Emmys 2016- I'm already outraged!
“The Emmys are trash” “Awards are meaningless anyway” etc etc. Some of these claims hold more validity than others. The Emmy Awards, hosted by the Television academy, have long considered the classy big sibling to the raucous Golden Globes. That may be true in terms of ambiance but as FiveThirtyEight’s chief culture writer Walt Hickey states “ when it comes to the consistency, continuity and organization of the awards year to year, never forget that the Emmys make the Golden Globes look like the Nobel Prizes”.
What the Emmys are consistent about; playing it safe. Shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Freaks and Geeks, and Gilmore Girls got no major Emmy nominations. Once a show has earned the love of Emmy voters, whether rightfully or not, they continue to garner nominations and wins, often at the expense of newer, more deserving shows (cough Modern Family).
But there are snubs in other categories as well! Often times less popular shows only garner Creative Emmy nominations and then don’t win them either. Here are the award results I’m already disappointed by:
Outstanding Voice Over: Jane the Virgin didn't get the love it deserved and neither did the show’s narrator Anthony Mendez for his hilarious and heartwarming voice work. He lost to Keith David for Ken Burn's Jackie Robinson documentary, which was solid but staid.
Outstanding Costumes For A Contemporary Series, Limited Series Or Movie: The Good Wife lost to American Horror Story, which whatever. Diane Lockhart and her necklaces deserved better!
Outstanding Original Music & Lyrics: Crazy Ex-Girlfriend was another snub in the Primetime Emmys and didn’t fare better in the Creative Emmys. It lost to the Hunting Ground’s “Till it Happened to You”- which is powerful, but not necessarily original.
Outstanding Production Design For a Narrative Contemporary or Fantasy Program (One Hour or more): YES, this is a real category. YES, I have opinions about it. YES I’m furious Penny Dreadful lost to Game of Thrones.
Outstanding Lighting Direction for a Variety Special: Do you know how hard it is to light a multi-ethnic cast?! Grease Live beat the WIZ?! Are you effin kidding me right now, the TV Academy?
Outstanding Creative Achievement in Interactive Media- User Experience and Visual Design:
THERE WAS ONLY ONE NOMINEE. THAT’S NOT HOW AWARDS WORK. CARTOON NETWORK APP EXPERIENCE?! WHAT IS HAPPENING?!
Oy vey. I’ve worn myself out so I’m going to nap and recharge my rage reserves before tonight.
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