Let’s face it: Emmy voters are chickens. They rarely nominate actors and actresses who star on horror shows — although their continued appreciation of the “American Horror Story” franchise is definitely a step in the right direction. But this year, if the Emmys snub Vera Farmiga for her devilish portrayal of Norma Bates/Mother on the final season of A&E’s “Bates Motel,” we may have to send the ghost of Norman Bates (Freddie Highmore) after them.
Farmiga was previously nominated as Best Drama Actress back in 2013, but because of her reduced screen time on “Bates Motel” Season 5, she’s being submitted in the supporting race at this year’s Emmys. And we think that’s the perfect category for her. Almost all of of Farmiga’s appearances this season were from the perspective of her troubled son Norman, who is frequently switching personalities and embodying his dead mother. So fans got to see a wholly new side of the complex character, one that was more manipulative and cunning than ever before.
Because of the show’s horror overtones, Emmy voters haven’t been the biggest fans of “Bates Motel” over the years. Besides Farmiga’s initial nomination, the show’s only other bids came last year for Best Single-Camera Cinematography and Best Music Composition. Those two tech noms could suggest that Emmy voters are watching the show more closely now, which could mean great news for Farmiga and her bloody good role.
This year’s Best Drama Supporting Actress race is due for an overhaul, with four of last year’s nominees out of the running: Emilia Clarke, Lena Headey and Maisie Williams from the ineligible “Game of Thrones,” and reigning winner Maggie Smith from the completed “Downton Abbey.” Will Emmy voters want to use this opportunity to re-anoint a former nominee like Farmiga, in addition to the two holdover contenders Maura Tierney (“The Affair”) and Constance Zimmer (“UnReal”)?
Also in Farmiga’s favor is that she helped lead “The Conjuring” and “The Conjuring 2” to worldwide box office successes. The Emmys tend to love movie stars on the small screen — just look at Melissa McCarthy‘s turn in “Bridesmaids” helping her win an Emmy for “Mike and Molly” in 2011 — and considering Farmiga is a former Oscar nominee for “Up in the Air” (2009), she is clearly liked by both audiences and the industry at large.
As of this writing, six of Gold Derby’s Emmy experts from major media outlets believe that Farmiga will receive a goodbye nomination for “Bates Motel”: Joyce Eng (TV Guide), Matthew Jacobs (HuffPo), Kerr Lordygan (Rotten Tomatoes), Tom O’Neil (Gold Derby), Paul Sheehan (Gold Derby) and Ken Tucker (Yahoo). Even more impressive, both Lordygan and O’Neil predict that she will actually win. Emmy voters, we dare you to nominate Vera Farmiga.
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