Netflix hit series ‘The Queen’s Gambit’ smashed records last year and sparked a global boost for chess not seen since Bobby Fischer faced Boris Spassky in the 1972 World Championship match. This week the widely acclaimed drama series was nominated for 18 Emmy awards, including one for the star herself, Anya “Beth Harmon” Taylor-Joy.
The seven-part limited series ‘The Queen’s Gambit’ took the world by storm when it was released by Netflix on October 23 last year. The film adaptation of Walter Tevis’ book released in 1983 made it to #1 in 63 countries and was watched by 62 million people in the first 28 days after its premiere, making it one of the most watched shows ever on the streaming service.
Not only did it receive widespread praise from film critics all over the world, but chess fans, known for being critical when the game is shown on the big screen, were also overwhelmingly positive, largely thanks to the work done by consultants Garry Kasparov and Bruce Pandolfini.
Even Magnus Carlsen gave his thumbs up, saying it’s a ‘5 out of 6’ and calling it ‘extremely enjoyable’. No wonder the hit series has to date won a total of 31 awards since its premiere and catapulted Anya Taylor-Joy into A-list status. She won a prestigious Golden Globe for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie for her portrayal of Beth Harmon.
But the praise isn’t over yet. This week ‘The Queen’s Gambit’ collected 18 (!) nominations for the Primetime Emmy Awards, perhaps the most important recognition of excellence for series in the film industry. The most prestigious came for Best Limited Series and Best Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie for Anya Taylor-Joy’s widely acclaimed performance as Beth Harmon.
Thomas Brodie-Sangster, who played Benny Watts, and Moses Ingram, who played Jolene, received nominations for Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress in a Limited Series.
The two-time Oscar nominated script writer Scott Frank also received two nominations for both Directing and Writing.
Among the other categories in which The Queen’s Gambit is nominated are Outstanding Casting, Outstanding Production Design, Outstanding Music And Lyrics and Outstanding Period Costumes.
The winners will be announced on September 19.