Turns out we were not the only ones blown away by Unorthodox, the incredible Netflix limited series about an ultra-Orthodox woman leaving her Brooklyn-based Satmar community to start a new life in Berlin. The Television Academy has nominated the four-episode stunner for eight (!) Emmy awards. That’s quite an impressive feat for the women-led Netflix series with tons of Yiddish dialogue.
Unorthodox was nominated in the limited series category for best directing, best music composition, and title music. The smoldering Shira Haas was nominated for best actress (you can read my interview with her on our partner site Alma). Show co-creator Anna Winger, who Kveller talked to back in April, was nominated for best writing on a limited series. Israeli casting extraordinaire Esther Kling was nominated for best casting, and the show was nominated for best costumes — which Unorthodox‘s Jewish consultant, Eli Rosen, who also plays Reb Yossele and who we spoke with back in May, helped keep accurately styled.
And of course, most importantly, Unorthodox was nominated for the biggest possible honor for a series of its kind — outstanding limited series! We’re kvelling.
2020 is going to be a big Emmy season for Jewish and Jew-ish shows, with so many of our favorite shows receiving nominations: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel was nominated for 21 awards, Schitt’s Creek (whose loss we are mourning) was nominated for 15, Big Mouth, the very Jewish animated show created by Nick Kroll, received three nominations, and our favorite bat mitzvah girl, Tiffany Haddish, was nominated for outstanding variety special for her Netflix special, Black Mitzvah.
Congratulations to all the nominees! We’re so excited to see who takes home that little statuette (will it be airmailed? Will the nominees Zoom in?) at the 72nd Primetime Emmy’s on September 20. And just remember: Being nominated is already a pretty huge deal!
In the meantime, if you’re jonesing for more TV shows and movies to watch after Unorthodox, we’ve got some excellent suggestions.
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