Graduated from Trump with honors

Award: Emmys: A lot of criticism of Trump - and a German winner

In the end, almost all of them were sitting there in fancy evening dresses - just mostly at home instead of at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. And from there, there was a lot of criticism of President Donald Trump at the Emmy Awards on Sunday evening six weeks before the US elections.

The three big winners of the evening were the drama "Succession" about the broken family of a media mogul, the friendly tolerance comedy "Schitt's Creek" and the comic book adaptation "Watchmen" based on a real massacre of blacks in the US South. The Emmy Award is the most important television award in the USA.

Armstrong: "A 'no-thanks' goes to Covid-19 and Donald Trump"

He wanted to say "no thanks," said producer and screenwriter Jesse Armstrong when announcing the award for the best drama series on "Succession". A "no thank you" goes to the virus and to Donald Trump and Boris Johnson for their "lousy and uncoordinated response" to it, he said. "Thanks" also go to all nationalists in the world and "to all media moguls who keep them in power," declared the Briton.

His opulently furnished series is about the aging patriarch Logan Roy and how his children fight for successors in his media group. She has won seven awards, including Emmys for Jeremy Strong for Best Actor and Andrij Parekh for Best Director. The fact that the phone rang briefly in the background while the grand prize was being awarded remained one of the few mishaps - "Room service, I suppose," joked Armstrong.

The audience was connected by video

Otherwise, the US president was much more often the subject of many gags and serious allusions. At the beginning, presenter Jimmy Kimmel first spoke to applauding stars, but then revealed that these were recordings from previous years and that he would be almost alone on the stage in the Staples Center. "Of course we don't have an audience," said the comedian. "This is not a MAGA rally," added Kimmel as a swipe at the "Make America Great Again" campaign speeches that US President Donald Trump made despite the risk of infection during the corona pandemic stops in front of thousands of followers.

"Schitt's Creek" cleaned up the Emmys properly


Then Kimmel went backstage into a room full of monitors with switches to around 100 nominees. When the first prize was awarded, the impressive triumph of "Schitt's Creek" in the comedy categories began - it took over 70 minutes for any other show to win an award. By then, the warm-hearted series won in all seven important categories The extravagant Rose family, who, after problems with the tax authorities, move to a small village that the father once gave to their son as a joke.

"At its core, our series is about the changes love and acceptance cause," said Daniel Levy, who received awards for director, writer and supporting actor. "And that's something we need now more than ever," he added before joining vigorously called on viewers to vote on November 3rd. Besides him, Catherine O'Hara and Eugene Levy were honored for their leading roles and Annie Murphy for best supporting female role. Including the prizes for the best comedy series, as well as the prizes for casting and costumes already given on the previous evenings, "Schitt's Creek" received nine awards.

The Tulsa massacre is the basis for the comic book adaptation "Watchman"

At the Emmys for television films and miniseries, "Watchmen" was the big winner with a total of eleven prizes. In their speeches on Sunday, the makers recalled a dark chapter in US history on which the series is based: According to some, the Tulsa massacre It is estimated that up to 300 black people were killed in 1921. "This country often neglects its own history to its own disadvantage," said screenwriters Damon Lindelof and Cord Jefferson.

Maria Schrader: Best Director

From a German point of view, the prizes for the mini-series saw the most surprising moment of the evening: The Hanoverian Maria Schrader received the award as best director for the four-part series "Unorthodox" on the streaming provider Netflix. In it, she tells the story of the ultra-orthodox Jew Esther, who fled from her husband to Berlin from New York. "I'm speechless," said the 54-year-old, also known as an actress, in the live broadcast, surrounded by some members of the team. (dpa)

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