The nominations for the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards are in, and while there is a lot to like — Lena Headey! Kristen Wiig! Lots of “Fargo” nominations! — they also contain their usual share of inexplicable snubs. Seriously, what happened to Elisabeth Moss?
Lizzy Caplan for “Masters of Sex”: Caplan turned in a wonderfully calibrated performance as Virginia Johnson, a woman ahead of her time, on the Showtime series. Thumbs up too for the guest-acting nominations for Beau Bridges and Allison Janney.
Lena Headey for “Game of Thrones”: Peter Dinklage is an Emmy perennial, but the Television Academy’s recognition of Headey for Season 4 is richly deserved.
Ricky Gervais for “Derek”: Gervais’ most empathetic performance to date is a bit of departure for him, and it’s nice to see the academy recognize the work.
Kristen Wiig for “The Spoils of Babylon”: Playing something as ridiculous as “Spoils” with as straight a face as Wiig maintained is no small feat. Her nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie is among the most surprising nominations in the entire field — in a good way.
“Silicon Valley”: “Orange Is the New Black” was expected to get a nomination for Outstanding Comedy Series. “Silicon Valley,” which got more and more sure-footed as it progressed, was not.
Andre Braugher for “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”: Deserved for his pronunciation of “Kwazy Kupcakes” alone.
Kate McKinnon for “Saturday Night Live”: The versatile McKinnon is rapidly inheriting the Kristen Wiig-Amy Poehler mantle of MVP of “SNL.”
“The Good Wife” and “The Americans”: Both were shut out of the Outstanding Drama Series race in favor of a “House of Cards” season widely seen as a letdown and a decent but not stellar “Downton Abbey” season. Boo.
Tatiana Maslany: The academy has a long history of ignoring sci-fi and genre shows not named “Game of Thrones.” “Orphan Black” fans should, sadly, probably get used to not seeing her name on Emmy nominations day.
Elisabeth Moss: She may not be the center of “Mad Men” the way the other drama lead actress nominees are, but you can’t tell us she shouldn’t be included among them after her wonderful work this season.
“Parks and Recreation”: Not nominated for Outstanding Comedy Series. Sigh.
“Hannibal”: Few people were expecting a best drama nomination for the NBC show, but the fact that one of the most gorgeous-looking shows on television was shut out completely is ridiculous.
Non-traditional comedy series: “Key & Peele” and “Inside Amy Schumer” each got nominations for writing for a variety series, but they were shut out of the Outstanding Variety Series category in favor of the usual litany of late-night shows.
Bellamy Young: The “Scandal” actress was seen as a near-lock for a supporting actress nod. Apparently we were all wrong (we weren’t, though).
Pedro Pascal: One of the best parts of “Game of Thrones” Season 4 did not pick up a guest actor nod. First he gets his skull crushed, and now this?
Sarah Baker and Eszter Balint: It’s hard to argue with any of the three “Orange Is the New Black” nominations for comedy guest actress. But they may have had the unfortunate side effect of pushing aside the wonderful “Louie” performances from Baker and Balint.