The TV academy just acknowledged a mistake made by the Tony Awards that was brought to its attention by Gold Derby and gave Neil Patrick Harris one more Emmy nomination -- for hosting the Tonys last year.
Harris' name was missing from the list of Emmy nominees in the race for best special-class program when bids were unveiled last month. Hosts of award shows used to compete in the old Emmy category of best performance in a variety special (Hugh Jackman won for hosting the Tonys in 2005), but that contest was eliminated last year. Award-show hosts are now grouped with the producers of the kudocasts. If the award show wins best special-class program, then the host wins along with its producers. Other contenders in the category, like hosts of "Saturday Night Live," were moved over to the guest acting categories (where Tina Fey won last year for hosting "SNL").
However, our forums moderator Chris "Boomer" Beachum noticed something odd when perusing this year's list of Emmy nominees: Neil Patrick Harris wasn't listed along with the producers of the Tonys show nominated for best special-class program. The omission was glaring considering that Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin are listed among nominees with the Oscars telecast. Boomer asked me to inquire with Emmy chiefs. The awards department informed us that Harris' name hadn't been submitted for consideration, which was odd because the Tonys producers hadn't forgotten to list host Whoopi Goldberg last year. Why now?
Neil Patrick Harris has an embarrassing kudos secret. Even though he's Mr. Awards Show — having hosted the Tonys, Emmys, TV Land Awards and performed at the Oscars — he's never won a major showbiz trophy. He's lost three times at the Emmys, four at the Golden Globes and this year he received two Emmy bids as best supporting comedy actor ("How I Met Your Mother") and guest actor in a comedy series ("Glee"). Our pundits (Boomer included) don't believe Harris has a good shot to win in the supporting race this year. However, he's a serious rival in that guest contest — he's got real hope there. But if he loses both shots it would be outrageous for him to be cheated out of a nomination in the special-class category considering how often the Tonys win there. The Tonys won best special-class program in 2005, 2007 and 2008. Wouldn't it be tragic if Harris loses for "Mother" and "Glee" this year, then fails to win an Emmy along with the producers of the Tonys when the Tonys win the special-class contest again? Horrible! All because someone in the office of the Tonycast producers forgot to include Harris' name on the Emmy paperwork? Presumably, that's what happened.
For the last several days, Gold Derby has been bugging the Tonys and Harris' PR rep for comment about the slight, which apparently triggered some action behind the scenes. We've just been informed that Harris' name has now officially been added to the current Emmy ballot in the special-class category. If Harris would like to contact Boomer personally to express thanks, he may contact Gold Derby.
(UPDATE: Neil Patrick Harris just Twittered a message to Boomer.)
Photos: Neil Patrick Harris hosting the 2009 Tony Awards telecast, which is nominated for best special-class program at this year's Emmys. Credit: WireImage