The 2022 Emmys take the form of trends, moving away from Talent

By: Serenity Holland

On Sep 12., the 74th Emmys were a triumph. There was undeniable talent in the room worth celebrating, however, not everyone could win. Families and fandoms reacted to a night of predictable wins and disappointing losses. 

“Euphoria” would premiere every Sunday at 10 p.m., becoming Gen Z’s movie night. Gathering snacks, using the bathroom beforehand, and burying themselves in the couch, was a big deal that night, and the conversation the next morning. 

Rachael Gordon is a senior at Mt. Hebron that has supported Zendaya from Disney to HBO. Although she was unable to tune in for the Emmys, she anticipated the results would be in her favor. 

“I knew Zendaya was up for an award, so I really only focused on her winning [an] outstanding lead in a drama series,” she said.

Gordon is no stranger to pop culture. When she sits down to watch award shows, she already knows what to expect and who will win. 

“It’s like if they have a song that blows up on Tik Tok, they are winning an award,” says Gordon, referring to singers Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj, and Cardi B. 

Mt. Hebron Dance teacher Jen Dieptro does not feel the same thrill and anticipation for the Emmys.

“It’s just like watching a bunch of strangers get awards, and I’m like, ‘this is boring,’” she says. Dieptro believes award shows serve no purpose besides promoting movies, television, and people. 

“If the academy is not diverse in age, race, gender-everybody, and it’s just the same people winning, then it doesn’t serve a huge purpose does it?” she says.

The Academy Awards carry a lot of weight in the industry but remain entirely subjective due to various influences popularity and culture have on the results.

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