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And the winners are . . .

bsgbloodscalesThe nominations for the 2009 Emmys have just been announced. Unsurprisingly (and deservedly) Mad Men has done exceptionally well, taking four of the five nominations for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series, one of the Directing nominations, and a number of other, smaller nominations (including Outstanding Hairstyling – woo-hoo!) as well as a nomination for Outstanding Drama Series.

The other standout drama of the year, Breaking Bad, does less well (how its amazing pilot didn’t get nominations for Outstanding Writing and Outstanding Directing is beyond me) but does pick up a nomination for Outstanding Drama (along with the neglected but brilliant Big Love) and a couple of smaller nominations.

At the other end of the spectrum, Battlestar Galactica has been almost completely ignored once again, picking up only one major nomination, for Michael Rymer’s direction of ‘Daybreak Part 2’. The take-home message? That even when a science fiction show produces episodes of the calibre of ‘Revelations’, ‘The Oath’ or ‘Blood on the Scales’, all of which are, quite simply, some of the best television produced in the last ten years, it’s still not enough to find mainstream recognition.

Not, it must be said, that the literary world is much better.

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  1. godardsletterboxes #

    Yep – it is inevitable really. I think Buffy never got anything except “best hair” and Battlestar which is so very worthy, doesn’t either. It would be nice when science fiction/fantasy in any space got considered to be capable of greatness, rather than cringed away from.

    July 17, 2009
  2. Le Guin just cracks me up.

    July 17, 2009
  3. She’s a bad lady. But funny.

    July 17, 2009
  4. Having just become fixated with “Breaking Bad” – maybe it was you who tipped me over the edge of the Cliff of Vacillation – I can safely say that it’s the Y-fronts that lift it out of the general ruck.

    Didn’t they make movies like this once? You know, good ones…

    July 30, 2009

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