It's Throwback Thursday, which means it's only appropriate that follow through on a promise I made in last month's How did my Saturn Awards television submissions fare? O.K., I guess
I'm almost as displeased at Tatiana Maslany getting snubbed as I was at Eva Green and "Penny Dreadful" being ignored for three consecutive years. Humph. I'll plan on writing a post about how these awards would look if the entertainment professionals were in charge of them instead of two people on the Television Committee. I'll critique the acting nominations there.
I'm going to do the light version of this, which involves postulating what the actors, critics, and other entertainment professionals, along with more dedicated mainstream fans, would nominate in the acting categories given the shows already nominated for this year's Saturn Awards
— redoing the show nominations based on insider preferences and then projecting the acting nominations from those would be too much work! Besides, the data are incomplete. I won't really know until after this year's Emmy nominations are announced. I might do the heavy-duty version then.
To determine the hypothetical nominees, I tallied the nominations from eleven awards programs that recognize television acting, the Primetime Emmy Awards
, Golden Globes
, SAG Awards
, Critics' Choice Television Awards
, Television Critics Association Awards
, Empire Awards, Gold Derby Awards, NAACP Image Awards, Online Movie and TV Association, Satellite Awards, and Awards Circuit Community Awards, as well as the Saturn Awards. For every program that nominated an actor from one of the shows already nominated, I tallied one point. I did not count multiple nominations nor did I double points for wins like I did for the most honored political documentaries of 2017
. However, I did do that to resolve ties for the eighth spot, which happened when only one awards program nominated the performer, in which case I used the lifetime number of wins (2 points) and nominations (1 point) on the actor's IMDB page. In addition, I double counted the Academy Awards, Golden Globes, SAG Awards, and BAFTA Awards, which IMDB lists above all others, so that wins in these awards are worth 4 points and nominations are worth 2 points. I also moved miscategorized nominees, mostly from Best Actress on Television to Best Supporting Actress on Television, but also from Best Supporting Actress to Best Guest Performance on Television. After that happened, the top eight point earners become the hypothetical nominees.
I decided against moving nominees from Best Guest Performance on Television to Best Supporting Actor or Best Supporting Actor; that would have caused too much trouble. I also ended up adding one performer to the Best Performance by a Younger Actor on a Television Series alone, as the tiebreaker didn't break the tie for eighth.
With my procedure out of the way, here are the actual vs. hypothetical nominees out of the way.
I begin with the leading men.
Best Actor on a Television Series:
Jon Bernthal Marvel’s The Punisher (Netflix)
Bruce Campbell Ash vs. Evil Dead (Starz)
Sam Heughan Outlander (Starz)
Jason Isaacs Star Trek: Discovery (CBS All Access)
Andrew Lincoln The Walking Dead (AMC)
Seth MacFarlane The Orville (Fox Television)
Kyle MacLachlan Twin Peaks: The Return (Showtime)
Ricky Whittle American Gods (Starz)
This is not an unreasonable list. These are all the leading male actors in their shows, all of which deserved their nominations. The possible exception might be Ricky Wittle; the Broadcast Television Critics Association Awards nominated Ian McShane (Mr. Wednesday/Odin) instead. Still, while Mr. Wednesday is pulling the strings, "American Gods" is told from Shadow Moon's perspective. It reminds me of "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl." It's really Will Turner's story, but Jack Sparrow hijacks it.
Enough of that aside. Now for the nominees that my methods produced:
Ted Danson "The Good Place"
Brendan Gleeson "Mr. Mercedes"
Sam Heughan "Outlander"
Jason Isaacs "Star Trek: Discovery"
Seth MacFarlane "The Orville"
Kyle MacLachlan "Twin Peaks: The Return"
Ewan McGregor "Fargo"
Bob Odenkirk "Better Call Saul"
Four actors appear on both lists, Sam Heughan, Jason Issacs, Seth MacFarlane, and Kyle MacLachlan. The highest rated of them was MacLachlan, who was nominated by four awards shows, so that would make him the establishment candidate among all the actual nominees. That doesn't mean that he will or should win or even that I'll vote for him. Recall what I've written repeatedly about these awards: "the Saturn Awards are about entertainment not art, they don't care for subtle, and they love to stick it to the experts." Speaking of which, look at the actors who other awards shows thought worthy of nominations, Ted Danson, who won Best Actor in a Comedy Series at the Critics' Choice Television Awards
, Brendan Gleeson, Ewan McGregor, and Bob Odenkirk. The last two were the most recognized by other awards shows, including nominations at the Golden Globes, Emmys, and Critics' Choice Awards. Hah, the Saturn Awards snubbed Obi Wan Kenobi and Saul Goodman!
Now for the leading ladies actually nominated.
Best Actress on a Television Series:
Gillian Anderson The X-Files (Fox Television)
Caitriona Balfe Outlander (Starz)
Melissa Benoist Supergirl (The CW)
Lena Headey Game of Thrones (HBO)
Sonequa Martin-Green Star Trek: Discovery (CBS All Access)
Adrianne Palicki The Orville (Fox Television)
Sarah Paulson American Horror Story: Cult (FX)
Mary Elizabeth Winstead Fargo (FX)
Remember how irked I was at Evan Rachel Wood and Anthony Hopkins being miscategorized for their roles in "Westworld" at last year's Saturn Awards
? I'm almost that annoyed at Lena Headey and Mary Elizabeth Winstead being nominated as lead actresses when everyone else considers them to be in supporting roles. As a result, I'm removing them from this category and placing them in competition for Best Supporting Actress on a Television Series. Here's the resulting field when I do that and use other awards shows' nominations to determine the hypothetical nominees.
Gillian Anderson "The X-Files"
Caitriona Balfe "Outlander"
Kristen Bell "The Good Place"
Melissa Benoist "Supergirl"
Jessica Biel "The Sinner"
Carrie Coon "Fargo"
Elisabeth Moss "The Handmaid's Tale"
Sarah Paulson "American Horror Story: Cult"
Again, half the actual field survives the process. Of them, the most nominated is Caitriona Balfe. I was considering voting for her last year, but didn't. This year, I plan on it. As for the other four, the most highly nominated were Elisabeth Moss and Carrie Coon with nine and six nominations respectively. Moss is not alone. All of the other Emmy winning actresses from "The Handmaid's Tale" were ignored as well. Talk about sticking it to the experts! As for Coon, I was trying to get "The Leftovers" nominated in hopes of her being nominated for Best Actress on a Television Series and failed. Instead, "Fargo" was nominated and she still didn't get recognized. Coon got screwed twice! I'd have also liked to see Kristen Bell here. She deserved it.
Follow over the jump for the rest of the hypothetical fields of nominees.