When the series finale of Bates Motel aired back in April, many longtime Bates fans thought this would finally be the year for the show's leads Freddie Highmore and Vera Farmiga to be recognized by the Emmys for their hard work and fantastic performances. Unfortunately, things didn't really go our way with the 2017 Emmy nominations.
The Emmys gave recognition to actors for shows such as Stranger Things, This Is Us, The Americans, Orange is the New Black and Feud: Bette and Joan — but once again #BatesMotel was left out of the mix. I'm not kidding, the show got zero nominations for its final (and perhaps best) season.
The hopes that many fans had for Farmiga and especially Highmore to receive nominations for their roles as Norma and Norman Bates have been crushed by the nominations list we received this morning. In addition to the snubs for Farmiga and Highmore, other show actors — including Max Thieriot, Nestor Carbonell, and even Rihanna — didn't receive nominations. Aside from acting, aspects like music, cinematography and direction were also ignored.
And judging from the reactions to the Emmy nominations on Twitter, Bates Motel fans are not happy about it:
Did 'Bates Motel' Deserve Emmy Nominations?
To put it bluntly, yes. I briefly touched on why 2017 should have been Freddie Highmore's year for an Emmy, but the fact that the show has now officially received just three nominations (with zero wins) in its five-season run is insulting.
Bates Motel brought a lot to the table not just with its final season, but as a show in its entirety. Viewers were treated to the classic Psycho story with a modern #horror twist that actually made sense. The show expanded on the character arc of Norman Bates; it not only made him human, but introduced us to what kind of personal struggles he dealt with.
Norman wasn't made into a monster and we really have Highmore to thank for that. It's really unfortunate that he is not going to get the recognition he deserves for bringing such an iconic role to life. Not to mention that Highmore basically played the role of Norman as well as the role of his mother simultaneously throughout the entire season.
In addition to the snub for Highmore, we can't ignore how deserving the rest of the cast and crew were for nominations. Farmiga more than deserved recognition for her role as Norma Bates, as did Nestor Carbonell for his swift character turn as Alex Romero. Carbonell showed us a completely different side to his character, and his ability to pull it off was more than deserving of recognition.
For me, it's a damn shame that the Emmy Awards evidently have an aversion to including Bates Motel. The show had only gotten better since its earlier nominations, and I can't imagine what possible excuse they might have for excluding it — especially Farmiga and Highmore.
There are other awards shows that can potentially give Bates Motel some recognition for the final season, but unfortunately the hopes for getting TV's Oscar equivalent are long gone. I said back in March that I would hate to see Highmore walk away from this show with no Emmy to show for it. Now that it's going to happen I can officially say that I hate seeing it.
What Emmy snubs are you upset about? Leave a comment and let us know!