creative Arts Emmy Awards
- Kerry Washington promotes 'The Fight,' a documentary about the ACLU's legal battles with the Trump Administration
- Sandy Hook Promise's 'Back-To-School Essentials' and P&G's 'The Look' among Emmy nominees for Outstanding Commercial
- 'Tiger King' vs. 'McMillion$' - big cats and true crime at the Emmy Awards for World Lion Day
- For National Presidential Joke Day, I present the variety talk show nominees at the Emmy Awards
- 'The Cave' vs. 'American Factory' - Oscar nominees and other documentaries at the Emmy Awards
- 'Short Treks,' '#FreeRayshawn,' and 'Reno 911!' - government in short form at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards
- It's Saturday night, so here are the 15 Emmy nominations for 'Saturday Night Live'
- 'Cheer' leads unstructured reality program nominees in a field that recognizes diversity
- 'Queer Eye' leads structured reality program nominees at the Emmy Awards while 'preaching love, acceptance, pride, and compassion'
- 'El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie' vs. 'Bad Education' and 'American Son' - Outstanding Television Movie nominees about crime and punishment at the Emmy Awards
- Star Trek vs. Star Wars - futuristic politics and government at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards
- 'Watchmen' vs. 'Mrs. America' and 'Unbelievable' — limited series at the 2020 Emmy Awards that examine politics and government
- 'Schitt's Creek' vs. 'The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel' — Outstanding Comedy Series nominees that use politics and government for laughs
- Outstanding Drama Series nominees at the Emmys once again examine politics and government
- Sandy Hook Promise and Discovery Channel's Shark Week win Emmy Awards for commercials
- 'The Cave,' 'Apollo 11,' and 'American Factory' — winning documentaries at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards examined politics and government
- John Oliver examines the Supreme Court after 'Last Week Tonight' wins four Emmy Awards
- 'SNL' lampoons the debate, Trump's COVID diagnosis, and Supreme Court nomination in season premiere after winning six Emmy Awards
- 'Why We Hate,' 'Cosmos,' 'Seven Worlds, One Planet' and 'Life Below Zero' — science and nature winners at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards
- 'The Last Dance' and 'The Apollo' showcase diversity in documentaries at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards
- 'Cheer' wins 3 Emmy Awards and 1 TCA Award to lead unstructured reality shows