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The 2007 Emmy nominations came out yesterday, and I was largely happy with the programs receiving honors. Steve Carell, Rainn Wilson, and Jenna Fischer all garnered much deserved nods for ‘The Office’, Showtime’s pot dramedy ‘Weeds’ picked up several nominations, and Ricky Gervais even got a mention for his brilliant work on ‘Extras.’ Unfortunately, one actor, more than any other, got the snub of a lifetime. Michael C. Hall’s lack of acclaim for his callous performance in ‘Dexter’ is a disgrace.
The category of “Best Actor In A Drama” is loaded this year with the likes of James Gandolfini (‘The Sopranos’), James Spader (‘Boston Legal’), Dennis Leary (‘Rescue Me’), Kiefer Sutherland (‘24'), and Hugh Laurie (‘House’), but that’s only five nominations. Many of the other major categories were rewarded with six potential winners. Michael C. Hall’s performance stands atop the same lofty cliffs as the other handful, and in my opinion, it may even have been better.
The title character on Showtime’s ‘Dexter’ is one of the more complex roles on network television today; yet, the former ‘Six Feet Under’ star’s cold and distant serial killer is able to draw sympathy from viewers. Just as his character’s every move is a well calculated ploy to convince society of his normalcy, Hall’s stunning performance is a clinic in how to portray a complicated and demonized man.
The Emmys have a long history of ignoring the first season of highly touted programs; so, I have a good feeling that they will eventually get around to showering Hall with the praise he deserves. Still, this snub is a shock and even a possible example of how the nomination system is broken. I implore the Emmy nomination committee to keep this in mind next year, when considering passing over a much-deserving freshman performance.