While we’re excited about the list of nominees -- Transparent (yes!), Jessica Lange
(always!!), and Saturday Night Live (40 great
years!!!) -- for the 2015 Primetime Emmy Awards, we can't help but scratch our
heads at a few nominations -- and snubs. Though, we honestly shouldn’t be
surprised anymore that some of the best shows and actors continue to get ignored
during awards season. Of course, we’re excited to see some fresh blood injected
into the mix and hope that it will continue to open doors for more outstanding
performances in years to come.
We broke down the most shocking surprises and snubs among
this year’s races.
1. SURPRISE: Tatiana
Maslany’s First Emmy Nom!
Well, it really is not a surprise that Maslany would pick up
a nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for Orphan Black. Over the course of three seasons, the actress has
proven just how talented she is. But this is the first year the academy has
recognized the actress come awards time. This follows her first-time nomination
at the 2015 SAG Awards.
2. SNUB: Only One Major
Nom for Empire
As Cookie Lyon, Taraji P. Henson more than earned her
nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. However, it was sad to see
the rest of the show not recognized for its record-breaking ratings and camp
3. SURPRISE: Outstanding Lead
Actress in a Comedy Series
First off, welcome to the inner circle, Amy Schumer. You
have officially arrived after a breakout year with the third season of Inside
Amy Schumer, which picked up seven total noms. And kudos to the academy for
recognizing Amy Poehler (Parks and
Recreation), Lisa Kudrow (The
Comeback), and Lily Tomlin (Grace & Frankie) in addition to mainstays,
Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep) and Edie
Falco (Nurse Jackie). This is going
to be one tight race!
4. SNUB: Alex Borstein,
Ellie Kemper, and Broad City Ladies Getting
While we love most of the names listed for Outstanding Lead Actress
in a Comedy Series, we felt that the academy could have skipped over Falco this
year and made room for other outstanding performances from Ellie Kemper (The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), Alex Borstein (Getting On), and our favorite duo, Broad City’s Abbi Jacobson and Ilana
5. SURPRISE: All the
Love for American Crime
Really?! Did anyone watch that show? ABC’s limited series
starring Felicity Huffman picked up 10 nominations. Luckily for the show, the
categories for Limited Series, Movie or a Special continue to be a strange fight.
This year, American Crime will go up
against (and likely lose to) the likes of American
Horror Story: Freak Show and HBO’s Bessie
starring Queen Latifah.
6. SNUB: Where’s The Affair?
Seriously? After picking up two Golden Globes -- Best Television
Series, Drama and Best Actress (Ruth Wilson) -- we thought the series was a guaranteed
at least noms in those respective categories. The Showtime drama was woefully
7. SURPRISE: Adam
Driver for Girls
Adam Driver picked up his third Emmy nom for Outstanding
Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series. Easily the best part of
HBO’s show about a bunch of girls, Driver’s performance this season cut through
all self-loathing and revealed new layers to Adam’s character.
Surprisingly, the show as a whole fell from grace, only picking up two noms,
with the other going to Gaby Hoffman for her guest appearance on the show.
8. SNUB: Jane the
Virgin Gets... Narrator?
Just like The Affair, this show was surprisingly left out in
the cold. The CW comedy only picked up one nom (for Outstanding Narrator),
which is a shame considering Gina Rodriguez’s Golden Globe win earlier this
year. Despite the growing appeal (and critical praise), CW and ABC Family
series continue to get overlooked during awards season.