The Emmy nominations have finally been announced and the snubs and surprises are all everyone can talk about today.
The awards ceremony has already experienced a seismic shift this year, and that’s not solely due to Game of Thrones’ absence from the nominations list for the first time in what seems like a century.
Earlier this year, the Television Academy announced that ‘unprecedented challenges’ resulted in the decision to delay the eligibility and voting deadline for the Emmys amid the Coronavirus pandemic.
Two weeks after its original scheduled date, the Academy announced this year’s nominations on Tuesday July 28, with Chairman and CEO Frank Scherma noting that: ‘Television has inspired, united and comforted a global audience this season.'
While there are many things to be celebrated with this year’s Emmy nominations, such as the increase in diversity, seeing 36 actors of colour and 11 LGBTQ+ members nominated, there are some issues, such as the lack of Latinx representation and recognition for certain actors, that have disgruntled viewers and industry members alike.
Some well-deserved stars have received nominations for their roles in TV shows, such as Paul Mescal (Normal People), Phoebe Waller Bridge (Fleabag), Zendaya (Euphoria) and Samira Wiley (The Handmaid’s Tale), but there are others that have missed out on a nod, despite their global popularity.
Actors including Rose Byrne (Mrs America), Hailee Steinfeld (Emily Dickinson) and Indya Moore (Pose) were notably absent from this year’s list of nominees.
Here is a list of the most surprising snubs:
Meanwhile, he co-stars in the series – Jennifer Aniston, Steve Carell, Laura Dern, Meryl Streep and Kerry Washington – received nominations for their performances.
However, Witherspoon wasn’t too upset about failing to get 'noms' for her roles and took to Instagram to congratulate her castmates and crews.
‘I’m bursting for joy for the incredible cast and crews of The Morning Show, Little Fires Everywhere and Big Little Lies,’ she captioned a post on Instagram Stories.
‘On the many well-deserved recognitions today! I wish I could hug you all. Congratulations to everyone who put in the outstanding work this year,’ she added, tagging several of her famous co-stars.
The British actress missed out on a nomination for her role as Marianne in BBC Three’s hit series Normal People. Meanwhile, her co-star Paul Mescal received a nod for his role as Connell.
The star shared a photograph of Mescal on her Instagram account to congratulate him on his nomination.
‘I could not be more proud of these two utterly incredible people, working with you both has been one of the greatest joys of my life,’ she said, also referencing the show’s director Lenny Abrahamson.
Mescal shared his glee following his nomination on Instagram and paid tribute to his co-star.
‘@Daisyedgarjones this only exists because of you and extraordinary talent end of!’ he captioned a photograph of himself in character crying in the series.
While Pose received a whopping six nominations, including an Outstanding Lead Actor nom for Billy Porter, it’s surprising that none of the women and non-binary actors on the show received the same praise.
In recent months, several of Mj Rodriguez's friends and fans have urged the Television Academy to recognise the star’s value in the industry, including Pose director Janet Mock:
Following the snub, Rodriguez’s fans have taken to Twitter to share their outrage at the lack of recognition, including Pose co-creator Steven Canals.
Others alluded to the lack of nominations from the Academy for Pose stars Dominique Jackson, Angelica Ross, and Indya Moore.
In response to the backlash levelled at the Academy, Moore tweeted: ‘I didn’t invent the academy or any of the award shows. If they think my work is unworthy Chile that’s just that. ... Imagine if we depended on cis ppl to validate anything about us. [sic]’
Ross addressed the lack of recognition in a video on Instagram, stating: ‘Ultimately, I need you to understand that I am so tired.
‘Because those of you that know me know that I’m not just working in front of the screen or behind the lens or whatever. I’m working around the clock to get our society to value trans lives and Black trans lives. And listen, I feel what I feel because I feel like there is nothing we can do.’
Despite playing the lead character, Saul, in the Breaking Bad spin-off Better Call Saul, Odenkirk failed to receive a nomination for his career-defining role.
And it looks like social media users are less than impressed with his snub:
Evan Rachel Wood and Tessa Thompson
Thandie Newton might have received a nomination for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama for her role as Maeve in Westworld, but it appears her two fellow leading actresses’ performances went unnoticed by the Academy.
According to the show’s fans, Wood and Thompson helped carry the third series are were ‘robbed’ of their nods.
NB* - To have been eligible for a nomination, shows had to have premiered between June 1 2019, and May 31 2020
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