If you’re a member of the #CloneClub, you know that Tatiana Maslany is pretty much one of the most talented actresses on the planet. On Canadian series Orphan Black she plays not one, not two, but multiple clones with unique looks, personalities and problems.
Basically, she’s one of few full-time cast members on the show, but because of her it feels like a giant ensemble. The girl works her butt off. (Seriously, no other actor should ever have the right to complain). And there has been plenty of international love and recognition for Maslany in the role(s).
She’s won a Television Critics Choice Award, a Critics Choice Award, and she’s been nominated for a Golden Globe. But that was all back when Orphan Black first premiered, four seasons ago. Since then, fans and critics alike have felt a certain sense of injustice. Where’s the love?
Now, the show is about to end with the upcoming fifth and final season. So when Maslany was nominated for the second consecutive year for an Emmy Award for best actress in a drama, Canadians were proud but puzzled. Shouldn’t that have happened, like, three years ago? And would the academy ever pick her over the buzzier likes of Taraji P. Henson as Cookie on Empire or Viola Davis on How to Get Away With Murder?
You know what happened next: Maslany won. Like, her name was called during Sunday night’s broadcast and there was a collective, “Holy crap” heard around Canada. Because not only did that mean Maslany was finally getting some much-deserved recognition, but she made history. And people took notice:
— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) September 19, 2016
— Brie Larson (@brielarson) September 19, 2016
Some people mayyybe made it a little weird. But that’s ok.
Be cool, Wheaton. Be cool. Don’t make it weird. Tatiana Maslany noticed you, but DON’T MAKE IT WEIRD. pic.twitter.com/pGvYouqisF
— Wil Wheaton (@wilw) September 19, 2016
This is the first time a Canadian lead on a Canadian series has ever won an Emmy award, period. So it was a shocking surprise, but a really, really nice one.
No wonder the actress came to the stage with some brief notes written on her phone — even she figured the award would go to somebody else this year.
Whatever, we’ll take it. With pride! Orphan Black may be ending, but now it’s going down in the history books.