Marvel Studios has all the momentum in the world ahead of the 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards. The studios' first Phase Four offering WandaVision nabbed a whopping 23 nominations at the upcoming award spectacle and that alone is already a monumental feat. On the other hand, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier didn't get that many nods but the show is causing controversy on social media following the nomination of one of its guest stars.
War Machine actor Don Cheadle earned an Emmy nomination for his cameo in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier's first episode much to the chagrin of fans who believe he doesn't deserve the nod. Understandably irate, MCU fans took to Twitter to criticize the Emmys committee for choosing to give the nomination to Cheadle when actor Carl Lumbly had more screen time, not to mention a more significant role than Rhodey himself. Check out the reactions here:
Don Cheadle gets an Emmy nomination for guest actor in Falcon and Winter Soldier…but NO nominations for Black Monday. And the two lead actors in FWS get NO noms as well…— Kainene (@missforson) July 14, 2021
Don Cheadle getting an #Emmys nomination for a 90 second Marvel cameo leads me to believe the voters have not watched a single one of these shows…that being said please let Ted Lasso win everything— Valley Boy T (@tanman1) July 14, 2021
Don Cheadle be like:— Albert Santos (Taylor's Version) (@albertinho) July 14, 2021
>Shows up at Falcon And The Winter Soldier set
>Works for three minutes
>Gets Emmy Nomination
i have spent longer time sitting on the toilet than don cheadle spent at the fatws set and he was nominated for an emmy— hannah (derogatory) (@coleslawslut) July 14, 2021
It is unfathomable to me that Don Cheadle is Emmy nominated for The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. Dude was in like two scenes. If any guest actor deserves an Emmy, it's Carl Lumbly. His Isaiah Bradley was powerful and tragic and raw.— Scott MacHenry (@scott_machenry) July 14, 2021
Marvel stans defending Don Cheadle's Emmy nom, saying how much he "stole the show" in his 3 minutes of screentime, when Carl Lumbly was RIGHT THERE pains me. Please, just kill award shows... pic.twitter.com/tfDbThP5bn— Nicolò Grasso (@nickygra97) July 14, 2021
don cheadle’s emmy nomination is so funny he really girlbossed that 3 minutes of screen time— emma - fear street brainrot (@90smikhailo) July 14, 2021
This Don Cheadle thing highlights just how much of a joke the Emmys are.— Simon James (@SJames) July 14, 2021
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Following the announcement of nominees, Don took to his Twitter account to celebrate the milestone. However, he shares the sentiment of most fans and even he is confused as to how he got the nomination.
thanks, well wishers. sorry, haters. agreed. i don't really get it either. buuuuuuuuuut on we go ...— Don" 't ask me google questions" Cheadle (@DonCheadle) July 13, 2021
I guess the Emmys committee saw Cheadle's cameo as a much bigger deal than that of Lumbly's but man, I gotta agree with the fandom. Isaiah Bradley deserved the nod but hey, it is what it is. But instead of feeling angry and bitter over Don's "confusing" nomination, let's just appreciate the fact that the MCU dominated the nominations and I'm predicting they'll take home quite a few awards if not all the honors at the ceremony.
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier is streaming on Disney+.