Friday, June 1, 2012

Emmys Combine TV Movie/Miniseries Acting Awards

This year is the last (unless backlash is too strong), that the acting awards for TV Movie and Miniseries will be separated. Like the SAG Awards, the Emmys will combine both, creating a simple Best Actor/Actress in a TV Movie/Miniseries, which will have six instead of five nominees, and will including both lead and supporting performances. The press release from the Television Academy:

"The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences’ Board of Governors has voted to approve a recommendation by the Performers Peer Group and the Primetime Awards Committee to consolidate the longform performers categories beginning with the 2013 Primetime Emmy Awards.  This will combine both lead and supporting performers into a single category for longform programming. The consolidated categories (now titled Outstanding Actor in a Miniseries or Movie and Outstanding Actress in a Miniseries or Movie) will include six nominees each. (Longform performing categories previously had five nominees.) Adding a sixth nominee will provide consistency with the number of nominees in the other performer categories."

I think that some years this would be a nice idea due to lack of talent, but overall I think this is a big middle finger to those who act (usually at a high level) in Television movies and miniseries. This backlash may be too strong, and they change their mind before next year. Either way, this will continue to be a controversial decision.

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