Today’s Emmy nominations included the usual snubs and surprises, but one factor bled through several categories. It’s good to embrace a left-of-center cause.
Not only did the climate change docuseries Years of Living Dangerously from Showtime earn a nod, so did President Barack Obama for turning a comedy short into a propaganda tool with the help of Zach Galifianakis.
Plus, with liberals shouting down anyone who doesn’t use the precise terms to discuss LGBT issues, Orange is the New Black co-star Laverne Cox snared the first-ever Emmy nomination for a transgender person.The HBO original film about the HIV/AIDS scourge in the 1980s, The Normal Heart, also scooped up a number of awards.
Coincidence? Tell that to Al Gore who won an Oscar for his power point presentation An Inconvenient Truth. Or the folks behind the HBO movie Game Change, a cartoonish assault on Sarah Palin which scored a gaggle of industry honors.
The entertainment industry strives to honor the best and brightest, and in many cases does just that. Other times, it’s clear that there’s a thumb or two on the scales of artistic justice.