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Awards Special 28A, August 5, 2021

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5 min.
pop iconography, but not without a price

The New York Times Presents: Framing Britney Spears is not your typical music documentary, especially given that its subject did not participate in the FX/Hulu film. But it is no doubt one of the most-talked-about docs of the year, with Spears’ controversial conservatorship taking center stage. While Framing Britney Spears does follow the singer’s rise to fame as a teenage pop star and the endless media scrutiny that had an impact on her mental health, it is less a biography than it is a piece of media criticism — and it also works as activism, elevating the conspiracy-theory-loaded #FreeBritney movement into the mainstream and ultimately bringing greater attention to Spears’ efforts to break away from her conservatorship. Framing Britney Spears is one of four music docs in the Emmy race this…

2 min.
the reigning queens of drama

ACTRESS IN A DRAMA UZO ADUBA In Treatment, HBO This versatile actress, just 40, has already won three Emmys in three different categories and could make it four in four if she is recognized for her portrayal of therapist Brooke Taylor in this HBO reboot. No other nominee shot more episodes this season (24), and none of their seasons finished rolling out more recently (June 28). But the series’ original star, Gabriel Byrne, never won. OLIVIA COLMAN The Crown, Netflix Could Colman’s fourth nom be the charm? She was previously nominated for The Night Manager, Fleabag and her first season as Queen Elizabeth II on this acclaimed Netflix show. Her work on season four has earned her Critics Choice, Golden Globe and SAG Award noms. The series’ prior QEII, Claire Foy, won for the second of…

11 min.
‘our films find us, we don’t find them’

The documentary filmmakers Kirby Dick, 68, and Amy Ziering, 58, have been collaborating for 20 years. Despite being a bit of an odd pairing — she got her B.A. at Amherst and her Ph.D. at Yale, he dropped out of CalArts; she is divorced, he has been married for 35 years; she is intense, he seems laid-back — they bring out the best in each other. Indeed, while Dick’s first Oscar nom came for a doc he made without Ziering — 2004’s Twist of Faith, which explored sexual abuse in the Catholic Church — they have experienced their greatest successes on projects made together, also tackling subjects related to sexual misconduct: 2012’s The Invisible War, for which they were Oscar-nominated and won a Peabody Award, shined a light on abuse…

7 min.
‘any of us could find ourselves under a conservatorship’

To say that The New York Times Presents: Framing Britney Spears caused a stir when it premiered Feb. 5 would be a grave understatement. The Hulu/FX documentary, which investigates the pop legend’s conservatorship and her fight to break free of it, sent shock waves rippling across the internet and beyond. Almost overnight, #FreeBritney became a household topic of conversation. Justin Timberlake, Perez Hilton and Sarah Silverman apologized for their past behavior and jokes directed at Spears, while others reflected on the misogynistic media culture that paved the way for what she has called an abusive legal arrangement. Yet director Samantha Stark and senior story editor Liz Day, who have done subsequent reporting in The New York Times, insist that their film was only the beginning. In a conversation with THR,…

8 min.
‘you can’t top the original, but we wanted to do it lovingly’

In Mapleworth Murders, Paula Pell plays a murder-mystery novelist in a quaint small town who takes it upon herself to solve the many real murders taking place all around her. If the premise brings to mind Murder, She Wrote — the CBS series starring Angela Lansbury as Jessica Fletcher, a small-town mystery novelist who also solves murders — that’s on purpose. Pell and co-creator and co-star John Lutz reveal it was a shared love for the long-running crime drama (and a mutual admiration for each other) that sparked their parody, which originally aired in 2020 on Quibi and is now a Roku Original since joining the Roku Channel lineup in May. Pell and Lutz have earned Emmy nominations for their performances as Abigail Mapleworth and Deputy Gilbert Pewntz (co-star J.B.…

6 min.
‘their story was one about survival’

In HBO’s The Bee Gees: How Can You Mend a Broken Heart, director Frank Marshall follows Barry Gibb — the sole surviving member of the Bee Gees, the immensely popular trio that included his brothers Robin and Maurice Gibb — as he reflects on his family history and their ascent into pop stardom. (The trio’s youngest brother, Andy Gibb, was a best-selling solo artist before his death at age 30 in 1988.) While most might think of the Bee Gees solely as the band behind the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack — emblematic of disco’s most frivolous elements — the documentary portrays the trio as an ever-evolving and extremely influential group of artists who were inseparable musically and emotionally. The Gibbs not only survived the backlash to disco in the early…