The Emmy Awards will be handed out on ABC this evening. When it comes to major entertainment awards presentations like that one, I always find myself thinking of those tremendously talented artists who never got an award or never even got a nomination. Not that I'm a famous, gifted artist but I have worked on television since B.C. ("Before Cable"). I'm a veteran of a few TV decades. I've never been in a category for a local or network Emmy. When nominated actors say "It's an honor just to be nominated," I know they mean it. That's exactly how I would feel if I was nominated. With that in mind, let's look at some greats Overlooked by Emmys. Here's something that surprised me speechless. One of the most internationally famous, legendary and groundbreaking network TV sitcoms of all broadcast time was I LOVE LUCY. Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz were the stars.
www.IMDb.com. Search for Ida Lupino. Go into her history and click on the *Director* category. Look at all the TV episodes she directed. What an extensive list of credits! Westerns, medical dramas, thrillers and sitcoms. For a number of those years, she was the only woman directing episodes of network TV shows.
Broadway musicals and, later, network TV made Hollywood veteran Angela Lansbury more famous that her 1940s and 50s movies did. She won Tony Awards for her Broadway excellence. A couple of years ago, Hollywood's Academy awarded Lansbury a special Oscar. But...through years of hit work on CBS' MURDER, SHE WROTE...Angela Lansbury racked up about a dozen nominations in the Best Lead Actress category for that show alone -- and never won.
Another surprise. Unfortunately, the late and great cartoon voiceover genius, Mel Blanc, never got a special Oscar or Emmy for giving brilliant vocal life to Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Sylvester the Cat and other characters that delighted millions on the movie and TV screen for 50 years.
Every Sunday night, I sat in front of my TV and waited for HBO to take down the road to Oz. That prison drama was adult, provocative, entertaining and wonderfully acted and written. It's still hard to believe that Rita Moreno never got an Emmy nomination for her brilliance at the worldly Catholic nun prison psychiatrist.