After final evening’s Emmy Awards ceremony, Higher Name Saul can lay declare to a exceptional achievement: 46 Emmy nominations and nil wins over the course of its six-season run. Forty. Six. 46 possibilities to acknowledge probably the greatest exhibits on tv for its exceptional achievements, and 46 failures to take action.
It feels imply to maintain harping on that quantity, however 46 is staggering. This TVLine record showcases 25 nice exhibits that additionally by no means gained an Emmy, however many of the exhibits on that record solely acquired just a few token nods throughout their run — they weren’t taking part in the sport as arduous as Saul has performed over the previous six years. And but 46 losses. It’s lots!
Upon its preliminary premiere, the genre-defying crime drama might have been a direct a part of the Emmys race as a derivative of Breaking Unhealthy, which had a way more spectacular Emmys run over its 5 seasons (58 nominations and 16 wins). However even when that leg up might be thought-about a bizarre kind of awards present nepotism, the saying about nepotism is that it could get you within the door — however expertise is what retains you there. And even the Emmys can’t deny that Peter Gould and Vince Gilligan’s singular TV achievement, constructing upon what got here earlier than to create a full-circle narrative in contrast to every other, deserves recognition. (Why else would they preserve nominating it?)
Higher Name Saul nonetheless has another 12 months to win large, and as with AMC’s Mad Males, that last-chance power is likely to be the bump it must at least get Bob Odenkirk or Rhea Seehorn or the goddamn writers extra recognition. However by splitting Saul‘s closing season into two elements, leaving the present’s closing six episodes to combat for consideration subsequent 12 months, did AMC damage the present’s possibilities this 12 months? Or will Saul have a significantly better likelihood at lastly successful when not up in opposition to zeitgeist favorites like Squid Recreation or established gamers like Succession?
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Squid Recreation star Lee Jung-jae on the 2022 Emmy Awards (NBC)
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None of those questions need to do with the precise high quality of Saul compared to different exhibits, as a result of one thing it will get simpler to embrace with age is the concept awards exhibits are as a lot a sport as the rest on this world.
And also you at all times need the winner on this situation to be probably the most deserving, however then you definitely get into questions of what is probably the most deserving. Did the actor who put themselves by means of excessive bodily transformations to recreate a well-known determine obtain one thing artistically extra helpful than the actor who bore their soul for a stripped down character examine? Is the daring and nuanced sci-fi collection extra deserving of recognition than the stately well-told interval drama?
Asking questions like that is the purpose at which it truthfully turns into crucial to consider this complete factor as a sport, lest the existential sinkhole of pitting varied inventive achievements in opposition to one another and declaring one the “finest” threaten to eat us all totally.
As a substitute, consider it like this: Awards exhibits are sports activities. That’s to not say you shouldn’t get invested in a movie or TV present’s possibilities — like sports activities, heartbreak is at all times potential, particularly while you’ve spent all 12 months watching your group play their rattling hearts out, solely to lose within the final moments of the season.
There’s a distinction, after all: When your favourite sports activities group doesn’t win the large sport, you often can level to a cause why — a fumble within the third quarter or a penalty within the second interval, or the opposite group’s miracle three-pointer or grand slam on the backside of the ninth. Or typically, you watch the sport and it’s clear that one group simply outplayed the opposite.