Every year after the Emmy nominations are released there is an immediate backlash from fans and critics about what show or person got snubbed. People get pretty Mad Online about this kind of stuff. But there seemed to be a lot less anger this year, and I think that’s because the Emmy voters (selection committee, whatever it is) did a pretty damn good job.
I won’t repeat the list because Ed summarized it yesterday and you can Google it dammit, but as I scrolled through it I noticed a few things right of the bat:
- There are no big snubs. The stalwarts — Game of Thrones, House of Cards, Modern Family, Veep — are all present, and some new shows made the cut after critics screamed from the top of their social media presence. The Americans has been a critical darling for years, and it finally received its first nomination for best drama. Mr. Robot and lead actor Rami Malek got well-deserved nominations after a breakthrough first season, and Orphan Black’s Tatiana Maslany received her second nomination in as many years after substantial backlash for not getting any notice during the show’s early seasons.
- The shows that did get snubbed are hard to call snubs because they didn’t have great ratings or overwhelming fanfare in the critical circles. The main snub I read about was HBO’s Show Me A Hero, which would’ve made the Limited Series category. But with Fargo, The Night Manager and The People vs OJ Simpson, it’s not as if that was a weak category to crack. Show Me A Hero is also the exact kind of show critics love but no one actually watches. It’s about a small-town politician who gets caught up in a massive public housing fight. There’s a lot of city council meetings and press conferences — not exactly the most riveting television. The other snub was Riley Keough for STARZ’s The Girlfriend Experience. I loved this show and I loved her in it, but it would be pretty courageous for TGE to get any kind of award. I can picture it now: in the middle of the Best Actress montage shown to millions of people on a Sunday night, Keough pops up bare naked grinding on some guy’s face. I’m sure Middle America would love it. Hopefully society progress enough to where sex doesn’t disqualify anyone (women, really) from awards, but it sure as hell isn’t there yet.
- TV does not have diversity problems like movies. This was the first time ever that each lead actor category had a minority. How to Get Away with Murder and Empire have been around for a bit, but the additions of Mr. Robot (Malek is Egyptian), black-ish and Masters of None, people of color are much better represented on the smaller screen. While there’s still a ways to go with diversity, this is a great start.
Like I said in my introduction, this is a solid year for the Emmy’s. So when it comes to shows and actors I wished were shown more love, I have a hard time choosing who I would want to leave out. But I’m going to do that anyway.
- Replace Homeland with The Leftovers: Homeland isn’t that good of a show and has pretty glaring problems with racial insensitivity issues. The Leftovers is a great show that will make you have an existential crisis. Need I say more?
- Replace Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt with Amazon’s Catastrophe. UKS is some high-octane craziness, and I can’t handle that. But more than that it’s clearly the weakest show in a very strong category, and if we’re going to nominate a show that has no chance of winning, let’s pick one most people don’t know about that’s just as good. Also, I really hope anything other than Modern Family wins comedy…for once.
- Replace Live Schreiber with Justin Theroux. Ray Donovan is a much easier show to digest than The Leftovers, so people probably can relate better to Schreiber. I think Theroux should not only be nominated but that he should win. He carries The Leftovers through some bizarre shit, and have you seen his abs???
- Get Emilia Clarke the fuck off my Emmy nominee list. She can mother all the dragons she wants, but she cannot act worth a damn. Replace with literally anyone.
- I don’t have any replacements that immediately come to mind, but the best actor for comedy is a weak category. Jeffrey Tambor should win it running away.
- EMMY NOMINATED ACTOR LOUIE ANDERSON
- Supporting actor for comedy might be the strongest group. I would honestly be fine with anyone but Ty Burell winning it. He has enough Emmy’s.
Last but not least, The People vs OJ Simpson earned every nomination it got, and it could use more. It’s weird to say, but Fargo, which is a great damn show, should get blown out of the water. I look forward to Cuba Gooding Jr. using his win as a springboard for a Matthew Mcconaughey-like revival.
I’ll do a prediction post as the award shows gets closer, but I think there’s a really good chance we see a lot of diversification this year. Game of Thrones will probably dominate again, but the male actor for drama and all the comedy awards should be very interesting. Here’s hoping for Louie Anderson.