'Lost' Emmy Snub Redux
'Lost' Emmy Snub Redux
Lost was looking for payback this year over its 2006 Emmy snub, and instead got more of the same.   The ABC show that many critics and fans alike feel hit its high point in its third season evaded the top tier of the Emmy nominations, Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series, and Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series, but did manage to snag a handful of respectable nominations none the less.

Adding to this year's disappointment is the fact that Lost received fewer nominations than it did last year, which was the year that coined the term ‘snub.'   So, not only did Lost fail to rebound to its season one glory, as far as the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences is concerned, it didn't even live up to its second season.

There is obviously a huge problem with this equation.  The vocal population of Lost fans were the harshest critics of Lost's second season, so in a way it was not surprising for their sentiments to translate to Emmy starvation.  If the loyal fans were disappointed, you can bet the un-indoctrinated probably were not very impressed either.

Lost's third season, on the other hand, has been heralded by many as the best season so far. An amazing recovery after the hard core fans began to chill on the lackluster beginning.

In a sense of production, Lost was at its cinematic best.  The abundance of beautifully photographed natural locations give Lost a signature visual scope that would be right at home on the big screen.  From the creative sense, you have actors that breath life into challenging concepts with an urgency that is completely believable.

Lost overcomes suspension of disbelief in a way that is unique to itself, and itself alone.  Its weird, multi-faceted storyline could fall apart at the slightest hint of apathy in an actor's eye, or the shudder of absurdity in a character's voice.  The incredible amount of nuance, both in the story and the performances, weave a world that is completely believable to the fans of the show.

The Academy's failure to recognize this is less harmful to Lost than it is to the reputation of the organization itself.  Already allegations of big network, big ratings bias foreshadowed the release of the nominations.  Add to that an apparent ambivalence to the state of the art and you have an awards procession of gratuity and predictable bedfellows.

There will surely be fans of many other shows kicking up a fuss this morning, but expect Lost fans to be amongst the most vocal.

- Jon Lachonis, BuddyTV Senior Writer

(Image Courtesy of Emmy.org)