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The Worst Emmy Award Winners

The Emmys are approaching. September 19th will be the 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards.

In the past few years, award shows have been under scrutiny, whether it be the Grammys, Oscars, or in this case, the Emmys. There’s been backlash due to the lack of diversity in judges and winners, hence, the predictability of the awards.

Now, I was planning on predicting and giving my opinion on the 2021 nominees, and then I realized I hadn’t seen ANY of the shows listed. Awkward, indeed. I’m sorry I didn’t want to watch Emily in Paris, my bad!

Check out the list of 2021 Emmy Nominees here

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So instead, I will be looking at the worst Emmy award winners to date. There was actually a lot to choose from, but I selected my favourite, or should I say least favourite.

Starting off strong here,
For Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, 2012
Nominees:
Steve Buscemi (Boardwalk Empire)
Damian Lewis (Homeland)
Michael C. Hall (Dexter)
Jon Hamm (Mad Men)
Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad)
Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey)

To be fair, there’s a lot of good choices here. I mean, Jon Hamm as Don Draper is unforgettable, probably one of my favourite shows of all time! Michael C. Hall killed the role of Dexter! And most notably, Bryan Cranston, Walter White, Heisenberg, the man the myth of the most legendary role in all television history. But no, guess who won? Damian Lewis for Homeland. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed Homeland, but in comparison to the shows listed above? No. Homeland doesn’t even belong amongst that them, nevermind beat them out and win the award! Someone has some explaining to do with this one. That’s all I can say without getting too worked up.

In the following year for the same award, Jon Hamm and Bryan Cranston were beat out again by Jeff Daniels for the Newsroom. Why.

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, 2007
Nominees:
Sandra Oh (Grey’s Anatomy)
Aida Turturro (The Sopranos)
Chandra Wilson (Grey’s Anatomy)
Katherine Heigl (Grey’s Anatomy)
Lorraine Bracco (The Sopranos)
Rachel Griffiths (Brothers & Sisters)

First off, what even is this nominations list? Why is Grey’s Anatomy dominating? I know this might be an unpopular opinion, but what is the deal with Grey’s Anatomy? I’ve tried my hand at it, and the acting was cheesy and cliche, which is fine for daytime mindnumbing TV. However, this is the Emmys! Not the Hallmark awards. Turturro and Bracco are the only two I believe deserve to be on this list. The Sopranos is the most influential television series of all time. Again, it shouldn’t even be getting compared to Grey’s. I’m sure you can see where this is going. Yes, Katherin Heigl of Grey’s Anatomy took home the award. Notably, probably the worst actress in Greys. Why Emmys, why?

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, 2011
Nominees:
Alec Baldwin (30 Rock)
Matt LeBlanc (Episodes)
Louis C.K. (Louie)
Johnny Galecki (The Big Bang Theory)
Jim Parson (The Big Bang Theory)
Steve Carrall (The Office)

For me, there’s an obvious choice here. But that’s never the way it goes, huh. Yes, Alec Baldwin was funny in 30 Rock, and Matt LeBlanc basically played himself in Episodes which was super entertaining and hilarious. Louis CK is an obvious no for various reasons. But, the obvious winner would be Steve Carrall as Michael Scott in the Office. One of, if not the most iconic character in a comedy series ever. No, instead, Sheldon took home the award. Another unpopular opinion, I guess, but I’m standing my ground. The Big Bang Theory is not funny because their stab at “comedy” is solely based on negative stereotypes, whether it be racially fueled stereotypes or the dumb blond cliche. The characters don’t develop or change throughout the 11 years of this shows running. They stay cardboard cutouts of stereotypes. It’s lazy comedy, and I have no clue why Jim Parson won the award.

In fact, Carrall ended up with zero Emmys for The Office. Justice for Steve Carrall.

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