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!
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.