The Sky Atlantic and HBO production that received enormous praise from critics and audiences earlier this year, True Detective, missed out on glory at the Emmy awards last night.
The TV show’s first season was one of the favourites to take home many of the prestigious TV awards ceremony’s top prizes. It was shortlisted for Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Writing For A Drama Series and twice in the Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series category. However, it did not win any of them.
True Detective was beaten out by the AMC show Breaking Bad which aired its final season last autumn. The two principal leads, Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul, managed to pip True Detective’s stars Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson to the post. Breaking Bad’s writer Moira Walley Beckett also won the writing award ahead of True Detective’s show-runner Nic Pizzolatto. Finally, it won the big award at the end of the night: Outstanding Drama Series.
True Detective was an eight-part character study about two detectives investigating a series of occult murders. It spanned over a decade and captured their tumultuous relationship amid the search for a killer on the loose. Millions of viewers tuned in for the series on Sky Atlantic.
Despite it only being a few hours after the Emmy awards, people are already speculating the reasons for True Detective’s surprise loss. The show-runner and writer Nic Pizzolatto was embroiled in a plagiarism row prior to the Emmy awards. The editor of a website dedicated to author Thomas Ligotti accused him of stealing speeches from the book The Conspiracy Against The Human Race. Nic Pizzolatto fiercely denied these claims.
Matthew McConaughey, who was the bookie’s favourite to win the Outstanding Actor award, may have been shoved out in favour of Bryan Cranston due to his Academy Award win. Voters who had already seen the actor win a major industry award this year for his work on the movie Dallas Buyers Club may have picked the TV favourite Bryan Cranston instead.
True Detective’s second season is due to air next summer on HBO and Sky Atlantic. It will be a different story with a new setting and new characters. The story is rumoured to focus on a Southern Californian conspiracy and three detectives trying to uncover the truth. The cast has not yet been revealed but Colin Farrell, Taylor Kitsch and Mad Men’s Elizabeth Moss are among the latest rumours for the lead roles with Vince Vaughn surprisingly in talks for a role as the villain.