Neil Posted June 8, 2016 Report Share Posted June 8, 2016 I'm accepting nominees.....in THREE categories. 1) People or shows that were not even nominated. 2) People or shows that were nominated but lost, perhaps to a worthy 'opponent', perhaps not; or maybe to someone who had won enough already. 3) People or shows who were not nominated because there wasn't a category for them. The oversights are complicated by the fact that the categories changed from year to year. Sometimes Actor/Actress competition was divided into separate Drama/Comedy categories, but several years in the late 50s and early 60s, the categories were Lead Actor/tress in a Series so you might have Dick Van Dyke competing against E. G. Marshall of "The Defenders". You did. Dick won. During the first half of the 60s, supporting actresses, drama and comedy, were competing against one another: the sole comedy nominee for several years: RoseMarie. (Sorry, Bagley) Also Emmys up until the 1958-59 season were for the calendar year so the nominees were represented by two different TV seasons. The 1956 awards were for shows/stars from the last half of the 55-56 and first half of the 56-57 season. The 1958-59 awards, by the way, included the 1958 portion of the 57-58 season. Also you have to take into consideration the competition of the time too. The Lucy Show got its only nomination for Best Comedy Series in the 67-68 season but not because it was the best season (IM-not-so-HO). It was just a blah era for sitcoms in general.(Though I'm glad the series got Emmy recognition) which got blah-er before All in Family and MTM in 70-71. That said, MY nominee for the most criminal Emmy oversight was the absence of I Love Lucy from the Best Comedy Series category in 1955, arguably its best year (by the calendar). It started with "Lucy Learns to Drive" in January and ended with "Passports" in December. I have only seen a few episodes of the other comedy series nominated in 1955. I'm not even sure the episodes I've seen were from 1955. I've never seen any of two of them (Gobel and Caesar). Not to take anything away from their entertainment value, could any of these have had a better run of episodes than the gold standard: I Love Lucy at its very peak in 1955? Make Room for Daddy, Caesar's Hour, George Gobel, The Bob Cummings Show, Jack Benny and the winner The Phil Silvers Show, which went on to win three in a row. The Academy redeemed itself that year .....just slightly....The 1955 Best Continuing Performance by an Actress was won by Lucille Ball. If ever there was a year above all others that she deserved it, this was it. Believe it or not, of the seven times I Love Lucy was eligible for the Best Comedy Series category (or variation thereof), it was nominated only FOUR...and won two. Lucy got some nomination every season of I Love Lucy, sometimes two categories for the same year. A total of 9 nominations but only two wins. Well, I guess they couldn't give it her every year, but, seriously, they could have. (For the record, she was nominated 4 out of the 6 Lucy Show seasons and won twice for a total of 13 nominations and 4 wins). The most outlandish category that she was nominated in, was only used once in 1957. This one, submitted I'm sure with all seriousness: "Series performance by a comedienne, singer, hostest, dancer, MC, announcer, narrator, panelist or any person WHO ESSENTIALLY PLAYS HERSELF (my caps) They left out chorus girl, bit player or extra! losing to someone who at least came close to fitting that strange category: Dinah Shore. (Not surprisingly there were no female announcers nominated). Lucy and fellow nominee Gracie Allen (another of my nominations for Most Egregious Oversight) were so GOOD, apparently people didn't believe they were really acting (which was everyone's first impression of Laurette Taylor, considered the best stage actress of her day.) It was Lucy's only 1957 nomination. That year, the series actress category was for comedy and drama and the nominees were: Eve Arden for the one season Eve Arden Show, Ida Lupino in Mr. Adams and Eve, Spring Byington for December Bride, Jan Clayton for Lassie (?!?) losing to Jane Wyatt in Father Knows Best, the first of three she would win. Nothing against Jane Wyatt because she played the part beautifully, but THREE wins?? And if they had only had Best Guest Actor/Actress in a Comedy Series back then, the 66-67 winner could have been a tie between Iris Adrian and Jody Gilbert. We'll put your nominations before our blue ribbon committee and see if we can come up with a winner. You can submit as many as you like. Just don't OVERDO IT: our committee's indulgence has its limits. 2 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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