I guess we should talk about these Emmy nominations

 

The Emmy nominations were announced a week ago, and it has taken me just that long to sort through them, gather my thoughts, ponder who I think will win versus who I think should win, and remember who I am mad about being forgotten.

This is a great set of nominees, and with only a handful of exceptions, it’s difficult to quibble with most of them. In fact, the problem the Emmy voters are up against now is a wealth of deserving choices. Television, as you might have noticed, has lost its second-class citizen status, and with every Oscar-winner in the business making their way to the small screen, and a seemingly endless number of places for great television to land, it’s just … too much.

And so, it’s understandable that some great shows and actors are going to be overlooked — it’s just simple math. There can only be so many nominees in each category.

But that all said, there’s literally no excuse for Mandy Moore to have not made the cut. ROBBED.

Here are the nominees, my thoughts, and all of the snubs I could think of. CHOOSE WISELY, EMMY VOTERS:

Outstanding Drama Series

Better Call Saul

Euphoria

Ozark

Severance

Squid Game

Stranger Things

Succession

Yellowjackets

 is is just  a great list of shows, and with the exception of the This Is Us snub, I have little complaint. Including shows like Squid Game, Severance, Yellowjackets, and Stranger Things, shows that aren’t usually taken seriously by the big awards shows, is a refreshing surprise (or possibly a cynical attempt to bring in younger viewers). In any event, while there is a chance that a show which has ended this year like Breaking Bad or Ozark might pull out a surprise win for sentimental reasons, it’s likely Succession will once again take this category, and deservedly so. 

Who will win:

Succession

Who should win:

Succession

Who was snubbed:

This is Us is the biggest snub not just in this category, but in these nominations as a whole. This was the final season of a beloved network series — a series that might be the last huge broadcast network hit — and it was expected that it would be nominated if only for sentimental reasons, if no others. But the show didn’t rest on its laurels and coast to a pat ending: it was a beautiful, emotional, and deeply satisfying season as a whole, and yet … no love. I genuinely don’t know how this happens.

Other shows that could have easily made this list include Yellowstone; Pachinko; Winning Time; The Good Fight; Bridgerton; Evil; Loki; and The Book of Boba Fett. But it’s worth noting that it was always going to be harder for those last three to break through, especially with genre shows like Stranger Things, Squid Game, Severance, and Yellowjackets making the cut.

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

Jason Bateman, Ozark

Brian Cox, Succession

Lee Jung-jae, Squid Game

Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul

Adam Scott, Severance

Jeremy Strong, Succession

This is an excellent list of actors, and again, I have virtually no notes. As for who is going to win, I am thinking this is a two-way contest between Brian Cox and Bob Odenkirk. I’m leaning towards Odenkirk for two important reasons: Brian Cox faces competition from his own series; the Succession vote could be split between him and Jeremy Strong (who was absolutely tremendous this season). In fact, if I were voting, I would probably give it to Strong who delivered the performance of his life in Succession this season.

But the things that push Odenkirk over the top are 1. this was Better Call Saul‘s last season, and, 2. and more importantly, Odenkirk barely survived a massive heart attack filming. The voters have a sentimental streak, and I think it will be hard for them to resist such a compelling story.

Who will win:

Bob Odenkirk

Who should win:

Jeremy Strong

Who was snubbed:

Sterling K. Brown truly deserved to be recognized for this season of This Is Us.

John C. Reilly was a delight in Winning Time, and there will be some people upset that Kevin Costner was overlooked for Yellowstone.

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

Jodie Comer, Killing Eve

Laura Linney, Ozark

Melanie Lynskey, Yellowjackets

Sandra Oh, Killing Eve

Reese Witherspoon, The Morning Show

Zendaya, Euphoria a

This is very difficult category to predict, and in a just universe, this would have been Mandy Moore’s to win. (I mean, what the hell is Reese Witherspoon even doing in here? Madness!) If I were voting, I would go with Lynskey who was fantastic in Yellowjackets, but I’m not the typical Emmy voter, and could see them going with Zendaya again, or rewarding Linney on her final season of Ozark.

Who will win:

Laura Linney (? maybe?)

Who should win:

Melanie Lynskey

Who was snubbed:

Mandy Moore deserved all of the nominations for This is Us and it’s outrageous she wasn’t nominated.

Britt Lower was a revelation in Severance and deserved a nod.

Kelly Reilly for Yellowstone; Jennifer Anniston for The Morning Show; Katja Herbers for Evil; and Millie Bobby Brown for Stranger Things were all on the shortlist for nominations.

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Nicholas Braun, Succession

Billy Crudup, The Morning Show

Kieran Culkin, Succession

Park Hae-soo, Squid Game

Matthew Macfadyen, Succession

John Turturro, Severance

Christopher Walken, Severance

Oh Yeong-su, Squid Game

The poor Succession actors: all of them were fantastic this season, and yet they are all dumped into this category together, fighting it out. It hardly seems fair. That said, if I have to pick one person in this category, it would be Macfayden, who took Tom’s character in a completely unexpected — but earned — direction this season.

My dark horses in this category, though, are Christopher Walken and John Turturro, both of whom delivered heart-breakingly beautiful performances in Severance. If the Succession boys split the vote, Walken or Turturro could walk away with a surprise victory.

Who will win:

Matthew Macfayden

Who should win:

Matthew Macfayden

Who was snubbed:

It’s disappointing that the Emmys spare such little room for the Better Call Saul team. Johnathan Banks, Giancarlo Esposito, Michael Mando, and Patrick Fabian were all wonderful this season, and each deserved recognition.

Going along with the This Is Us outrage, Chris Sullivan was terrific, as usual, and Jon Huertas delivered an unexpectedly beautiful performance as the much-maligned Miguel.

Winning Time‘s Solomon Hughes stole every scene he was in as Kareem Abdul-Jabar.

Michael Emerson continues to be delightfully creepy on Evil.

And though I’m not entirely convinced they were Emmy-worthy performances, both Noah Schnapp and Joseph Quinn offered tremendous heart to this season of Stranger Things

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Patricia Arquette, Severance

Julia Garner, Ozark

Jung Ho-yeon, Squid Game

Christina Ricci, Yellowjackets

Rhea Seehorn, Better Call Saul

J. Smith-Cameron, Succession

Sarah Snook, Succession

Sydney Sweeney, Euphoria

Yes, yes, Julia Garner and Sydney Sweeney and Sarah Snook and J. Smith-Cameron and Christina Ricci and Jung Ho-yeon and Patricia Arquette were all, genuinely, wonderful in their roles in their respective series this year, but this Emmy belongs to Rhea Seehorn and we all know it.

Who will win:

Rhea Seehorn

Who should win:

Rhea Seehorn

Who was snubbed:

Chrissy Metz and Susan Kelechi Watson gave, as usual, lovely performances in This Is Us.

Ella Purnell and Juliette Lewis both delivered for Yellowjackets.

But the one fans are most upset about is Sadie Sink, who was arguably the soul of this season of Stranger Things.

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series

Adrien Brody, Succession

James Cromwell, Succession

Colman Domingo, Euphoria

Arian Moayed, Succession

Tom Pelphrey, Ozark

Alexander Skarsgård, Succession

Succession is running the table, with some amazing actors who gave fun performances across the board, and I wouldn’t be surprised if any of them walk away with this category. That said, I have my eye on Colman Domingo. He’s one of those intensely talented actors who deserves recognition.

Who will win:

Alexander Skarsgård? I don’t know, honestly, it’s a real toss-up between the Succession guys.

Who should win:

Coleman Domingo

Who was snubbed:

Usually, I don’t have a performance I can remember for this category, but not this year! The appearance of Ron Cephas Jones in the penultimate episode of This Is Us was moving and powerful, and it’s a shame he wasn’t recognized for it.

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series

Hope Davis, Succession

Marcia Gay Harden, The Morning Show

Martha Kelly, Euphoria

Sanaa Lathan, Succession

Harriet Walter, Succession

Lee You-mi, Squid Game

Again, this is one of those categories where everyone is an amazing actress, and well-deserving of a nomination. That said, Walter swans in on Succession as the Roy children’s estranged mother, and promptly devastates the family, stealing the show in the process. It’s an incredible performance and has an amazing amount of impact for such a small role.

Who will win:

Harriet Walter

Who should win:

Harriet Walter

Who was snubbed:

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Outstanding Comedy Series

Abbott Elementary

Barry

Curb Your Enthusiasm

Hacks

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Only Murders In The Building

Ted Lasso

What We Do In The Shadows

This is another terrific list, and I have no real complaints. I’m BEYOND thrilled that What We Do in the Shadows was finally nominated — it genuinely is one of the most charming shows on television and I can not love it more. Only Murders delivered a delightful freshman season, and Barry this season was dark and powerful. All that said, the only real competition Ted Lasso has this year is Abbott Elementary. A feel-good comedy set in an inner city public elementary school is a hard thing to pull off, but it is without question the comedy story of the year.

Who will win:

Ted Lasso

Who should win:

Ted Lasso

Who was snubbed:

black-ish is receiving a lot of press for being snubbed in its final season, which considering it has long been an Emmy darling, is not entirely surprising. But if we’re going to be upset about a well-regarded comedy being ignored in its final season, where’s the anger over Better Things being snubbed, or Insecure?

Personally, I’m more disappointed that the weird fourth season of Atlanta was overlooked, as well as the charming cousin of What We Do in the Shadows, the pirate comedy, Our Flag Means Death, not to mention Waititi’s other comedy, Reservation Dogs.

Minx on HBO Max is a delightfully mischievous series that hasn’t been receiving nearly as much attention as it deserves. And The Righteous Gemstones was terrific this season.

And I know that not many people felt the same way I did, but I thought Russian Doll‘s second season was revelatory. And The Great is one of the most entertaining — and visually stunning — comedies on television right now.

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

Donald Glover, Atlanta

Bill Hader, Barry

Nicholas Hoult, The Great

Steve Martin, Only Murders in the Building

Martin Short, Only Murders in the Building

Jason Sudeikis, Ted Lasso

Sudeikis added nuance to his eternally optimistic Ted Lasso this season, and Bill Hader fully embraced Barry as an anti-hero. Both performances compelled the characters in new, dangerous directions, and either deserve to win this Emmy. I’m leaning towards Sudeikis winning, simply because Ted Lasso has so much momentum and Lasso is a much easier character to love and root for.

All of that said, Nicholas Holt is a Goddamned treasure, and I wish it weren’t such a competitive category so that he could get a little love.

Who will win:

Jason Sudeikis

Who should win:

Bill Hader or Jason Sudeikis, honestly

Who was snubbed:

First of all, I will never understand how you nominate Curb Your Enthusiasm but not nominate Larry David for lead actor considering … Curb is Larry David?

Rhys Darby and Taikia Waititi are heart-crushingly wonderful in Our Flag Means Death, and deserve all of the prizes.

Jake Johnson has found the role of a lifetime on Minx, and is absolutely killing it. Same thing for Danny McBride on The Righteous Gemstones.

And I’m not sure who the lead actor in What We Do in the Shadows is: Kayvan Novak or Matt Berry or both? Arguably, Harvey Guillén? Whoever. They all should have been nominated.

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Quinta Brunson, Abbott Elementary

Kaley Cuoco, The Flight Attendant

Elle Fanning, The Great

Issa Rae, Insecure

Jean Smart, Hacks

This is going to Quinta Brunson. She’s the creator and soul of Abbott Elementary, the most buzzed-about new comedy in several years. While there is an argument for Jean Smar: she’s an icon, Hacks is terrific; and there is an argument for Issa Rae: like Brunson, she’s the creator and heart of her series, and this was the last season of Insecure, Brunson has the momentum behind her. And I suspect the voters will lean towards Ted Lasso over Abbott Elementary for Outstanding Comedy, and settle the difference by rewarding Brunson here.

Who will win:

Quinta Brunson

Who should win:

Quinta Brunson

Who was snubbed:

The biggest, most obvious, and egregious snub is Selena Gomez in Only Murders in the Building. How do Steve Martin and Martin Short get nominated for Lead Actors and Gomez not get nominated for Lead Actress? She is the spark, the glue, the magic that makes the trio work and it’s outrageous she was not nominated. Genuinely. 

But also where is Natasha Lyonne for Russian Doll? Or Natasia Demetriou for What We Do in the Shadows? Or Ophelia Lovibond for Minx?

AND WHERE THE HELL IS PATRICIA ALDON FOR BETTER THINGS?

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

Anthony Carrigan, Barry

Brett Goldstein, Ted Lasso

Toheeb Jimoh, Ted Lasso

Nick Mohammed, Ted Lasso

Tony Shalhoub, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Tyler James Williams, Abbott Elementary

Henry Winkler, Barry

Bowen Yang, Saturday Night Live

Like Succession, Ted Lasso is dominating these acting categories, and any of the actors nominated here are very deserving. Brett Goldstein is the flashiest performance, and the one the Emmy voters are most familiar with, but Nick Mohammed’s heel turn and Toheen Jimoh’s charming, romantic character are both wonderful.

But don’t overlook the other nominees here. Tony Shalhoub is an icon, Bowen Yang is definitely having a moment (but he’s not going to win) and Tyler James Williams has been consistently terrific going back to his Everybody Hates Chris and Walking Dead days, and his performance on Abbott Elementary is no exception.

That all said, the biggest challenge to Ted Lasso will be Barry. I am genuinely torn between Henry Winkler and Anthony Carrigan as the star of this past season. Arguably, Winkler had a bigger role, and this season he was the emotional center of the series. But Carrigan’s character development this season was amazing … and has there ever been a bigger scene stealer?

Who will win:

Henry Winkler or Brett Goldstein

Who should win:

Anthony Carrigan

Who was snubbed:

Brendan Hunt was fabulous in Ted Lasso, and how does he get overlooked after having his own stand-alone and brilliant episode, “Beard After Hours?” THOSE PANTS!

Brian Tyree Henry was arguably more of the lead actor of Atlanta this season than Donald Glover, and deserved at least a nod here.

Stephen Root continues to be great — and terrifying — in Barry.

And John Goodman, Adam Devine, Tony Cavalero, and the hilarious Walton Goggins have been killing it on The Righteous Gemstones.

And if I could, I would nominate the entire crew of Our Flag Means Death in this category, they are all wonderful.

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

Alex Borstein, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Hannah Einbinder, Hacks

Janelle James, Abbott Elementary

Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live

Sarah Niles, Ted Lasso

Sheryl Lee Ralph, Abbott Elementary

Juno Temple, Ted Lasso

Hannah Waddingham, Ted Lasso

Look, this is a tight race — Kate McKinnon just signed off Saturday Night Live after 10 years of being one of their best performers, and if they wanted to reward her with this Emmy, I would not be surprised. I would also not be surprised if Janelle James or Sheryl Lee Ralph sneak in and win for Abbott Elementary: James was the breakout comedy star of the series, but Ralph is the heart of the series, and has been working in this business for 50 years.

However, my guess is that Waddingham walks away with this Emmy. This was Waddingham’s season on Ted Lasso: they gave her a lot to work with and she did not disappoint.

Who will win:

Hannah Waddingham

Who should win:

Hannah Waddingham

Who was snubbed:

How Susie Essman isn’t nominated every year that Curb Your Enthusiasm airs will forever be a mystery.

Sarah Goldberg was shamefully overlooked for Barry, as was Yvonne Orji for Insecure, as was Zazie Beetz on Atlanta, as was Edi Patterson on The Righteous Gemstones.

Then there are Mikey Madison, Hannah Riley, Olivia Edward, and especially Celia Imrie in Better Things, all of whom were consistently wonderful and overlooked.

And someone no one is talking about is Annie Murphy as Young Ruth Brenner in Russian Doll — she was fantastic.

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series

Jerrod Carmichael, Saturday Night Live

Bill Hader, Curb Your Enthusiasm

James Lance, Ted Lasso

Nathan Lane, Only Murders in the Building

Christopher McDonald, Hacks

Sam Richardson, Ted Lasso

Usually, this category is dominated by Saturday Night Live hosts, so it’s interesting that only Carmichael represents SNL here. Don’t get me wrong: he was a good host, but it’s a curious development.

As far as who will win, Nathan Lane has the name and legacy advantage. But if I had to choose between these particular nominees, I’d lean towards Sam Richardson’s menacing appearance on Ted Lasso, or Bill Hader’s unhinged performance as Igor, Timor and Gregor on Curb Your Enthusiasm.

Who will win:

Nathan Lane

Who should win:

Bill Hader

Who was snubbed:

There were a number of decent Saturday Night Live hosts this season, including Jason Sudeikis, John Mulaney, Rami Malek, Oscar Isaac, Kieran Culkin, and Simu Liu. Do they all deserve to be Emmy-nominated? Probably not, but it’s interesting that only one host was nominated this year.

Curb Your Enthusiasm continues to have wonderful guest stars, including Albert Brooks and Vince Vaughn this season.

But maybe my favorite guest appearance in a comedy this season belongs to Macauley Culkin in The Righteous Gemstones.

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series

Jane Adams, Hacks

Harried Sansom, Hacks

Jane Lynch, Only Murders in the Building

Laurie Metcalf, Hacks

Kaitlin Olson, Hacks

Harriet Walter, Ted Lasso

It seems Hacks owns this category, but which is why I’m doubling down on Harriet Walter for Ted Lasso. Also, it’d be amazing if she won two acting Emmys in one year.

Who will win:

Harriet Walter

Who should win:

Harriet Walter

Who was snubbed:

Look, I understand the Emmys aren’t ready to recognize Our Flag Means Death, but Leslie Jones was perfection in the series.

And returning to Curb Your Enthusiasm, the impeccable Tracey Ullman owned the “Irma Kostroski” episode.

How do you nominate virtually everyone on Hacks, but not Meg Stalter?

Finally, over on Saturday Night Live, Ariana DeBose didn’t have the best episode, but she was a fantastic host. Lizzo and Natasha Lyonne were also delights, with Lyonne so good, she could be a member of the cast.

Outstanding Limited or Anthology Series

Dopesick

The Dropout

Inventing Anna

Pam & Tommy

The White Lotus

In recent years, limited or anthology series has become one of the most competitive categories with some of the best shows on television. This year is no different. I question what Inventing Anna is doing on this list — it was very watchable, but not very good, frankly — but otherwise, these are very good nominees.

In terms of who will win this, I think it’s a hard toss-up between The White Lotus and Dopesick. The White Lotus had the most buzz surrounding it when it originally aired last summer, but Dopesick is certainly the most serious and consequential of these limited series.

Who will win:

The White Lotus

Who should win:

The White Lotus

Who was snubbed:

Here the list is pretty long because there have been so many great limited series this year: Maid; Under the Banner of Heaven; Station Eleven; Impeachment: American Crime Story; The Shining Girls; The Offer; We Own This City; Candy; Women of the Movement; WeCrashed; Gaslit; and The Thing About Pam all could have occupied a spot here.

But arguably the two most surprising snubs are Scenes from a Marriage and The Staircase, considering how many Very Serious Actors were involved.

And my personal favorite, Midnight Mass, was always going to be a long shot, but it would have been nice if the Emmys could have recognized it. I’m not the only one to think so, either.

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie

Colin Firth, The Staircase

Andrew Garfield, Under the Banner of Heaven

Oscar Isaac, Scenes from a Marriage

Michael Keaton, Dopesick

Himesh Patel, Station Eleven

Sebastian Stan, Pam & Tommy

All of these actors are just terrific, that’s inarguable. And so I’m not sure how the voters are going to make their choice here. While I think Oscar Isaac and Michael Keaton have the best shots for giving Very Serious Performances, I also think there’s not a small chance Sebastian Stan will sneak in and steal the show here for his amazing portrayal of Tommy Lee. At least, that’s how I’d vote.

Who will win:

Micahel Keaton

Who should win:

Sebastian Stan

Who was snubbed:

Sean Penn in Gaslit is a surprising snub. I hear John Berenthal was great in We Own This City. And Jared Leto was well-received as the lead in WeCrashed

But if you want to know the snub that ticks me off the most … alright, fine, you’re not going to nominate a horror series for best limited or anthology series, I get it. Kinda. But not recognizing Hamish Linklater’s complicated and nuanced performance in Midnight Mass is infuriating.

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie

Toni Collette, The Staircase

Julia Garner, Inventing Anna

Lily James, Pam & Tommy

Sarah Paulson, Impeachment: American Crime Story

Margaret Qualley, Maid

Amanda Seyfried, The Dropout

This is yet another tight race, thanks in part to so many limited series being led by powerful female performances. Toni Collette and Sarah Paulson are fucking fantastic in everything they do; and Lily James disappeared into her role as Pamela Anderson. However, I think this one comes down to two performances in particular: Amanda Seyfried, who gave the performance in The Dropout that Julia Garner thought she was giving in Inventing Anna, and Margaret Qualley in Maid.

Who will win:

Margaret Qualley

Who should win:

Margaret Qualley

Who was snubbed:

It’s insulting that Oscar Isaac was recognized for Scenes from a Marriage, but Jessica Chastain was snubbed. That was a series that was wholly dependent on their partnership, and like Selena Gomez’s snub in Best Lead Actress in a Comedy, it feels pointed.

Also, while The Thing About Pam wasn’t a masterpiece, it was wildly entertaining, and Rene Zellwegger gave everything to her performance as Pam Hupp. She was incredible and hilarious and devious to the final moments.

There’s a lot of talk about Julia Roberts being snubbed for Gaslit, and Anne Hathaway for WeCrashed.

But I would argue that even more deserving are Jessica Biel who was chilling as Candy Montogomery in Candy; Adrienne Warren who was powerful in Women of the Movement; and Elizabeth Moss who was terrific in Shining Girls.

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie

Connie Britton, The White Lotus

Jennifer Coolidge, The White Lotus

Alexandra Daddario, The White Lotus

Kaitlyn Dever, Dopesick

Natasha Rothwell, The White Lotus

Sydney Sweeney, The White Lotus

Mare Winningham, Dopesick

Unless they split the vote, someone from The White Lotus is going to win this category, and that person from The White Lotus is almost certainly going to be Jennifer Coolidge. Everyone from that cast was amazing, but Coolidge was a standout.

Who will win:

Jennifer Coolidge

Who should win:

Jennifer Coolidge

Who was snubbed:

Juno Temple is a Goddamned delight in The Offer; Melanie Lynskey was great fun in Candy; Kate Seigel was moving in Midnight Mass; and Daisy Edgar-Jones was lovely in Under the Banner of Heaven.

 

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie

Murray Bartlett, The White Lotus

Jake Lacy, The White Lotus

Will Poulter, Dopesick

Seth Rogen, Pam & Tommy

Peter Sarsgaard, Dopesick

Michael Stuhlbarg, Dopesick

Steve Zahn, The White Lotus

Again, The White Lotus team is pit against each other in this category, which is unsurprising; the cast was just fantastic. But Murray Bartlett gave a career-changing performance in The White Lotus, and if this series wins only one Emmy, this better be it.

Who will win:

Murray Bartlett

Who should win:

Murray Bartlett

Who was snubbed:

For my money, the second biggest snub of the Emmys this year after Mandy Moore, is Matthew Goode for his performance as Robert Evans in The Offer. His embodiment of Evans is complete, and he’s clearly enjoying the hell out of the role. The Offer has a number of great supporting performances, including Dan Folger as Francis Ford Coppola, Burn Gorman as Charles Bluhdorn, Patrick Gallo as Mario Puzo, Anthony Ippolito as Al Pacino, and Justin Chambers as Marlon Brando, but if they could only nominate one person, it should be Matthew Goode.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I still think Murray Bartlett should win, but Matthew Goode should have been nominated here.

Oh, and Naveen Andrews probably deserved a nomination for his work in The Dropout.

Outstanding Television Movie

Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers

Ray Donovan: The Movie

Reno 911!: The Hunt For QAnon

The Survivor

Zoey’s Extraordinary Christmas

I have to be honest with you: I have seen exactly 0 of these movies. I do think it’s hilarious that Reno 911! has been nominated for an Emmy, however. But if I had to guess, this one will go to the Holocaust boxing movie because come on.

Who will win:

The Survivor

Who should win:

Reno 911!: the Hunt for QAnon

Who was snubbed:

I literally have no idea.

Outstanding Variety Sketch Series

A Black Lady Sketch Show

Saturday Night Live

Who will win:

Saturday Night Live

Who should win:

I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson

Who was snubbed:

OK, listen. I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson was actually nominated for an Emmy in the Outstanding Short Form Comedy, Drama or Variety Series, so it wasn’t technically snubbed. Short Form is for series that have an average running time of 2 to 20 minutes, so I GUESS that is where it belongs. But still, this feels dumb.

Also infuriatingly overlooked: The Amber Ruffin Show, The Kids in the Hall, and Ziwe. WHY NOT? YOU’VE ONLY GOT TWO NOMINEES UP THERE. WAS THERE NOT ENOUGH ROOM ON THE BALLOT? HELP ME UNDERSTAND.

Outstanding Variety Talk Series

The Daily Show with Trevor Noah

Jimmy Kimmel Live

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

Late Night With Seth Meyers

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

Listen, I’m just glad Seth Meyers finally made his way into this category. It’s criminal it’s taken this long for it to be nominated.

Who will win:

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

Who should win:

Late Night with Seth Meyers

Who was snubbed:

Desus & Mero, R.I.P. 

I would argue that Watch What Happens Live! is often very compelling television, where celebrities legitimately let down their guards.

Full Frontal With Samantha Bee is also as relevant, outraged, and funny as ever.

And I guess you could make an argument for The Late Late Show with James Corden, but should you?

Outstanding Competition Program

The Amazing Race

Lizzo’s Watch Out For The Big Grrrls

Nailed It!

RuPaul’s Drag Race

Top Chef

The Voice

Again, this is a really difficult category for me because all of these shows are terrific with the exception of The Voice which has outlived its usefulness. Lizzo’s Watch Out for the Big Grrrls is the big surprise in the category, but it shouldn’t have been: the series is delightful and inspiring and doesn’t fall into the typical villain/hero traps of many reality series. RuPaul’s Drag Race or Top Chef will probably win — and deservedly so. Top Chef in particular did a great job of representing Houston this year, and I’d be happy if it won. But I also wouldn’t be angry if Lizzo’s Watch Out for the Big Grrrls took the Emmy here.

Who will win:

RuPaul’s Drag Race

Who should win:

Top Chef

Who was snubbed:

Making It! is such a charming show, and worthy of recognition. And I understand why this will never be nominated, but Legendary is a fascinating, exciting, and fun look inside a subculture that many of us know very little about.

Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program

Bobby Berk, Karamo Brown, Tan France, Antoni Porowski and Jonathan Van Ness, Queer Eye

Nicole Byer, Nailed It!

Mark Cuban, Barbara Corcoran, Lori Greiner, Robert Herjavec, Daymond John, and Kevin O’Leary, Shark Tank

Padma Lakshmi, Tom Colicchio, and Gail Simmons, Top Chef

Amy Poehler, Nick Offerman, Making It!

RuPaul, RuPaul’s Drag Race

Frankly, as long as the Shark Tank goons don’t win this one, I’m happy with anyone.

Who will win:

RuPaul

Who should win:

Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman

Who was snubbed:

Lizzo. I mean, obviously.

 

OK KIDS, THAT’S IT. We’ll meet back here on September 12 (really the 13th) and see how well I did. Until then.

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