36th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards
OUTSTANDING PERFORMER IN AN ANIMATED PROGRAM
Joan Rivers as Bubbe on “Arthur”
Jim Ward as Eyemore the Crusher on “Biker Mice from Mars”
Jim Cummings as Tigger on “Disney’s My Friends Tigger and Pooh”
Vanessa Williams as Mama on “Mama Mirabelle’s Home Movies”
Amy Poehler as Bessie Higgenbottom on “The Mighty B!”
In my heart of hearts, I know how this is going to go down. Amy Poehler is one of the hottest things in TV and movies right now. People love her. Heck, I love her. Love like that usually translates into awards come award season. I really think Amy is going to win this category. But putting all that love aside, I still hope that Jim Cummings wins the Emmy.
But does he have a chance?
This happens all the time to voice actors. The award voters go for The Name instead of what might be the best performance. Now, take this with a grain of salt because I haven’t seen any of the nominated animated programs so for all I know anyone below give a much better performance than Jim Cummings. I have also never been a huge fan of Jim Cumming’s Tigger. But I am talking about this in general terms because, just like me, most Emmy voters don’t watch the source material either and the way these things usually go down has nothing to do with the actual nominated performance.
It has to do with whose name is most recognizable. Amy Poehler? Popular as heck right now. Joan Rivers? A known commodity and popular in a nostalgic/pop culture way right now. Vanessa Williams? Is the freaking host of the ceremony! These are all names that voters are more likely to check off for the simple reason that they have heard them before and may like them for other reasons.
Then we have Jim Cummings and Jim Ward, both voice over actors that most of the population has never heard of. I am a pretty big voice over geek and I have never heard of Jim Ward though the man has a ton of credits. But I am willing to bet that the average voter is more likely to have heard of Jim Cummings than Jim Ward so might this give him an edge? Maybe, but defiantely not over the ladies above.
The other thing that might give him an edge, though, is that voters often award the show or the role over the actual performance. So the fact that Tigger and Pooh is the most recognizable show in the nomination list coupled with the fact that Tigger is a very well known character might give him an up over others.
The other thing to consider is that Emmy often awards performers that it considers “long overdue” even if the nominated performance isn’t their best work. If Jim Cummings has truly been nominted 3 times then they may feel he is due to finally win this time.
So do I think there is a chance he might win? Yes. Do I think it is really slim? Sadly, also yes. Will I still be crossing my fingers for him to win? Heck yes!!
But I am just one opinion. What do you think?