It’s easy to argue that “Midnight Mass” wasn’t nominated this year because, after all, it’s a horror series. After all, genre shows like this are often ignored by the Television Academy. However, other genre shows like “Yellowjackets,” “Squid Game,” and “Love Death & Robots” also garnered multiple Emmy nominations this year, making “Midnight Mass” even weirder.
Still, I can’t help but wonder if these rebuffs even matter in the grand scheme of things. Flanagan has repeatedly said how much the project means to him — it took years of planning and false starts to finally get it done. This miniseries was clearly made with that love and passion as a top priority, a project not particularly concerned with appealing to a wide audience (although it was a big hit with viewers last year). So with that in mind, does a lack of official acknowledgment negate the clear love that’s been put behind every frame and line? No, it’s not, and in fact, those snubs might make that love even more apparent. Something so special and specific does not need statuettes to be recognized as great.
“Midnight Mass” is available to stream in its entirety on Netflix.