After getting an Emmy snub, “Outlander” now has Sam Heughan as a nominee for Best Actor at the Gold Derby TV Awards. The actor will have to go up against rivals like Bob Odenkirk of “Better Call Saul” to win.
An announcement by Gold Derby TV Awards' website states that Heughan is the only actor from his TV series to be nominated in any of the categories. Some of the other actors in the Best Drama Actor category, apart from Odenkirk, are Jon Hamm for “Mad Men,” Timothy Olyphant for “Justified,” Matthew Rhys for “The Americans” and Kevin Spacey for “House of Cards.”
“American Horror Story: Freak Show” and “Parks and Recreation” top the list, with the former getting 11 nominations in various categories, including the Best Movie/Miniseries, Best Miniseries Actor and Best Miniseries Actress. The nominations were decided by “hundreds of users selecting their favorites across 28 categories.”
Commenting on the report, many "Outlander" fans expressed their unhappiness with Heughan being the only nominee from the series. One said Caitriona Balfe should have been nominated for the Best Actress in a drama series. Balfe plays the protagonist Claire, who travels back in time from the 1940s to 1740s in Scotland and meets Jamie, played by Heughan.
The nominations for Best Drama Actress are Viola Davis for “How to Get Away with Murder,” Taraji P. Henson for “Empire,” Julianna Margulies for “The Good Wife,” Tatiana Maslany for “Orphan Black,” Elisabeth Moss for “Mad Men” and Robin Wright for “House of Cards.” There were no nominations from “Better Call Saul” in this category.
Popular TV shows that have been around for some time like “Game of Thrones,” “Mad Men” and “Orange is the New Black” got seven nominations each. “Outlander” has aired only one season so far, and according to a report by EOnline, the show deserved a nomination at the Emmy for being one of the “best freshman seasons ever.” The report compliments cast members Heughan, Balfe and Tobias Menzies for their work in the last two episodes of the first season.