There were certainly some highlights, and a solid group of Canadians earned themselves well deserved nominations. But there were a couple of snubs that Canadian of the Week cannot let stand.
Saskatchewan’s Evangeline Lilly, after six seasons of snubbery from the Emmy voters, ended her run on “Lost” unrecognized one last time despite a fabulous turn in the show’s final season. Always a central figure in the “Lost” narrative, Lilly’s Kate was full of twists and turns in the last season, both back on the island and in the “alternate timeline” as she tried to do right by Claire while still running from the law.
Perhaps we’re thinking more with our heart here than with our critical eye for television, but the overlooking of Winnipeg’s Anna Paquin on “True Blood” can’t be overlooked. The show was nominated for Best Drama, overcoming Emmy’s general distaste for vampires, but bubkis for Paquin and co-star Stephen Moyer. (Don’t worry, Anna. Once we get around to finishing our Top 10 Canadians of the TV season, you’ll be pleased).
Now to the good news.
The best story to come out of this year’s nominations, as far as COTW is concerned, is the record set by “Saturday Night Live.” The brainchild of Torontoan Lorne Michaels hauled in 13 nominations, giving it 126 over its 35-year history and making it the most nominated show in Emmy history, surpassing “ER.”
“We’ve been on a long time, and the nice part about being on a long time is you are going to break some records,” Michaels told The New York Times. When the reporter told him he didn’t have to be modest, Michaels said, “Well, it’s the Canadian part of me.”
That’s why we’re here, Lorne.
More Canadians were earned Emmy nods were:
- Martin Short for his eye-catching dramatic role on “Damages”
- Catherine O’Hara for her role in HBO’s “Temple Gradin”
- Director Jeremy Podeswa, who co-directed the eighth installment of “The Pacific”
- Funnyman Dave Foley, who landed a voiceover nomination for his role in Disney’s “Prep & Landing.”
- Choreographer Stacey Tookey, whose routine, “Fear,” on “So You Think You Can Dance,” was danced by Kathryn and Legacy to Patti LaBelle’s “2 Steps Away.” (Editor’s note: Canadian of the Week will always have a soft spot for Stacey Tookey, who was the first star to give us an interview).
- Finally, we’ll give Calgary’s Cory Monteith some love for his contribution to “Glee’s” astounding 19 Emmy nominations, including one for Best Comedy and another for Outstanding Casting for a Comedy