Emmy 2016: Will ‘Outlander’ and Starz Breakthrough for the TV Awards?

There was an episode of television this weekend that was some time in the making, emotionally devastating, and it had nothing to do with holding a door (RIP Hodor). No it was the duel between Black Jack Randall and Jaime Fraser on Starz brilliant TV show Outlander. The episode which saw that potential ending of one of two important characters was also in an episode with multiple sexual assaults and one episode after the main characters lost their child. Outlander‘s second season is one of the most emotionally affecting seasons of television and, I can say this next part because I am an avid Game of Thrones fan, but there is no period show more brutal and devastating than Outlander.

The Starz hit is a sumptuous piece of television that is lavish and visually stunning, but not at the expense of the characters or the story. Speaking of the characters, if you’re looking for good acting in your television shows (and why wouldn’t you) Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan should certainly be at the top of the people you want to see dig into rich dialogue (in multiple languages) and really tough subject matter. Both of these actors handle the season’s worth of drama the writers somehow manage to pack into one episode with grace and style.

samheughan_outlanderSo could all of this good will and thought, feminist television make a dent in the Emmy race? Much has been made about this era of Peak TV in which there’s so much good content that stuff gets lost, which I definitely felt happening last year with this show. Given that Game of Thrones is having a resurgent season (critically), just won for Drama series, and many of the nominees from last year still being beloved (Better Call Saul, Orange is the New Black, and House of Cards especially), the landscape of making it into the top category is tough. The show’s best bet is to hopefully increase the nomination tally in the tech realms with maybe a big acting nomination (my bet would be Tobias Menzies or Balfe) and then make a big push for a spot next year. However, with this season hitting major heights and the awards season a big unknown, Outlander is more than deserving of a major spot.

Possible Nominations (in the Drama category) include:

  • Outstanding Drama Series
  • Lead Actress: Caitriona Balfe
  • Lead Actor: Sam Heughan
  • Supporting Actor: Tobias Menzies
  • Supporting Actor: Duncan Lacroix
  • Guest Actress: Frances de la Tour
  • Guest Actor: Stanley Webber
  • Writing
  • Directing
  • Production Design
  • Costume Design
  • Makeup
  • Casting
  • Cinematography
  • Editing
  • Music Composition