Four Apple TV+ originals named as 2021 AFI award honorees

in iPod + iTunes + AppleTV edited December 2021
Apple TV+ films "The Tragedy of Macbeth" and "CODA," and series "Ted Lasso" and "Schmigadoon!" have been selected as recipients of AFI Awards for 2021.

As award season continues, "CODA" and "The Tragedy of Macbeth" have been named two of the American Film Institute's (AFI) Movies of the Year.

"CODA" has recently been nominated for nine Hollywood Critics Association Film Award nominations, including Best Picture and Best Indie Film.

"The Tragedy of Macbeth," is first film written and directed by Joel Coen without his brother and longtime filmmaking partner, Ethan Coen. It is a stylized retelling of the Shakespearian classic shot in black and white.

"Ted Lasso" and "Schmigadoon!" are also included in AFI's Television Programs of the year list.

In September, "Ted Lasso" won won 4 of its record-breaking 20 nominations at the 73rd Television Academy Emmy Awards. They included Outstanding Comedy Series, a first for a show on any streaming service in only its second year of award eligibility.

"Schmigadoon!" follows a couple as they embark on a backpacking trip designed to reinvigorate their relationship. Along their way, they discover a magical town in which everyone lives in a studio musical from the 1940s. Strong's and Key's characters then find that they can't leave the town until they find "true love."

AFI honorees will be celebrated on January 7, 2022, at the annual AFI Awards in Los Angeles, California.

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    GeorgeBMacGeorgeBMac Posts: 11,421member
    While I like Ted Lasso, CODA and Schmigadoon have a greater and more lasting appeal to me.

    A line from CODA sticks in my mind - when the music teacher asks her:  "There are many who can make pretty sounds, but do you have anything to say?"  And yeh, that's the difference:  both CODA and Schmigadoon had something to say.

    Schmigadoon got trashed for being a superficial rehash of superficial 1950's musicals.  But that was a vehicle for what they were saying, not the point of the show.
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