The Emmy Awards have a long-standing aversion to programming that carries even a faint whiff of science fiction. So in that light, the absence of “Orphan Black” and its star, Tatiana Maslany, from this year’s nominations is hardly a surprise.
It is, however, a dirty shame.
Maslany, a Critics’ Choice TV Award winner and Television Critics Association Award nominee, easily gave one of the year’s best performances in her multiple roles on “Orphan Black.” She topped Zap2it‘s list of performers and shows we hoped would break through on Thursday (July 18), but the TV academy didn’t see it that way. Some more snubs and surprises from the nominations:
A “New Girl” shutout. After scoring five Emmy nominations last year, FOX’s comedy — which, incidentally, got better in Season 2 — took the collar this year. Zooey Deschanel and Max Greenfield were nominated last year, and many thought Jake Johnson was deserving of a nomination this year.
Eric Stonestreet. The “Modern Family” star has won a pair of Emmys for his role as Cam, including last year. This year, though, he was the only member of the show’s adult cast not to be nominated.
“Mad Men’s” writers and directors. The show may not have had its most consistent season, but it’s still a shock to see it shut out of those two categories. The series earned multiple writing nominations in each of its previous seasons and directing nods in four of its first five years on the air.
“Dexter.” Showtime’s series managed only one nomination last year, for star Michael C. Hall. This year? Zero.
Julianna Margulies. The star of “The Good Wife” had been three-for-three in Emmy nominations for the show, with a win in 2011. She was left out this year.
Lily Rabe. Seventeen nominations for “American Horror Story: Asylum” and not one for her?
The relative lack of love for “Arrested Development.” Just three nominations for the former Emmy darling — lead actor Jason Bateman, music composition and editing.
Sadly unsurprising snubs
Monica Potter. The “Parenthood” star turned in a dynamite performance as her character, Kristina, dealt with breast cancer. The Emmys seem to have a blind spot for NBC’s show, however — it’s received only one nomination over its five stellar seasons.
“The Americans.” Emmy voters seem not to realize that FX airs really good shows not named “Louie” and “American Horror Story” (see also: “Sons of Anarchy,” “Justified”). It may have been a long shot for the show to break into the drama series and lead actor and actress fields, but “The Americans” also featured great work from its behind-the-scenes crew in realizing its vision of Cold War-era Washington.
“Parks and Recreation.” Amy Poehler was nominated again, and the show scored a nod for sound mixing. But one of the best comedies on TV deserves a lot more than that.
Jonathan Banks. The “Breaking Bad” actor gave a richly detailed performance as hypercompetent fixer Mike Ehrmantraut last season and earned a well-deserved nomination, his second career Emmy nod.
Adam Driver. “Girls” would not be the show it is without his weird and unique energy.
“The Office” finale. Greg Daniels‘ touching, funny script for the series ender was nominated for outstanding writing for a comedy.
Laura Dern. “Enlightened” is gone, but it’s great to see Dern recognized for her singular performance.
Anthony Bourdain for “The Taste.” His CNN series “Parts Unknown” is classified as an “informational series” rather than a reality series, so he wasn’t eligible in the reality host category for that. He was, however, for ABC’s food competition “The Taste,” and scored a surprising nod there.
Kerry Washington. Her nomination for lead actress in a drama isn’t all that surprising, given the buzz “Scandal” attracted this season. But she’s the first African-American nominee in the category in 18 years.
Bill Hader. The versatile male MVP of “Saturday Night Live” grabbed his
first second career acting nomination for outstanding supporting actor in a comedy.
“Liz & Dick.” The much-derided Lifetime movie starring Lindsay Lohan is deserving of its nods for hairstyling and makeup. But the phrase “the Emmy-nominated ‘Liz & Dick'” just seems odd, no?
What are you most surprised to see (or not see) among the Emmy nominees?