Another year of awards, another round of worthy would-be nominees left out in the cold.
HBO led nominations this year wih 110 total, the most going to its splashy new sci-fi drama Westworld, which landed 22. However, the premium cable network was also snubbed for strong final seasons of two of its most critically lauded series.
Girls, coming off its sixth, final and arguably strongest season, was snubbed for Best Comedy and all major acting awards despite strong work from Lena Dunham and cohorts. The series did land some nods for its guest stars, notably Matthew Rhys in standout episode American Bitch.
Similarly, Damon Lindelof’s The Leftovers was also snubbed in all major categories, the most egregious seemingly the snub of Carrie Coon for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama. However, the actress was nominated for her work in the third installment of Fargo, in the Limited Series category.
FX’s The Americans, which finally started to gain traction with Emmy voters last year with a Best Drama nomination, was left out of the biggest category of the night this year, though stars Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys did get nominated again.
On the Best Comedy side, past winner Transparent was left out of the biggest category, though Jeffrey Tambor was nominated for Best Actor again.
Among other past winners snubbed, the biggest might be Claire Danes, who was left out of the Best Drama Actress race this year after being nominated for Homeland every year it was on in the five years prior. She won the award the first two years the show was on the air.
Buzzy newcomers were also not immune to being snubbed. HBO’s Insecure, NBC’s The Good Place and The CW’s Crazy Ex-Girlfriend are among the cast-out mourned by fans this morning, as well as CBS All Access’ The Good Fight, a spinoff of Emmy favorite The Good Wife.
Linda Ge | TV Editor