One year ago, a little show called “Orphan Black” about a woman playing several clones of herself premiered on BBC America. Its ratings barely made a blip on the TV radar, making it no more relevant to you Emmy voters than an early morning infomercial. But like some infomercials, people started buying in. Today in its second season, that “little show” has become a mainstream hit, skyrocketing star Tatiana Maslany not only into a household name, but TV’s current “It” girl as well.
Now all that’s left is cloning enough Emmys for Maslany to take home, because let’s be honest here Emmy voters: she not only deserves a Drama Actress nomination (which we are predicting her to get), she deserves the win!
Not since the days of “Buffy, the Vampire Slayer” and it’s criminally snubbed star Sarah Michelle Gellar, have we seen an action heroine so universally praised by critics and fans. For the show’s first season, Maslany lost her Golden Globe bid to Robin Wright (“House of Cards“) who is our frontrunner at the Emmys as well but she won Best Drama Actress at the Critics’ Choice TV Awards and the Individual Achievement in Drama prize from the prestigious Television Critics Assn. Among those she beat out for that latter award were three-time Emmy winner Bryan Cranston (“Breaking Bad”) and Oscar nominee Vera Farmiga (“Bates Motel“) who sits right behind her on our Emmy chart.
And if that’s not enough to convince you voters of her worthiness, let’s remind you of the main reason she’s collected so much praise: Sarah, Beth, Alison, Cosima, Helena, Rachel, Katja, and Jennifer. Yes, that’s eight (so far) clones that Maslany not only brings to life each week, but embodies.
Though the premise of cloning may seem far fetched and have given reason for you to be dismissive in the past, Emmy voters, that’s not the case this time around. You’ve started to pay attention to shows and performances that are not only considered “hip” and “cool,” but also great. You’ve made room in the Drama category for shows like “Game of Thrones,” nominating some of its stars, and even awarding Peter Dinklage with a very deserved Emmy trophy of his own – for a fantasy show!
Don’t stop now!
We are starting to believe in you, even as much as we believe that Maslany will give us a knock-out performance, week after week. She has yet to disappoint us, so why should you? You’ve even let her grace the recent cover of your Emmy Magazine, an honor usually reserved for the likes of Jim Parsons, George Clooney and Claire Danes. You’ve welcomed her into that elite club, and now it’s time to welcome her into the Drama Actress race.
And why wouldn’t you? Maslany is doing what you seem to love most: playing multiple characters.
As Tom O’Neil noted in his book “The Emmys,” “Playing twins – or better – gives voters two or more votes for the price of one, a deal they can’t refuse.” In 2009, Toni Collette won Comedy Actress for playing four different personalities in “United States of Tara.” At the 1977 Emmys, Sally Field won TV Movie Actress for showing us 16 personalities in “Sybil” while Lindsay Wagner pulled off an upset in Drama Actress for her work as twins on “The Bionic Woman.” And over on daytime, Erika Slezak has taken home five Emmys for acting out six personalities on “One Life to Live” while David Canary claimed four for playing twins on “All My Children.”
So, Emmy voters make sure we hear this name come nomination morning (July 10): Tatiana Maslany. If not, forget the backlash you’ll surely get from the shows rabid fans (aka. #CloneClub) and critics alike, this will be a job for Helena to take care of — and believe us, you don’t want that.
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