Today is a particularly exciting one for the world of TV. Because the 2017 Emmy Nominations were announced, leading to a mixture of joy and dread within the community. And with so many fantastic new shows hitting the silver screen, there are tons of new faces on the list of nominees. But new faces also mean that some more expected noms were slighted. Here are the ten biggest snubs from this year's Emmy Nominations.
Carrie Coon (The Leftovers)
This spring brought the return of HBO's dark drama The Leftovers, for its third and final season. Season 3 brought a variety of changes for the characters, but the biggest revelation was Carrie Coon's Nora. The series finale was a beautiful and complex story revolving around Nora, and Coon gave an outstanding performance that many thought would land her an Emmy nomination today. But she was snubbed, as was the series as a whole. But it's not all bad; Carrie Coon landed a nomination for her work on Fargo.
Danielle Brooks (Orange is the New Black)
While the newest season of Orange is the New Black was a high stakes drama set during a prison riot, the Emmy nominations were actually based on Season 4. The series was passed for most major categories, with only Laverne Cox and Uzo Aduba receiving nominations. And while this is a snub for the full cast, it's especially frustrating for fans of Danielle Brooks' Taystee. Her performance, particularly during Poussey's death, was raw and heartbreaking, and I'm majorly shocked she wasn't recognized.
Michael McKean (Better Call Saul)
Both Better Call Saul and its predecessor Breaking Bad usually have pretty good luck with Emmy nominations. Breaking Bad cleaned up with the awards in its final few seasons, but Better Call Saul has already gotten its first major snub. Michael McKean was not nominated for his role as Chuck this year, which is a major upset. His performance has been universally applauded, as he plays both slight insanity and provides support for Jimmy. And considering the fate of his character in Season 3's finale, he may not have another chance at a nomination.
Mandy Moore (This is Us)
One of the newcommers that cleaned up with 2017 Emmy nominations is NBC's critically acclaimed family drama This is Us. The show and most of the starring cast got noms, further cementing that the Pearsons are here to stay. But one cast member got snubbed: singer turned actress Mandy Moore. While she's been booking TV and movie roles for years, This is Us is a revelation for Moore's acting chops. But she got snubbed, and is one of the only actors who has to go back to work for Season 2 without at least a nomination.
The Main Cast Of Girls (Girls)
Another acclaimed HBO show that came to an end this year was Lena Dunham's opus Girls. The series saw the various characters becoming full fledged adults, which resulted in some of them saying goodbye forever. And while the show's various guest stars got nominations, Girls was passed up for the biggest categories. This includes the starring cast of Girls, including Lena Dunham, Allison Williams, and Adam Driver. What a bummer way to go out.
The Supporting Cast of Atlanta (Atlanta)
Another new show that managed to scoop up a gaggle of Emmy nominations is Donald Glover's Atlanta. The FX dramedy was instantly critically acclaimed, and the Television Academy certainly seems to recognize its significance. But that doesn't mean that Atlanta was safe from snubs, as the supporting cast didn't get any noms. Indeed, only Glover was nominated for his performance, leaving the likes of Zazie Beetz, Keith Stanfield, and Brian Tyree Henry out in the cold.
The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon
One of the aspects of TV accolades that is constantly changing is the battle for late night supremacy. And this year, it looks like Jimmy Fallon and company came just short of enough critical acclaim to earn them an Emmy nomination for Best Variety Talk Series. Instead, they were edged out by the competition like Stephen Colbert, James Corden, and Jimmy Kimmel. Full Frontal With Samantha Bee even managed to scoop up a nom, although that series probably needs it far more than Fallon and company.
One show that probably needs the Emmy nominations more than most is The CW's quirky musical comedy series Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. The series nabbed a bunch of noms last year, while star Rachel Bloom also won a Golden Globe for her performance. These accolades helped the show get renewed for a second season, despite poor viewership. But the series only got one nomination for the song "We Tapped That Ass", even being snubbed for its fantastic opening theme song. Let's hope this doesn't result in the network cancelling the show after Season 3.
Oprah Winfrey (The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks)
Oprah Winfrey has been getting involved in a fair amount of film and TV projects as of late, once again flexing her acting muscles. The latest was HBO's TV film The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, which Winfrey produced and starred in. Many believed Oprah to be a shoe in for a possible nomination, but her competition in the limited series/TV movie competition was extremely stiff. Ultimately Big Little Lies and FX's Feud nabbed two leading actress nominations each, making it nearly impossible for someone like Oprah to get into the fray.
Emmy Rossum (Shameless)
Emmy Rossum has made quite the name for herself for portraying Fiona on Showtime's Shameless. Perhaps the least selfish character out of the cast of awful people, Fiona is a fan favorite. And despite Rossum's successful negotiations for a higher pay, she is consistently snubbed by the Television Academy. Meanwhile, her co-star William H. Macy has managed to grab a nomination for the past three years, and 2017 will be his fourth. Hopefully Rossum will be able to finally get the recognition she deserves before the show ends for good.
Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Double majored in theater and literature during undergrad. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his famous actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid.
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