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Noah Hawley on Legion Emmy Snub: ‘The Genre Itself is an Obstacle’

The Emmy Awards unveiled their list of 2017 nominations earlier today, and one glaring omission that caught the eye of many comic fans was FX's Legion. The genre-bending series, based on Marvel’s X-Men character David Haller (otherwise known as Legion), received massive praise for its mind-blowing cinematography, creative sound design and vibrant performances.

As a result, many expected the show to be recognized to some capacity, yet the series was snubbed across the board. One person who was less-than-surprised by the outcome was Fargo/Legion creator Noah Hawley, who believes the superhero genre still has a ways to go before it will be fully respected in the minds of award voters.

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“I would run into those guys from Game of Thrones and they’d show up, never win, but then they finally won," Hawley said in an interview with Deadline. "It was a process to get that genre to that place where people consider it a real drama. There is a process to it. I never expected anything, I guess. The pilot for Legion was really special and it would have been nice to be recognized for that, but I also understand the genre itself is an obstacle for some people and it can take two to three seasons of a show being made before it gets under the genre bend.”

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Fans of the series were particularly hopeful for at least a nomination of actress Aubrey Plaza, whose simultaneous performances as an eccentric Lenny Busker and the dastardly Shadow King left a haunting impression on viewers.

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Starring Dan Stevens, Aubrey Plaza, Katie Aselton, Jeremie Harris, Bill Irwin, Rachel Keller and Amber Midthunder, Legion will return for its planned 10-episode second season in early 2018.

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