We are only a couple of days away from the 64th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards celebrating the television industry’s accomplishments and three Latinos are nominated – a far cry from what one would expect in 2012. Nevertheless, having them conquer some gold would mitigate the glaring dearth of Latino talent on the award show. Even the Oscars have done a better job of representing diversity.
The Latinos competing for gold are Colombian actress Sofia Vergara who has garnered a third straight nomination for her work in “Modern Family” and is becoming a staple of the award show this time of year. Mexican blooded comedian Louis C.K. is up for his performance in “Louie” and Bobby Cannavale of Cuban descent will try to win a second award for his work in “Nurse Jackie.”
What are the chances for any of these three thespians winning Sunday night? Let’s breakdown their chances…
Sofia Vergara for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series – “Modern Family”
“La Toti,” as Sofia Vergara is affectionately known, is the only Hispanic actress who started her career in a U.S. Hispanic network and successfully crossed over into English language television. She has now been nominated three times for this award since 2010 and has not won once, but statistically speaking, things could finally sway her way this year. Though she is facing some stiff competition against her co-worker, Julie Bowen who is the winner from last year in the same category and the veteran actress Kathryn Joosten from Desperate Housewives, who is a two-time Emmy winner, the Emmy committee could finally decide to give Vergara her due. She’s not the highest paid actress on television for nothing. When an actor is constantly being nominated it is because they consider them worthy of the award, but perhaps do not win because someone else’s performance was just better that year. Can that be the case this year? It all boils down to the episode that producers submitted on her behalf, but from the overview of the rest of the contenders, there is no real standout to take it away from her. We predict a deserved win for Sofia Vergara upsetting her colleague Julie Bowen, the favorite.
Louis C.K. for Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series – “Louie”
After out-ting himself as a Mexican citizen earlier this year in a radio show, Louis C.K.,one of the funniest men in the business, will be facing the best of the industry and winning triumphantly. In a year where two-time winners Alec Baldwin and Jim Parsons are in the mix, the odds are usually against you, but Louis C.K. has too much momentum going into the awards show to be denied (his show is already nominated in three other categories). His comedy is refreshing, clever and well liked by almost everyone who has been privy to it. It’s his year, his award.
Bobby Cannavale for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series – “Nurse Jackie”
Cuban actor Bobby Cannavale plays Dr. Mike Cruz in Showtime’s Nurse Jackie and boy is he a scene stealer. He’s made a living off of it with by bringing his charm and passion to every character he plays. He has already won an award as a Guest Actor in 2005 for “Will and Grace,” but he is more polished now and being recognized considerably by his peers. However, TV icon Michael J. Fox is all the buzz right now with his appearance in “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” He has made a formidable comeback and possesses an adoring fan base that wants to see him back permanently on TV. And you also can’t go against Don Draper, Mr. Jon Hamm himself who pleased many with his appearance as Abner and David Brinkley in “30 Rock.” For Cannavale to win it’ll take an upset this year, but that doesn’t mean we can’t keep our fingers crossed.
Our Latino nominees have great chances at Emmy gold, but there should have been more recognition. Aubrey Plaza and Naya Rivera were obvious omissions according to some of their rabid fans, amongst others. To solve the problem, should we begin the conversation of including a Latino category for Spanish language television programming? Why not? The Grammy’s do it, why not the Emmy’s? With the rising number of Spanish television cable and broadcast networks, it is worth the conversation headed into 2013.
JACK RICO, NBC LATINO contributor and founder of showbizcafe.com.