Emmy Awards

2015 Emmy Nominations’ 10 Biggest Snubs

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The nominations for the 67th annual Primetime Emmy Awards have been revealed and for the most part, this year’s group of nominees check all the right boxes. Mad Men is seeing some much-deserved love in the wake of its final season, while up-and-comers like Bloodline, Silicon Valley, Transparent, and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt received their own fair share of recognition as well. Still, another year of Emmy Awards brings with it another sizable list of candidates that didn’t make the cut. To be fair, there is only so much space available on the nomination lists, but considering Emmy voters actually expanded the categories to have 7 nominees instead of 6 this year, there is no excuse for not including the following 10 shows and actors in the Emmy race.

10. Thomas Middleditch – Silicon Valley

HBO’s comedy series Silicon Valley rightly earned itself a nomination in the Comedy Series category, but its lead actor, Thomas Middleditch, was curiously snubbed. As Richard Hendricks, the CEO of a struggling tech start-up, Middleditch is giving the kind of high-functioning, socially-awkward performance that Jim Parsons wishes he could deliver on The Big Bang Theory. Parsons has unfathomably won multiple Emmys for his role, so why can’t Middleditch — who is putting Parson’s shtick to shame — be given the same treatment? Speaking of Parsons…

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9. Jim Parsons – The Big Bang Theory

While Jim Parsons’ performance as Sheldon Cooper on The Big Bang Theory has arguably never been worthy of an Emmy nomination, let alone a win, that doesn’t change the fact that Parsons has won multiple Emmys for the role. As such, his absence this year from the list of Lead Actors in a Comedy, while refreshing, is still a pretty significant snub. After all, it’s not like his performance has gotten any better or worse over the last year. Have Emmy voters simply had enough of Sheldon?

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8. Kerry Washington – Scandal

While Scandal isn’t exactly the most highbrow drama series out there, it’s hard to deny the talented performance delivered by its lead, Kerry Washington, is Emmy-worthy; well, unless you’re an Emmy voter, apparently. Washington received an Emmy nomination for her role as crisis management coordinator Olivia Pope in 2013, but has been snubbed two years in a row now. At the end of the day, it’s probably for the best that Tatiana Maslany got the nod for her role in Orphan Black, but it still feels like a significant oversight that Washington’s commanding performance continues to go unrecognized.

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7. Gina Rodriguez – Jane The Virgin

Gina Rodriguez’s star continues to rise thanks to her well-received lead performance in the CW’s Jane The Virgin, famously earning the actress a Golden Globe award that came with a powerful speech by the proud Latina. Apparently, Emmy voters were sleeping during the Globes or else they would seen an impassioned young actress that arguably deserved a nomination for her charming performance in Jane The Virgin.

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6. Ellie Kemper – Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

It’s rather ironic that a show largely dependent on the charming comedic talents of its lead actress was nominated for an Emmy, yet failed to garner the same accolade for said actress. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt received a fair number of nominations, including nods for delightful guest appearances by Tina Fey and Jon Hamm, but Ellie Kemper, the star of the whole enterprise, came out empty-handed. If that doesn’t break Kimmy’s spirit, nothing will.

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5. Vincent D’Onofrio – Daredevil

Despite being popular with critics and viewers alike, it was never expected that Marvel and Netflix’s first superhero co-venture, Daredevil, would receive much in the way of Emmy buzz. That being said, it came as a shock to not see Vincent D’Onofrio’s name on the list of Supporting Dramatic Actor nominees for his sympathetic and chilling take on Daredevil nemesis Kingpin. D’Onofrio’s performance was easily one of the show’s most memorable qualities and his snub is a true injustice.

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4. The Affair – Anything

While its moral dilemmas were debated back and forth by viewers and the press, there’s really no debate when it comes to The Affair‘s overall quality, as it’s easily one of the best new series of 2014. Anchored by emotionally-complex and honest performances from leads Dominic West and Ruth Wilson, the absence of The Affair from any of the major award categories is perplexing, to say the least. Somehow, Emmy voters saw fit to nominate the perpetually uneven Downton Abbey yet again, but couldn’t find room for a show with as strong a first season as The Affair had in the Outstanding Dramatic Series category. The Affair may be a show about adultery, but it’s really everyone involved in making this Showtime series who should feel cheated.

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3. Justified – Anything

Justified, which ended this year after running for six seasons, always seemed to fly under the radar as the best drama series everyone seemed to forget about. While it earned its fair share of Emmy nominations in the past (and even won a few for Guest Performer), Emmy voters owed it to this stellar series to throw it a bone in its last season. It’s absolutely criminal that Walton Goggins never won an Emmy for his performance as Boyd Crowder over a span of six years. At least Justified got its due at the Critics’ Choice Awards, receiving five nominations and winning one (Sam Eliot for Best Guest Performer).

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2. Mads Mikkelsen – Hannibal

While the chances of Hannibal being picked up for another season are looking slimmer and slimmer by the day (the show was cancelled by NBC a few weeks ago) that doesn’t change the fact that it’s one of the best shows on any network. While Hannibal‘s greatness is truly a result of the sum of its parts, the most egregious slight this show has received is Mads Mikkelsen never receiving an Emmy nomination for his chilling performance as the infamous cannibal Hannibal Lecter. A world with no more Hannibal episodes is bad enough; the least Emmy voters could have done is shown it some love on the way out.

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1. The Americans – Outstanding Drama Series

Easily one of the best dramatic series on television, The Americans has been shutout from the Emmy race every year of its three season run. The cold war era spy drama managed to receive one nomination this year for Margo Martindale’s guest appearaance. While Martindale is a superb actress and absolutely deserves her nomination, Emmy voters should have gone much further and put the series in the Outstanding Drama category, or at least nominated Keri Russell, who is giving a career-best performance week in and week out, for Lead Actress.

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Nick Steinberg (@Nick_Steinberg)

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