Tatiana Maslany Was Robbed Of An Emmy Nomination For Her Array Of Performances On “Orphan Black”

The Emmy Awards are bullshit. I just need to say that. They are boring and they often play it safe and they are the award show I am least excited to watch, but STILL. I am disappointed. Dismayed even. Why? Tatiana Maslany should have been a shoo-in for a nomination for Best Actress in a Drama for “Orphan Black.” The fact that she was overlooked is a goddamn TRAVESTY. But I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised that the same folks who rewarded “Frasier” and “Two and a Half Men” year after year would be too simple-minded to understand the brilliance of Maslany’s bevy of fabulous performances on the BBC show, which just ended its second season.

Yes, performances. Maslany regularly plays five distinctly unique, if “identical” clones on the show (plus a few other lesser seen clones), so flawlessly that you literally forget it is the same actress in each role playing against herself. Marlon Brando, were he alive, would be like, “Hand me donut and BTW this woman could teach me a thing or two.” Sometimes when I’m watching the opening credits, I find myself thinking, Wait, I thought the cast of the show was larger, oh wait it’s so small because one actress PLAYS EVERYONE. The Emmy nomination committee, aka the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, must have been confused. For example, here is what I imagine an Emmy voter might think upon looking at the list of people who submitted themselves for nominations:

“Let’s see, Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope on ‘Scandal,’ love her. Claire Danes as Carrie Mathison on ‘Homeland’ — dang, she cries good. Robin Wright as Claire Underwood on “House of Cards,” she’s a boss bitch. Tatiana Maslany as BASICALLY EVERYONE on ‘Orphan Black’ … wait, what? IMPOSSIBLE. No one person could play that many people on one show. Not even the greatest actor alive. This must be an error. I’m not even going to bother watching because clearly one actress playing five characters is just crazy talk.”

Maybe that’s not exactly how nominations work, but I can’t think of any other conceivable reason, besides just not having any taste whatsoever, for Maslany to have been snubbed by the Academy. I mean WTF. Ugh. In conclusion, I leave you with this Helena GIF which sums things up: