2016 Emmys: Lady Gaga, 'The Good Wife' and More of the Most Shocking Snubs & Surprises
By John Boone
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Is anyone surprised that Game of Thrones got a bajillion Emmy nominations?
Television's most prestigious awards show announced its nominees on Thursday, and it was about what you'd expect: the HBO drama nabbed a whopping 23 noms, closely trailed by the acclaimed People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story and Fargo.
Still, there were a few pleasant surprises -- and even more noticeable omissions.
SNUB: Lady Gaga! And after winning the Golden Globe, no less! But as much as the singer-turned-American Horror Story: Hotel actress seemed to really, reaaaaaally want an Emmy, she was shut out of the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie category for the likes of Kirsten Dunst and Kerry Washington.
SURPRISE: The Americans! It's not like FX's spy series had been completely unrecognized -- it earned nominations for writing and Margo Martindale won for Outstanding Guest Actress last year -- but this year it's finally getting the recognition it deserves: both Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys scored nods, along with the series for Outstanding Drama.
SNUB: The Good Wife! The final season of the once-great drama did pick up a few honors -- Carrie Preston and Michael J. Fox were nominated for guest acting and creators Robert and Michelle King earned a writing nom for the divisive series finale -- but that's it. No Julianna Margulies. No Christine Baranski, for the first time since 2010. No Outstanding Drama Series. Basically: goodbye and good riddance.
SNUB: American Idol! Similarly, the singing competition's swan song of a final season didn't earn any love in the Outstanding Reality-Competition Program race. The Voice did, though! As did...American Ninja Warrior?! It wasn't a complete loss though: Ryan Seacrest earned a spot in the Outstanding Host race, alongside -- surprise! -- RuPaul!
SURPRISE: Drama Actresses! Sure, Tatiana Maslany earned her first-ever nomination last year -- a long overdue nomination, at that -- but we're always happy to see her recognized for her work on Orphan Black. Similarly, UnReal's Constance Zimmer broke into the Outstanding Supporting Actress race. It's not Lifetime's first time at the Emmys, but who'da thunk it? Shame about Shiri Appleby though. She's also very good.
SNUB: Comedy Actresses! Poor Rachel Bloom! Poor Gina Rodriguez! Poor Constance Wu! This race is always tight -- blame sure-things like Julia Louis-Dreyfus -- but this year's was even more so, with the Golden Globe-winning Crazy Ex-Girlfriend star being snubbed in favor of Black-ish's Tracee Ellis Ross and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt's Ellie Kemper.
SNUB: The Daily Show! If you needed more evidence that Trevor Noah is no Jon Stewart, here it is: the Comedy Central series did not manage to score a single nomination for the first time in 15 years. That's right. Every year since 2001 -- except this year! -- The Daily Show was nominated for Outstanding Variety Talk Series. Oof. But the real snub is former Daily Show correspondent Samantha Bee, who actually deserved the love for her hilarious TBS series, Full Frontal.
SURPRISE: Modern Family! The fact that Modern Family was nominated isn't surprising -- Modern Family is always nominated. The fact that Modern Family is still getting nominated, however, is. The onetime ABC juggernaut has lost a lot of steam in recent years, but holds strong at the Emmys, managing to earn a nomination for Outstanding Comedy Series and a nod for Ty Burrell. Perhaps it's time to consider less conventional choices, like FXX's You're the Worst?
SNUB: Orange Is the New Black! The Netflix drama -- or is it a comedy? -- has been showered with nominations in the past, but this year earned only one: Outstanding Casting for a Drama Series. Ironic, considering not a single cast member was nominated. Where was Uzo Aduba? Where was Taryn Manning? Where was Natasha Lyonne?
SURPRISE: HBO Comedies! It was a good year and a bad year for HBO's funnies. Veep and Silicon Valley earned praise -- including a first-time nomination for Thomas Middleditch -- but what about Girls, which had arguably its best season yet? And it was wishful thinking -- considering it was canceled -- but Togetherness deserved some love on its way out. MELANIE LYNSKEY, people!
SNUB: Billy Eichner! Wasn't this the year of Billy? Were you not entertained?!
Check out even more Emmy surprises -- including Beyoncé! -- in the video below.