Snub: Tatiana Maslany, Outstanding Actress in a Drama
Has there ever been a more shameful example of the Academy's intense bias against genre shows? Anyone who has seen Orphan Black knows Tatiana Maslany gave one of the most astounding performances on TV this year. As the heart of this sci-fi clone thriller, Tatiana played four entirely distinct primary characters, and a plethora of secondary and tertiary characters as well — and she tackled the challenge of separate-but-identical characters better than any actor I've ever seen.
Not only did I routinely forget the four main clones were played by the same person, but Tatiana often had to act as one clone playing another — and I could always tell which clone it really was, because, for example, Sarah-as-Alison was distinct from Sarah, Alison, or Alison-as-Sarah. There were moments in those scenes where Tatiana's accent would slip, not into her real accent, but into the accent of the clone who was pretending to be someone else. That's how detailed she is.
Masterful is the only word for this breakout star, and it's ridiculous that she's not on the ballot. — Rebecca Martin