Twin Peaks: The Return, David Lynch's beautiful hallucination of a limited series from last year, earned nine nominations for the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards, mostly in technical categories. It did not get nominated for Outstanding Limited Series. Kyle MacLachlan was not nominated for his extraordinary performance as Agent Cooper/Agent Cooper's evil doppelganger/Dougie Jones. Laura Dern was not nominated for Diane. Michael Cera was not nominated as a guest actor for his performance as Wally Brando. "Part 8" was not given a special award for Craziest Thing That's Ever Been on TV.
This is unjust, but it's not surprising. Twin Peaks was unlike anything that's ever been on TV before, and we're unlikely to see anything like it again for a very long time. TV scholars will be analyzing it for years to come, hoping to unlock its mysteries. It was revolutionary, and the Emmys don't usually reward innovation. Modern Family won five Outstanding Comedy Series Emmys in a row. Voters probably just didn't know what to make of something that was more MoMA than Netflix. (It literally screened at the Museum of Modern Art. It's art.)
Fans were annoyed and disappointed but not exactly shocked that Twin Peaks failed to earn any major nominations.
There is a silver lining, though. David Lynch earned a much-deserved directing nomination (he directed all 19 hours, a Herculean feat) and he and co-creator Mark Frost got a writing nomination, among the other nominations it received.
Frost brushed off the snub with a popsicle-cool response.
Frost is right, and Twin Peaks doesn't need recognition from the academy to confirm its significance. Still, if Twin Peaks doesn't win for sound editing and mixing at the very least, my log will have something to say to the Emmys.
The 70th Primetime Emmy Awards will air Monday, Sept. 17 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT on NBC.