When the nominees for the Emmy 2019 were announced in July this year, the future ceremony seemed to be the triumph of Game of Thrones. It was even, perhaps, logical – despite all the criticism of the eighth and final season, this fantasy show had a noticeable impact on modern television and became, in a sense, a cult. The "Game" had millions of fans around the world, they were imitated, rating records were set one after another. In addition, the series had the most nominations – 14.
But the triumph did not work. The Game of Thrones cost a modest two victories and lost most of the nominations to lesser-known and less promoted rivals. But the historical series "Chernobyl", which caused so much controversy in Russia, was expected to be on the horse – the Emmy academics recognized the importance and correctness of just such an approach to popularizing the events of Russian history among a Western audience.
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What did Chernobyl get?
The five-part film about the 1986 Chernobyl disaster received a modest six nominations, but formally this is practically the limit. The main category (the best mini-series), directing and screenwriting, as well as three acting – Jared Harris (he played the Soviet scientist Valery Legasov), Stellan Skarsgard (Boris Scherbina) and Emily Watson (the fictional character Ulyana Khomyuk).
What is not liked by those who voted on Emmy is not clear, but Chernobyl did not win a single acting nomination; perhaps it was pointed out to the series that individual bright roles in it did not happen. But he took all the other prizes – he became the best mini-series, won the director's and screenwriting prize.
To whom did Chernobyl lose? The best actor in the mini-series was Jarrel Jerome, who starred in Ava Duvernay's “When They See Us,” which deals with a series of murders of women in New York in 1989 and men accused of these crimes.
The best supporting actor was Ben Whishaw, who played in the series "Extremely English Scandal"; this picture is about a political scandal in Britain in the 1970s. And the best supporting actress was chosen Patricia Arquette for her role in the crime drama "Pretense."
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What is wrong with the Game of Thrones?
Of course, the fourteen nominations for this show are a little cunning. Just in some categories, “Game of Thrones” actually competed with itself. For example, three representatives of the show (Peter Dinklage, Alfie Allen and Nikolai Koster-Waldau) immediately claimed the title of best supporting actor in the drama, and in the same female nomination there were as many as four actresses from The Game (Gwendoline Christie, Lena Headey, Sophie Turner and Macy Williams). In the director's nomination there were three episodes of the show – the third, fourth and sixth.
Perhaps those who voted for the winners of the Emmy were in a difficult situation. Judging by the reviews (critics and viewers), the eighth season of Game of Thrones was unsuccessful. He did not live up to the expectations of fans, received a very low score on IMDb and devastating criticism from television observers. Awarding the series in such an environment is difficult. But to completely ignore this show, which became one of the most striking events of the television life of the 2010s, was impossible.
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Therefore, the rewards received by the Game of Thrones can be considered a compromise. The show was recognized as "the best dramatic series" – obviously, not for the eighth season, but in general, for the entire saga. In addition, the prize was awarded to Peter Dinklage (for the role of Tyrion Lannister), who has already received this award three times. So the fourth one – even after the show was not too triumphant – looked logical, especially since there were the least complaints to the “half-husband” (as Tirion was nicknamed in the series).
In general, the farewell of the US television industry with the main series of the decade turned out to be crumpled and awkward – the Game of Thrones was pushed out as a bored relative. You can understand this – the series finale (and this is the seventh and eighth seasons) came out stretched out for several years, but did not live up to expectations, but forgiveness – hardly. However, several projects around the world “Songs of Ice and Fire” by George R. R. Martin are on the way; in addition, the writer must someday complete this long-suffering saga (he writes it from the mid-90s and released five volumes of the promised seven), and even there the finale will be stunning. In any case, I want to hope so.
Actors of the series Game of Thrones pose with an Emmy Award. September 22, 2019. Photo: www.globallookpress.com
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