Emmys: TV Academy Separates Lead and Supporting Categories for Movies and Miniseries

ATAS has reversed the rule they implemented in 2012

By Jenna Mullins Apr 19, 2013 5:31 PMTags

TV miniseries and movies are so in right now. So much so, that the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (aka the folks behind the Emmys) have reversed their 2012 decision (that would have gone into effect this year) of combining the acting categories for TV miniseries and movies.

According to the Academy, the decision was made due to "the unanticipated resurgence of television miniseries and movies." Which means all the more chances for projects like FX's American Horror Story, The History Channel's The Bible, HBO's Behind the Candelbra and USA's Political Animals getting some Emmy love.

Here is the full statement from the ATAS that was released on Thursday night:

"In March 2012, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences' Board of Governors voted to consolidate the Outstanding Lead and Supporting categories for both longform (miniseries and movies) actors and actresses, reducing the total number of categories from four to two.  In the ensuing year, longform production has increased.  Based on the unanticipated resurgence of television miniseries and movies, the Board voted tonight to reverse the consolidation, thereby reinstating the longform lead and supporting categories in the 65th Emmy Awards competition. This year as last year, there will be separate longform categories for Outstanding Lead and Supporting, Actors and Actresses (four total categories)."

What do you think of the Emmy rule reversal?

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