It came, it shone, and it conquered. This is precisely the story of Amazon’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel as it grabbed 8 Emmy awards in its first eligible year. While 3 were won at The Creative Arts Emmys, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel didn’t shy away from taking over the stage at the Prime Time Emmy night either. The number of accolades Marvelous Mrs. Maisel has snug is only second to Game of Thrones’ 9 Emmys, making the comedy the second most celebrated show of the year.
It will be an understatement to say that Mrs. Maisel has set a record. It has; in fact, created history by becoming a de facto part of American Television’s platinum era. It crowned the Emmy night by doing what no other comedy show was able to do before and sat conveniently on all the thrones available.
Its primary win compromises of the series’ emergence as the Outstanding Comedy Series of the year. Beating giant farces including Atlanta, Silicon Valley, and Barry the sitcom proved that franchising royalty inevitably imbues its effects. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is a celebration of comedy itself, depicting the strangest journey of an aristocratic English lady who juggles between her stage comedy ventures and her up-class lifestyle, the show was able to portray period dramas in a completely new light.
Marvelous Mrs. Maisel narrated exactly what America was in great need of: The idea of being yourself even when a myriad of scrutinizing gazes are placed over everything you do. However, Amazon’s new powerhouse did not take a serious road to serve its narrative purpose. Rather in a whimsical, crazy, waggish manner, it got up to optimistically dawn on the never heard before rib-tickling miss adventures of a regal British comedienne. Maisel was the most worthy participant in the race for Outstanding Comedy Series, pulling back Amazon in the league of giants its eventual triumph is justified and rightful.
This; however, wasn’t the wrap up for Marvelous Mrs. Maisel at the Emmys, it went ahead to grab a few more awards in several other prime categories. Alex Borstein edged out fellow nominees Zazie Beetz (Atlanta), Aidy Bryant (Saturday Night Live), Betty Gilpin (GLOW), Leslie Jones (Saturday Night Live), Kate McKinnon (Saturday Night Live), Laurie Metcalf (Roseanne) and Megan Mullally (Will & Grace). She won an Emmy last year for her voiceover role in Family Guy, and this year she was back with a bang.
This award wasn’t really for Borstein though. No doubt, she does a splendid job. But she does not outperform three times Emmy winner of the same category Laurie Metcalf in this battle. Laurie’s Jackie was back from hiatus with Roseanne’s Reboot season. And, as she had performed the role with the exact same grace as she did 20 years ago, she genuinely deserved this award.
Rachael Brosnahan, The Marvelous Miriam ‘Midge’ Maisel herself, wasn’t excluded from this spotlight. But, in all honesty, her victory comes only as a little surprise. She had already won at the almost all Emmy prediction fairs. And, with a Golden Globe already in hand, she was already ahead of all contestants in the game. It would be extremely unjust to remark that anyone gave Brosnahan a head-on competition in this particular game. She proved her versatility when she went from playing a sex worker in Netflix’s House of Cards to an aristocratic British lady with comic ambitions in Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. She had crafted an exquisite performance that stands unparalleled indeed.
When watching The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel it is difficult to swallow that the creator does not actually belong to the 50s era. Amy Sherman-Palladino the show’s writer and director has put every fine detail in its right place. She penned not only an intriguing story but an inspiring fable that empowered women in areas of male dominance. She rightfully deserved her award for directing, but in the comedy writing race, she stood next to Donald Glover.
Believe it or not, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel deserved at least 6 of the 8 awards it has won. As for the two others, it wasn’t exactly clear favoritism. Rather more effective campaigning brought those trailing behind a bit to the front. The comedy cleaned up during the Sept. 17 broadcast, winning in nearly every category it was nominated. It was also the first time that a streaming show has won in the comedy series category, and the first series win for Amazon.
Irrespective of whether the multiple wins were justified or not, this victory has irreversibly opened the gates for Amazon to explore greener pastures.