"Succession" is leading the way for the Emmy Awards with the most nominations, but can "Squid Game" win a historic prize for best drama?

Five things to know about the Emmys

Legacy leads the Emmy Awards with the most nominations, but can The Squid Game win the historic Best Drama award? – Copyright AFP Aamir QURESHI

Will the Squid Game go down in history? Or will HBO’s flagship Legacy once again win the best drama statuette at the TV equivalent of the Oscars?

And will Hulu break through on a larger scale?

Here are five things to know about the 74th Primetime Emmy Awards, which will take place on Monday night in Los Angeles.

Is Hollywood ready to crown Korean dramas? –

K-pop sensation BTS is so beloved that the news of the boy band’s hiatus has caused a global social media crisis. Parasite broke all the rules on its way to Oscar glory in 2020. Is Hollywood ready to honor a Korean-language TV series?

The Squid Game, a Netflix blockbuster series about impoverished people competing in children’s death games for money, has become a global phenomenon since its launch just about a year ago.

It can now win an Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama, making it the first non-English-language series. It is already a trailblazer just for the fact that it received a category nomination, one of 14 overall.

The series is already getting a taste of winning an Emmy, with Lee Yoo Mi taking home the award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama at the Creative Emmys, a pre-gala event that awards numerous statuettes in minor categories.

Lee plays Ji Yong, one of 456 desperate contestants hoping to win money in a fierce competition.

– Double nominations –

A slew of performers are up for a slew of awards on Monday, many of them in both the acting and off-camera categories.

Julia Garner (Ozark and Inventing Anna) and Sidney Sweeney (Euphoria and The White Lotus) are among those nominated for multiple roles. actress.

Best Comedy Actor nominee Bill Hader (“Barry”) is also nominated for directing, writing and producing a show about a hitman who moves to Los Angeles and becomes involved in acting.

Seth Rogen is nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries and for producing Pam & Tommy, the story of how the infamous sex tape of actress Pamela Anderson and Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee is made public.

– Invite to the celebration –

For the first time in the era of Covid-19, the Television Academy is hosting a full-scale show at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, following a mostly virtual event in 2020 and a reduced event in a partially outdoor venue last year. .

Saturday Night Live veteran Kenan Thompson, a former Emmy Award winner, will make his hosting debut. The festivities begin at 17:00 Monday (00:00 GMT, Tuesday).

The show is on Monday nights this year because NBC, which has the rotating network rights to broadcast it, also airs Sunday Night Football, and the network beats Tinseltown with Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Pirates on the schedule.

– Hulu has high expectations –

HBO and Netflix tend to dominate the Emmy Awards, but 2022 could be a big year for Hulu, which is majority-owned by Disney.

The US-only streamer, which specializes in more adult-oriented content than Disney+, is making original films like the 2017-winning drama The Handmaid’s Tale and ramping up production.

It has several top contenders in the limited edition categories this year.

Michael Keaton led the way in Best Actor in a Miniseries for his performance as a doctor implicated in the US opioid epidemic in Dopsik, which received 14 nominations.

Amanda Seyfried leads the Best Actress category in the same section as disgraced biotech star Elizabeth Holmes in Screenings.

Pam & Tommy has 10 nominations, as well as the comedy Only Murders in the Building, starring Steve Martin, Martin Short and Selena Gomez as an unlikely trio of true crime podcasters.

– Posthumous Emmy Pre-Gala for Boseman –

Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman died in August 2020 after battling colon cancer, a diagnosis he never publicly discussed.

Last year, he narrowly missed out on Anthony Hopkins at the posthumous Oscar for Best Actor in the blues drama Ma Rainey’s Bottom.

But he earned several final Creative Emmys awards, winning for voicing a version of his Black Panther character in the Marvel animated series What If…?

Other winners at the pre-gala event were former US President Barack Obama (now halfway to EGOT with his two Grammys), pop star Adele, rapper Eminem and reality show host RuPaul.

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