By Jennifer Armstrong
July 16, 2009 at 10:31 PM EDT

Lost among the major-category chatter about this morning’s Emmy nominations is the recognition (waaaay down the list in Outstanding Nonfiction Special) of NBC’s brutally revealing documentary about Farrah Fawcett’s battle with cancer, Farrah’s Story. If it wins, it’ll give the star her only Emmy: She’s been nominated three times in acting categories (in 1985 for The Burning Bed, in 1990 for Small Sacrifices, and in 2003 for a guest appearance on The Guardian) but she never won. A statue this year — which would go to her as an executive producer of the project — would give the sex symbol the most tangible evidence of the elusive acclaim she often sought but never quite captured. And it would be well-deserved: While the special was uneven — sometimes sappy, sometimes a rare breed of too revealing — it was, inarguably, brave, the realest reality TV could possibly give us. She is, also inarguably, a television icon who’s gotten short shrift even in her death, as the news of her passing quickly got swallowed by the more shocking passing of another icon named Michael Jackson. Wouldn’t it be lovely to see her get more recognition than the standard Emmy-death-montage moment? As for her chances at winning: The toughest competition will come from yet another household name born of television who made another touchingly distinctive documentary, Michael J. Fox for his Adventures of an Incurable Optimist.

What do you think, PopWatchers? Are you happy to see Fawcett nominated? Will you be rooting for her?

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