Some in the 'toon biz think animated award categories are an insult to 'toon creators, and they deserve to compete with the live action crowd, should compete. Just look at Seth Macfarlane:
MacFarlane says, "It's surprising that we hadn't been able to get a nomination in the animation category the last several years, yet in the comedy category we had success." His Fox show has been nominated twice since 2001 for animated program, plus once for an hourlong episode, and has never won. ...
"It's more of a function of the landscape of television comedy changing overall. You now have five or six animated prime-time shows as of this fall. At some point, they're just too influential, too much a part of pop culture" to exclude them ...
It's peachy that animation is so influential and popular that it gets itself nominated in the mainstream categories with its live action cousins, but maybe you've noticed a strange phenomenon.
Animation occasionally battles its way into the finalists' ring (Flintstones, Family Guy, Beauty and the Beast) but weirdest thing ... it never wins.
Call me a sour cynic, but I don't think academy voters would ever vote for an animated show in large enough numbers to allow it to win. The vast majority work in live action and cast ballots for the product on which they work.
If it comes down to a one-on-one between Snow White and You Can't Take it With You ... or Beauty and the Beast and Silence of the Lambs ... guess which one takes the gold prize?
I wish it were otherwise, but I also wish there was world peace and rainbow-colored ponies for every girl and boy who wanted one, and I don't think those other two things will be happening either.
So given the cold realities, animation creators should take the ghettoized categories granted to them by their entertainment overlords and be glad they exist.
Because they won't be winning much of anything else much before the sun reaches it red star phase.