Say farewell to separate Emmy Award categories for lead actor/actress and supporting actor/actress in a miniseries or TV movie — now, all acting prizes will be combined into one category, the TV academy announced on Thursday.
Last year, the TV academy decided to merge the categories for best miniseries and made-for-TV movies into one award. Now, the organization has figured out another way to cut down the often-bloated Emmy telecast, with all lead and supporting acting awards for longform programming grouped together.
However, the one bright spot for all those actors submitting their names — the consolidated category (now called Outstanding Actor/Actress in a Miniseries or Movie) will have six names instead of five.
Thursday afternoon, one network expressed unhapiness with the new decision. Rob Sharenow, executive vice president of programming for Lifetime Networks, released a statement about being “disappointed” with the decision:
“We are disappointed the Academy has followed suit with its decision last year to merge the movie and miniseries categories by now combining the lead and supporting actress and actor categories,” Sharenow said. “Movies and miniseries represent some of television’s finest programming and it is our firm belief the industry should honor each category separately. The Academy recognizes lead and supporting actresses and actors in other genres — as it should. However, the continued consolidation of the movies and miniseries categories will unnecessarily deny award-worthy films and performances from receiving their proper recognition.”
Lifetime scored a nod in 2011 when Taraji P. Henson was nominated as lead actress in a miniseries or TV movie with her role in the network’s original movie “Taken From Me: The Tiffany Rubin Story.”