Voting for a fandom can be a royal pain in the ***. It takes time. If it’s a one off vote, fandoms with more votes always win. If it’s a ‘vote as much as you want’ people get burned out and there always seems to be a certain amount of cheating to muck things up.
The Outlander Clandom is currently voting in the E-online TV Scoop Awards (with the Radio Times vote coming right on it’s heals). Outlander got nominated (by the fans go figure) for a total of 15 categories. We did well in this contest last year winning many of the categories we were nominated in.
This year is proving to be a bit different. Our main competition in various polls/votes recently has been with the fandoms of The 100 and Shadowhunters. These fandoms have a specific agenda (that I don’t want to get into or debate) above and beyond just their show/actors and, I believe, are getting a great deal of outside help voting because of that. I could be wrong – but no matter how they are getting the number of votes they are, it is staggering us.
Those voting in this contest have been focusing almost exclusively on Caitriona’s vote. We are losing badly in most of the other categories because this has been the focus. Best Drama – Best Actor (both of which are in good shape) and Best Actress are really the main / most important idea for most of us. (Getting Best Villain would be nice too and we are ok there for now).
This particular category is supposed to be for Best Actress: Not a popularity contest or because the fans think the character was killed off simply because she had a same sex partner. Caitriona Balfe gives the Outlander fans a supreme performance as Claire Randall Fraser. Joy to sorrow, pain, anger, frustration – a dedicated actress who works hard to give us a great performance. While other actresses in this vote may be quite good, I doubt they have the screen time or range that Caitriona does. I know that is true in The 100 – I’ve watched the show (though I’ve stopped and the show has been ruined for me because the vitriol in the fandom).
I know this is a holiday weekend and voting is a pain. I get that. I also know absolutely that Cait deserves this win. Vote once, vote 10 times…. do what you can to support our awesome leading lady. If I’ve given you enough incentive to vote, please do so here:
Not convinced Caitriona is a better actress than the competition in this vote? Here are some more reasons.
On only her 8th credit, Caitriona landed a (granted small) role working with greats like Morgan Freeman, Mark Ruffalo and Michael Cain in ‘Now You See Me’.
For her 9th acting credit, she was working with big name actors Arnold Schwarzenegger (she played his daughter), Sylvester Stallone, Jim Caviezel, Sam Neil and Vincent D’Onofrio in ‘Escape Plan’.
Her most recent credit (not counting Outlander) has her working with A-listers George Clooney and Julia Roberts in ‘Money Monster’. This iswhat director Jodie Foster had to say about Caitriona:
“Caitriona Balfe is amazing. She’s so beautiful and she’s so smart. Smart, smart and strong. Calm…and you know has this amazing presence.”
Here is the interview to see/hear: Jodie Foster talks working with Irish actress Caitriona Balfe!
Please, take a little time and let’s get the honor for Caitriona. She absolutely deserves it!
Vote here! The vote ends July 4 so please do what you can in between B-B-Q and fireworks!