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Brinkley Binges: The Emmys

Who greenlit Emily in Paris’s nomination? Was WandaVision snubbed? What even is Mare of Easttown? You’d better thank the Television Academy, because all these questions - and more - will be answered after the break.

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We’re back, folks! Both to new editions of the Wapiti Weekly and to the regular television season. To close out the 2020-2021 cycle, directors, writers, and performers were honored (or at least begrudgingly acknowledged) at the 73rd Emmys. So… which primetime shows were really prime for the top prizes?

It’s checkmate for The Queen’s Gambit, which obtained two awards: Outstanding Limited Series and Outstanding Directing in the discipline. The show that motivated consumers to be interested in chess for about a month now has awards to prove its glory for a lifetime.

As for the comedies, Apple TV+’s Ted Lasso claimed the top prize (as well as those for Outstanding Lead Actor, Supporting Actor, and Supporting Actress). And there I was assuming the only viewers of that show were Winchendon faculty! I guess the Television Academy is just as smitten with Jason Sudeikis as they are.

The Crown, favorite show of forty-something mothers everywhere, not only won Outstanding Drama Series, but for both supporting actor and actress in that category (for Tobias Menzies and Gillian Anderson, respectively), as well as Outstanding Directing and Outstanding Writing. I can only imagine the amount of awards it’ll net when Harry and Meghan are introduced…

With RuPaul’s Drag Race’s win for Outstanding Competition Series, host RuPaul is now the most awarded Black entertainer in Emmys history. This is a milestone to be lauded, not just for Ru’s prowess, but for the show he represents, which brought an unapologetically LGBTQ+ medium into the mainstream viewer’s consciousness. More and more people’s interest in the art of drag have piqued - among them casting directors and other industry bigwigs.

Mare of Easttown’s lead actress Kate Winslet and supporting performers Julianne Nicholson and Evan Peters each received awards for their star turns in the limited series. Look, I don’t know what this show is about - I’d assume Winslet voices a horse who lives in the mythical land of Easttown, and she and her keepers (Nicholson and Peters) go on a series of wild and wacky adventures. That does sound a bit too kid-friendly for HBO, however…

And now for the snubs of the night: WandaVision was a gamble for Marvel and Disney+. Inserting well-loved characters into a genre previously uncharted for superhero fare - classic sitcoms - seemed to be more risk than reward, and, at least at the Emmys, it was. However, I still consider it to be the best TV series of 2021, my favorite piece of Marvel entertainment, and consisting of Elizabeth Olsen’s best performance to date. I’m not even mad that the show lost the outstanding limited series category. I’m mad that Olsen didn’t get the recognition she deserves.

But what show would have deserved a snub? The biggest joke of the night’s ceremony was that Netflix submitted Emily in Paris, of all the comedic offerings on its slate, for award reception. The only person I know who genuinely laughs at the series is my mother, who thinks The Kissing Booth should’ve won Best Picture. Not exactly quality judging from the Television Academy there… I hope their all-expenses-paid-by-Netflix Parisian getaway was worth it.

That’s a wrap, binge watchers! Who knows what the next television cycle will provide us with? Hopefully the cancellation of Emily in Paris.