It was a big day for Modern Family as the new comedy series earned itself fourteen Emmy nominations. Among those were five (five!!!) nominations for Supporting Actor/Actress in a Comedy Series. The show clearly wasn’t forgotten, so why didn’t Ed O’Neill get a nomination?
Maybe it’s the Bundy curse, as his former Married With Children on-screen wife Katey Sagal didn’t score a nomination for her performance as Gemma on the FX drama series Sons of Anarchy either, but Modern Family wasn’t exactly overlooked this year. So why no love for the man who plays the Pritchett family patriarch? E! Online’s Kristin Dos Santos talked to Emmy nominee Ty Burrell, who plays Phil in Modern Family about his own nomination and his thoughts on O’Neill’s snub.
On his nomination, Burrell said he was overwhelmed and glad. "I'm so glad, [and] I just feel so lucky. [But] I have to say Ed O'Neill's omission from the Emmys voting is an opportunity to talk about him being the heart and soul of [Modern Family], which he is.”
So, let’s talk about O’Neill! How did he get left off the list, while the other five adult characters all managed to score nominations? Was his performance as the Dad/Grandpa/Step-Dad on Modern Family any less brilliant than those of his co-stars? Or was the snub less about him paling by comparison to them and more about him getting inched out of the Outstanding Actor category?
Burrell went on to credit O’Neill for the cast getting along so well, saying, "He sets the tone with the first performance and with the stuff offscreen. We get along so well, and a lot of it has to do with Ed just being such a good egg."
What do you think? Was O’Neill robbed?