Why My Child Actor Deserves an Emmy
Under 18 equals overlooked. Now "Parenthood" executive producer Jason Katims makes the case for teen Max Burkholder in his portrayal of an autistic son.
From Kyle Chandler's Emmy-winning role as Coach Eric Taylor on Friday Night Lights to Tina Fey's hilarious and award-winning Liz Lemon on 30 Rock, viewers have enjoyed so many incredible performances over the last few years, it's easy to understand why child actors have been overlooked come Emmy time. But performances by young primetime talent such as, say, Game of Thrones' Maisie Williams are every bit as nuanced as the Oscar-winning turns of the past by Anna Paquin or Tatum O'Neal. And given the scope of a TV performance and our grueling production schedule, it should be harder to dismiss these arresting performances as merely the result of raw talent or clever direction.
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