Why Are The Golden Globes So Genre Blind?

Perhaps being a Sci-fi/fantasy fan I should be used to it by now, but I still get annoyed when my favourite genre shows continuously get ignored come award season. The Golden Globes 2015 have just announced their nominations and once again a number of sci-fi Tv shows and actors are snubbed.
It’s hard to believe that none of the excellent cast of Game of Thrones have been nominated for acting gongs. It has one of the best casts on television and yet no one has been recognised for their performances. Peter Dinklage is always great as Tyrion Lannister but it’s widely acknowledged that his performance in the fifth season was particularly outstanding. He should be the front-runner of the awards not cruelly snubbed.
Then there’s The Walking Dead, a consistently great show with a brilliant cast and ratings that keep getting better each year, but again no nominations for Best Drama series or for its cast. It is a clever, dark show with complicated characters, moral dilemmas and zombie gore-what more can you want from a show!
Actress Tatiana Maslany got a well deserved nomination last year for her role(s) in Orphan Black but this year -zilch. This is despite the fact she plays even more roles than before and still has the uncanny ability to make me forget that all these characters are being played by the same person. She’s amazing. But will she ever get the awards she deserves? It seems doubtful.
It seems the mainstream industry awards still see sci-fi/fantasy as something unworthy of accolades when in fact they bring us some of the best tv shows of recent years. Maybe perceptions are slowly changing. Game of Thrones is still nominated for Best Drama series and in the mini-series category American Horror Story: Freakshow got nominated alongside acting nods for Jessica Lange and Kathy Bates.
Tell me what you think. Should sci-fi/fantasy shows get more recognition from the main award shows or is it better they stay on the outside away from the ‘serious’ dramas and comedies? Should The Walking Dead join Game of Thrones in Best Drama series? Or should there be a best sci-fi/fantasy category to go alongside the ones for Drama and Comedy? Let me know what you think in the comments below.

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10 responses to “Why Are The Golden Globes So Genre Blind?

  1. I’d lose my mind with joy if Tatiana Maslany got a reward for her challenging performances.

  2. thats actually a great idea for them to add a sci-fi category. maybe you should start a campaign πŸ™‚

  3. I tend not to pay attention to awards shows now, just because for all the people and shows that get nominated there are some clear candidates that miss out. I just see the winners and if they look like they deserved it then I applaud them, however, normally there’s always something to moan about and sometimes it is rightfully so. Being a sci-fi and fantasy fan myself I can understand your frustration and I have accepted that certain things just won’t come to pass in terms of awards at this current point in time.

  4. 2014 has been arguably the greatest year for science-fiction movies & yet these award ceremonies don’t consider this genre to be good enough. It’s a shame actually.

  5. It is just tiring. The same actors/shows get nominated every year.

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