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Emmy nominations: Biggest snubs of 2016

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You’re shocked, you’re outraged, and we understand. This is the place to explore all those feelings. Here’s our rundown of the most stunning snubs from Thursday morning’s 68th Primetime Emmy nominations (of which there are many).

While there were plenty of underdog victories — FX’s long-ignored The Americans scored multiple nominations for its finest season yet; Game of Thrones‘ stars Kit Harington and Maisie Williams grabbed their first nominations — the snubs racked up too.

One of the biggest omissions was Lady Gaga, who won the Golden Globe for her performance in American Horror Story: Hotel and wasn’t even nominated. Even bigger: Uzo Aduba, who won last year for Orange Is the New Black.  

Another Globes favorite this year, Starz’ Outlander, was totally snubbed (while its pay cable fantasy rival Thrones picked up 23 nominations).

The final season of CBS’ acclaimed The Good Wife was almost entirely ignored by the TV Academy too.

But let’s stay organized here and break down our angst by category (full list of Emmy nominations):

Drama Series: With AMC’s Mad Men off the table, that left a major opening for a newcomer, which was snatched up by USA’s Mr. Robot. But Starz’ Outlander couldn’t get a seat at the table for its second season. The Good Wife final season was left out too. At least Showtime’s Homeland got back in the game.

Comedy Series: Netflix’s Master of None broke in for its smart debut season, but otherwise this category went pretty much as the critics predicted. If Modern Family wins yet again, the ABC hit is set to surpass Frasier as the comedy with most wins ever. Some thought HBO’s Girls would stage a return this year for its improved fifth season, or that The CW’s Crazy Ex-Girlfriend would get some love, but nope.

Limited series: Of course this is FX’s The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story‘s category to lose (despite an incredible season 2 of FX’s Fargo). Left behind this year: FX’s perpetual category bridesmaid American Horror Story. Basically: FX, FX, FX.

Drama actress: The big shock here is the riveting Keri Russell finally got in for The Americans, and — to a lesser degree — the return of BBC America’s Orphan Black‘s perpetual underdog Tatiana Maslany. Shut out was Good Wife star Julianna Margulies for her final turn, as well as HBO’s The Leftovers fan favorite Carrie Coon.

Drama actor: With Jon Hamm off the stage, this category was ready for some new blood. Critics widely expected Showtime’s Billions stars Paul Giamatti and Damian Lewis (at least voter favorite Giamatti) to get honors — they were both terrrific — but their stocks didn’t rise today. Instead Mr. Robot star Rami Malek made it on the list along with The Americans‘ sensation Matthew Rhys finally getting on (I’d argue Rhys has been the Emmys’ most snubbed actor in recent years).

Comedy actress: Can you believe Veep star Julia Louis-Dreyfus was snubbed? Of course you can’t, because she wasn’t, and she’ll almost certainly win yet again (setting a five-in-a-row record). But who definitely won’t be winning is Crazy Ex-Girlfriend star Rachel Bloom, despite taking home the Golden Globe this year. Instead Tracee Ellis Ross in Black-ish impressed for a slot. But fans of Girls star Lena Dunham, Fresh Of the Boat lead Constance Wu, and You’re the Worst actress Aya Cash will have to wait until next year.

Comedy actor: Glad to see Aziz Ansari score a first nod for Master of None, as well as Thomas Middleditch for his twitchy and empathetic performance in HBO’s Silicon Valley. But there was on huge shut-out, too: CBS’ Big Bang Theory star Jim Parsons, who has won a record-tying four times. Also we were hoping Rob Lowe would get nod (if only because it would make Fox feel lousy for axing The Grinder).

Supporting actress drama: It’s a Game of Thrones battle royale — Lena Headey, Maisie Williams, and Emilia Clarke! Williams is the head-turning newcomer here after delivering strong subtle work this year. Too bad her fan favorite costar Sophie Turner couldn’t break through as well. They all have to face TV Academy favorite Maggie Smith for the final season of PBS’ Downton Abbey, plus Lifetime’s Unreal breakout Constance Zimmer. Tough category! Snubbed: The Good Wife‘s Christine Baranski, who gets the consolation prize of starring in the CBS Access spin-off. An even bigger snub was Uzo Aduba, who won last year for Orange Is the New Black.  

Supporting actor drama: Harington breaking into this category is a well deserved victory for the young actor, who spent two years pretending like he was leaving the show while behind-the-scenes and delivered his finest work yet in an intensely physical performance in front of the camera. But we’re disappointed costar Nikolaj Coster-Waldau couldn’t share the glory. One slight surprise was that Globe winner Christian Slater was left out for his performance in Mr. Robot, and Homeland‘s Mandy Patinkin was also snubbed despite the espionage drama surging back in the nominations spotlight this year.

Supporting actress comedy: Allison Janney continues to be the running favorite for CBS’ Mom. There’s a couple big omissions: Modern Family‘s Julie Bowen and The Big Bang Theory‘s Mayim Bialik were both expected to get in.

Supporting actor comedy: Not a lot of snubs here. Veep‘s two-time winner Tony Hale has the best odds. 

Random Snubs: Samantha Bee has been generating a lot of buzz (sorry) with TBS’ Full Frontal, but was unrecognized. Some fans hoped Marvel’s Jessica Jones and Daredevil would get nods for supporting stars David Tennant and Jon Bernthal, respectively, but no dice.  

More: Game of Thrones nomination analysis with reaction from the show’s stars. Here’s the pleasant surprises from this year’s nominations. Here’s the full list of noms

The nominations were announced at the shockingly civilized hour of 11:30 a.m. ET this year instead of the usual morning news show-pandering time of 8:30 a.m. One of the primary benefits of this is it makes it much harder for stars to tell reporters during their obligatory reaction calls, “I was totally asleep and forgot all about the nominations when I got a call waking me up that I’d been nominated; I’m so shocked!” — which we never actually believed anyway. So perhaps this year actors will admit to watching the nominations being announced along with the rest of us. 

The 68th Primetime Emmy Awards will be held on Sunday, Sept. 18 on ABC, with Jimmy Kimmel returning as host.

 

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