The good people at AOL Television have put together a photo gallery featuring various thoughts on who got snubbed for the 2007 Emmy Nominations, and I was lucky enough to be one of their featured commentators.
However, their list has admittedly got me thinking about some of the most frustrating snubs that could possibly have arisen out of the various Emmy nominations (Even the obscure ones). And so, I’ve created a list of what are my ten largest snubs of the nominations, individuals who deserved a chance to be recognized by their peers.
‘Lost’ for Best Drama Series
There is no question that Lost reached creative highs in its third season, it’s a pity that an arguable lowpoint in its opening episodes kept it from gaining enough traction to overcome lesser shows like Heroes or Boston Legal which skated by with newness and familiarity respectively. It’s hard to know what got it snubbed: a lack of voter interest, a poorly submitted episode, or the spread of the opinion that the show was past its prime. I don’t understand any of those options, but Lost will sit out another year regardless.
Michael C. Hall (Dexter) for Lead Actor in a Drama Series
It was the single worst snub of the Emmy season, greater than any of the other missing individuals. While James Spader and Kiefer Sutherland went through the pace, Michael C. Hall crafted a serial killer that we not only grew to empathize with but actually kind of liked in the end. His performance made the entire concept work; without some level of empathy, the show would collapse under an unlikable hero incapable of emotional contact with others. After the Hollywood Foreign Press and his Screen Actors Guild peers recognized him, it is unfortunate that the Academy members could not do the same. The fact that he won’t have a chance to challenge for this award is the season’s greatest travesty.
Christian Camargo (Dexter) for Guest Actor in a Drama Series
As the villainous Ice Truck Killer, Camargo delivered a creepy and chilling performance. Michael C. Hall does some amazing work on Dexter, as noted above, but Camargo was able to go toe-to-toe with him on numerous occasions. As we, the viewers, found out he was the killer before anyone else, he had to walk a fine line between putting on a persona and showing us flashes of his inner torment. He managed to do so, easily, and it’s too bad that Emmy voters supported only seasoned actors in this category. Forest Whitaker might have won an Oscar, but give some other great actors a chance to shine.
Zooey Deschanel (Weeds) for Guest Actress in a Comedy Series
The nominees in these categories are almost always acting veterans who the Academy will vote for whenever they’re in anything. The category as it is isn’t too bad: Elaine Stritch and Laurie Metcalf were both fantastic in their performances, and I don’t think that Ugly Betty’s nominees are poor in any sense of the word. However, none of the actresses are under the age of 40. Zooey Deschanel gave a marvelously loopy comedy performance as Andy’s ex-flame on Weeds, and yet simply due to her age the Academy will never recognize her. She might be young, but she gave a hell of a performance.
Jane Krakowski (30 Rock) for Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Her Muffin Top is all that, even if I didn’t think so from the beginning. I might not have been the biggest fan of her from the beginning, but Krakowski pulled off some stunning work later in the season when it was asked of her. The show wouldn’t be the same without someone to kick around, and Jenna fills that roll perfectly. She is an important part of the cast, and is perfect in a purely supporting capacity…but because she isn’t some sort of outlandish individual or on The Office, she just wasn’t given the same level of respect. She deserved better: I love Jenna Fischer, but I’d rather see Jane Krakowski there.
‘Friday Night Lights’ for Best Drama Series
If this award was truly designed to honour dramatic television, no show created more realistic drama on network television than Friday Night Lights. Since it is actually designed to honour popularity and pedigree, this newcomer just wasn’t hip enough to make it into the race. This is a show that needed an Emmy boost, suffering through some rather bad ratings. It has a promising future ahead of it, but it seems that the Academy can’t relate to an honest family drama portraying small town America, considering they’ve likely never lived there. The thing is, neither have I, but I’m willing to open myself up to such new subject matters. Learn that skill, Emmy voters, and we might be in business.
Justin Kirk (Weeds) for Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
I love this category, I really do: there are some great candidates in this category that I would love to see walk away with an Emmy. However, I can’t help but feel that it is missing one of the year’s funniest supporting actors. Justin Kirk has proven himself a fairly broad comic actor, and even with some rather ludicrous material always manages to ground Andy as an optimist and an opportunist who, when the time comes, steps up to the plate for his family. His speech about masturbation was a highlight of the season, but Emmy voters draw the line: the weed they can handle, the masturbation lectures they cannot. Pity.
“Let’s Go To The Mall” (How I Met Your Mother) for Best Original Song
I liked Scrubs’ Musical episode as much as the next guy, but its songs were not what I would call subtle or, well, all that good. The fact that a song about poo (Which is rarely funny) is nominated over Robin Sparkles’ 1995 mall-classic “Let’s Go to the Mall” is a travesty. As performed by Cobie Smulders in full character as her teenage pop star self, the song combines note-perfect 80s satire with some brilliant Canadian satire. The combination is hard to defeat, and yet Emmy voters felt that Scrubs’ songs were just that much more flatulent. The 80s were an awesome decade, Emmy voters, stop hatin’.
“Company Man” (Heroes) for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series
Bryan Fuller’s story of Mr. Bennet’s past with Primatech and the relationship he shares with his daughter was the first episode to convince me that Heroes was deserving of the accolades some were giving it. Unfortunately, the show’s producers chose to submit the show’s premiere was its major episodic contender. That episode is slow and dreary, while Company Man is isolated and tense. In telling a smaller story, Fuller gives these characters life they never had in other episodes. Since it wasn’t properly showcased by the show, it was left off the Writing finalists list. In a race dominated by The Sopranos, it would have been nice to break that monotony with a selection like this one.
Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton (Friday Night Lights) for Lead Actor/Actress in a Drama Series
They created the best relationship on television this past year, a nuanced and subtle pairing between two people who love each other but are more than willing to fight for what they believe. It is amazing that over the course of a season these two created a marriage so strong that when it was clearly placed into question at the end of the season I had no doubt in my mind they’d make it through okay. And yet, Britton was also the consummate mother and guidance counselor, while Chandler put on his tough face to be the coach to the Dillon Panthers…and it all felt natural. How Emmy ignored them, well, I really have no clue.
Elizabeth Mitchell (Lost) for Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Along with Michael Emerson, Elizabeth Mitchell had the tough task of integrating into an already strong supporting cast on Lost this season. Like Emerson, however, she was more than up to that task, delivering a character with depth and understanding. I can see how Emmy voters may have ignored her, considering that her finest moments were concentrated within the two episode focusing on her character. But those two episodes are so mind-bendingly awesome that it is a true pity that Emmy voters didn’t even get to see her performance thanks to the overwhelming number of actresses from Grey’s Anatomy and The Sopranos.
Lauren Graham (Gilmore Girls) for Lead Actress in a Drama Series
I don’t believe that Gilmore Girls reached any great heights this season, but I don’t think that anyone who enjoys the show would deny that Lauren Graham’s lack of a single Emmy nomination in the seven year run of the series is a travesty. Her portrayal of Lorelai Gilmore has always been funny, emotional, and managed to overcome the insane dialogue to create, in my view, a character worth rooting for. Even when she made mistakes, such as marrying Christopher, you always cared whether or not she fixed them. She will go down as one of history’s greatest lifetime Emmy snubs, and this year was no exception.