Beth Harmon checkmate the competition and Queen’s Gambit – 93% were crowned best miniseries at the 73rd Emmy Awards. The production that has the Netflix seal returns to sweep in terms of television recognition, and it is not for less since its story about the prodigy of chess captivated everyone from its technical section to what is related to the performances and your script. It is not in vain that it became one of the most watched series on the platform and the interest of the public still remains despite the “ephemeral” sense that a launch on a service that releases all episodes at the same time can have.
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Starring Anya Taylor-Joy, the adaptation created by Scott Frank and Allan Scott caused a sensation since it hit the streaming giant’s catalog on October 23. Less than a year after its premiere, it is clear that the project turned out quite well for the team involved, and that its success can also be seen in other ways; both the fact that the actress, who already had an interesting career despite being short, finally had a revolutionary role that has earned her the attention of several film directors, as well as how massive the miniseries turned out to be even They sell collectible figures.
Lady’s Gambit, whose title in English is The Queen’s Gambitfollows the life of an orphan chess prodigy, Elizabeth Harmon, as she attempts to become an elite chess player as she struggles with her own problems like drug and alcohol addiction. The series title refers to a chess opening of the same name. The story begins in the mid-1950s and continues through the 1960s and features Beth as a child until she becomes a talented chess player capable of defeating several of the great masters on an international level.
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The episodes tell that when she was eight years old, she lost her mother in a car accident and was taken to an orphanage where the building’s janitor, Mr. Shaibel, teaches her to play chess. As was common in the 1950s, the orphanage distributes tranquilizer pills to the girls daily to “balance their disposition,” which becomes an addiction for Beth. She quickly becomes a great chess player due to her visualization skills, and a few years later, she is adopted by Alma Wheatley and her husband.
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It should be noted that the competition was not easy for Lady’s Gambit. Although it started immediately as a favorite, and it emerged as a possible candidate since its premiere on Netflix, with the passage of time other great productions appeared both on television and in streaming: Mare of Easttown – 90%, The Underground Railroad – 100%, I May Destroy You – 100% and WandaVision – 95% played a very important role for the platforms on which they were released and received the nomination they deserved, but in the end the award went to Netflix.
Lady’s Gambit received 18 Emmy nominations, including Best Actress for Anya Taylor-Joy, but it also swept other awards such as the Golden Globes, where it won the award for its actress and also the award for Best Miniseries or Movie for Television. Taylor-Joy also won the Screen Actors Guild Award for being voted Best Actress in a Miniseries or TV Movie.
Although it has not been confirmed if the adaptation will have more episodes, and that the conclusion is so perfect that not even Netflix tries to break it, Anya Taylor-Joy has flirted with the idea of a second season, which by the way was also mentioned in one of the episodes of Saturday Night Live where she played host and received very comical suggestions about what should happen in a continuation of what was released the year last and was seen by more than 60 million viewers and ranked in the top 10 of 92 countries in which its episodes could be seen.
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