Emmy nominations are a lot like deciding on pizza toppings at a house party. No matter what you order, there’s always going to be that one person who says “Wait, no broccoli?” Despite some inspired choices this year (The Handmaid’s Tale, Westworld and Stranger Things dominated) there was still a lot of broccoli. Let’s take a look at this year’s major snubs.
HBO’s somber drama about the end of the world was never a favorite among audiences or Emmy voters. But the ones who loved it, loved it. That’s especially true for its genre-bending, rule-breaking third and final season, which some critics hailed as the single best season of television of the year.
Atlanta’s supporting cast
There was little doubt that Donald Glover and his ode to his hometown’s hip-hop culture would get nods, and they did. But what about Bryan Tyree Henry and Lakeith Stanfield? As Paper Boi and Darius, respectively, both actors stole scenes from Glover on the regular, which is no small feat. But alas, the Academy is entrenched in its archaic ways, as proven by the completely tone deaf nomination of Modern Family’s Emmy stalwart Ty Burrell.
Issa Rae and Insecure
We’re not saying Silicon Valley and Veep aren’t worthy choices. But did any of this year’s HBO comedies grab a stranglehold on the zeitgeist quite like Issa Rae’s existential take on millennial friendship as seen through the eyes of a person of color? No.
Late Night With Seth Meyers
While everyone is talking about the fact that Jimmy Fallon’s The Tonight Show failed to get a nod in the variety talk series category, we kind of saw it coming. His controversial choice to remain largely apolitical in the age of Trump seems tone deaf at best. On the flipside of that coin is Seth Meyers, who came into his own as one of Trump’s fiercest critics and, in turn, emerged as one of the most vital voices in late night.
It’s hard to fathom how this perennial Emmy favorite got left out of the mix for best comedy, especially after one of its strongest seasons yet. Jill Soloway acolytes can take solace in the nods for Jeffrey Tambor and Judith Light, but still. This one feels like a total, inexplicable miss.
Ed Harris for Westworld
This one is a real head-scratcher. HBO’s sci-fi saga led all shows with 22 nominations, so it’s hard to imagine how Harris got left out of the mix. As the menacing Man in Black, the veteran actor’s performance was a chilling reminder that in a world of creatures without beating hearts, it’s the ones who are truly alive that are most dangerous.