Disney and Lucasfilm recently made a surprising push for Mandalorian actress Gina Carano to be nominated for an Emmy Award despite the fact that she was fired from the Star Wars franchise in February 2021.
Former Muay Thai champion and women’s MMA fighter Carano, who portrayed New Republic Marshal Cara Dune, was let go due to a series of controversial Tweets on her personal social media profile following The Mandalorian Season 2. Throughout the second season of Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni’s hit Star Wars series, opposing hashtags like #FireGinaCarano and #WeLoveCaraDune trended online.
Now, the 2021 Prime Time Emmy Awards nominations have been released — and Carano was not included in the Outstanding Supporting Actress category.
The nominated actresses are:
Gillian Anderson, “The Crown”
Helena Bonham Carter, “The Crown”
Madeline Brewer, “The Handmaid’s Tale”
Ann Dowd, “The Handmaid’s Tale”
Aunjanue Ellis, “Lovecraft Country”
Emerald Fennell, “The Crown”
Yvonne Strahovski, “The Handmaid’s Tale”
Samira Wiley, “The Handmaid’s Tale”
It is worth noting that Disney+ series, The Mandalorian, is tied for the most nominations — 24 Emmy Award nods — with Netflix drama, The Crown.
Timothy Olyphant (Marshal Cobb Vanth) and Carl Weathers (Greef Karga) both received nominations in the Outstanding Guest Actor category for their work in The Mandalorian Season 2, and Giancarlo Esposito (Moff Gideon) has been nominated in the Outstanding Supporting Actor In a Drama Series category.
At this time, Lucasfilm has confirmed that they have no plans to recast the Cara Dune character — though there have been some rumors that she could return in an animated series or in a prequel Alderaan series, with a younger actress taking on the part.
Rangers of the New Republic, the Mandalorian spinoff series Carano was expected to lead, is “no longer in active development” at this time.
Carano has not publicly commented on being “snubbed” at the Emmy Awards.
The 73rd Emmy Awards take place on September 19, 2021.
What do you think? Were you hoping to see Gina Carano receive an Emmy nomination this year?