While the “Orphan Black” star didn’t have the best odds to win her first-ever TCA Award in the Individual Achievement in Drama race (Bryan Cranston of “Breaking Bad” was predicted to prevail), her victory shouldn’t be a surprise as it was handed out by Maslany’s biggest supporters: TV critics.
Just how much do television journalists love this young actress?
Two months ago, Maslany claimed victory at the Critics Choice Television Awards, bestowed by yet another group of TV scribes. Unlike the TCA Awards where men, women, lead and supporting roles are combined into one category, the CCTA kudos bestowed by the Broadcast TV Journalists Assn., are set up more like the Emmys, and Maslany prevailed in the race for Best Drama Actress.
Despite all the love coming Maslany’s way for her much-heralded role as several distinct clones on the freshman BBC America series “Orphan Black,” she missed out on a bid for the biggest TV trophy: the Emmy.
Emmy voters just weren’t able to get past their bias of sci-fi/fantasy shows. Despite a few notable exceptions in recent years — “Lost” and “Game of Thrones” — the Emmys have stayed clear of rewarding genre shows.
Maslany’s circumstances are reminescent of Mary McDonnell, who, despite universal acclaim from fans and critics alike, could never break through at the Emmys for her sci-fi drama “Battlestar Galactica.” And then there’s Sarah Michelle Gellar, whose series “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” is ground zero for cult shows that were continuously snubbed.
But all hope is not lost for Maslany at the Emmys. In 1997, Gillian Anderson was able to prevail in the Drama Actress race for “The X-Files,” while in 2005, Patricia Arquette stunned Emmy watchers when she won for “Medium.”
This year’s crop of Maslany-free Emmy nominees for Drama Actress are: Claire Danes (“Homeland“), Kerry Washington (“Scandal“), Vera Farmiga (“Bates Motel“), Robin Wright (“House of Cards“), Connie Britton (“Nashville“), Michelle Dockery (“Downton Abbey“) and Elisabeth Moss (“Mad Men“).
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