46 nominations and no Emmys: why does the Academy “none” Better Call Saul?

Yes ok the big winners of the 74th Emmy Awards were The White Lotus, Succession Y ted lasso, there was a series that stole all the comments. Perhaps because of its tremendous popularity and its undoubted quality, the followers of Better call Saul they launched a bitter complaint on the always responsive social networks.

With 4 nominations related to the first half of its last cycle (Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, Best Drama Script, Best Drama Actor and Best Drama), Better call Saul could have gotten some statuette. However, he was left empty-handed.

Even in the important section of Best Drama Actor, its protagonist, Bob Odenkirk -who personifies the ineffable lawyer Saul Goodman, one of the most symbolic characters on TV in recent times- was defeated by Lee Jung-jae, of the squid game.

That was where fans unloaded en masse on social media. Is that the figures are to be frozen. The production already accumulates 46 Emmy Award nominations, without ever winning a statuette. In fact, specialized portals such as Espinof speak of “the greatest injustice in the history of the Emmys”.

Apparently, for the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the body that awards the Emmys, Better call Saul It’s not one of his favorite series.

Why is this happening? The specialized journalist responds elizabeth plant: “Sometimes these differences between Emmy voters and cult series happen. The most emblematic case was The wire, every year it happened that it was the best series that not only had a high rating, but that the Academy is not watching. It must be taken into consideration that the voters of the Arts and Sciences of Televisionas were the Oscars until a while ago, they are quite traditional between the series they choose and the ones they normally award”, adds Plant to Cult.

Something similar thinks the critic Rodrigo Munizaga: “It is evident that it is a series that is not to the taste of the voters. Those who vote do so out of sympathy, because they have already been awarded in previous years, because they believe that a show is ‘serious’ and can give them prestige associating with them. But when one remembers that The wire did not win an Emmy and that David Simon, the most fundamental author of American TV, has never received the award, it only remains to think that it is a matter of taste. Emmy voters never liked it Better call Saul”.

Bob Odenkirk as Saul Goodman - Better Call Saul _ Season 6, Episode 9 - Photo Credit: Greg Lewis/AMC/Sony Pictures Television
Bob Odenkirk as Saul Goodman – Better Call Saul _ Season 6, Episode 9 – Photo Credit: Greg Lewis/AMC/Sony Pictures Television

Munizaga adds that the fact that for voters, Better call Saul would not have the same stature as its mother series. “Contrary to Breaking bad, better call Saul it was initially perceived as a ‘lesser’ series and closer to comedy. The Emmys had other favorite productions and began to give BCS nominations that were nothing more than lukewarm recognition. The first year, 2015, he had to compete with Crazy men Y Game of Thrones, who were already Academy favorites. For its fifth season, the Emmys didn’t even nominate Bob Odenkirk. And just this year they ran Rhea Seehorn, but no one from the supporting cast.”

Another factor into the equation, says Plant, is that sometimes it happens that voters are inclined by what the television moment says. “For example, this year the nominations for the white lotusOh Succession obviously they are super welcome because they are excellent series, but when they nominate all the actors in the series, supporting actors, best script, and accumulate so many nominations, it is that perhaps they did not open themselves to other things. What it feels like is that the Academy never caught up with Better call Sauland it always goes with the new fashion series that has some massive discourse”.

Jimmy McGill (Bob Odenkirk) and Kim Wexler (Rhea Seehorn) in Better Call Saul (AMC),
Jimmy McGill (Bob Odenkirk) and Kim Wexler (Rhea Seehorn) in Better Call Saul (AMC),

Munizaga adds one last precision: “I have seen that today they speak that Better call Saul was ‘the big loser’ of these Emmys. That is inaccurate: she was not a favorite in any of the categories in which she applied. Jeremy Strong was the big favorite for an actor, not Bob Odenkirk, for example.”

Anyway, this bitter and extensively dramatic series is not over for Better call Saul, as will be eligible in the 2023 edition with its final six chapters. What will happen? Will he finally win an Emmy? Time (and the voters) will tell.