The Emmy nominations came out this morning, and honestly, for the most part I can’t complain.
LOL, JUST KIDDING, I HAVE PLENTY OF COMPLAINTS!
This is, as everyone keeps reminding us, the Golden Age of Television and we are drowning in quality TV. The nominations — for the most part — are all reasonable and deserved, and for the most part, I am not upset that a particular actor or show was recognized as much as I am upset when someone very deserving isn’t recognized. And the reason I am angry when a Jodie Comer or a The Good Place isn’t recognized is that there doesn’t seem to be any rules regarding how many people or shows can be nominated in any given category. Some categories have five nominees, some have eight. So, if there are no rules regarding the number of nominees are in any given category, why not make room for all of the best actors, actresses and shows?
Anyway, let’s get to the yelling.
LEAD ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
Claire Foy The Crown Netflix
Tatiana Maslany Orphan Black BBC America
Elisabeth Moss The Handmaid’s Tale Hulu
Sandra Oh Killing Eve BBC America
Keri Russell The Americans FX Networks
Evan Rachel Wood Westworld HBO
Who Will Win: There is a good chance Keri Russell will win this for The Americans‘ final season, especially considering how badly the Academy has snubbed the show and its amazing actors in the past. That said, Elisabeth Moss and Claire Foy both have good chances here and could serve as spoilers.
Who Should Win: As much as I want to say Tatiana Maslany — because holy God, Tatiana Maslany — I’m going with Sandra Oh who was a revelation in Killing Eve. Fun fact: she is the first Asian actress to be nominated in this category.
Who Was Snubbed: Jodie Comer for Killing Eve is the first name that jumps to mind. Although, I wonder if they didn’t campaign for Supporting Actress for her even though she had nearly as much screentime as Sandra Oh. In any event, she didn’t receive a nod and that is a goddamned crime.
Chrissy Metz and Mandy Moore are both wonderful on This is Us. And Maggie Gyllenhaal was amazing on The Deuce.
I don’t watch The Good Fight because I refuse to pay $5 a month to watch CBS, but I understand that Christine Baranski is terrific on the series.
Viola Davis for How to Get Away with Murder is somehow missing from this list, as is Kerry Washington for Scandal, although neither show is “serious” enough for the Emmys to take that seriously, I suppose.
STILL. JODIE COMER. WHAT THE FUCK.
LEAD ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
Jason Bateman Ozark Netflix
Sterling K. Brown This Is Us NBC
Ed Harris Westworld HBO
Matthew Rhys The Americans FX Networks
Milo Ventimiglia This Is Us NBC
Jeffrey Wright Westworld HBO
Who Will Win: Again, this should be Matthew Rhys’ year, but there is a chance that the voters will go with the sentimental pick and choose Sterling K. Brown again.
Who Should Win: Matthew Rhys
Who Was Snubbed: Rami Malek for Mr. Robot appears to not be on this list, even though season three was terrific and he was terrific in it. And Johnathan Groff gave a wonderful performance in Mindhunter. J.K. Simmons is great in everything and Counterpart is no exception.
LEAD ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
Pamela Adlon Better Things FX Networks
Rachel Brosnahan The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Prime Video
Allison Janney Mom CBS
Issa Rae Insecure HBO
Tracee Ellis Ross black-ish ABC
Lily Tomlin Grace And Frankie Netflix
Who Will Win: Pamela Adlon is the safe bet here, although Tracee Ellis Ross could make a strong showing after a very emotional season of black-ish.
Who Should Win: Pamela Adlon
Who Was Snubbed: WHERE DO I EVEN BEGIN? Lordy, this terrible category… Look, I am all about Issa Rae and Trace Ellis Ross and Pamela Adlon, but how many times do we need to nominate Allison Janney for Mom? Janney is a tremendous actress, but it just feels so … routine. And considering that Veep is ineligible this year, it would have been nice to see some up and coming actresses sneak into this list.
That said, the most glaring omission is Kristen Bell for The Good Place. She was fucking robbed. ROBBED. Emmy voters:
And where is the nomination for Alison Brie for GLOW? Or Frankie Shaw for the wonderful SMILF? Both Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson deserved nominations for a terrific season of Broad City. Ellie Kemper deserves love for Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. And what about Gina Rodriguez for Jane the Virgin? AND WHERE THE HELL IS RACHEL BLOOM FOR CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND?
LEAD ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
Anthony Anderson black-ish ABC
Ted Danson The Good Place NBC
Larry David Curb Your Enthusiasm HBO
Donald Glover Atlanta FX Networks
Bill Hader Barry HBO
William H. Macy Shameless Showtime
Who Will Win: This is a tricky one: Donald Glover is the obvious choice, but keep your eye on Bill Hader who gave a truly wonderful performance in Barry.
Who Should Win: Honestly? I would love to see Ted Danson take this one this year. He was a delight in The Good Place, and frankly, Glover’s Earn is the least interesting character on Atlanta.
Who Was Snubbed: Thomas Middleditch certainly should have been nominated for Silicon Valley. And Mark Maron was undeniably wonderful playing the gruff director with a secret heart of gold in GLOW.
And look, Macy is a terrific actor — one of the best — but Shameless isn’t exactly a comedy, but even if you count it as a comedy, Macy is not exactly the “lead.”
LEAD ACTRESS IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE
Jessica Biel The Sinner USA
Laura Dern The Tale HBO
Michelle Dockery Godless Netflix
Edie Falco Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders NBC
Regina King Seven Seconds Netflix
Sarah Paulson American Horror Story: Cult FX Networks
Who Will Win: Laura Dern has the edge in this category, but Jessica Biel could be a dark horse for her work in the weird, eerie The Sinner.
Who Should Win: Regina King, because Regina King should win everything she’s ever nominated for.
Who Was Snubbed: Cristin Milioti for “USS Callister” is the most blatant snub in this category. This is some serious bullshit. Take Sarah Paulson’s nomination away and give it to Milioti IMMEDIATELY.
LEAD ACTOR IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE
Antonio Banderas Genius: Picasso National Geographic
Darren Criss The Assassination Of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story FX Networks
Benedict Cumberbatch Patrick Melrose Showtime
Jeff Daniels The Looming Tower Hulu
John Legend Jesus Christ Superstar Live In Concert NBC
Jesse Plemons USS Callister (Black Mirror) Netflix
Who Will Win: My best guess is that Jeff Daniels will win this one, but Antonio Banderas could steal it.
Who Should Win: Jeff Daniels — although I wouldn’t be angry if Jesse Plemons won (he will not win).
Who Was Snubbed: Kyle MacLachlan for Twin Peaks. Also robbed: Tahar Rahim was wonderful in The Looming Tower, and provided the heart for the series. Jared Harris was great in The Terror and Peter Sarsgaard for Wormwood.
SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
Alexis Bledel The Handmaid’s Tale Hulu
Millie Bobby Brown Stranger Things Netflix
Ann Dowd The Handmaid’s Tale Hulu
Lena Headey Game Of Thrones HBO
Vanessa Kirby The Crown Netflix
Thandie Newton Westworld HBO
Yvonne Strahovski The Handmaid’s Tale Hulu
Who Will Win: Alexis Bledel, but Thandie Newton certainly has a chance.
Who Should Win: Thandie Newton was wonderful in Westworld, although I find it curious that she is in the supporting category, as she virtually owned this season.
Who Was Snubbed: Emilia Clark is the biggest, most obvious snub for Game of Thrones. Carly Chaikin and Grace Gummer were both terrific in Mr. Robot. Anna Torv gave a wonderfully icy performance in Mindhunter. Susan Keleci Watson deserves acknowledgment for her Beth on This is Us.
SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau Game Of Thrones HBO
Peter Dinklage Game Of Thrones HBO
Joseph Fiennes The Handmaid’s Tale Hulu
David Harbour Stranger Things Netflix
Mandy Patinkin Homeland Showtime
Matt Smith The Crown Netflix
Who Will Win: Matt Smith is my best guess.
Who Should Win: Peter Dinklage
Who Was Snubbed: Kit Harrington gets no love from the Academy for reasons that are utterly baffling. I would also argue that Rory McCann and Liam Cunningham both deserve more recognition for their work on Game of Thrones. And Justin Hartley was wonderful on this season of This Is Us.
SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
Zazie Beetz Atlanta FX Networks
Alex Borstein The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Prime Video
Aidy Bryant Saturday Night Live NBC
Betty Gilpin GLOW Netflix
Leslie Jones Saturday Night Live NBC
Kate McKinnon Saturday Night Live NBC
Laurie Metcalf Roseanne ABC
Megan Mullally Will & Grace NBC
Who Will Win: I genuinely don’t know — there’s not an obvious frontrunner here, but if I have to choose, I’d go with Megan Mullally or Kate McKinnon.
Who Should Win: Betty Gilpin — although Zazie Beetz was great in this season of Atlanta.
Who Was Snubbed: OK. First of all, where the FUCK is D’arcy Carden for The Good Place? Not only should she have been nominated, she should win this category and receive TWO Emmys for Good Janet and Bad Janet. THIS IS OUTRAGEOUS.
Jameela Jamil is also great on The Good Place and shouldn’t be overlooked. And it might be a literal crime that Jenifer Lewis was overlooked for black-ish. A CRIME.
If we’re still calling Shameless a comedy (it’s still not), Shanola Hampton deserves more attention than she receives. And then there are Jane Krakowski and Carol Kane for Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. And just thinking about Donna Lynn Champlin in Crazy Ex-Girlfriend … or Stephanie Beatriz for Brooklyn Nine-Nine … or Rita Moreno for One Day at a Time … I mean, you guys. YOU GUYS.
SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
Louie Anderson Baskets FX Networks
Alec Baldwin Saturday Night Live NBC
Tituss Burgess Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Netflix
Brian Tyree Henry Atlanta FX Networks
Tony Shalhoub The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Prime Video
Kenan Thompson Saturday Night Live NBC
Henry Winkler Barry HBO
Who Will Win: I could see Tony Shalhoub or Henry Winkler taking this category.
Who Should Win: Bryan Tyree Henry was fanfuckingtastic in Atlanta this season.
Who Was Snubbed: UH, WHERE THE HELL IS LAKEITH STANFIELD? ~throws a table across the room~ THIS SHALL NOT STAND. ALSO, TOO, HOW DARE YOU NOT NOMINATE MANNY JACINTO OR WILLIAM JACKSON HARPER FOR THE GOOD PLACE? OR KUMAIL NANJIANI OR ZACH WOODS OR MARTIN STARR OR MATT ROSS OR JIMMY O. YANG FOR SILICON VALLEY? AND HOW ABOUT A LITTLE LOVE FOR CHRIS LOWELL FOR GLOW? OR ANDRE BRAUGHER OR TERRY CREWS FOR BROOKLYN NINE-NINE? OR SHANE HOWEY OR JEREMY ALLEN WHITE OR CAMERON MONAGHAN FOR SHAMELESS? NOT THAT SHAMELESS IS A COMEDY? BUT STILL?
SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE
Sara Bareilles Jesus Christ Superstar Live In Concert NBC
Penélope Cruz The Assassination Of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story FX Networks
Judith Light The Assassination Of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story FX Networks
Adina Porter American Horror Story: Cult FX Networks
Merritt Wever Godless Netflix
Letitia Wright Black Museum (Black Mirror) Netflix
Who Will Win: There is a good chance Merritt Weaver will take this one.
Who Should Win: Adina Porter or Judith Light
Who Was Snubbed: Michaela Coel was much better in “U.S.S. Callister” than Penélope Cruz was in The Assassination Of Gianni Versace. Can we give her the nomination instead?
SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE
Jeff Daniels Godless Netflix
Brandon Victor Dixon Jesus Christ Superstar Live In Concert NBC
John Leguizamo Waco Paramount Network
Ricky Martin The Assassination Of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story FX Networks
Edgar Ramírez The Assassination Of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story FX Networks
Michael Stuhlbarg The Looming Tower Hulu
Finn Wittrock The Assassination Of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story FX Networks
Who Will Win: I could see the Academy giving this one to Ricky Martin.
Who Should Win: Michael Stuhlbarg, although Finn Wittrock also gave a wonderful, understated performance in a very overstated The Assassination Of Gianni Versace.
Who Was Snubbed: Jimmi Simpson in “U.S.S. Callister” and Miguel Ferrer for Twin Peaks.
GUEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
Viola Davis Scandal ABC
Kelly Jenrette The Handmaid’s Tale Hulu
Cherry Jones The Handmaid’s Tale Hulu
Diana Rigg Game Of Thrones HBO
Cicely Tyson How To Get Away With Murder ABC
Samira Wiley The Handmaid’s Tale Hulu
Who Will Win: Diana Rigg — and if she doesn’t win, I WILL BURN IT ALL DOWN.
Who Should Win: Diana Rigg
Who Was Snubbed: How about Selma Ward for Westworld?
GUEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
F. Murray Abraham Homeland Showtime
Cameron Britton Mindhunter Netflix
Matthew Goode The Crown Netflix
Ron Cephas Jones This Is Us NBC
Gerald McRaney This Is Us NBC
Jimmi Simpson Westworld HBO
Who Will Win: Ron Cephas Jones
Who Should Win: Cameron Britton was absolutely fucking terrifying in Mindhunter. Give him all of the prizes.
Who Was Snubbed: Ed Sheeran for Game of Thrones.
LOL LOL JK
GUEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
Tina Fey Saturday Night Live NBC
Tiffany Haddish Saturday Night Live NBC
Jane Lynch The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Prime Video
Maya Rudolph The Good Place NBC
Molly Shannon Will & Grace NBC
Wanda Sykes black-ish ABC
Who Will Win: Tiffany Haddish could walk away with this — she was her typical delightful self when hosting Saturday Night Live, and she made history as the first black female comedian to host the show.
Who Should Win: Maya Rudolph
Who Was Snubbed: Tovah Feldshuh for Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. A thousand times. A THOUSAND THOUSAND TIMES.
GUEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
Sterling K. Brown Brooklyn Nine-Nine FOX
Bryan Cranston Curb Your Enthusiasm HBO
Donald Glover Saturday Night Live NBC
Bill Hader Saturday Night Live NBC
Lin-Manuel Miranda Curb Your Enthusiasm HBO
Katt Williams Atlanta FX Networks
Who Will Win: Lin-Manuel Miranda or Donald Glover. I am genuinely not sure which.
Who Should Win: Katt Williams
Who Was Snubbed: Donald Glover on Atlanta (as Teddy Perkins)
Fahrenheit 451 HBO
The Tale HBO
USS Callister (Black Mirror) Netflix
Who Will Win: The Tale
Who Should Win: USS Callister
Who Was Snubbed: I mean, we could list all of the other Black Mirror episodes here, but honestly, “USS Callister” was the best, so.
The Amazing Race CBS
American Ninja Warrior NBC
Project Runway Lifetime
RuPaul’s Drag Race VH1
Top Chef Bravo
The Voice NBC
Who Will Win: If I have to pick one, I’ll go with the safe bet, The Voice.
Who Should Win: RuPaul’s Drag Race should win everything.
Who Was Snubbed: RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars and Nailed It!
STRUCTURED REALITY PROGRAM
Antiques Roadshow PBS
Fixer Upper HGTV
Lip Sync Battle Paramount Network
Queer Eye Netflix
Shark Tank ABC
Who Do You Think You Are? TLC
Who Will Win: Queer Eye or Lip Sync Battle
Who Should Win: Queer Eye
Who Was Snubbed: Y’all, I don’t even know. I’m very confused by these reality categories, to be completely honest.
UNSTRUCTURED REALITY PROGRAM
Born This Way A&E
Deadliest Catch Discovery Channel
Naked And Afraid Discovery Channel
RuPaul’s Drag Race: Untucked VH1
United Shades Of America With W. Kamau Bell CNN
Who Will Win: United Shades Of America With W. Kamau Bell
Who Should Win: United Shades Of America With W. Kamau Bell
Who Was Snubbed: Real Housewives of Everything. But in all seriousness, would The Circus or The Fourth Estate count in this category? Because if so, definitely them.
HOST FOR A REALITY OR REALITY-COMPETITION PROGRAM
W. Kamau Bell United Shades Of America With W. Kamau Bell CNN
Ellen Degeneres Ellen’s Game Of Games NBC
RuPaul RuPaul’s Drag Race VH1
Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn Project Runway Lifetime
Jane Lynch Hollywood Game Night NBC
Who Will Win: I genuinely don’t know … maybe Heidi and Tim?
Who Should Win: RuPaul
Who Was Snubbed: Andy Cohen for Love Connection — and no, I am not kidding. Cat Deely for So You Think You Can Dance, Wyatt Cenac for Wyatt Cenac’s Problem Areas, and Nicole Byer for Nailed It!
VARIETY TALK SERIES
The Daily Show With Trevor Noah Comedy Central
Full Frontal With Samantha Bee TBS
Jimmy Kimmel Live! ABC
Last Week Tonight With John Oliver HBO
The Late Late Show With James Corden CBS
The Late Show With Stephen Colbert CBS
Who Will Win: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
Who Should Win: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
Who Was Snubbed: Late Night with Seth Meyers — but I am pleased that Full Frontal made the cut!
VARIETY SKETCH SERIES
At Home With Amy Sedaris truTV
Drunk History Comedy Central
I Love You, America With Sarah Silverman Hulu
Saturday Night Live NBC
Tracey Ullman’s Show HBO
Who Will Win: Saturday Night Live
Who Should Win: Drunk History
Who Was Snubbed: ? Honestly, I can’t think of any other variety sketch series that would be eligible for this year … am I forgetting something?
INFORMATIONAL SERIES OR SPECIAL
Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown CNN
Leah Remini: Scientology And The Aftermath A&E
My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman Netflix
StarTalk With Neil deGrasse Tyson National Geographic
Who Will Win: Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown
Who Should Win: Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown
Who Was Snubbed: Wyatt Cenac’s Problem Areas was grossly overlooked. (Although to be honest, I’m not sure if it belongs in “Informational Series” or “Structured Reality Series” or “Unstructured Reality Series.” Same with The Circus and The Fourth Estate. WHAT ARE THESE CATEGORIES?)
The Alienist TNT
The Assassination Of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story FX Networks
Genius: Picasso National Geographic
Patrick Melrose Showtime
Who Will Win: The Academy is giving a lot of love to Genius: Picasso, which is … interesting. I would go with Godless or The Alienist, but Genius: Picasso might pull this one off?
Who Should Win: The Looming Tower — even though it wasn’t nominated and somehow Genius: Picasso was.
Who Was Snubbed: The Looming Tower and Twin Peaks are the most obvious and outrageous exclusions, but The Terror, Wormwood and Seven Seconds were also overlooked. And would Wild Wild Country count as a limited series? Because if so, definitely Wild Wild Country.
Atlanta FX Networks
Curb Your Enthusiasm HBO
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Prime Video
Silicon Valley HBO
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Netflix
Who Will Win: Atlanta — but The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel could be a spoiler. Because: white nonsense.
Who Should Win: Atlanta. In fact, Atlanta should win all of the awards because it is the best show on television.
Who Was Snubbed: Where to start? I know we can’t add all of these, but I am willing to argue that any of the following are better than The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel: The Good Place, American Vandal, Silicon Valley, Insecure, SMILF, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Jane the Virgin, Superstore, Broad City, Dear White People, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Better Things, Search Party, People of Earth, Shameless, Crashing, One Day at a Time and High Maintenance.
The Americans FX Networks
The Crown Netflix
Game Of Thrones HBO
The Handmaid’s Tale Hulu
Stranger Things Netflix
This Is Us NBC
Who Will Win: The Americans (although maybe Game of Thrones)
Who Should Win: Game of Thrones
Who Was Snubbed: KILLING EVE is the most shocking snub AND I AM VERY NOT OK WITH IT. But also The Good Fight, Mindhunter, The Deuce, Vida, and Counterpart.
BUT SERIOUSLY, HOW DID THEY NOT NOMINATE KILLING EVE? HOW ON EARTH DID THEY NOMINATE THE SECOND SEASON OF THE HANDMAID’S TALE AND NOT NOMINATE KILLING EVE?
The Emmys will air on NBC on Monday, September 17th. Colin Jost and Michael Che will be hosting, saints preserve us.