SURPRISE: ‘Nailed It’, BEST REALITY COMPETITION SHOW
Well, this was a welcome surprise. Usually, the Reality Competition Show category is reserved for more cut-throat, serious shows like “Survivor”, “The Amazing Race” and “The Voice”. Well, the Academy clearly just wanted to have a laugh in this category too. Watching a bunch of people screw up some cakes gave us all a chuckle and there’s nothing wrong with recognizing it.
When it was announced that George Clooney was returning to TV to helm a new limited series that he’d also co-star in, it was assumed that the awards would follow. But it got no Emmy love this morning. But is it really that surprising? After its release, it didn’t seem to have any buzz. Did anyone watch this thing? The Academy went for more praised and widely-seen work instead of simply checking Clooney’s name off.
SNUB: ‘The Big Bang Theory’
It’s not a big surprise that “The Big Bang Theory” wasn’t nominated for its final season. While it was the top sitcom on broadcast television, it hasn’t been nominated for the top Emmy since 2014. It’s a bit more surprising that not even Jim Parsons could make it back into the Lead Actor in A Comedy Series race. He won the award four times. The last time being 2014, but then again, he hasn’t been nominated since then either. The Academy showed they didn’t have a sentimental bone to throw the show for its wrap-up.
SURPRISE: Viola Davis, How To Get Away With Murder – LEAD ACTRESS, DRAMA SERIES
So it’s weird to call Viola Davis a surprise nominee at an awards show. And it’s true she won for the first season of “How To Get Away With Murder”, and she was nominated for the two subsequent seasons, but she was left off the list last year. Once you’re dropped from the Emmys list, it’s usually very hard to get back on. Well, never count out Viola Davis. She’s back on there for her work in season 5 in an extremely competitive category. It probably helped that five of last year’s nominees (Elisabeth Moss, Claire Foy, Tatiana Maslany, Evan Rachel Wood, Keri Russell) weren’t eligible this year.
SNUB: Richard Madden, Bodyguard – LEAD ACTOR, DRAMA SERIES
Richard Madden WON the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Drama Series in January, but he didn’t even make the nomination list at the Emmys! Very strange. People were obsessed with “Bodyguard” when it hit Netflix in North America and people loved Richard’s performance. He’s had a big year, co-starring in the hit “Rocketman”, but it wasn’t enough for the Television Academy.
SNUB: Jim Carrey, Kidding – LEAD ACTOR, COMEDY SERIES
Along with Julia Roberts and Emma Stone, Jim Carrey is another snub that proves that star power doesn’t guarantee you an Emmy nomination. There are passionate fans of his series “Kidding”, but also a lot of people that were lukewarm on it. It doesn’t help that the show is more of a dramedy, which probably caused voters to go for guys who actually made them laugh, including fellow Canadian Eugene Levy.
SNUB: Tracee Ellis Ross, Black-ish – LEAD ACTRESS, COMEDY SERIES
Tracee Ellis Ross has been nominated the past three years for her hilarious work on “Black-ish” (and she won a Golden Globe as well), but she was left off the list this time around. We love Tracee, but with so much fresh blood in the Lead Actress In A Comedy category this year (only Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Rachel Brosnahan are repeat nominees), we can’t help but sort of be okay with this snub.
SNUB: ‘The Good Fight’
With some of the major shows not eligible this year (like “The Handmaid’s Tale” and “The Crown”), people thought it was finally going to be the year that “The Good Fight” got into drama series and Christine Baranski got into Lead Actress In A Drama. Well, it still didn’t happen. Despite the Emmy love for “The Good Wife”, the Academy has still not warmed to its spin-off. Maybe they don’t have CBS All Access?
SNUB: ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’
As The Television Academy decided to nominate new blood, it meant the final season of “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” was shutout. It is surprising because some thought the final episodes were its best ever, and the show has been nominated for every season up till now. Not even the praised Titus Burgess and Jane Krakowski made it into the supporting category. A dang shame.
SURPRISE: ‘Schitt’s Creek’
Five seasons in, people had all given up hope that “Schitt’s Creek” would finally get some Emmy love. The major hope was that Catherine O’Hara would finally make it into Lead Actress In A Comedy. Well she did! And not only that, Eugene Levy scored a Lead Actor in A Comedy nomination, while the show was nominated for Best Comedy Series! As Dan Levy said on Twitter after finding out, “O.M.F.G.”
SNUB: Emma Stone, Maniac – LEAD ACTRESS, LIMITED SERIES
It’s true that the buzz for “Maniac” didn’t last long once it was released. The series didn’t live up to the hype, but you couldn’t deny Emma Stone’s fantastic performance playing multiple characters in various dimensions. Yet the Oscar-winner was passed over for a nomination in favour of more memorable performances in stronger series.
SNUB: Julia Roberts, Homecoming – LEAD ACTRESS, DRAMA SERIES
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The Television Academy made room for seven nominees in the Actress in the Lead Actress In A Drama Series category, but they didn’t make room for Julia Roberts, who was pegged as a shoo-in on star power alone. While Julia did solid work in the show, some were underwhelmed by the show, and she had extremely tough competition in the category.