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First, a rant: This yr’s Golden Globe nominations for tv have been a catastrophe. No offense to anybody nominated, however the quantity of excellent achievements ignored this yr go far past what the trade politely likes to name “snubs.” I May Destroy You, simply the perfect factor on TV in all of 2020 bought zero nominations, and but Ratched bought three? GTFO. No Insecure however Emily in Paris bought two nods? Sacré bleu. (Even writers on Emily agree that is a travesty.) True, it was a bizarre yr for leisure, however did the Hollywood Foreign Press Association simply not make the leap from HBO Go to HBO Max or one thing? Come on.
That stated, if there was one title listed amongst the Golden Globe nominees that got here as a welcome shock, it was this: The Mandalorian is up for greatest drama collection. Yes, drama. All that soup-sipping Baby Yoda did in Season 1 bought observed, y’all. Not for nothing, the present does deserve the eye, and contemplating there’s no Golden Globe for Best Sci-Fi Series or Best Action Series, giving Mando a massive confetti day for all of the drama he dropped at 2020 appears about proper. If no statues will go to good genre-defyers like Michaela Coel, the least the HFPA may do is transfer the needle by recognizing sci-fi. (Also, earlier than you yell at me on Twitter: Yes, I do know I May Destroy You is a restricted collection, so it would not be in the identical class as The Mandalorian. But that is in regards to the precept of the factor.) It gained’t make it proper, however at the very least it gained’t make it worse.
And now’s pretty much as good a time as any. Most of the key awards—the Globes, the Oscars, the Emmys—have been gradual to have a good time style tv. Like, remarkably gradual. Did you already know that for all the numerous Star Trek collection, the franchise has solely gained Emmys for technical achievements? It’s true. Globes? Forget about it. (I’m Patrick Stewart’s performing profession and I demand that I be witnessed!) Same goes for the Star Wars franchise and Oscars. Which is to say, a present like The Mandalorian getting a nomination in a main TV class is big. With so many good contenders lacking from the sector, The Mandalorian turns into a sturdy candidate to root for, one neck and neck with Lovecraft Country, which is nominated in the identical class.
Look, I do know that the trophy might be going to go to The Crown. Or Ozark. If it goes to Ratched, I’ll eat this web site (and be glad for Sarah Paulson, who did her damnedest). And both of these exhibits can be advantageous. Whatever. Awards typically miss the mark. But you already know what? The Mandalorian did one thing particular. It took territory so well-worn it’s virtually clear and located a enjoyable Western-style drama in it. And it gave us a little inexperienced dude so GIF-able the web known as him its personal. None of this stuff actually converse to the present’s high quality, or whether or not it was the perfect factor on TV final yr, but it surely’s clear HFPA didn’t give that a lot consideration, both. Might as effectively give Mando a trophy—it would change some minds about what heroes can do.
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