July 14, 2012 at 3:00 pm #249974
At the Primetime Emmys, there is an obvious bias against child actors. In fact, I don’t think a pre-adult has even been nominated since Frankie Muniz of “Malcolm in the MIddle.” It’s a true shame, because TV dramas and comedies today are filled with brilliant young performers.
If the Emmys created a new category for Outstanding Younger Performer, who would be nominated? Let’s hear your thoughts below!July 14, 2012 at 3:05 pm #249976
Maisie Williams is the first that comes to mind for me. Kiernan Shipka is another. Not a lot of young boy doing impressive work right now it would seem. Not that come to mind. I would have said RJ MItte in the past when he was 16.
Or Holly on Breaking Bad 😀July 14, 2012 at 3:09 pm #249977
I’d love to see this category added.
Nolan Gould, Modern Family
Kiernan Shipka, Mad Men
Sophie Turner, Game of Thrones
* Maisie Williams, Game of Thrones
Ariel Winter, Modern Family
Isaac Hempstead-Wright, Game of ThronesJuly 14, 2012 at 3:09 pm #249978
Nolan Gould from Modern Family, maybe. His character is honestly funnier than some of the adult ones.July 14, 2012 at 3:37 pm #249979
I loved that girl from season 2 of “Justified”. Loretta was a great character and she had the best performance that season after Olyphant and Martindale (yes, i do think she was better than Goggins and Davies).July 14, 2012 at 3:39 pm #249980
She wasn’t better than Goggins or Davies. lolJuly 14, 2012 at 3:40 pm #249981
I’m sure Emmy voters would be all over the Modern Family kids, but I wish they’d nominate Atticus Shaffer and Eden Sher (The Middle) or Kiernan Shipka.July 14, 2012 at 3:59 pm #249982
I suspect the likeliest candidates we’d see are the boys from “Modern Family” (I wouldn’t be entirely surprised to see Nolan Gould or Rico Rodriguez pop up in the Supporting Actor race), Maisie Williams from “Game of Thrones,” and certainly Kiernan Shipka from “Mad Men.”
Depending on the age cutoff — at the Daytime Emmys it’s 26 — you could also consider people like Eden Sher (20) from “The Middle,” Jack Gleeson (20) from “Game of Thrones,” and some of the kids from “Suburgatory” like Allie Grant (18) and Jane Levy (22).July 14, 2012 at 4:02 pm #249983
I loved that girl from season 2 of “Justified”. Loretta was a great character and she had the best performance that season after Olyphant and Martindale (yes, i do think she was better than Goggins and Davies).
She was played by Kaitlyn Dever, and I too would rank her highly among all “Justified” performances from the second season.July 14, 2012 at 4:06 pm #249984
If there was this category it would be filled with the kids of Emmy darling shows, like Mad Men and Modern Family. Really good young actors like Eden Sher (If she’d still be eligible) or that other kid from The Middle, who by the way has the exact same voice as Lena Dunham, would be overlooked anyway.July 14, 2012 at 4:35 pm #249985
If the age limit is as high as 26, the only way Chris Colfer doesn’t win is if they come up with a rule that says you can’t enter both for Young Performer and Supporting Actor/Actress.
I also notice that nobody seems to think that anybody on a Disney or Nickelodeon show would be deserving of a nomination, whereas I would expect a lot of voters would get a lot of “recommendations” from their kids. If the category existed in the past, how many times would (choose: Hilary Duff, Miley Cyrus, Miranda Cosgrove) not only have been nominated, but won? And do you include specials, in which case, would anybody from the first two High School Musical TV-movies have made it?July 14, 2012 at 4:38 pm #249986
If there was this category it would be filled with the kids of Emmy darling shows, like Mad Men and Modern Family. Really good young actors like Eden Sher (If she’d still be eligible) or that other kid from The Middle, who by the way has the exact same voice as Lena Dunham, would be overlooked anyway.
Look at me being annoying again! But I resent the idea Eden Sher deserves a nomination more than Kiernan Shipka. It’s not even that I don’t like Sher. It’s just that Shipka is freaking amazing.July 14, 2012 at 5:05 pm #249987
I think That Shipka would be a lock from season 4 onward.July 14, 2012 at 5:14 pm #249988
I think that the kids from Modern Family and The Middle would be the most likely kids to get honored. I could also see Kieran Shipka getting nominated.
I think it would be fairly safe to also assume at least 1-2 of the Disney Channel kids would find a slot.
I often wonder what would have been the nominees if this category had been put in place back in the 80’s and 90’s. I wonder if somebody like Joesph Gordon Levitt, Keisha Knight Pulliam or Gary Coleman would have won an Emmy. Famously, KKP was the youngest performer ever nominated for Supporting Actress-Comedy for “The Cosby Show” but lost out. I wonder if she would have won a Young Child category?July 14, 2012 at 5:29 pm #249989
I believe Jordan Todosey from Degrassi (actress plays transgender teen in the episode Degrassi was nominated for) would have been nominated last year, and maybe won if the voters actually watched the episode.
Kiernan SHipka would definitely get in. All the kids from Modern Family would also have a strong chance at getting in. Alexander Gould, RJ Mitte, and the daughter from Homeland also come to mind. On Disney right now – the actors are good, but none of them really stand out. I suppose if this were a few years earlier, Raven would have gotten in a lot. Maybe some kids from Wizards of Waverly Place and High School Musical might have also been strong contenders considering the Emmys loved those two programs in general.
This brings me to the point: Should the Primetime Emmys also have a “Best Performance in a Children’s Series” category just like the Daytime Emmys? I suppose that category would mostly be filled with adults who make guest appearances (Jim Parsons, Jane Lynch) but still…nowadays, I feel like that category seems suited in the Primetime awards considering the growing number of Primetime children programs.
This is fun. We should make like fantasy nominees for all the past years.
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