Watchmen has earned a few more accolades.
The television series — a surprisingly successful sequel to the Alan Moore, Dave Gibbons and John Higgins‘s 1985 comic book maxiseries of the same name — nearly swept the Limited Series categories at the 72nd Emmy Awards Sunday night. The program itself won Outstanding Limited Series while star Regina King won for Outstanding Lead Actress In A Limited Series or Movie. Yahya Abdul-Mateen II also won for Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Limited Series or Movie. Additionally, executive producer Damon Lindelof and writer Cord Jefferson won Outstanding Writing For A Limited Series or Movie for their episode, “This Extraordinary Being,” and the series itself won Outstanding Limited Series or Movie. Earlier last week, the show picked up several awards at the Emmy’s technical awards presentation, including a Outstanding Music Composition for a Limited Series for composers Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross. Between the two ceremonies, Watchmen‘s Emmys tally stands at 11 honors.
Of course, all the awards still make it unlikely King, executive producer Lindelof, or Reznor will reunite to tell further tales of Moore’s world. Like so many other Watchmen projects, it was intended as a one-off and may not see a new installment for at least ten years. Then again, as the iconography of the original comic book and the TV show continue to win praise for new corporate owner AT&T, someone may be enticed to reveal what happens after King’s character, Angela Abar, discovers whether or not she inherited Dr. Manhattan’s powers. “It would feel like a huge betrayal of winning limited series to come back,” Lindelof said during a virtual press conference after the win, according to Deadline. “Watchmen is something I’ve loved since I was thirteen years old. Someone else created it, and this was my run on it. I’ve invited any other artist who wants to take the baton.”
The wins, though, also prove shows with capes can be top notch, prestige entertainment. Like the original comic book, Watchmen is more than action or suspense and the questions it asked about race relations in the US are as resonant as the ones Moore was asking thirty-five years ago.
Watchmen is available to stream on HBO Max.