How social issues and presidential campaign affects 2016 Emmy Awards

How social issues and presidential campaign affects 2016 Emmy Awards

How social issues and presidential campaign affects 2016 Emmy Awards images
Television is often thought of an escape mechanism, but when social issues and politics are thrown upon us with such force, there is no escaping them. This often will affect the outcomes during awards season and the 2016 Emmy Awards will surely be no different.

What do computer hackers, the divisive U.S. presidential campaign and racial tensions have to do with the Emmys?

Possibly a lot, if TV academy voters favored shows plugged into modern anxiety when they cast ballots for the 68th prime-time Emmy Awards. The ceremony airs 8 p.m. EDT Sunday on ABC with host Jimmy Kimmel.

Golden Globe-winning “Mr. Robot,” a conspiracy thriller about a troubled hacker, is vying for the top drama series award and best actor honors for star Rami Malek.

Biting political satire “Veep” is seeking its second consecutive best comedy series award, and bleak political drama “House of Cards” is looking for its first major win, as are its stars, Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright.

A sitcom that has aggressively taken on issues including use of the “N-word” and police brutality, “black-ish” is up against “Veep” for top comedy honors in a field that also includes “Master of None,” ”Modern Family,” ”Silicon Valley,” ”Transparent” and “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.”

“Veep” star Julia Louis-Dreyfus is on the hunt for her fifth best comedy actress trophy for her portrayal of vice president-to-president Selina Meyer.
will emmy awards be affected by social issues and politics
“Mr. Robot” will be vying with last year’s formidable champion, “Game of Thrones,” this year’s most-nominated show. The fantasy saga could break the record it set in 2015 for most wins by a series in a single year, 12: It already earned nine creative arts honors last weekend and is up for five more trophies Sunday.

Besides “Mr. Robot” and “House of Cards,” ”GOT” will compete with “Better Call Saul,” ”Homeland,” ”The Americans” and the farewell season of “Downton Abbey.”

There will be more than ego tallies at the awards, with diversity in Hollywood an ongoing issue. The Emmys have outpaced the much-criticized Academy Awards, and each of this year’s major acting categories includes at least one minority nominee. Among them is “How to Get Away with Murder” star Viola Davis, who last year became the first woman of color to be honored as best drama series actress.

A pair of key changes made by the TV academy could affect the outcomes in Sunday’s 27 categories. It revised how votes are cast and counted, switching from a ranking and points system to letting voters simply check off their top choice. That sharpened the selection process and might affect past winners who managed to collect enough second-place votes to overcome the competition.

In another revision, this one implemented last year; voting was expanded from blue-ribbon panels to – depending on the award – giving substantially more or all of the academy’s 20,000-plus members the chance to vote for finalists.

Click to add a comment

Jackie Warner is the go to person for all types of reviews at Movie TV Tech Geeks News. She's also the lucky one to get to test all of our Cool Stuff Tech and Toys for review.

More in Politics

can donald trump really save americas infrastructure 2017 images

Can Donald Trump really save America’s infrastructure?

MTTG StaffJanuary 15, 2017
celebrities begin supporting donald trump what are they seeing 2017 images

Celebrities begin supporting Donald Trump: What are they seeing?

The Curvy Girl DivaJanuary 15, 2017
Donald Trump CEO actions raising more ethics questions 2017 images

Donald Trump CEO actions raising more ethics questions

MTTG StaffJanuary 14, 2017
original dreamgirl jennifer holliday pulls out on donald trump 2017 images

Original ‘Dreamgirl’ Jennifer Holliday pulls out on Donald Trump

MTTG StaffJanuary 14, 2017
donald trump takes on civil rights legend john lewis with twitter 2017 images

Donald Trump takes on civil rights legend John Lewis with Twitter

Shanka CherylJanuary 14, 2017
will us military switch from green enery to fossil fuels for donald trump 2016 images

Will U.S. military switch from green energy to fossil fuels for Donald Trump?

MTTG StaffJanuary 14, 2017
Lauren Duca, Warrior Goddess, for 2020 Presidential Election 2017 images

Lauren Duca, Warrior Goddess, for 2020 Presidential Election

Shane LambertJanuary 13, 2017
donald trump news conference another media blast 2016 images

Donald Trump news conference becomes another media blast

MTTG StaffJanuary 11, 2017
donald trump news conference full transcript hits 2017

Donald Trump news conference complete transcript

MTTG StaffJanuary 11, 2017

Subscribe to our Daily Newsletter

You will only receive one per day. You'll also get a free THE WALKING DEAD graphic novel with your subscription