Emmy Nominations 2016: Snubs and Surprises
Surprise: Thomas Middleditch
Middleditch landed his very first Emmy nomination, picking up an Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series nod for his role of Richard Hendricks in HBO's Silicon Valley.
Surprise: The Americans
After being shut out of the awards show for years, The Americans landed five nominations: Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for Matthew Rhys, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for Keri Russell, Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Seriesfor Margo Martindale, and Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series for Joseph Weisberg and Joel Fields.
Surprise: Maura Tierney
The Affair picked up its first Emmy nomination. Maura Tierney, who has one previous Emmy nomination to her name (honored in 2001 for ER), earned an Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series nod.
Snub: Lady Gaga
While she took home the Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television earlier this year, Lady Gaga was not nominated by the Emmys for her work on American Horror Story.
Fan-favorite Outlander landed just two low-profile nominations: Outstanding Costumes For A Period/Fantasy Series, Limited Series Or Movie and Outstanding Production Design For A Narrative Period Program (One Hour Or More), getting skipped over in the major acting and series categories.
Snub: The Good Wife
The Emmys sent The Good Wife off with little fanfare, recognizing the show's final season in smaller categories like Outstanding Guest Actor In A Drama Series (Michael J. Fox), Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series (Carrie Preston), and Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series (Robert King and Michelle King), but did not include the show or its stars in the series or lead acting categories.
Snub: Rachel Bloom
Rachel Bloom won big at the 2016 Golden Globe Awards, nabbing the honor of Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Comedy or Musical for Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, but she was not nominated in her category by the Emmys.
Snub: Paul Giamatti
Celebrated for his work on Billions, Paul Giamatti, and his Showtime show for that matter, received a total of zero nominations.
Snub: Christian Slater
Rami Malek picked up his first Emmy nomination for his turn as Elliot Alderson, but his Mr. Robot costar Christian Slater didn't join him on the nomination list.
Snub: Samantha Bee
Samantha Bee may be making a splash among viewers for Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, but her show was shut out of the Outstanding Variety Talk Series category, receiving a single nomination for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series.
Snub: Orange Is The New Black
While it landed three nominations and one win (Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for Uzo Aduba) at the 2015 ceremony, Orange Is The New Black earned just one nomination for the 2016 show, Outstanding Casting For A Drama Series.
Snub: Vera Farmiga
Another fan favorite, Vera Farmiga was not nominated for her work on Bates Motel. She was last honored at the 2013 Emmys.
Snub: Eva Green
Penny Dreadful picked up a few awards, but none for star Eva Green, who was nominated for the Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama earlier this year.
Snub: The Big Bang Theory
The Big Bang Theory, which regularly picks up major awards and nominations at the Emmys, was not included in the Outstanding Comedy Series category, nor was star Jim Parsons nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series.