Most Emmy stuff goes in order by last name. It would be smart for one to think that this is the order that judges view the Emmy episode submissions.
Could this be a factor in deciding the winner of a category?
Let’s look back. Doris Roberts and David Hyde Pierce championed their categories back in the day, over contenders that many people thought were more deserving. Often times, Roberts and Pierce were the final names on the ballot alphabetically by last name.
Other people may say that last year in 2010, Chris Colfer lost because his episode was viewed second and Eric Stonestreet’s knockout episode was viewed last and therefore was remembered the best. Also that year, Toni Collette was considered the only contender to stand a chance against Edie Falco. Toni had a great episode, but her episode was viewed first and immediately after, Falco’s episode was viewed. Falco’s episode could’ve made voters forget Collette’s episode.
Can you think of other instances where this has happened? Do you think this could cause any upsets or heighten a frontrunner’s chances this year?
Where a nominee’s name is listed on the ballot doesn’t matter, I don’t think, at least not since the Emmys switched to at-home voting. As far as I know, voters can watch the submitted episodes in whatever order they like, so there’s no sure way to determine whether a particular nominee’s episode is watched first, fourth, or last by the judging panel.
But someone let me know if I’m wrong about that.
Were I a voter, there would’ve been past races in which the order that I watched the submitted episodes of a certain category’s nominees could possibly change my opinion.
For example, say I was given the 2008 Supporting Actor in a Drama race to vote in. Were I to have watched Michael Emerson’s tape (“Shape of Things to Come”) first, I would’ve used that particular episode as a lens through which to judge all of the other nominees’ videos. It was such a great tape that, had I seen it first out of all the other mens’ tapes, I would’ve expected the same level of quality from their tapes as well. And if they failed my self-applied test, I would’ve voted for Emerson.
Other times, I don’t think the order of tape-watching matters. With Lead Actor in a Comedy, I cannot imagine that seeing Carell’s tape first rather than last would make it any less emotional and (potentially) heart-warming.
How I am doing this this year is viewing the nominees in random order and viewing the ENTIRE episodes for the main races (FF in the guest). Makes things interesting.
Well, beausalant is addressing two points here.
1. Does the order in which you watch the tapes matter to how you rank the tapes?
I would say that there is a good chance. If we think of Drama Series, sure watching 12 hours of tv makes that first tape a bit distant.
2. Does the order in which you appear on the ballot matter to how you rank the tapes?
I would say no. I had judged Daytime Emmy reels in 2007 in multiple categories (The year Guiding Light & Young and the Restless tied for Best Show) When I received the dvds there were multiple dvds per category. Being at home, I am obviously in control of what I put in first and even on the disc, who I watched first.
Thus, the order on the ballot does NOT dictate the order I am watching them in.