Golden Globes were announced this morning and the lack of nominations for Outlander sadly reminds me of when the first reviews came out last summer and female critics were especially condescending. At the time, I said their negative response was due to their yearning to be accepted by their male counterparts and fear that if they gave a positive review for a female-centric show, they wouldn’t be allowed to sit with the cool kids (men) at lunch.
I expected more from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, but now realize they may actually have the same fears. Quite obviously, it’s easier to simply check off a box for a product you know rather than put effort into something you don’t and it appears that’s what happened today. And even in 2014, a strong female lead can be frightening for the suits. But numbers don’t lie and both men and women are coming to this show in droves. Cuz ‘times, they are a changin’. And with weighty publications such as Time and Vanity Fair naming Outlander as one of their top favorite shows of the year, it’s only a matter of time before everyone else jumps on the bandwagon.
While being a pioneer is exciting, it’s not always easy, as you have to wait for the rest of the populace to catch up. We’re already waiting until April and the time it takes to edit a show as exceptional as Outlander, so we may as well wait until the HFPA catches up too. It’s not like we’ve got somewhere else to be, we’re already watching the finest show on television, we’ve reached our destination.