Nerd rage is not something I experience often. Take my favorite fandom and bastardize it? *Shrug* Write an article trashing a great show? No big whoop. Deny Tatiana Maslany a Primetime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series? I AM GOING TO GO HELENA ON YOUR BACKSIDE!
The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences has a long tradition of snubbing genre television so, while I was disappointed when John Noble was consistently denied a nomination for his work on Fringe, I wasn't too surprised. Today is another story entirely.
I can't believe those idiots at the Academy didn't recognize Orphan Black's leading lady's (ladies?) considerable talents. Over the freshman series's first season, Maslany has played more than a half dozen different characters, each intricately layered and fully realized, often against herself in the same scene. The Canadian born actress is, without a doubt, the best actor male or female on television in recent history and she didn't receive a single Emmy nomination this morning.
ARE YOU KIDDING ME?
The seven women who actually did receive a nomination in the category are definitely talented. Claire Danes of Homeland, Bates Motel's Vera Farmiga, Michelle Dockery from Downton Abbey, Robin Wright in House of Cards, Mad Men's Elisabeth Moss, Connie Britton of Nashville, and Kerry Washington from Scandal, are all solid actors but none of them come even close to the outstanding talent showcased on Orphan Black.
The only question I'm left with is "why?" Why are incredible actors on science fiction and fantasy shows black listed?
My nerd rage cup runneth over this morning and all I'm seeing is black.