According to Variety, “I May Destroy You,” an HBO drama which recently received two BAFTA awards and a Peabody, picked up nine nominations on Tuesday, including an acting nomination for lead Michaela Coel and a nod for Outstanding Limited or Anthology Series. This marks the first Emmy nominations for both the series and Coel.
The show focuses in on Arabella Essiedu (Coel), an author whose Twitter fame and status as a Millennial icon land her a book deal for a tome that becomes a bestseller. She struggles to follow up on this success of her debut, and decides to take a break from work one ill-fated evening. After a night out with friends in London, she has a blackout. Enlisting the help of her friends Terry (Weruche Opia) and Kwame (Paapa Essiedu) to trace her steps backward, Arabella comes to realize she was sexually assaulted during the lost time. She grapples with that fact and the ensuing changes in her personal life, as she tries to wrestle her second book into shape.
The Emmys will be presented on September 19 on CBS and will stream live on Paramount+ (via ABC News).
If you or anyone you know has been a victim of sexual assault, help is available. Visit the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network website or contact RAINN’s National Helpline at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673).