Despite the fact Yellowstone has been an instant hit with viewers since it first premiered in 2018, the Paramount+ series has failed to find the same success within the Hollywood industry after being mostly ignored at awards shows.
However, members of the cast have brushed off the repeated snubs and claimed that the recognition they receive from the show’s ever-growing fan base is the true accolade.
Speaking to Dailymail.com at the season five premiere, Wes Bentley (who plays Jamie Dutton) stated: ‘I personally don’t think awards validate anything.
Brush it off: The cast of Yellowstone have shared their true feelings about being snubbed by Hollywood award shows. (Left to right – Wes Bentley, from left, Luke Grimes, Kelsey Asbille, Gil Birmingham and Cole Hauser)
Family business: Pictured left to right – Beth Dutton (played by Kelly Reilly), John Dutton (Kevin Costner), Monica Long (Kelsey Asbille) and Jamie Duttong (Wes Bentley). Front row – Kayce Dutton (Luke Grimes) and Rip Wheeler (Cole Hauser)
‘It’s an honor, as they say, but as far as it saying whether we are doing something good or not, that’s not what that is.’
He continued: ‘Many many shows don’t get that recognition that deserve it and many do get it that don’t deserve it. It’s just the matter of opinion of each particular academy.
‘I know we are a success because the people are watching it. The conversation I have with fans are so much deeper than the usual.’
His co-star Gil Birmingham (who plays Tribal Chairman Thomas Rainwater) agreed as he added: ‘Hollywood is a fuckle beast. I think that it’s more important that we have captured the hearts and minds of the audience and our fans.
No gongs: The Kevin Costner-led series directed and mostly written by Taylor Sheridan has mostly been snubbed at Hollywood awards shows despite pulling in millions of viewers
Unbothered: Wes Bentley (L) says awards ‘don’t validate anything, while co-star Gil Birmingham claimed that pleasing the audience is more ‘important’
‘Westerns are not a genre that, historically speaking, typically gets rewarded.’
the drama series – which has been dubbed ‘anti-woke’ by some critics – was finally recognized by the SAG Awards earlier this year, after it got a nomination for Outstanding Performance.
Though the show failed to come away with the prize, Kelsey Asbille (who plays Monica Dutton) revealed that it was great to be there alongside their peers in the industry.
‘Being at the SAG awards altogether was so meaningful but awards are definitely not what it’s all about,’ she stated. ‘This is a dream job and we’re just happy to be here.’
Meanwhile, Jefferson White (who stars as Jimmy Hurdstrom) stated that he would like to see the tide change for the show with season five.
He explained: ‘I hope this season does get awards because I love these actors and I think they are doing amazing work.
‘I hope that other people recognize that but also it really is true that the fan’s response to it is the recognition that these actors deserve, and we are so lucky to have that.’
Directed and mostly written by Taylor Sheridan, the Kevin Costner-led series received its share of criticisms especially when it first aired.
Set in the American West, Yellowstone Tim Goodman, of The Hollywood Reporter, called the show a ‘testosterone grit-fest’ that is far from relatable.
Appreciative: Kelsey Asbillie admitted it had been ‘meaningful’ to attend the SAG Awards, while Jefferson White hopes to see castmates win awards in the future
‘Yellowstone tries to be so expansive and soap-operatic that there’s barely any realism in it,’ Goodman wrote.
Just before the season three finale, Kathyrn VanArendonk, of Vulture, wrote that Yellowstone ‘is the most white, male American show on TV.
These criticisms did little to stop the runaway popularity of the modern-day ranch show, with streaming on Paramount has been going from strength to strength in recent years.
In fact, a record 15 million people tuning in for the finale of season four.
Not politically correct: Yellowstone was dubbed ‘anti woke’ after it premiered on Paramount+ due to its focus on a land-owning white man in rural America
Yellowstone follows Costner’s John Dutton, a landowning rancher in Montana overseeing his wealth and family, a setting seldom seen among modern top-rated shows.
Although it is often compared to HBO’s Succession – they came out the same year and are both family-business dramas – it breaks the mold for a hit series due to the fact it’s based not on the East or West coasts, but instead takes place Montana .
And unlike shows like Succession that play up current drama in the Big Apple or Los Angeles, Yellowstone avoids big city issues and political correctness conflicts, and instead puts a lens on rural America where local businesses are losing wealth and power in a changing nation.
Emily VanDerWerff, a TV critic for Vox, ultimately credits Yellowstone’s success on its ability to tap into middle America and portrays a different kind of fantasy.
‘Yellowstone takes a kind of comfort in the leisurely pleasures of a world where everything is as it should be. ‘This is fine,’ it says, as the evening sun spreads red fire in the west.’
The next chapter: Fans will see the Dutton family gear up to defend their ranch land beginning in a two-hour season five premiere on November 13 on the Paramount Network
Fans will see the Dutton family gear up to defend their ranch land beginning in a two-hour season five premiere on November 13 on the Paramount Network.
The fifth season will showcase John Dutton (Kevin Costner) being sworn in as Governor of Montana, and shows the chaos, enemies and ‘war’ that immediately follow.
The fifth season of Yellowstone will be split into two installations of seven episodes each.
The first two episodes drop on Paramount+ on November 13 and on Paramount+ UK the next day, with episodes for part one then dropping weekly.
The second installation of season five will arrive on Paramount+ in 2023.
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