Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s bombshell interview scored an Emmy nomination, while the New York Times and Walt Disney Co’s FX network’s Framing Britney Spears documentary, also received a nod at what is believed to be television’s Academy Awards.
The Framing Britney Spears documentary that brought renewed attention to the pop singer’s conservatorship, earned an Emmy nomination on Tuesday, 13 July for Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special. The documentary made its debut in February 2021 as part of the FX series The New York Times Presents. It explored the conservatorship, the way the tabloid and television news media treated Spears during the height of her struggles in the late 1990s and early aughts, and the #FreeBritney movement that rose up in 2019, an attempt by fans to protest the conservatorship and potentially “free” Spears from it.
“It’s really wonderful to be recognised,” director-producer Samantha Stark told Deadline. “We had a big team that made this so it was great to be nominated in this category because it’s the whole team’s work together.”
But she added, “We have mixed feelings about it because Britney is currently in this [conservatorship] court battle… So it is a little odd for us to be celebrated in this way when that’s happening. But what I hope it signifies is how many people want to know the truth about Britney and are interested in really learning the real stories.”
Meanwhile, Prince Harry and Meghan‘s Oprah Winfrey interview got an Emmy nomination in the best-hosted nonfiction series or special category.
During the interview, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex made shocking allegations about the British royal family, saying that stepping down as senior members of the family was the only way for them to keep going.
In the interview, Meghan also said that one member of the royal family had told Harry they had “concerns” about how dark son Archie’s skin would be when he was born. Buckingham Palace later released a statement on behalf of Queen Elizabeth, saying the issues raised were “concerning” and would be addressed privately.
The Emmy Awards is set to air in September 2021.