True Blood Breaks Award Barriers

July 10, 2010 by  

Doesn’t everyone like to be seduce by a vampire? Apparently not; TV academy voters don’t seem to be attracted to fangs. While “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” received glowing reviews from both critics and fans in the 1990s, it never received an Emmy nomination.

The yearly snubs were received with outrage and when the show finally ended in 2003, the TV academy tried to make amends by staging a tribute at its headquarters in North Hollywood. Funny enough, Sarah Michelle Gellar, or Buffy to fans, didn’t show up.

With True Blood being such a success, many believed that it would be able to seduce the voters. Not only was the story line well done, but it also had HBO muscle behind it as well as Oscar winner Anna Paquin (who won best supporting actress in 1993 for her role in “The Piano”). Unfortunately, the show was only nominated for a few minor categories in crafts.

However, this year True Blood has successfully gained four nominations in the craft categories (art direction, casting, makeup and editing) as well as a nomination for best drama. Though this is a significant move on the part of TV academy,  Anna Paquin wasn’t nominated for best actress. Paquin has been recognized in the past for her 2007 work in the miniseries Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee.  Her work on True Blood has also been award worthy; she won best actress at the Golden Globes in 2009 and was nominated once again this year for portrayal as Sookie Stackhouse.

While vampires may not be the TV academy’s favorite subject, they do enjoy good writing and impeccable acting. With True Blood’s nomination for best drama, perhaps this will help change the academy’s mind when it comes to vampire shows. This is a small step, not only for True Blood but for all wonderfully written vampire genre shows. Only time will tell, but for now the biggest award True Blood can receive is the fact that millions of fans all over the world wait all week to enjoy watching their favorite telepath as she tries to make her way through a world riddled with seductive vampires.


(Photo Credit: HBO Inc.)