Regina King has been nominated in the "Leading Actress in a Miniseries or Movie" category for "Watchmen". - Mark Von Holden / AP / SIPA

Watchmen wins widely. The HBO series, which explores the racist past of the United States and police brutality, clearly dominates the selection of the Emmy Awards 2020 unveiled Tuesday, with 26 nominations in total, including that of "best mini-series".

Watchmen's dark and tortured superheroes  are followed by comedy The Fabulous Mrs. Maisel (20 nominations), thriller Ozark (18) on par with black comedy Succession (18). With 15 selections, The Mandalorian , the first live-action series devoted to the Star Wars universe , completes the Top 5 of these nominations, unveiled during a brief, entirely virtual ceremony due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

A series with strong significance

Derived from a comic book series created in the 1980s by Briton Alan Moore, Watchmen seems to have a good chance of winning the Emmy Award, equivalent to the Oscars for American television, in the category of mini-series, where it will face Little Fires Everywhere , Mrs America , Unbelievable  and Unorthodox .

She will also be portrayed as actors and actresses in a drama series by Jeremy Irons (Ozymandias) and Regina King (Angela Abraham).

"  Watchmen  is already a formidable series in itself, but it has taken on an even stronger meaning in recent weeks", analyzed for AFP Joyce Eng, price specialist for the website Gold Derby, before the publication of the selection. the Emmy Awards, equivalent to the Oscars of television in the United States.

Racist violence and police brutality

Centered around the massacre of several hundred black inhabitants of the city of Tulsa (Oklahoma) in 1921 by white rioters, Watchmen  plunges into the heart of racist violence and police brutality, themes which are cruelly topical in the United States. United since the end of May.

“2020 is not just a global health crisis. This year, we are also witnessing one of the greatest struggles for social justice in history, ”noted the president of the Academy of Emmy Awards, Frank Scherma, in allusion to the protests that continue. across the country for weeks.

"It is the power and the responsibility of television, not only to offer a multitude of services or a bit of a dream, but also to amplify the voices that need to be heard and to tell the stories that need to be told," he said. he said.

"La Fabuleuse Mme Maisel" well placed for comedy

In the comedy category, the Amazon-produced series La Fabuleuse Mme Maisel , featuring a scorned Jewish wife who embarked on stand-up in New York in the 1950s, is a favorite. Its lead actress, Rachel Brosnahan, is also selected.

Four of the eight nominations for best comedy series are newcomers, notes the Academy's Emmy Awards:  Dead to Me , Insecure , The Kominsky Method  by Michael Douglas and the mock documentary on the lives of three New York vampires What We Do In The Shadows.

On the drama side, Laura Linney and Jason Bateman will defend the colors of Ozark in particular against the actor duo of The Morning Show , newcomer to Apple TV +, Steve Carell and Jennifer Aniston. However, it is the Briton Olivia Colman, Oscar for best actress for The Favorite  in 2019, who leaves favorite with The Crown (Netflix) in this fairly disputed category.

The Emmy Awards will be presented on September 20, during a ceremony that is also likely to be entirely virtual, Los Angeles and its region being one of the main centers of Covid-19 on American soil.


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