September 9, 2016 at 6:28 am #1201919407
I know I’m not alone in thinking that Transparent, despite the length of the episodes, fully transitioned from a dramedy to fully a drama series in its second season.
So, if it were competing this year in the Drama categories, how do you guys think its chances would be? Could it beat GoT? Could Tambor beat… everyone? How about the other categories?
I actually think it could come out empty-handed, but please share your thoughts.September 9, 2016 at 7:11 am #1201919437
It’s not a coincidence that William H.Macy was a no-show for Shameless in Drama categories for years(probably wasn’t even in the top ten) but suddenly became the perennial nominee and a SAG winner in comedy categories. Or that OITNB got completely shut out from the drama race just two years after it was the most nominated comedy of the year despite there being not a huge quality drop between that period. I mean, even Glee continued to get major noms after its 2nd season, and a campy high school melodramedy was obviously never gonna get the respect and adult following as Orange.
Getting nominated in comedy categories were and will always be easier. Not because there are not enough good comedy shows on the air, but that comedy is subjective and it is hard to reach a consensus for an edgy satire program. And even if it is done well and clever, people in the industry won’t give them as much weight as they give to serious dramas and won’t see it as an important form of art.
But obviously, none of these things apply to Transparent, because it never was intended to be comedy anyway. It’s just a lightweight drama about the most depressing things in life. It reminds me of those acclaimed independent festival films about life and about nothing that always gets zero Oscar attention. I love its free tone. Its writing? Not so much, it’s usually all over the place. But I like that there are shows like that on TV(and like Girls or Togetherness) and that even get major noms/wins from an industry full of bland people. But let’s not get carried away.
Jeffrey Tambor would have been nominated. Mayyyyyyyybe a nom for Hoffman somewhere if they liked it so much.
Directing is a good possiblity.
The rest, no.September 9, 2016 at 8:16 am #1201919454
Tambor would have easily won with no frontrunner in that category but nothing, and I mean nothing, else.September 12, 2016 at 11:43 pm #1201921526
Would Jeffrey Tambor even go lead though? Look at Bob Odenkirk, Kevin Spacey, Rami Malek, Kyle Chandler and Liev Schreiber. All of these men dominate their shows. Matthew Rhys is the only nominee with slightly disputed dominance, but he is still unarguably male lead.
Tambor might be closer to Peter Dinklage with his top billing, but lack of dominance over others in the ensemble. They even both received the “and” credit initially. Tambor does not miss entire episodes like Dinklage, but the running time of Transparent ensures that Tambor never has more than fifteen minutes of screen time per episode, although I suppose that he is not that different from William H. Macy.
Order of likelihood for the second season:
1. Outstanding Costumes for a Contemporary Program
2. Outstanding Drama Series
3. Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
4. Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series
5. Outstanding Casting for a Drama Series
6. Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series