The best game-to-screen adaptation yet? The Emmys might agree.
HBO’s The Last of Us is an outstanding adaptation of Naughty Dog’s grim zombie-survival action game, and a rare exception to the rule that most video game movies and TV shows are pretty terrible. That’s not really news to anyone by now, but what is news is that The Last of Us’ excellence has helped it make history as the first live-action adaptation of a video game to be nominated for any major awards. In this case, the Emmys, where it’s up for no less than two dozen awards.
The Last of Us’ Emmy nominations span from biggies like Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series – for which co-creator Craig Mazin is in the running – and Outstanding Lead Actor/Actress nods for both Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey as Joel and Ellie, through to less headline-making but just as important recognition for things like production design, hairstyling, makeup, editing, costumes, visual effects and main title design. Alongside Pascal and Ramsey, four more actors and three actresses are nominated for their guest appearances.