Welcome to the first category of the 2015 CarterMatt Awards! If you missed our announcement yesterday, we are now kicking off our annual December tradition by celebrating the best that the year had to offer. You can check out this link to get more insight into when other categories and results will be announced.
Today, we begin with our first category: Underrated Show. Everyone has that show that they adore, they tell their friends to watch, and they campaign for it to be nominated for the Emmys, the Golden Globes, or something else. Yet, it never really works out. These are shows that are routinely snubbed, but are all fantastic and deserving of a little bit of love. Voting is open however often you want between now and December 26 at 3:00 p.m. Eastern time, when results will be announced.
“Vikings” (History) – There are some similarities between “Vikings” and “Hell on Wheels,” mostly in that they both rely on history to tell their stories, and they’ve also been perpetually overlooked for one reason or another. Maybe it is the heavy competition in the drama category, maybe voters just don’t love stories set more than a hundred years ago, or maybe they are just intimidated by the awesomeness of Travis Fimmel. Hard to say, but regardless “Vikings” is incredible entertainment.
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What does it mean to be underrated? For us at the CarterMatt Awards, it means to be magnificent but under-appreciated. All of the nominees below in our Underrated Actor field have done tremendous work on their shows, sometimes for several years, without any major awards recognition to go along with. These are the people you’re upset every year when you see that they are not nominated.
This is the first time that we’re adding Underrated Actor and Actress specifically to the awards; we have had an Underrated Show category since 2012, when we first started these proceedings. Voting will be open as many times as you’d like between now and December 26, when the results will be announced at 3:00 p.m. Eastern / 12:00 p.m. Pacific. You can head over here to see our full schedule of categories and results dates.
Travis Fimmel, “Vikings” (History) – As Ragnar Lothbrok, Fimmel gets to play a character so is extremely intimidating physically, but also someone with so does have so many different layers beyond that. He brings such humanity to a historical figure, and makes you involved in his every move (even with the knowledge of how this story in particular ends). We don’t know if it is the network or just heavy competition, but Fimmel tends to be consistently overlooked.
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The Most Underrated Actress hasn’t been announced but I’m hoping we’ll have the trifecta with a Vikings actress being nominated. Go vote now!