SNUB: Viola Davis – Lead Actress In A Drama Series
It tells you how cutthroat the Best Actress In A Drama category is if Viola Davis doesn’t make it in! She was nominated for the first 3 seasons of “How To Get Away With Murder” (and she made history when she won for season 1), but she fell off the list for season 4. It’s not that surprising really as the show seems to have less buzz than ever, but still - it’s Viola Davis. You’d think she’d be a rubber stamp nominee, but nice to see that The Academy decided to look elsewhere.
SNUB: Mandy Moore – Lead Actress In A Drama Series
Although she was trying to get into an insanely competitive category, there was hope that Mandy Moore would break through for season 2 of “This Is Us”. We thought her heartbreaking performance in the post-Super Bowl episode where her onscreen husband Jack died would do it this year. Moore was so powerful this season as she juggled Rebecca at two different ages.
SNUB: Emilia Clarke – Lead Actress In A Drama Series
This year, HBO submitted the Mother of Dragons in the lead category (alongside her co-star, Kit Harington) due to her heavy screen time in season 7. Unfortunately The Academy isn’t interested in rewarding “Game of Thrones” any more nominations (the series leads the pack with 22) only nominating Lena Heady in the Supporting category.
In terms of Clarke and Heady’s male co-stars, Peter Dinklage and Nikolaj Coster-Waldeau both picked up noms in the Supporting categories, so it seems the Emmys are taking full advantage of those Lannisters always paying their debts.
SNUB: Laura Linney - Lead Actress In A Drama Series
Like Moore, Laura Linney was trying to grab a spot in a super competitive category, but she is an Emmy favourite. She’s won four of them. But alas, she didn’t get in for her season 1 work on the drama “Ozark”. No knock to her co-star Jason Bateman, but it’s quite surprising that Bateman is the one who scored an Emmy nod over awards-magnet Linney. Here’s hoping she gets more meaty material in season 2 to secure a spot next year.
SNUB: Allison Brie – Lead Actress In A Comedy Series
Since “GLOW” got into the Best Comedy Series category, it’s surprising that the love didn’t spread to its leading lady, Alison Brie. Betty Gilpin made it into the Best Supporting Actress category for the show set in the female wrestling world, but Brie didn’t make it in the ring this time.
SURPRISE: John Legend – Lead Actor In A Limited Series Or Movie
While he’s no stranger to winning awards, not many expected John Legend to one day be nominated for acting. Well, now he is. He was incredible in the live production of the Andrew Lloyd Webber production that scored 13 nominations. Since Legend produced the production as well, he’s actually up for two Emmys because the show is nominated for Best Variety Special. That’s two chances for Legend to join the elite club of being an EGOT winner: a performer who has won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony. John is only missing the E!
SNUB: Freddie Highmore – Lead Actor In A Drama Series
Freddie Highmore stars in arguably the biggest breakout show of 2017, and not even a full-scale “For Your Consideration” campaign could help him pick up a nomination. “The Good Doctor” didn’t fare so well either, with the ABC drama left out of all the major categories.
SURPRISE: ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’ – Best Comedy Series
It shouldn’t be a surprise that Kimmy Schmidt got in again. It’s been nominated for every one of its seasons so far. But only half of the fourth season has been released so far, so the show still scored a nod based on only six episodes. Six episodes that turned some fans off. Yet there’s nothing breaking Kimmy’s Emmy nom streak.
SNUB: Jane Fonda - Lead Actress In A Comedy Series
When we think of “Grace & Frankie” we think of a two woman show. For the second year, Fonda’s quirky co-star Lily Tomlin nabbed herself a nomination, but unfortunately nothing for Jane.
SNUB: ‘Will & Grace’ – Comedy Series
Well overdue for some love from the Emmys, even the reboot of “Will & Grace” couldn’t get any traction in the comedy department. Although the show was left out of the Best Comedy race for the ninth season, Megan Mullally was the only cast member to pick up a nod in the Supporting Actress category.
SNUB: ‘Modern Family’ – Comedy Series
It seems their reign has come to an end as the veteran sitcom has broken a major streak. For the first time in its nine-year history, it wasn’t nominated and neither were any of its stars.
SNUB: ‘Schitt’s Creek’ – Comedy Series
Continually dubbed “TV’s most underrated comedy,” “Schitt’s Creek” had one of its best seasons, but apparently it wasn’t enough for The Academy, who left the Canadian drama out of the running.