September 20, 2015 at 3:26 pm #361803
I’ve been rewatching The Office lately (one of my favorite shows), and I’ve realized that over the seasons of the show, they had a ton of great guest stars, but never once got a single nomination in the guest acting categories. When you really think about all it had going for it, it’s a little surprising:
1. The show was well obviously well liked by the academy, winning the Comedy series award in it’s second season, winning awards in both the writing and directing categories, and getting nomination tallys in the double digits at it’s height. It continued to get nominated for the Series emmy up until it’s 7th season, even as critical support started to slip.
2. While it admittedly never won an award, the acting branch obviously liked it enough for nominations, nominating 3 of it’s core castmembers, two of them for several years.
3. The guest castmembers:
Melora Hardin was a recurring character for the first several seasons, but never got nominated. She arguably had a win-worthy episode in The Dinner Party, an episode nominated for writing, one of the most acclaimed episodes of the series, and in a year when it was still a Series contender.
Amy Ryan was a recurring castmember starting in season 4 through season 5, coming back in season 7. She quickly became a fan favorite character and was the center of a very acclaimed arc. But that’s not even the weird part. At the time she started recurring on the show, she had JUST been nominated for an Oscar, and pretty publicly gotten close to the win. At this point, yes, we know she obviously did not become an a-lister, but at that time, she was a very recent oscar nominee, something we’ve seen can be all an actor really needs to get a nomination.
Kathy Bates was a recurring character in the 6th and 7th season (both still nominated for series). Was she the most exciting character? no. Did she necessarily deserve a nomination? no. Does that normally matter when it comes to Kathy Bates at the emmys? no.
Ray Romano/James Spader/Will Arnett all had one episode spots in the finale of the 7th season (nominated for series). All emmy previous emmy nominees, all well-liked, all veterans of the industry. None of them did much, but as we’ve seen this year, name veterans (yes Arnett is a stretch as a veteran but bear with me) have been nominated for doing much less.
Am I saying that all of these people deserved nominations? No. Personally I probably only would have given noms to Melora Hardin and Amy Ryan, both of whom would have absolutely deserved it. But the point is, there have been so many guest actors on the show that have all the things going for them that should have led to them being nominated (name, industry respect, show the voters are aware of), but didn’t get nominated. Kathy Bates WON an emmy for a one episode guest spot on a show the emmys hadn’t loved in a while. Margo Martindale has been nominated repeatedly on a show they don’t watch just because they like her. Paul Giammiti sat on a blanket and got nominated because he’s Paul Giamatti and showed up on a show they like. We always joke that if an oscar nominee even shows up on a show the emmys are remotely aware of that they will get a guest nomination. I’m just wondering why The Office seemed to be impervious to all the treatment that actors like this get on other shows.
So I guess my question is, does anyone else know why? And when looking at all this stuff, does anyone else find this surprising? This was probably way too much effort but I just haven’t been able to get the question out of my head.September 21, 2015 at 12:44 am #361805
I was hoping Melora Hardin would win either guest or supporting that year for The Dinner Party. The category in my opinion was a joke that year. What about Dave Koechner for playing Todd Packer? I was hoping Jenna Fischer would win after I saw her in the season 6 episode The Lover. What a great performance.!!September 21, 2015 at 11:20 am #361806
Yea Jenna Fischer was HILARIOUS in The Lover, that was win-worthy if she was nominated. She was also win-worthy with the season 2 premiere The Dundies, it’s a shame she didn’t get nominated until the next year.