Outlander may have won several nominations for this year’s Gold Globe awards, but there was one name noticeably absent from the list of nominations. While fans were glad to see Caitriona Balfe and Tobias Menzies receive nominations, the fact that Sam Heughan was snubbed did not sit well with many fans. With that in mind, how did executive producer Ronald D. Moore take the news that Sam was not nominated for the prestigious award?
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Moore explained how Heughan contributed greatly to the overall success of the series and how he was disappointed that the actor was not nominated.
“He was a huge part of the success of the show. We’ve always thought of he, Cait, and Tobias as our big three,” the producer explained. “It’s just a very competitive year, a very tough field. I wish Sam was included, but in our hearts he absolutely is because he’s incredibly deserving.”
That being said, Moore was hopeful that Heughan would have another chance at winning an award in Season 2, especially considering the important role Heughan’s character is set to play when Outlander returns to television.
“He has a much bigger part in the second season. If you think of the arc of his character in this first season, it was a much slower build,” Moore stated in the interview. “It was really Claire’s story, which included certain issues and characters along the way. He certainly has a lot more material in the second season than in the first.”
At the same time, Moore also expressed his disappointment that Heughan was snubbed from the Golden Globes in an interview with TV Line. Once again, Moore shared how Heughan was a vital part of the first season and that his performance should have been recognized by the award committee.
“I agree,” Moore replied after being asked if Heughan should have been nominated. “I wish Sam had absolutely been recognized, too. We always think of them as the Big 3 on the show. He’s a huge part of our success, so that is disappointing. He absolutely deserved to be recognized, as well.”
Although Moore echoed the sentiments felt by many fans after learning Heughan would not have a chance at winning a Golden Globe, he was very excited for Balfe and Menzies. In fact, Moore stated that both actors were deserving of the nomination given their brilliant performances on the show.
“If you think about what she did, being part of every scene plus her voice-over, you can’t help but be impressed with Cait,” he stated, adding, “Tobias never made Jack Randall a monster. He was a human being who was doing something horrible. There was a humanity in that character that was always present. That’s a tremendous salute to what he’s been able to bring to the role.”
Despite being snubbed, Heughan will have another chance at being nominated next year, especially if his character continues to develop over the course of the new season. While there are still a lot of unknowns about the new season, Moore’s description of what it will look like is promising.
“It’s more lavish. It’s a completely different look. It goes to Paris. It has a completely different vibe. It feels like we start the show all over again… You get this great sense that we’re on a big, long, epic adventure this year,” he explained.
Although Heughan will not be present at the Golden Globes this year, fans will be able to watch him when the second season of Outlander is expected to premiere in early spring of 2016.
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