- Published on Friday, June 01 2012
- Written by Katie Marzullo
Look, we know Television is an expansive genre, and there are about a million different categories within the Primetime Emmy Awards as it is… but there is a reason for that!
However, it seems the Television Academy is all about consolidation these days, and it’s the movie categories that are feeling the pinch. A year after the Academy decided to combine the Made-For-TV Movies and Miniseries category, now they have decided to combine the performance categories as well! Lead and supporting actors will all now have to be vying for the same award. Now, someone who might appear on-screen for only a few albeit memorable moments may very well overshadow someone who was in it for the long haul. OR it may give all those amazing supporting talents no advantage or chance at Emmy gold at all, since lead performances are what tend to, logically, be most memorable.
Not surprisingly, many industry insiders are kind of peeved. I would think many actors would be as well. The Academy’s Board of Governors have defended the decision, of course, stating the Emmys’ “rule 14” allows for this sort of consolidation – that is, any categories with less than 14 submissions within a two-year period can qualify for consolidation. So, the fewer candidates, the more likely that category will be lumped in with another. I can’t imagine that the Emmys are hurting for terrific TV movie performances, but that seems to be the case.
If you ask me, it might be a better idea to just dock the number of nominees in each category if not enough qualify, similar to how the Oscars this year only had two nominees in for Best Original Song. At least let the actors compete on a fair playing field.
What do you guys think of these new Emmys rule changes?
- Katie Marzullo, YH Staff Editor