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  • montana82
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    I was fascinated with reading the article today on the frontpage about how the process works.

    I always knew the panels of acting winners only have about 50-75 voters.  That’s why I always wondered why there were not more ties!  I’ve seen 2 ties at the Daytime Emmys in the past 5 years for Supporting Actor so I always wondered why the Primetime show doesn’t have them and seeing we just had a tie in a category at the Oscars this year where you have 6000 voters the lack of ties at the Primetime Emmys was on my mind.

    Well now I know why.  Paul says that after the nominees are ranked the lowest score wins.  If 2 nominees tie for the lowest score (which sounds very plausible in a 2 or 3 person race with only 50 or so voters, they go to who had the most #1 votes.  I find that somewhat unfair.  If 2 nominees really tied in the score obviously the panel was torn.  I guess I find it ok to give it to who had the most #1 voters.  But the next tie breaker really ticks me off.  If they tied for most #1 voters they go to who had the most #2?? Come on!  I find it sickening that someone may have lost an award going down to such a technicality and with the panels being so small I wouldn’t be surprised if a race was decided by such a small technicality.  You get nominated over hundreds of other contenders from the increasingly large amount of networks doing quality programming, you tied for lowest score, you tied for 1 votes, yet you lose because a couple of voters may have ranked you 3rd instead of 2nd?  Ugh.

    If it were up to me the Emmy should go to the people who tied for the lowest score.

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    SaraR
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    Hmmm… I’m not sure it’s unfair. I actually hate ties. For a ceremony that already gives out so many awards, we don’t need two winners in the same category.

    But doesn’t this current system with the tie-breakers ensure that the winner is decided by more of a consensus? That is, a #2 ranking is better than a #3 ranking, so I would want the person who got more #2 rankings to win if the top two got the same number of #1 rankings.

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    dude93
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    I’m so confused. Why can’t voters just tick a box beside the name they want to win. Why all this numbers rubbish?

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    SaraR
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    With so few voters if they just ticked a box I’m sure we’d see many ties, and this system prevents that.

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    bondzzz
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    I do like this way of choosing the winners actually since the pool of voters is small so by actually ranking the nominees, they know by consensus which nominee actually is generally agreed upon by most voters. 

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    Tonbone
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    I think it’s bad that each voters only watches two episodes of the drama
    and comedy series nominees I think in order to judge the shows each
    voter should watch all 6

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    Riley
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    The winner-deciding system is good.

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    CanadianFan
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    It’s not perfect, but it’s the best voting process by an awards body.

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    Marcus Dixon
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    The only thing that should be fixed is the number of voters. Only 50-75 people choose who’s the best actor/actress in all of television? That seems incredibly small to me.

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    SaraR
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    The only thing that should be fixed is the number of voters. Only 50-75 people choose who’s the best actor/actress in all of television? That seems incredibly small to me.

    I wonder if the size was larger in the past? It is a random sample, though, right?

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    Jalal Haddad
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    Does anyone know the process for the Miniseries/Made for TV Movie categories? Are the voters required to watch the entire program or is there a chance for an actor or program to only submit an episode especially for the miniseries? Would it really be fair to ask voters to watch 7-13 episodes for a supporting actress nominee when another nominee only has a two hour film?

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    bondzzz
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    Does anyone know the process for the Miniseries/Made for TV Movie categories? Are the voters required to watch the entire program or is there a chance for an actor or program to only submit an episode especially for the miniseries? Would it really be fair to ask voters to watch 7-13 episodes for a supporting actress nominee when another nominee only has a two hour film?

    I’ve always wondered that too. Interesting question. 

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    SaraR
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    I believe in the miniseries/movies categories you are looking at the actor’s entire body of work, whether that be a full miniseries or a full movie.

    There are different advantages for each. For example, it’s not a huge undertaking to watch a 2-hour movie, but a 6- or 10- or 13-part miniseries is another deal. Voters may only get so far into the miniseries and perhaps not even to the actor’s best episode. However, a longer miniseries also just means more screentime overall.

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