Orphaned by Emmys, Tatiana Maslany gets embraced by TV Critics

That sound you hear is millions of Tatiana Maslany fans cheering and applauding their leading lady’s victory at the Television Critics Assn. Awards on Saturday evening in Beverly Hills. 

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 Badwas predicted to prevail), her victory shouldn’t be a surprise as it was handed out by Maslany’s biggest supporters: TV critics.

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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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5 thoughts on “Orphaned by Emmys, Tatiana Maslany gets embraced by TV Critics

  1. I think it had to do with viewership and BBC America not having a handle on promoting her in the beginning and not a Sci Fi bias.

  2. Television critics watch more TV than anyone, after all that’s their job. So it makes sense that they will reward both obscure shows like Orphan Black and popular shows like The Big Bang Theory. Emmy voters on the other hand, watch very little TV. So obscure shows might not even be on the radar of most Emmy voters. Case in point: when Maslany won Best Actress at the Critics Choice Awards in June, Emmy voter Eric Stonestreet was clearly seen saying, “Whoooo?”

  3. She doesnt deserve any award. She is not that good.They fawn over her because its BBC snobbery and she was orphaned by the Emmys because she hasn’t paid her dues. There were on 10 episodes of OB and she is naked for no reason just gratuitous and 95% of TCA& Critic Choice are white males. Last year Kerry Washington didn’t get nominated either.

  4. The winner of this year’s Emmy for Best Actress Drama should really be called ‘Miss Congeniality 2013.’ How can you claim you are the best when you really haven’t beaten the best. This category is filled with great actresses for sure. But which individual actress delivered the best performance this year? A clue… she has already beat everybody twice and I have no doubt she would have been the favorite to win the Emmy also had she been afforded the opportunity to compete. So in my book this year’s winner should have an asterisk next to her name denoting that the Emmy should read ‘Miss Congeniality.’

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