Over the past year, 'Orphan Black' has gained a lot of momentum through word of mouth and strong reviews. Critics have certainly honored the show because its star, Tatiana Maslany, has just won a Critics Choice Award for Best Actress in a drama, beating out the usual favorites.
As the nominations for the Emmy awards approaches, Maslany and Orphan Black are both tipped as possibilities to get nominated, which would definitely be unusual, to say the least. Generally speaking, the Emmys don't tend to notice sci-fi dramas or thrillers, but Orphan Black has enough momentum that it could buck that trend. In a new interview, Maslany discusses the possibilities of an Emmy nomination for the show.
She says, "It would be so amazing if the show got nominated or we got out there; I think people would be really excited about that because so many incredible sci-fi-shows go under the radar and don’t get taken seriously in award season. But I think sci-fi definitely belongs there because it tells sort of subversive stories about society without hitting you over the head. It puts very real stories into the context of a fantastical world, so there’s a sense of escapism but there’s also a sense of, ‘This isn’t far from our reality.’”
Science fiction is slowly starting to get taken more seriously, both at the Emmys and the Oscars. Inception was actually nominated for Best Screenplay and Best Picture a couple of years ago, and there are a lot more 'awards bait' sci-fi movies coming out now than ever before. Hopefully, Orphan Black will be the Inception for the television world, and set a trend for many sci-fi TV shows to get nominated in the future.