With every round of awards season, be it for film, television or something else, we are reminded of the generally underwhelming nature of the entire process. The months of campaigning, round-table interviews and industry schmoozing come to a head with the nominations announcement, and every year we are inevitably disappointed.

Yet this year, with the 2017 Emmy Awards nominations, the dissatisfaction was greater than usual. Even the most seasoned awards prognosticators couldn’t hide their cynicism at the potential winners. Expectations were relatively low but noting the major omissions alongside the undeserving repeat nominees made the whole hoopla more exhausting than usual. Given how painfully aware the Emmys are of their diminishing power in the ...

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