Jul 19 2012 1:30pm

How Science Fiction/Fantasy Did in The 2012 Emmy Nominations

How Science Fiction/Fantasy Did in The 2012 Emmy Nominations

The nominations for the 64th annual Emmy Awards were revealed this morning. Join us below in taking a look at the nominees as we tally up where science fiction and fantasy make their presence known.

Community is nominated for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series for the episode “Remedial Chaos Theory.” An episode that tells a story across seven different alternate realities in only 22 minutes.

Game of Thrones is nominated for Outstanding Drama Series and Peter Dinklage is nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor. Let’s hope he wins it again this year! (Although beating out Jared Harris and Giancarlo Esposito will be tough.)

A big wow to the FIVE major nominations for Sherlock, including Outstanding Drama, Lead Actor (Benedict Cumberbatch), Supporting Actor (Martin Freeman), Direction (Paul McGuigan), and Writing (Steven Moffat)

An Outstanding Animated Program nomination went to Futurama and two Outstanding Short-form Animated Program nominations went to Adventure Time and Phineas and Ferb.

Finally, Mythbusters was nominated for Outstanding Reality Program. Because of science.

The full list of nominees is here. Any cheers? Or jeers?

Stubby the Rocket is the mascot of and was once nominated for Outstanding Amount of Cardboard Stand-ups of Star Trek Characters In Its Cargo Hold.

Tim Schmelter
1. Palpatim
This may be a question answered elsewhere, but why are Community and Sherlock considered Science Fiction/Fantasy in this list (or on the site as a whole, for that matter)? I love both shows rabidly, so it's not like I'm against their being nominated, and I appreciate the coverage Tor offers, so this is really just a curiosity as to editorial motive.

Is it just that they overlap so well with the audience of more traditional SFF? Community, at least, certainly has SFF themed episodes, so it's not that big a stretch.

In any case: yay for genre-busting! :)
Paul Andinach
2. anobium
As you say, Community has SFF-themed episodes, and the episode that got nominated is definitely one of them. (As the announcement said: alternate universes.)

Nothing so straightforward is coming to mind for Sherlock; I think that might just be the audience correlation factor.
3. SunnyReads
I think "Sherlock" gets called SFF because the premise of the show is that Sherlock is alive and kicking "now" in the 21st century, and never existed previously - so it's like an alternate timeline, almost. Maybe?
Bridget McGovern
4. BMcGovern
@Palpatim: It's a fair question, and I'd say the shortest and most honest answer is that when we launched the site with the tagline "Science Fiction. Fantasy. The universe. And related subjects..." we wanted to leave ourselves plenty of room to manuever in terms of possible content, and our definition of "related subjects" covers a lot of ground. Basically, if we think something is going to be of interest to fans of SFF, even if it doesn't exactly fall neatly into the realm of either genre, we try to include it on the site (and it doesn't hurt that our staff is composed entirely of rabid Sherlock and Community fans :) So that's the deal, on this end--I'm so glad you enjoy all the coverage!
Andrew Mason
5. AnotherAndrew
I'm totally happy with Sherlock - and indeed the whole Sherlock Holmes phenomenon - being covered here as a 'related subject', on the grounds that a lot of fans like it - I suspect because Sherlock Holmes is a mythic figure in the modern world. But this article was specifically about how science fiction/fantasy did in the Emmys. I think there is an occasional danger of SFF fans treating something as part of our genre because we like it, and this should be combatted, given how annoyed fans tend to be when other people do that to us.
Bridget McGovern
6. BMcGovern
@AnotherAndrew: Fair enough--I think part of the reason we tend to immediate associate any news that's Benedict Cumberbatch- or Martin Freeman-related with science fiction/fantasy is because we've come to think of them as extremely SFF-friendly actors, thanks to The Hobbit, the Star Trek reboot, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, etc... So when their current project (which we all happen to love) gets nominated, we spread the news with a quick Stubby post--but we appreciate that there's a distinction, even when we don't always have time to spell it out. Thanks for making the point here!
Chuk Goodin
7. Chuk
Sherlock; alternate time to another also fictional time? Yeah, I like it but I don't think it should be in this article unless there's SF/F in some of the ones I missed.
alastair chadwin
8. a-j
One of the reasons I visit this site regularly is that it wonders off-piste now and again into Sherlock Holmes, Patrick O'Brian and so on. Please keep it up!

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