Friday, May 15, 2009

The People Vs. Emmy

Scene: A courtroom. The gallery is full of spectators. Reporters line the aisles. At the very front is the judge's bench. Next to the judge's bench is the court reporter's station. The court officer enters the room.

Court Officer: Please rise for the Honorable Judge Snapperino

(Everyone in the court rises...except the defendant, who hesitates. His lawyer tugs his arm, reminding him of protocol. The Judge, a 42 year old Hispanic woman enters the courtroom, and takes her seat behind the bench.)

Judge: Be seated. We are here for the People versus The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, on the charges of robbery, fraud, breech of contract and pandering. How do you plead?

Defendant: Not guilty, your honor.

Judge: Very well. Mr. Prosecutor, proceed with your opening statement.

Prosecuting Attorney Ross Marler: Thank you, your honor. I'll keep this short and sweet, and let the evidence speak mostly for itself. It is the people's assertion that, during the course of 2008 and part of 2009, and specifically on May 14th, 2009 the defendant, commonly known a "Emmy", did with malice aforethought perpetrate an act of fraud, followed by and related to the commission of a robbery. The severity of these crimes is compounded by a blatant history of pandering. We, the people are, of course, referring to what has come to be known as the television crime of the century: the Crystal Chappell Emmy debacle - a swindle the likes of which we haven't seen since Bernie Madoff's affairs came to light. During the course of these proceedings we will prove, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, or "Emmy", has carried on a long tradition of pandering to the Neilsen ratings and network brass, defrauding the American public by presenting a rigged awards process, and robbery, in their absconding an Emmy nomination that is, by all rights, the property of a Ms. Crystal Chappell.

This is a scene I'd like to see because, ladies and gentlemen, Crystal Chappell was robbed of an Emmy nomination this year. I am not about to trash any other actors by name, but the fact is, there are people nominated for Emmy awards this year who are just plain awful. In stark contrast, the last 18 months or so have seen Crystal Chappell tackling some of the most challenging scenes on television. If there really were a trial, Ross Marler would have a wealth of evidence:

Exhibit A:

Exhibit B:

Exhibit C:

Exhibit D:

Exhibit E:

Exhibit F:

Is there even a need to submit more evidence? If you're still unsure, check out Otaliafan's channel on Youtube. There is no one hitting it out of the ballpark as far, or as consistantly as Crystal Chappell has been since the begining of the Gus/Olivia/Natalia story line bagan. No actor on day time has had to cover anywhere near the range of emotions or situations that Chappell has had to convey during the past year. No other daytime character has undergone so dramatic, and yet so believable, a change as Olivia Spencer has - and the believability factor is all about Crystal Chappell's acting. For the last 18 months, Crystal has not just been acting - she's been taking us on a journey.

It may be high time for fans - especially those of us with Internet savvy - to band together and develop our own awards for this genre. We, after all, are the people who actually watch soaps. We're invested. We care. And we know what really moves us in a performance. And that's what good acting is all about - moving an audience, provoking a response, making people feel and experience what a character is feeling and experiencing. This is what Crystal Chappell has consistantly brought to the small screen, especially during the Gus/Oliva/Natalia and Otalia story arcs. Her failure to garner even a nomination for her efforts seems like reason enough to rethink the awards process, and try to re-invent it, so that it truly honors the deserving.


DocT said...

Wow, this was an awesome article - CC did take us on a journey. It is simply amazing that she could act those emotionally charged scenes on one take while learning a new production model and dealing with a limited budget. She makes it look so easy, when it's not.

She'll win it next year as Outstanding Lead Actress...

Anonymous said...

i so agree with your analysis...what shame that CC was rejected like this...who are these morons who make these decisions? if she's rebuffed next year (when nominations are based on 2009 performances) then i can only think it's a conspiracy...that woman is a powerhouse on every level and makes so many other actors look like they phoned it in...and a note of kudos to jessica leccia who's also done a bang up job this past year...they don't call 'em a supercouple for nothin'