Credit: Gene Page/AMC Photo: The Walking Dead Season 4, Episode 14: “The Grove” More Photos — Carol Kills Lizzie

The 2014 Emmy Award voters — in their infinite lack of imagination — have once again barely recognized The Walking Dead’s existence, despite it being one of the strongest dramatic and technical shows on the air.

In a small amount of good news, TWD was nominated in these two categories:
 

Outstanding Sound Editing For A Series - 2014

Jerry Ross, as Supervising Sound Editor

Michael Baber, as Music Editor

Tim Farrell, as Sound Effects

Lou Thomas, as Dialogue Editor

Clayton Weber, as Foley Artist

Outstanding Special And Visual Effects In A Supporting Role - 2014

Victor Scalise, as VFX Supervisor

Darrell Dean Pritchett, as Special FX Supervisor

Matt Robken, as VFX Producer

Gary Romey, as VFX Coordinator

Martin Hilke, as Lead 2D Artist

Diego Galtieri, as Senior 2D Artist

Michael Cook, as Lead CG Artist

William L. Arance, as Senior CG Artist

Dylen Velasquez, as 2D Artist


According to AMC, "in the Outstanding Special and Visual Effect's category, The Walking Dead was nominated for Season 4, Episode 1, '30 Days Without an Accident', and will compete against the VFX teams from HISTORY's Vikings, TNT's Mob City, CBS's Hawaii-Five-0, Starz's Da Vinci's Demons and Starz's Black Sails. For Outstanding Sound Editing, the sound editing team for The Walking Dead Season 4, Episode 8, 'Too Far Gone' will contend with the editors from Starz's Black Sails, HBO's Boardwalk Empire, HBO's Game of Thrones, and AMC's very own Breaking Bad."

Fans may not be happy about the other snubs, but that shouldn't take anything away from these fine TWD nominees. Congratulations on your achievement — we hope you win!   
 

Credit: Gene Page/AMC Photo: Rick Grimes and Hershel Greene Talk at the Prison in The Walking Dead Season 4, Episode 16: “A”

That said, shame on you, Emmys.

What in heaven’s name does it take to get you to see past the conventional “drama” nominees and recognize TWD, especially with the performances of Season 4? No Melissa McBride for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama. No Andrew Lincoln for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama. No Best Drama nomination for the show itself? No other potential awards for supporting actor/actress, guest actor, makeup, writing, directing, stunt coordination, casting, etc.? There were so many options. It’s frustrating, especially when TWD had such a strong year, and not every show did, and some people keep getting nominated repeatedly no matter what they do, and others are snubbed no matter what they do. Bah.

Here’s TWD’s not-so-stellar history with the Emmys: Last year, TWD was nominated for Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup For A Series, Miniseries, Movie Or A Special. In 2012, it was nominated for Outstanding Special Visual Effects and Outstanding Sound Editing For A Series, and won for Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup For A Series, Miniseries, Movie Or A Special. In 2011, TWD was nominated for Outstanding Sound Editing For A Series, and Outstanding Special Visual Effects For A Series; and won for Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup For A Series, Miniseries, Movie Or A Special.

Hopefully the Emmy voters will wake up next year and nominate TWD in the drama categories. Breaking Bad won’t be around to nominate anymore so maybe they’ll realize AMC’s highest rated show is more than just popular. It’s award-worthy!

The Walking Dead Season 5 premieres in October on AMC.

SourceEmmys.com