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  • wolfali
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    We’ve seen many times how the socio-political situation have influenced awards season in recent times. Whether it’s with The Handmaid’s TaleBig Little Lies and The Night Of performing quite well at the 2017 Emmys. Whether it’s with American Son getting a TV Movie nomination despite mediocre reviews or even with Chernobyl (a show where those in authority lie to the population with catastrophic consequences) over-performing at the Emmys it’s safe to say there is an influence.

    So I wonder with both the winter awards season and the Emmys could we see the result of the election influence what shows get nominated and potentially what shows win? In 2017 we saw how when a racist clown got elected into the White House how The Handmaid’s Tale swept. If a similar outcome to the 2016 election happens could we see The Handmaid’s Tale be stronger next year (even if it seems quite unlikely to win Series)? Could we see topical shows like Stateless (a refugee drama about the inhumane treatment of migrants) and The Good Lord Bird (a drama about the abolitionist movement) over-perform at the Golden Globes? Could we see something like Mrs. America (a topical show about the rights of women in America) sweep the Globes, CC, SAG etc?

    The main question however that I want to ask of people is how will The Comey Rule be responded to depending on the election result? It has better reviews than last year’s Golden Globe winning political series The Loudest Voice on Rotten Tomatoes (and a similar score to it on Metacritic) so I don’t think critical reception will be too much of a problem for it but I’m wondering will its awards chance be affected by whether Biden or Trump win the presidency and if so how?

    FYC: Better Call Saul, The English and The Good Fight in all categories including Emily Blunt, Bob Odenkirk, Christine Baranski and Rhea Seehorn.

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    braydenfitzsimmons
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    Handmaid’s Tale will probably be stronger since the real life Serena Joy looks likely to become a member of SCOTUS no matter the election outcome (sigh).

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    William Gillquist
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    Definitely a SNL Sweep will happen if Biden wins.

    FYC Oscars: Licorice Pizza (Best Picture, Best Director, Original Screenplay), The Mitchells vs The Machines (Best Picture, Animated Feature, Original Screenplay), Wes Anderson (Best Director), Denzel Washington (The Tragedy of MacBeth), Andrew Garfield and Robin de Jesus (Tick, Tick...BOOM!), Jayne Houdyshell (The Humans), Stephen Karam (Adapted Screenplay), Attica and Summer of Soul (Best Documentary)

    FYC Razzies: Dear Evan Hansen (in all eligible categories)

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