‘Mozart in the Jungle’: 7 reasons it could score big at this year’s Emmys

Mozart in the Jungle” surprised many when it won both Best Comedy Series and Comedy Actor (Gael Garcia Bernal) at the Golden Globes just 12 days after its second season began streaming on Amazon. Now, after being overlooked by the Emmys for its first season, this offbeat comedy about the New York Symphony Orchestra is poised to score big at this year’s awards. Dish “Mozart” with Hollywood insiders in our notorious forums by clicking here.

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1. Golden Globes winners do well at the Emmys.
Six of the last seven Globe picks for Best Comedy Series went on to at least an Emmy nomination; “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” was snubbed by the TV academy in 2014.

2. There are two available slots in Best Comedy Series.
“Parks and Recreation” and “Louie” are no longer in the running so that leaves room for some new blood. Among other shows looking for their first nominations are: “Blackish”,“Casual,” “The Last Man on Earth” and “Master of None.”

3. The cast is overflowing with critical darlings and veterans of the screen and stage.
Bernal, one of Mexico’s most notable screen actors, starred in two of the most memorable Spanish language films of recent times: Alfonso Cuaron’s “Y Tu Mama Tambien” (2001) for which he won Best Actor at the Venice film festival and Walter Salles’ “The Motorcycle Diaries” (2004), which netted him a BAFTA nomination. “Mozart in the Jungle” also features two-time Tony champ Bernadette Peters, Emmy and Tony Award winner Debra Monk, film veteran Malcolm McDowell (“A Clockwork Orange”) and Lola Kirke, who is making a name for herself having starred in “Mistress America,” “Gone Girl,” and HBO’s “The Leftovers.”

4. The second season is much more of a comedy than the first.
The first season was more dramatic and romantic than the second. Hailey (Kirke) was swept up in her passions to join the orchestra and for Rodrigo (Bernal). This time around, there are plenty of light and laugh-out-loud moments. “Touche Maestro, Touche” includes an acid trip by Bernal and McDowell and a cabaret performance from a so-far stern and stoic Peters.

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5. It differs greatly from the competition.
Of last year’s seven Emmy nominees for Best Comedy Series, five are eligible again this year: the winner “Veep,” five-time past champ “Modern Family,” “Transparent,” “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” and “Silicon Valley.” You couldn’t easily compare “Mozart,” which is about about maintaining artistic integrity in a changing world, to those shows that center on families and relationships. Add in that it revolves around a symphony and you have that snob appeal which helped make Emmy champs of such shows as “Frasier” and “The West Wing.”

6. The entertainment industry loves to award stories about itself.
“Mozart” is about the entertainment business as were recent Best Picture Oscar winners “Birdman” (2014) and “The Artist” (2011). Like them, it focuses on entertainers and the struggles they face as they hone their crafts and build their careers. Voters may identify with many of these characters, as they clearly did with those films.

7. Amazon did well at the Emmys last year.
Amazon won a trio of major Emmys last year for “Transparent”: Best Comedy Actor (Jeffrey Tambor), Best Comedy Guest Actor (Bradley Whitford), and Best Comedy Directing (Jill Soloway). Sometimes having competition within the same network family is a negative, but in this case it won’t be. “Mozart” and “Transparent” are like apples and oranges. Their only similarity is that they both feature LGBT characters. The serious-minded “Transparent” is set in laid back California, while “Mozart” takes places against the backdrop of the bustling Big Apple and loves to be silly.

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