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Emmy Ballots

Emmy Ballots

For whatever, reason the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences has the actual ballots for the upcoming Emmy nominations posted online. As I not-so-eagerly anticipate a giant list of disappointments when the nominations come out, some already are clear on the ballot, which lists all submitted performers. Though there are some interesting brightspots: the SNL performers are being considered in acting categories this year (meaning Amy Poehler could be nominated alongside Vanessa Williams or Jenna Fischer in the supporting actress category), and its nice to see no one wasted any money submitting Jim Belushi for best actor in According To Jim. One other notable non-entry was Katherine Heigl, who removed herself from consideration after winning last year so that her co-workers could have better shots (you weren’t gonna win anyway, so nice PR move). But though this isn’t Emmys fault – its likely HBO or even the show itself that decided this – how come so few Wire folk are in the running? I see Dominic West, Wendell Pierce, Michael K. Williams and Andre Royo on the list, arguably the season’s MVPs, but only a small percentage of the deserving cast members? But why is Domenick Lombardozzi (Herc) in there and not Sonja Sohn or Lance Reddick or Aiden Gillen? None of them will get a nod anyway, as The Wire has never received nods for series or acting, which goes in line with the Emmys complete ignorance of most shows I ever really love. Of the “10 most personally influential series” I listed here last week, one three (Sex and the City, Arrested Development and Seinfeld), ever won a series award, and of my top 5, only one was even nominated.

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