This morning this list of 2016 Emmy Nominations was announced, and I had a few thoughts that I wanted to share. The full list of nominees can be found here: http://www.emmys.com/awards/nominees-winners There are several people and shows that were snubbed this year, and several nominations that I am really excited about, these are a just a few of each.
1. Tatiana Maslany
She was nominated for the first time last year, but I am thrilled to see her get recognized again this year. Not only does she play multiple characters every season, but she often plays those different characters playing each other. It sounds complicated, and it is, and she does it beautifully and with such nuance that I forget that it is only one actor playing all these roles.
2. Jane the Virgin
I have said it before, and I will say it again, but this is my favorite show on television right now and I cannot believe that neither Gina Rodriguez or Jaime Camil were not nominated for their work. I do not even know what else to say about that. Thankfully, Anthony Mendez was at least recognized for his amazing voice-overs.
The only nominations they got were for Production Design and Costumes, which are all well deserved, but no where near enough. I have read the books, and usually know what is coming in each episode, and yet their performances continue to break me into a million pieces every week. Caitroina Balfe and Sam Heughan brilliantly explored the aftermath of last season’s sexual assault, but I think the second half of season 2 counts towards next years Emmys, including Claire’s miscarriage, so maybe that was the reason for the snub…?
4. William H. Macy
I love William H. Macy, and I love to see Shameless get recognized even a little bit but, for me, he is not the best performance on this show. Emmy Rossum and Jeremy Allen White have been killing it for a while now, and Ethan Cutosky was especially amazing this past season. I know this show can be sometimes be pretty dramatic, so maybe Carl’s storyline was just too serious for the comedy category, but I was incredibly impressed by him this year.
5. The Americans
FINALLY!!! This is one of the best shows on television right now and I am so thrilled to see Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell get recognized for their amazing work, as well as the show as a whole. I definitely shrieked at my computer when their names were announced this morning.
6. Constance Zimmer
Shiri Appleby definitely should have been recognized as well, but I adore Constance in everything she does, and this excites me greatly. It kind of blows my mind that the producers of these shows actually behave this way, but she plays this horrible person in such a way that you cannot help but root for her to win.
7. The Leftovers
I know the first season was a little too out there for some people, but the second season was brilliant, and if you did not keeping watching then you missed out. Carrie Coon, Justin Theroux, Regina King, Amy Brenneman, and so many more people who should have been recognized for their incredibly moving performances.
8. The Good Wife
In previous years, I may have thought that other dramas should have been recognized instead of this show, but I am surprised that it got no love for the final season. The final episode was not my favorite series finale ever, but the rest of the season was just so good! Carrie Preston and Michael J. Fox got well-deserved guest actress/actor nominations, but I was expecting a lot more recognition.
I ran out of numbers, but it needs to be said that Arrow also should have been nominated for best stunts, and it is pretty ridiculous that it never has been.
I tend to focus on the on-camera performances, but I am sure there are plenty of people behind the scenes that either did not get recognized, or did amazing work and should be celebrating today.
When it comes down to it though, they all still get to make great television every day, and we are privileged enough to watch it and critique it, so we should always remember that.