The Walking Dead—Overdue for an Emmy Award?

by on 01/29/2013

Emmy - The Walking Dead—Overdue for an Emmy Award?

It’s hard to believe that The Walking Dead hasn’t won a major Emmy Award yet, considering that it’s the only “prestige” realistic zombie series out there. Then again, maybe that factor is working against it. Just as Emmy voters find someone they can relate to and like, boom! The guy gets killed off. Not that the creative team is crying over spilled brains—the series has already been nominated for 46 awards and has won 11.

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Greg Nicotero – The Walking Dead Bicycle Girl

It actually did win two competitive Emmy Awards already, in the categories of Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup. Because, believe it or not, actors don’t actually lose parts of their face while filming. The series has also been nominated for technical sound awards, editing and visual effects. Over at the Golden Globe Awards, the series has fared slightly better, having been nominated for Best Television Series. Besides a plethora of minor nominations at smaller award ceremonies, it has been recognized with wins in Best Program (the AFI Awards), Editing (the Eddie Awards), and Sound Editing (Golden Reel Awards).

Hurray for the Satellite Awards, who awarded the series two prizes for Best Genre Series and Best Television Cast. Lastly, let’s give thanks to the Saturn Awards who found it in their blackened zombie hearts to give a little praise to actor Norman Reedus (playing Daryl Dixon) as the Best Supporting Actor. You may remember him from the cult film The Boondock Saints.

Sometimes it does take a while for “outsider” series to gain popularity in the TV industry. (i.e. The X-Files, South Park, and even Downton Abbey who’s just NOW receiving major nominations) Is a major acting nomination too much to ask for The Walking Dead’s Season 3 and 4? Besides Norman Reedus and Andrew Lincoln, who would you like to see recognized? Perhaps Andrea (Laurie Holden), who has certainly been stressed lately and is one of the few cast members you can count on not dying anytime soon. (She is still alive in the comics!)

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Andrew Lincoln

Personally speaking, it would be great to see Andrew Lincoln nominated, if for no other reason, faking an American accent so well for so long! And dare we say, shouldn’t the Emmy Award judges nominate a zombie character as a show business milestone? It would make the front page of the news! (On a weak news day…)

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  • 01/29/2013 at 12:34 pm

    Do you guys really think The Walking Dead is viewed as a “prestigious” show? People look down on TWD as a zombie show with little depth. I love TWD but it’s not won an Emmy because it’s hard to get in to, critics just don’t find the writing on par with or even close to other dramas even on the same station such as Breaking Bad.

    And I don’t particularly find the writing all that great, either. The farm nonsense in season 2 really ruined a lot of the love people had for the show’s writing and direction, and it’s been battling back ever since.


    • 01/29/2013 at 12:36 pm

      That being said Andrew Lincoln is definitely deserving of at least a nomination for carrying the show even in the lulls.


    • M
      01/29/2013 at 1:41 pm

      I may have a completely different view because I marathoned Season 2 on DVD rather than having to wait week to week for each new episode- but I thought it was brilliant, and so completely important for the natural progression of the show. The characters needed that time to question so many aspects of the “new” world. Without all that talking and seemingly slow pacing, Season 3 would be completely unbelievable. I highly recommend that anyone who thought Season 2 was boring on TV go back and watch it on Netflix or DVD.


  • Ian
    01/29/2013 at 7:49 pm

    I don’t think that the show is deserving of any acting awards at the Emmy’s, mainly because the characters don’t last too long on the show, and the roles aren’t too demanding of the actors. One actor who might be deserving of a nomination would probably be David Morrissey for his role as the Governor, but that’s it. The Walking Dead is defiantly overdue for writing and directing award nominations.


  • labpar
    01/31/2013 at 9:12 am

    andrew lincoln is the actor most deserving of a nomination for sure. He kills it every time.


  • 01/31/2013 at 6:03 pm

    This is the most brilliant show ever. It sucks the viewer into the action, makes him or her really care about the characters. In the Darabont era at least, it had incredible issues of moral ambiguity. Jon Bernthal, playing Shane Walsh, was the most amazing actor to come along in decades of tv and movies. Andrew Lincoln, an incredibly close second. For this show and its phenemonal actors to be passed over for “good” but nevertheless who cares-if-you-get-up-to-get-a-snack-check-your-email-check-the-food-in-the-oven-check-the-clothes-in-the-dryer-otherwise entertaining shows a real disdain for incredible, incredible writing and phenomenal acting talent. This show and its actors are a horse of a different color. In my (I won’t say how many years/decades of tv watching), there has Never been anything like it. Overdue for multiple awards? That’s the understatement of the entire history of television.


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