HBO's Watchmen won Best Limited Series at the Emmys on sunday, making it the first comic book adaptation to win the top prize at the Emmy Awards.
The tv show earned the most nominations of any series (26 nominations) and won 11 trophys in total, including major ones like Best Actress in a limited series (Regina King), Best supporting actor in a limited series (Yahya Abdul Mateen II) and best writing in a limited series or movie (Cord Jefferson and Damon Lindelof).
The show is based on the acclaimed 1986 graphic novel by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, but the series doesn't depict the events of the original work, what it does is to bring the events of the novel into the present day with new characters and a new setting. Most crucially, rather than focus on cold war fears of nuclear annihilation like the original, the new “Watchmen” series dedicates its story to exploring the legacy of racial violence in the United States, through the prism of the real massacre of a prosperous Black neighborhood in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1921 as depicted in the premiere episode of the show.
“Watchmen” proved that a show could at once wholeheartedly embrace the familiar tropes of comic books while providing a profoundly trenchant examination of the most pressing issues facing the country today — and win universal acclaim doing so.
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ONTD, are you happy for the Watchmen sweep, because i'm thrilled !!