Thursday, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences released the nominations for the 61st annual Emmy awards. And like a lot of people, I’m very dissatisfied with what the Academy has chosen to honor this year.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m super excited that Jim Parsons got a nod, Justin Timberlake was recognized for his brilliant work on Saturday Night Live, and that Doctor Horrible’s Sing Along Blog is being seen for the revolutionary piece of media that it is. But for the fourth and final time, one of the best television shows in the past ten years has been snubbed again.
Battlestar Galactica might not be everyone’s cup of tea. It’s grim, it’s violent, and it’s definitely not the kind of show you should watch when you’re trying to forget about life’s problems. But as every fan of the show will tell you, the acting is superb.
And yet, year after year, the great performances of Mary McDonnell, who plays President Laura Roslin, Edward James Olmos (William Adama), James Callis (Dr. Gaius Baltar) and several other exceptional talents have been completely overlooked. The Academy continues to nominate the same actors again and again.
Tony Shaloub. Hugh Laurie. I’m not saying that they’re not talented actors, but I don’t know a single person who watches Monk anymore. In fact, every year Shaloub is nominated, I’m surprised to find out that Monk is still on the air. I understand familiarity, but when talented performances go completely unrecognized, you have to wonder whether or not something is wrong with the system. Whether or not some branching out needs to be done to recognize genre programming.
And don’t get me started on Bear McCreary, who, in my opinion, is the most talented composer working in television today. For anyone who still gets chills from his version of “All Along the Watchtower” from last year, Thursday’s snub came as a complete shock.
I don’t know who wrote the rule that genre shows can only be nominated in technical categories and for web awards, but it needs to be seriously rewritten when amazing shows like Battlestar Galactica exist. Perhaps next year, if the rest of Caprica turns out as good as the pilot episode, some lessons will be learned, but I’d bet almost anything that we’ll all be wondering who Tony Shaloub bribed to get on the short list again.