I hear it time, and time again. There is some kind of bias against sci-fi and fantasy by the major awards: Oscars, Emmy, and Golden Globes. So the question that must be asked is, is that true?
The answer is an emphatic HELL NO. It’s not true. It’s not close to being true. The truth is the awards are biased towards money. The 90s kind of proved without a shadow of doubt that a Studio, Network, etc. can buy an award. You throw around enough “For Your Considerations,” adverts, and invite voters to parties, etc. Soon enough you have SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE winning best picture.
Did Newline have any trouble getting THE LORD OF THE RINGS movies nominated and eventually winning? Nope. Just a little money. I could go on at length about how those movies had no right what so ever to be nominated for much except art related awards (design, costumes, FX, etc), but that just gets the idiots enraged. Peter Jackson winning a best director award proves that there is no bias against sci-fi/fantasy. If he can win, and win with a fantasy flick it proves….
This is just a bad myth. TV? Go back to the TWILIGHT ZONE the grandfather of all sci-fi, it not only won awards for best writing its first 2 seasons, it also was nominated for best Drama after it’s second and best season. Historians all know the overall quality dropped after season 2, with Rod Serling being over worked. If there had been an Emmy for best drama TV series instead of Drama for both TV series and TV movie, it would have won. The fact that it didn’t win ended up being a point brought up many times for the awards to be split, which they finally were.
I hear idiots jump up and say “The X-FILES was ignored too,” and it’s one of the most nominated TV shows of all time. It’s also won quite a few awards. Sure, you can ignore DGA, etc. awards. You just want to count Emmy Awards? For 4 straight seasons it was nominated for Best Drama. The stars were nominated 6 times, and Anderson actually won once. Numerous editing, writing, cinematography, etc. awards were actually handed out to them. Peter Boyle won a best Guest acting award, which is truly about the toughest award to win for actors, and other guests were nominated on more than one occasion.
Yes, the show stopped receiving big nominations right around the time when the quality dropped. Go figure.
I hear other idiots jump up and say “What about BUFFY?” You’re right BUFFY was ignored. However, was it ignored because it was sci-fi/fantasy or because it was a “teen show?” Whedon did get a writing nomination one year if my memory hasn’t totally failed me. Gellar was nominated one year for a Golden Globe. The series was nominated and won numerous Teen Choice awards. It never won a HUGO which is specifically THE award for sci-fi. Saturn awards were handed out left and right, but not a HUGO. This was a show looked down on by sci fi people because of the teen aspect. You want a conspiracy? How about “Teen Shows Never Win Non-Teen Awards,” there you might actually have something.
Sci-Fi/Fantasy snub or Teen Show snub? Maybe the skirt length disqualified them?
So why were such good shows like BUFFY left out? Is it a conspiracy? No. It’s called: MONEY. The WB didn’t throw parties, didn’t pay for a lot of “For Your Consideration,” adverts, and didn’t woo the voters. You know who did? CBS, NBC, etc.
There is no conspiracy. Generally decent shows mostly worthy of nominations are nominated. Shows like FRINGE & TRUE BLOOD weren’t snubbed. They didn’t deserve it. Yes, there were snubbed shows. They all have one thing in common: Nobody went to bat ($) for them. Look at FX, they spent nothing on THE SHIELD, because it was the final season and thus no money in it for them to spend money. If you’re looking for proof to what I say, that’s a damn perfect example.