[For those too young to get this joke because they haven’t seen The Shining, please check out the brief film clip at the bottom of the post. It is classic cinema that you should see.]
As I feared the anti-British, anti-Sherlock backlash has begun and the provincial, parochial minds of the members of the American Academy of Television Arts & Sciences have shown just how stupid and petty they can be. Yes, I know they dropped the American part several years ago, but I’m old enough to remember when they used the word and tonight they demonstrated that they very much still think in terms of protecting the local business. There is a strong industry push to protect and promote the new CBS police procedural Sherlock Holmes as well as “buy American” in general.
But then it’s never been known for being very good at recognizing quality and keeping politics (and business) out of the voting. I mean they actually have awards for “reality” television! Seriously? Where exactly is the art of Jersey Shore or Survivor or any of the rest of that category? And the only science is watching Darwinism in action — or inaction in many shows causing me to weep for the future of the species. Curb Your Enthusiasm beat The Big Bang Theory? Really? And they expect me to have any respect for the Emmy Awards. Obviously, much of what is best on television right now is too cerebral for the academy membership. Do not be surprised to see Honey BooBoo winning next season.
So I offer sincere apologizes to:
- Team Sherlock (Best Miniseries or TV Movie)
- Steven Moffat (Best Writing Miniseries, Movie, or Dramatic Special)
- Benedict Cumberbatch (Best Actor Miniseries, Movie, or Dramatic Special)
- Martin Freeman (Best Supporting Actor Miniseries, Movie, or Dramatic Special)
- Paul McGuigan (Best Directing Miniseries, Movie, or Dramatic Special)
- Arwel Wyn Jones, Dafydd Shurmer & Joelle Rumbelow (Art Direction for Miniseries or Movie)
- Kate Rhodes James (Casting for Miniseries or Movie)
- Fabian Wagner (Cinematography for Miniseries or Movie)
- Sarah Arthur & Ceri Walford (Costumes for Miniseries, Movie, or Dramatic Special)
- Charlie Phillips (Single Camera Picture Editing for Miniseries or Movie)
- David Arnold & Michael Price (Music Composition for Miniseries, Movie, or Dramatic Special)
- Jeremy Child & Doug Sinclair (Sound Editing for Miniseries, Movie, or Dramatic Special)
- Howard Bargroff (Sound Mixing for Miniseries, Movie, or Dramatic Special)
When people ask why I don’t have TV reception and have no interest in getting cable, this will go a long way to explaining why.