The 2018 Emmy nominations field was pretty standard in many ways, with a lot of the year's expected and deserved nominees entering the fray. But, as is the case every time nominations are announced, a large number of worthy shows and actors were ultimately left off the list, to the dismay of many. Among those left off the ballot were some celebrated performances from otherwise nominated shows, one highly egregious absence, and other snubs from series that continue to be met with the cold shoulder. These are CinemaBlend's picks.

Game of Thrones' Leads Are Missing In Action

While Game of Thrones cleaned up in terms of overall nominations, its leading cast members did not meet with similar fortunes. Emilia Clarke and Kit Harington were both left off the ballot, despite delivering the performances that proved tantamount to believing in Season 7's most memorable moments. Whether it was Clarke's Daenerys looking on as her beloved dragon was killed, or Harington's Jon Snow fighting a swarm of White Walkers, they sold all the fantastical moments with as much believability possible. So how did the Emmys miss that?

Counterpart And J.K. Simmons Got Robbed

Each year's drama race could seemingly be the tighest one yet, but 2018 started off already looking like a surefire lock for Starz's mind-warping drama Counterpart to make some major noise at the Emmys. But despite featuring an endlessly interesting central concept, brought to life by meticulous script-writing, Justin Marks' twisty chaos did not get recognized by the TV Academy. Which might have been forgiven had series star J.K. Simmons been recognized for his uncanny talents in the dual roles of Howard Stark, but Simmons also got denied. I bet he would have gotten nominated in Prime Earth's Emmys, though.

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