[EXCLUSIVE] Satellite Awards rescind nominations for ‘Master of None’ and Laurie Metcalf

The International Press Academy has rescinded the Satellite Awards nominations for “Master of None” (Best Comedy Series) and Laurie Metcalf (Best Comedy Actress, “Getting On”) that were announced Thursday morning. The move was made after Gold Derby notified the academy that those TV programs aired in 2015 instead of the 2016 award eligibility period.

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“We’ve removed the nominations for ‘Master of None’ and Laurie Metcalf,” IPA President Mirjana van Blaricom announced to Gold Derby exclusively. “Some of our members voted for them because those TV shows aired in 2016 in various nations where they live, but not in the U.S., so we decided to remove them.” Currently, there are no plans to replace the nominees.

The first season of “Master of None” was released on November 4th, 2015, almost a month before last year’s Satellite nominations were announced on December 1st, 2015; the second season is due in April 2017. The series finale of “Getting On” aired on December 13th, 2015. Also among the nominations today was “The Man in the High Castle” for Best Genre Series, ahead of the December 16th release of its 2016 season.

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Following a similar inquiry earlier this month, the Critics’ Choice Awards rescinded their Best Drama Supporting Actor nomination of Mandy Patinkin, as “Homeland” also did not air in 2016. Gold Derby exclusively reported Michael McKean of “Better Call Saul” as his replacement. And, of course, Peter MacNicol‘s Emmy nomination for “Veep” was revoked after Gold Derby questioned his eligibility. He was replaced by Peter Scolari (“Girls”) because MacNicol appeared in too many episodes to be deemed a guest star. Scolari went on to win Best Comedy Guest Actor.

The Satellite nominations are routinely prone to errors. “Bloodline” received three nominations last year: Best Drama Series, Best Drama Actor (Kyle Chandler) and Best Movie/Mini Actor (Ben Mendelsohn). Although that movie/mini inconsistency was never corrected, the Satellites often shuffle and add nominees on the day of nominations. The initial announcement two years ago listed only two nominees for Best Movie, but three more were added later. Ann Dowd (“The Leftovers”) and Nicola Walker (“Last Tango in Halifax”) were nominated for Best Movie/Movie Actress, but were moved hours later into Best Supporting Actress for their drama performances.

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Nominating imaginary seasons of television is nothing new either. “Damages” was nominated for both Best Drama Actress (Glenn Close) and Supporting Actor (Zeljko Ivanek) in 2008, although it did not air that year and Close had already been nominated for its only existing season the year before. The 2012 announcement featured a record number of nominations for nonexistent U.S. content: Laura Dern (Comedy Actress, “Enlightened”), Idris Elba (Movie/Mini Actor, “Luther”), Giancarlo Esposito (Supporting Actor, “Breaking Bad”) and “Luther” (Movie/Miniseries).

Things came to a head in 2013 when Gold Derby reached out to the IPA for comment on several nominations, most infamously the five for Christmas release “The Wolf of Wall Street,” which had not been seen by the IPA. The Best Comedy Actor nomination for Louis C.K. (“Louie”) was rescinded as it had been 14 months since the last episode, to which Mirjana van Blaricom explained, “Members didn’t realize that when they were voting.”

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