TV Week has taken the unusual step of responding to critics who have questioned the lack of female representation in the Gold Logie category.
On a Bauer Media blog, editor Emma Nolan defends the 5 males and 1 female as being the choice of readers who have responded in record numbers (although there is no disclosure on just how many).
“We have the usual bunch of media picking apart the final list and throwing insults left, right and centre at the contenders,” she wrote.
“What a surprise – people are bagging out the TV Week Gold Logie list! But let’s just clarify a few things. TV Week doesn’t pick this list. The initial, longer list is submitted by the TV networks, and viewers voted at the end of last year to give us the final nominees.”
Jessica Marais is the sole female nominated for Gold this year alongside Waleed Aly, Rodger Corser, Peter Helliar, Grant Denyer and Samuel Johnson.
“Yes, they’re blokes. But they are obviously loved by TV viewers, and what a shame if their big moment was to be questioned or tarnished by this whinging,” Nolan wrote.
“Sure, it would have been nice to have some more women among the Gold nominees. But please don’t let that take away from celebrating Gold nominee Jessica Marais’ achievements.
“She’s starred in two primetime dramas, is one of our hardest-working and most talented actresses and has three nominations to her name. Let’s also not forget that 11 out of past 20 Gold Logie winners have been women. A pretty even split!”
Feedback on the low representation in the Gold follows previous conversations about Diversity in awards shows, including the Emmys and the Oscars. Last year’s Gold category was arguably its most diverse on record.
Of course, knocking the Logies is also an Australian sport (along with whinging about practically everything at one stage or another). Whether nominations, fashion, drunken speeches, confused international stars, sorry dance routines, unfunny hosts or Karl being blotto next morning…. these are what make the Logies in the same way that we love the smorgasboard of Eurovision.
Make no mistake, no awards show in Australia comes close to matching Logies in size or history (sorry ARIAs, AACTAs, Brownlow etc).
Embracing this odd dichotomy with true affection is not always understood.
“For some in the media and industry, who are perhaps jaded by this whole process, the easier option is always to find the negative angle,” Nolan writes.
But the Logies nominees list is also now at the mercy of aggressive social media campaigns.
With numbers limited in each category, there are some big names who weren’t even in the running this year. Having online voting has increased voting from being reliant on magazine coupons, but if social media campaigns hijack the Gold it will only open it up to more left-field nominations and wider criticism. How do you make Popular voting genuinely fair?
For better or worse, we kinda get the Logies we deserve.