5 reasons why the Emmys are better than the Oscars

So we have another Emmys done and dusted, and I think if there’s one message that the TV academy was sending loud and clear it was: We are not the Oscars! And I agree.

TV’s top honor is no longer the ugly stepsister to filmdom’s biggest prize. Who the Emmys choose to honour and how they do so make it a winner in my book. Below, my top five reasons for making such a declaration. 

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1. No free ride for Oscar winners.
Matthew McConaughey, who had won Best Actor at the Oscars for “Dallas Buyers Club,” picked  up every precursor leading up to the Emmys for “True Detective.” Surely the TV academy would trip over themselves to hoist the big acclaimed movie star on their stage? Well no, at the end of the day they went with TV veteran and past three-time category champ Bryan Cranston from “Breaking Bad.”

2. Genre wins galore.
You would think that performances presenting the important social issue of HIV/AIDS would be tailor-made to win awards. Especially when you consider those performances in “The Normal Heart” were by Oscar winner Julia Roberts, movie star Mark Ruffalo and TV star Matt Bomer. And if you were thinking the Oscars you would probably be right.

But when the movie/mini acting winners were unveiled at the Emmys jaws were left on the floor. Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman won the male honours for “Sherlock: His Last Vow” while a pair of Oscar champs — Jessica Lange and Kathy Bates — won on the distaff side for “American Horror Story: Coven” The baity performances were not only trumped but they were done so by those from two genres — crime and horror — which struggle to win film kudos.

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3. They don’t stick to the script. 
The top score for those predicting the Oscar winners at Gold Derby was 96%. Compare that to the Emmys where the best anyone did was 66%. The Emmys voting structure which views samples of nominees work before voting on winners and enlists different voting groups to assess each category individually. But it is also likely a testament to the academy’s independence and not voting for someone just because they have won other awards or everyone thinks they should. This can sometimes lead to disappointment, like when Steve Carell lost for “The Office,” but also brings with it great surprises, like when “Arrested Development” defied the odds in the comedy series stakes.

4. People have fun.
Seeing Julia Louis-Dreyfus make out with Cranston, and Jimmy Fallon stealing the microphone from Stephen Colbert are moments you would never see at the Oscars. Sure, Ellen will take some selfies and get pizza delivered, but when the envelopes are being opened its all serious. Although it’s a long drawn out ceremony, it’s moments like this that show the TV stars are enjoying seeing each other win and have some fun with it.

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5. A canon that is hard to beat.
Since “The Practice” won back to back Best Drama Series awards beginning in 1998, only seven other shows have prevailed in this top race: “The West Wing” (2000 – 2033); “The Sopranos” (2004, 2007); “Lost” (2005); “24” (2006); “Mad Men” (2008 – 2011); “Homeland” (2012); and “Breaking Bad” (last year and this). 

While you may not be a fan of all of these shows, you must concede this is a canon that encompasses the best of television in this new golden age. And it certainly outdoes the Oscar roster of Best Picture winners. People often say that television at the moment is superior to film and the Emmys are doing a fine job of proving that point. 

12 thoughts on “5 reasons why the Emmys are better than the Oscars

  1. I agree completely with this post! Oscars this year were predictable and boring, and Emmys have been amazing. Moreover, the incredible Bryan Cranston won (Matthew McConaughey, don’t cry, please, he made a better performance than your disgusting Rust Cohle), what could be better?

  2. This post is brilliant! Everything is so true, in every other awards Kevin Spicey, Matthew McConaughy, Julia Roberts, Cicely Tyson and Mark Ruffalo would have won, but the Emmy dont care about the name, they only see the performances, I love them for that,

  3. So true. Emmys are much more fun as a television show, plus the winners are generally deserving and there’s always an element of surprise; things that Oscars lack.

  4. This is some stupid post that should have never been written. I agree the emmy’s can be unpredictable but you can never compare an OSCAR with an emmy, An Oscar is the biggest achievement an actor can get. Bryan Cranston won 4 Emmys for his role in Breaking Bad, who cares. Matthew Mcconaughey will always be academy award winner Matthew Mcconaughey, something Bryan Cranston still don’t have the luxury to say or have, so I still don’t get why many people are happy that Bryan Cranston won an emmy over Mcconaghey at the end of the day it’s not a big deal, plus how many emmy winners have won an oscar, because I hear over and over again “emmy voters don’t fall for oscar winners”, but how about the OSCAR voters don’t fall for emmy winners because it’s been ages since an emmy winner have won an oscar or even been nominated, most of them are snub and overlooked by the academy all the time. Also how come there are 6x emmy winners 8x emmy winners, the OSCARS don’t hand out awards so easily, especially in the acting categories, you actually have to earn it to go for the first one and to win another you have to prove you’ve done another memorable and remarkable performance, how long it took Meryl Streep to win a 3rd one (20 years), with the emmys you just have to win them over and you’ll have 10 in 5 years, If the emmy voters were to vote for the oscars Meryl Streep would have 5 or 6 oscars by now, Cate Blanchett 3 or 4, Daniel Day Lewis 5 or 6, Jennifer Lawrence 3 or 4 (LOL), George Clooney 10 AND SO ON. Finally the OSCARS are predictable because you have a big amount of award shows beforehand and some of the people who vote in those award shows also vote for the OSCARS and not only that, most of the award shows are on the same position on who’s giving the best performance of the year.

  5. t’s true, the Emmys will never be the Oscars, even though the Oscars are more predictable, the Emmys do not have the value of an Oscar. That role of Julianna Margulies in The Good Wife will never be an Oscar winning performance it’s so simple and dull. The Oscars don’t judge on how small a film is, they nominate good work no matter what. With the emmys your show has to be in a big network like HBO, AMC or SHOWTIME to get nominated and if the show is small too than there less hope for it, one big example (Tatiana Maslany in Orphan Black or Vera Farmiga in Bates Motel). The oscars make history Halle Berry being the first african american female to win an oscar and the big amount of them winning in supporting categories. I’m sorry to say this but the Emmys are Racist, black people don’t win. Last year the first black film won an oscar, I bet that will never happen at the Emmys. Also there are a huge amount of shows that are extremely good and critically acclaim that get left out every year because the voters are too stuck with the same shows. one big example (Rectify, yeah I forgot it’s on a cheap channel, those don’t deserve emmys).

  6. Yeah I don’t understand how Matt Noble it’s so happy with those Emmy wins. How come the Emmy’s are so much fun when the same people are winning over and over again. And not only that the surprise winners like Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates, Martin Freeman and Benedict Cumberbatch were not deserving compare to the other performances in those categories. The Goldderby editors love the emmys that’s why they defend it so much. If they look online they will see articles calling these years emmys the worst of all. for having shitty nominations and winners. The Oscars are predictable but we get to see every year a lot of new winners who are actually deserving.

  7. I couldn’t agree more with the past comments. “They don’t stick to the script” are you sure because it looks like they have a pretty good one of repeat winners every year. If people are not getting better scores it’s because they still don’t get that by now, Go with the same winners and you’ll have a great score. How funny it is to write a post comparing the biggest aware show the Oscars to the trash that is the Emmys. The shows you mentioned that have won are shitty shows all but Breaking Bad and Homeland. 24 is a piece of crap. You can tell how the emmys are crap just by watching the clip when they announced the winner for best supporting actor in a movie or mini series and Matt Bomer wasn’t the one. A man who loss pounds and got so much into character, by that you can tell the Emmys don’t know what their doing because they don’t value real hard work and real hard acting.

  8. Ha i forgot to point out how according to my friend here, the Oscars aren’t fun and too serious, well isn’t that’s how it’s supposed to be. The winners are meant to be taken serious, they have accomplish a great deal. I saw this year the difference between both awards, when someone wins an emmy it feels like they are winning a people’s choice award or a teen choice award, those are the shows to be doing all kinds of stupidity.

  9. Yeah, and some people saying they look at the performance not the name, how come merit wever won last year lol, I guess a surprise like that it’s more valuable and fun than actually a deserved winner. How come Kathy Bates won over Alisson Tolman, Alison,she is not a big name. why so many contradictions here.

  10. Yeah, the Emmys can be pretty exciting with all their surprise wins. Sometimes those surprise wins are deserving, sometimes not so much, but it makes for an entertaining time either way. I prefer the Emmys over the Oscars because I think there are so many good TV shows out right now. Over the last few years, I’ve struggled to find good movies that I like. I think last year there were maybe three movies released that I really liked. One of my cousins asked me recently if I had any good movies to recommend to him, and all I could say was, “No, but I have a million great TV shows to recommend.” I find myself so much more invested in the winners of the Emmys than the Oscars.

  11. …I wasn’t surpried by the Emmy wins, they repeat the shows, they repeat the names. Winning an Emmy is like winning an Mtv award – you keep on winning and stacking them on the shelves, what you need to do is to win the affection of the Tv Academy.

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