Michaela Coel’s “I May Destroy You” Bags Nine Emmy Nominations

Programme Name: I May Destroy You - TX: 08/06/2020 - Episode: n/a (No. 1) - Picture Shows: Arabella (MICHAELA COEL) - (C) Val Productions - Photographer: Natalie Seery

Ghanaian-British actress, screenwriter, director, producer Michaela Coel has had her HBO limited series “I May Destroy You” receive Nine Emmy nominations. This comes after picking up two BAFTA Awards and a Peabody.

The series was nominated in the limited or anthology race, and Coel scored in the lead limited series/TV movie actress race.  These mark creator and star Coel’s first-ever Emmy nominations. Meanwhile, Paapa Essiedu was nominated in the supporting actor, limited category.

Other nominations included outstanding casting, limited series; outstanding directing, limited series and outstanding writing, limited series.

The 12-episode series launched on the premium cabler in June 2020 and was a hit with critics and audiences alike right out of the gate. Variety‘s own chief television critic Caroline Framke reviewed the series then as a “blazing new series” and “an astonishing work of patience, empathy and, finally, understanding.”

I May Destroy You is set in London, where gratification is only an app away, the story centers on Arabella (Michaela Coel), a carefree, self-assured Londoner with a group of great friends, a boyfriend in Italy, and a burgeoning writing career. But when her drink is spiked, she must question and rebuild every element of her life.

Even Coel’s peers in the limited series category were rooting for the show. As “WandaVision” creator Jac Schaeffer put it, “I think that it is groundbreaking in the truest sense of the word. She took subject matter that can be so tough and alienating and complex, and she invited us entirely inside the experience and it was funny and deeply surprising, and the twists and turns of that show go so far beyond narrative cleverness.”

Source: Kuulpeeps/ Variety

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