How the TV Academy Is Tweaking the Emmy Ballots — and Why

May 10, 2016  •  Post A Comment

The Television Academy is changing the Emmy ballots this year after receiving feedback suggesting that the current format may be contributing to snubs. Noting that the ballots have been getting longer, Variety reports that the new ballots will randomize how each category is listed alphabetically.

“The voting site will evenly show entries for a given category from A-to-Z or Z-to-A for each log-in,” Variety reports. “The order will be random, meaning that when a member logs in to vote in a given category, say comedy actor, the list will be presented A-to-Z, but when they select another category, say drama series, the list could be presented Z-to-A.”

The academy reportedly received feedback noting some high-profile ommissions from last year’s nominations in the latter half of the alphabet. “The previous year’s best actor in a comedy winner Jim Parsons (‘The Big Bang Theory’), for example, failed to even gain a nomination last year, as did frequent drama actress nominee Julianna Margulies (‘The Good Wife’),” Variety reports.


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