@#$% AND YES. The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has finally corrected a grave injustice and given Tatiana Maslany, the uber-talented star of Orphan Black her first—but long overdue—nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. Clone dance party, everyone!

Even if you’re not a fan of Orphan Black, or if stories about clones and genetic engineering and weird scientific conspiracies aren’t your cup of tea—unlikely, since you are reading io9, after all—you still have to recognize Maslany’s incredible talent at playing six or more distinct characters on the same show, often in scenes where she has to act against herself. It’s almost impossible to remember that the same actress is playing the parts of Sarah, Cosima, Alison, Helena and the others, because she (as well as the effects team who composites her performance together) makes it seem completely effortless.

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I’m not sure Maslany will win this year, since she’s going up against Elisabeth Moss in the final year of Mad Men, but still, it’s an excellent first step. You can check out the full list of nominees here.


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