by Julian Spivey
I was thrilled by some of the surprising Emmy Award nominations this season – especially the nominations for Stephen Root and Anthony Carrigan for HBO’s comedy “Barry.” But as there are every year there were a handful of snubs that really got my goat.
Here are my five biggest Emmy nomination snubs:
1. Susan Kelechi Watson (This Is Us)
I understand it’s hard to get nominated in any drama acting category this year when the academy was trying to get every freaking actor who’s ever been on “Game of Thrones” nominated, but I must say I’m shocked Susan Kelechi Watson didn’t received a Supporting Actress in a Drama Series nomination for her excellent role as Beth Pearson in season three of NBC’s “This Is Us.” One could argue she gave the best performance on that series this past season and yet four other cast members received nominations and she didn’t.
2. “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC)
I understand there are more talk shows on television now than ever, but I continue to be stunned that NBC’s “Late Night with Seth Meyers” snubbed year-in-and-year-out for Outstanding Variety Talk Series. The show is better than “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC) and “Late, Late Show with James Corden” (CBS) and yet those two received nominations over it. At least the excellent ‘Late Night’ writing staff continues to be recognized with an Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series nomination for the third straight year.
3. D’Arcy Carden (The Good Place)
NBC’s critically-acclaimed comedy “The Good Place” has been getting some Emmy love with Ted Danson receiving a nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series and the show finally receiving a nomination for Outstanding Comedy Series, but the snub of D’Arcy Carden who plays Janet in the category of Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series is frankly hurtful. For years Carden has been a force on the series and it really felt like this would be the year for her to breakthrough with a nomination.
4. Andre Braugher (Brooklyn Nine-Nine)
“Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” which aired its first four seasons on Fox and its past season on NBC, has always gotten the snub by the Emmys, which Andre Braugher pretty much being the only person affiliated with the show ever receiving a nomination … but, even those days seem over. Braugher is still doing amazingly hilarious work as police Captain Raymond Holt on the series, but the category is just chocked full of talent the academy couldn’t find a spot for him this year.
5. Lily Tomlin & Jane Fonda (Grace & Frankie)
Lily Tomlin had been nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for the first four seasons of Netflix’s underrated comedy series “Grace & Frankie” and two years ago she was joined in the category by her co-star Jane Fonda. This year it seems the academy is done with the series as neither received a nomination, despite their work in the show’s fifth season being up to par, if not better than seasons before.