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Victimless Emmys – Crime TV In 2012
The thing one must always keep in mind with industry awards is, aside from a marketing perspective, they mean exactly nothing. Less than that, even. If a show I particularly enjoy can move a few more DVD sets on the after-market by slapping an “Emmy winner!” sticker on it, or if that little gold statuette helps convince the suits upstairs that said show should be renewed for another few seasons, then that’s just hunky-dory. But if the Academy of Television Arts(?) and Sciences(!) doesn’t see fit to acknowledge certain shows or actors for their fine work, that certainly should be no skin off anyone’s nose. The Emmys are like whipped cream: Great as a nice topping, but if you eat them right out of the can, you’re likely to get a stomach ache.
That being said, crime television had a pretty nice representation going on this year. Of course, not everyone can win, and many writers, actors, and shows went ignored. But even a passing glance at the list of nominees and winners shows what we’ve been saying this whole time: the people want crime TV, and they want it well done.
Homeland is a phenomenon that has largely passed me by. I gave it a go for the first couple episodes back when it premiered, hoping for another Sunday night show in the wake of Boardwalk Empire‘s second season. But it just didn’t do it for me, a warmed-over Manchurian Candidate. I will say it’s definitely the best thing Claire Danes has ever done, but that’s because I wasn’t a 15-year-old girl when My So-Called Life was on the air. So while I certainly feel Danes deserved her Emmy for Best Drama Actress (not that her competition was all that stiff, except for Glenn Close on Damages, maybe), I am scratching my head a bit as to how Homeland beat out Boardwalk Empire this year. Even if the show is better than I give it credit for, it’s still very much a freshman, and Boardwalk made some huge strides in television, not just as far as production and casting, but simply how a serial drama is told. Show me a program with the balls to kill three of its top-billed actors this early on in the run, and I’ll show you a program that shoulda walked home hunched over from all the Emmys it’s carrying.
I mostly feel the same way about Damian Lewis and his Best Drama Actor win for Homeland, in that his work is definitely top-notch despite my tepid interest in the show itself. The guy was up against some major, major competition: Buscemi, Hall, Cranston, Hamm, and your girlfriend’s favorite, Downton Abbey‘s Hugh Bonneville. Even when I consider that I much prefer the work of (most of) the other actors listed here, I also like an upset as much as anyone. Michael C. Hall still hasn’t brought one home for his work on Dexter, but I’ll bet dollars to more dollars that he’ll get one before Dexter’s carved up his last victim. Jon Hamm has also long been a bridesmaid (har), but again, no way that handsome buck won’t be rolling in Emmys by the time he retires. Bryan Cranston, on the other hand, has almost got enough for each day of the week, and Steve Buscemi is Steve Buscemi. If there’s a guy on this list who couldn’t care less either way, it’s ol’ Steve. So yeah, let Lewis have it. I hope I’m wrong, but it’ll probably be the only thing he’s ever remembered for.
If I had even the slightest cross word for anyone associated with Breaking Bad, my cohorts down here at the Complex offices would be sure to slip me a hot shot with my afternoon “coffee” break. So rest assured, I am in no way implying that Aaron Paul doesn’t heartily deserve his award for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series. But again: what about Boardwalk? Michael Pitt was definitely the heart of that show (a fact that is becoming sadly too obvious early on here in season 3). His character of Jimmy Darmody was caught between more rocks and more hard places than Wile E. Coyote on a bad day. I would hate to think the Academy would give him a consolation prize just because his character met his grisly end this last year, but not even a nomination?
And while we are on the subject of grievously ignored shows/actors, how Boss didn’t get a single mention is also beyond me. Kelsey Grammer got himself a Golden Globe, which is well and good, but his supporting cast on that show should also be showered with garlands and blow-jobs. Martin Donovan absolutely killed it as Ezra Stone, Grammer’s right-hand man, although the way season 2 here is cracking out, he’ll be just as eligible for a nod next year, despite his character no longer being on this mortal plane. And hey, Academy, you’re gonna nominate Ashley Judd for that lousy Missing show (under the Miniseries category; frankly, I’m surprised that turd made it to its first commercial break without getting yanked off the air), but you’re going to ignore Kathleen Robertson as Kitty O’Neill? Explain to me how that works, please and thanks.
Okay, so I guess I’m not as cool with how these Emmys cracked out as I thought. I suppose I could see Boardwalk Empire getting a bit shafted, since it would just be too easy to hand all the awards over to everybody on that show (clearly, I’m a bit biased). But Boss being completely and entirely ignored, that’s just crazy. The good news on that front is that Boss is even better this current season, and the show is still the critical darling it should be. I know that doesn’t preclude any further indignities on the Academy’s part, but it does seem to lower the odds.
Either way, Kathleen Robertson will take home the Callaway Emmy this year as Best Actress in a Drama Whom I Also Want to Hug and Kiss. Kathy, your award can be picked up at my place any weekday after 6, Saturdays after 5, and anytime Sundays, depending on if the Chargers game is blacked out.