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Not so long ago, film and television were separate industries. Movies were viewed as a higher art form, with big screen stars rarely if ever making an appearance on the small screen, television stars clinging to it or advancing their entire careers to turn to the artistically superior cinema. Decades ago, when an actor made the transition from television to film—like Tom Hanks, Woody Harrellson, George Clooney, or Bruce Willis—they never returned to the supposedly lower form of visual arts. A more recent example of the pivot is Parks and Recreation Chris Pratt, and it turned out so well for him!

Television got so good during its Golden Age in the late ’90s and 2000s that movie stars, filmmakers, and screenwriters caught up with it. Suddenly television became good enough for them with the arrival of shows like The sopranos and Mad Men. As a result, movie stars began working in television in the 2010s. Matthew McConaughey, who just won an Oscar, co-directed the first season of True detective with Woody Harrellson. In 2017big little lies A show almost exclusively starring movie stars Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman and Laura Dern won awards season (rightfully so in some categories) and became so successful that Oscar winner Meryl Streep was picked up for its second season. Since then, it feels like Witherspoon and Kidman in particular are doing nothing but TV, leaving a gap in film and making sure that no one else who is a little less famous gets their work noticed.

Although the definition of movie stars has changed significantly to the point where they hardly exist anymore, there are more movie stars on TV than in the movies. The plethora of movie stars on television has made it all but impossible for off-television actors successor or The White Lotus to secure nominations for her work (this is not a dig at anyone from successor, every single one of them deserves to be nominated and Alan Ruck deserves a most public apology from the television academy). The 2022 Emmy nominees — specifically in the Best Actress category — prove this is a problem, as it bothered me so much that I accidentally cried out when I spoke about it to people who didn’t care. Hopefully writing this all down will help me.

When a movie star, or more specifically, an actor known for acting in movies, appears in a television series, they’re almost guaranteed an Emmy nomination no matter how good or bad the performance or show was. Michael Keaton who has been nominated and will likely continue to win for his performance Drunk, it wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t groundbreaking either. Intoxicated was finebut it probably wouldn’t have been nominated this year (especially in the best actor in a limited series category) if it hadn’t been for Michael Keaton.

TV star wannabe Witherspoon received an alarming Emmy nomination for Best Actress in a Drama Series for her role in the second season of The morning show not only about many actresses who performed better in the past year, but also about their superior co-star and friends alum Jennifer Aniston, who became a movie star herself, but not in the same way as Witherspoon. The Starlets increase competition among actors who actually do the best work, such as Better call Saul‘s Rhea Seehorn. Despite co-starring in the AMC drama for six seasons, Seehorn received her first supporting actress drama nomination this year because she would never have been nominated in the leading actress category for all the star power she has was always better than but against is.

While it’s sweet and nice and refreshing that people who make films have gained a respect for television over the years, it may have gone too far. It would be better for everyone (me) if movie stars did for decades what they want TV stars to do: stay in your lane and let the TV actors do the TV, except for the entire, perfect cast, of course The stairs and the most talented man in the world, Jon Bernthal, who can do whatever he wants.

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