Emmy season is upon us. Â On September 17, 2017, the enlightened Emmy voters will crown the outstanding actors and actresses for this season. Â Award shows are silly. Â Unlike sports, there arenâ€™t specific rules to define the winner. Â As a result, shows that we fall in love with get snubbed because others donâ€™t have as sophisticated taste as we do. Â This year, Narcosâ€™ Wagner Moura is the Emmyâ€™s biggest snub in my heart. Â Moura plays the infamous Pablo Escobar.Â With Netflixâ€™s third season of the show dropping last week, the snub feels even more painful. The omission isnâ€™t even the nomination that gets the most attention, many writers have made a case for Justin Therouxâ€™s The Leftovers performance, but Mouraâ€™s oversight is a snub worth looking into.
Maybe Mouraâ€™s performance just isnâ€™t good enough?
The 2017 nominees for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series are Anthony Hopkins, Bob Odenkirk, Liev Schreiber, Milo Ventimiglia, Kevin Spacey, Sterling K. Brown and Matthew Rhys. Â These are some well-established dudes. Â Moura, an actor whose only other recognizable credit is 2013â€™s Elysium, doesnâ€™t have the same acting pedigree as the Hopkins and Spaceys of the world. Â He would have been a dark horse candidate. Â But, the actual portrayal of Escobar is worthy. Â For example, in the episode â€œLos Pepes,â€ Pabloâ€™s daughter asks him if Santa Claus will be able to find them, even though they are living in a secret hideaway. Â The physicality of Escobarâ€™s reply is greater than any Kevin Spacey smirk in House of Cards or handsome smolder from Ventimiglia in This is Us.
Mouraâ€™s acting is worthy.
Are the subtitles too much work?
Narcos suffers from the same problem as The Leftovers–the shows are difficult to watch. Â If they were accelerated reader books, they would be worth 26 points. Â There are many pieces to their puzzle. In Narcosâ€™ case, their story isnâ€™t easily accessible. The story is mostly told in Spanish.
I legitimately think this factors into Narcosâ€™ popularity. It is impossible to fold laundry and watch Narcos. Or check twitter. Or zone out and watch Narcos. Â The show requires all of your attention. Â The show is not an easy watch. Unlike Stranger Things, This is Us or other Emmy darlings, the show requires more effort. As a result, I believe that I know more Spanish than I did after two years in high school, even though most of my new vocabulary words are curse words.
Are the costumes overpowering the actors?
If youâ€™re not reading subtitles, then youâ€™re probably looking at Pabloâ€™s mustache. The mustache is a character all to itself. Â As Escobarâ€™s troubles increase the shape of his mustache seems to symbolically transform. Â I missed an entire conversation about murdering civilians because I was consumed with analyzing how the parabola of facial hair had seemed to shift into a tighter, more disappointed arch.
But the facial hair isnâ€™t the only distraction in Narcos. Itâ€™s easy to become obsessed with the early 90s costumes. Â Escobarâ€™s wardrobe is thrilling. Â His collection of nautical sweatshirts are distracting. His sagging jeans are forever etched into my memory. Â There are times when the actors arenâ€™t wearing the clothes, the clothes are wearing them.
But, who could possibly wear these sweaters and pull it off?
I refuse to believe that Wagner Mouraâ€™s performance isnâ€™t good enough to be listed on the ballot of the Outstanding Lead Actor in a drama series. Â (If there had been one more stupid sweatshirt, I would offer him up for Outstanding Actor in a comedy series.) Whether viewers were turned off by Murphyâ€™s overly assertive narration or being constantly reminded that this isnâ€™t the actual Pablo Escobar with actual photos of the original outlaw, weâ€™ll never know. For what itâ€™s worth, Mouraâ€™s performance as the most fearsome man sporting the most comical sweater will be my vote for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for many years to come.