Why Donald Glover’s Guava Island is out of Emmy’s race
By Bandook - May 20, 2019
Despite Donald Glover’s film Guava Island releasing on Amazon Prime in the past year, the film won’t be submitted for consideration at the Emmy’s, The Hollywood Reporter has learnt.
Sources told THR that Donald felt that the 54-minute film, that also stars Rihanna — premiered at the Coachella Music Festival on April 11 and was available for streaming worldwide a day later on Amazon Prime Video — is a film not a television programme and “doesn’t want it competing alongside TV programming at the Emmys.
According to early reports, Guava Island would be entered for Emmy consideration in the best variety special (pre-recorded) category, pitting it against Beyonce Knowles’ Homecoming: A Film by Beyonce, which was shot at Coachella a year before Glover’s performance, and which Netflix is now streaming.
Guava Island was shot in Cuba last summer and was directed by Hiro Murai, who also helmed numerous episodes of TV show (starring Glover) Atlanta and the music video for This Is America.>