At long last, it should be the year that a streaming platform is triumphant at the Emmys. The tech companies upended the show business years ago but they’ve had mixed results breaking through with members of the tv Academy, who vote on the winners. That will likely come to an endways Sunday when the envelopes are unsealed at the 73rd Emmy Awards, which can be broadcast on CBS — and, fittingly, streamed survive Paramount+. “The Crown,” the luxurious Netflix drama chronicling British royalty, is that the heavy favorite to win one among the night’s the most important awards — best drama — on the strength of its fourth season, which took viewers into the 1980s because it portrayed the connection of Charles and Diana.
Seven of the show’s cast members landed acting nominations, including Josh O’Connor (Prince Charles) for best actor and Emma Corrin (Princess Diana) and Olivia Colman (Queen Elizabeth II) for best actress. Gillian Anderson (Margaret Thatcher) and Helena Bonham Carter (Princess Margaret) are among the nominees for best actress during a supporting role. “The Crown” already picked up four Emmys within the first batch of awards handed out during last weekend’s Creative Arts Emmy Awards, which recognizes achievements in technical categories.
Netflix built a substantial lead over its television and streaming rivals at the Creative Arts Emmys, about guaranteeing that it’ll win more awards than the other studio, streaming platform, or TV network. The best drama win for “The Crown” would even be a big first for Netflix. The streaming service has never won a top series award, despite a whopping 30 nominations in best drama, comedy, and limited series from 2013 to 2020. just one streaming service, Hulu, has won best drama, a gift that visited “The Handmaid’s Tale” four years ago.
It would be a fitting win during a ceremony that’s recognizing the simplest shows aired or streamed amid the pandemic. During the stay-at-home months last year and early this year, people increasingly turned far away from cable and embraced streaming video entertainment, accelerating a trend that was already underway.
While “The Crown” is that the favorite, keep an eye fixed out for spoilers within the best drama race. “The Mandalorian,” the Star Wars action adventure show on Disney+, picked up seven technical awards last weekend, and tv Academy voters love themselves some popular, action-packed entertainment, as evinced by “Game of Thrones” winning the simplest drama category a record-tying fourfold . A show with an outdoor shot is “Bridgerton,” the favored Netflix bodice-ripper from the super-producer Shonda Rhimes. FX’s “Pose,” nominated for its final, emotional season, has the simplest chance at an upset of any of the cable or network series nominated.