Out with some old, in with some new. The Emmys once again surprised audiences (and E! News, just check out our predictions) with the 2017 nominations, announced by Veep‘s Anna Chlumsky and S.W.A.T. star Shermar Moore.
With Game of Thrones out of the running (it has yet to premiere its new 2017 season), the race was opened to some seriously deserving contenders in some previously crowded categories,like Alexis Bledel and Milo Ventimiglia (yes, Jess and Rory are going to the Emmys, just not for Gilmore Girls!). But like every year there were some seriously harsh snubs balanced out with some very pleasant surprises.
SNUB: LAUREN GRAHAM, LEAD ACTRESS, MINISERIES OR TV MOVIE
Lauren Graham had some stiff competition in the Lead Actress in a Miniseries or TV Movie category for Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, but we thought the TV Academy would finally come to its senses and accept the charms of Lorelai Gilmore. We thought wrong.
SURPRISE: SAMIRA WILEY, SUPPORTING ACTRESS, DRAMA
We thought Samira Wiley would pick up a nomination for her work in Orange Is the New Black season four (the season that was eligible for this year’s Emmys), but surprise! It was for The Handmaid’s Tale.
SNUB: MICHAEL MCKEAN, SUPPORTING ACTOR, DRAMA
What’s Michael McKean got to do to get nominated for his work in AMC’s Better Call Saul?!
SURPRISE: LESLIE JONES, SUPPORTING ACTRESS, COMEDY
Find an actress that had a faster star rise than Saturday Night Live‘s Leslie Jones. Go ahead, we’ll wait.
SNUB: MANDY MOORE, LEAD ACTRESS, DRAMA
This Is Us made quite a splash with the 2017 Emmys, but Mama Pearson herself, Mandy Moore, didn’t make the cut. We bet she’s still proud of her TV kids and husband.
SURPRISE: CARRIE FISHER, GUEST ACTRESS, COMEDY
Catastrophe made great use of Carrie Fisher‘s sardonic personality, so her last filmed performance getting acknowledgement is a great surprise.
SNUB: THE GOOD FIGHT, DRAMA SERIES
CBS All Access’ The Good Wife spinoff is the definition of a prestige drama, but the TV Academy failed to recognize it. Hey, at least Diane Lockhart can say “f–k” now!
SNUB: GILMORE GIRLS: A YEAR IN THE LIFE, MINISERIES
There was no TV event as big as Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life for fans and critics alike, so what happened? Why was Netflix’s revival left out in the cold?
SURPRISE: SHANNON PURSER, GUEST ACTRESS, DRAMA
OK, we know the Internet loved Barb on Stranger Things, we do. We did too, but…was her performance really that memorable?
SNUB: DANIELLE BROOKS AND ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK
Uzo Aduba and Laverne Cox picked up deserved nominations this year, but Orange Is the New Black season four and Danielle Brooks didn’t make the overall cut. It’s a crime.
SURPRISE: BD WONG, GUEST ACTOR, DRAMA
BD Wong is great in pretty much everything he does—we just didn’t think the TV Academy was paying that much attention to Mr. Robot this year.
SNUB: THE GOOD PLACE, COMEDY SERIES
NBC’s afterlife comedy (and two leads Ted Danson and Kristen Bell) made death, heaven and hell charming in The Good Place. There’s always next year?
SNUB: THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON, VARIETY TALK
What’s the deal with snubbing The Tonight Show? Is it because Jimmy Fallon‘s mustache?
SURPRISE: ALEXIS BLEDEL, GUEST ACTRESS, DRAMA
Alexis Bledel turned in a career-defining performance on The Handmaid’s Tale, so this is mightily deserved, we just didn’t think the TV Academy would come through.
SURPRISE: LAVERNE COX, GUEST ACTRESS, DRAMA
Laverne Cox‘s work in Orange Is the New Black was heartbreaking, but the series lost its award show buzz over the years. Happy to see the TV Academy knows what’s up.
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SNUB: ISSA RAE & INSECURE
Issa Rae‘s HBO comedy Insecure was a highlight of last year’s TV season. This hella sucks.
SURPRISE: ANN DOWD, SUPPORTING ACTRESS & GUEST ACTRESS, DRAMA
The TV Academy finally recognized the power of Ann Dowd! She picked up nominations for The Handmaid’s Taleand The Leftovers. Finally.
SNUB: CARRIE PRESTON, GUEST ACTRESS, DRAMA
Carrie Preston already took home an Emmy for playing the kooky Elsbeth Tascioni, but she brought back the character for The Good Fight and remained as delightful—if not more delightful—as ever.
SURPRISE: RIZ AHMED, GUEST ACTOR, COMEDY
We knew Riz Ahmed would get the nomination for his work in The Night Of, but pulling off the rare two-time nomination for his guest spot in Girls was a pleasant surprise.
SNUB: CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND, COMEDY SERIES
The CW is the home of many great TV shows, notably Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, which was snubbed, again. So was Rachel Bloom for Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, however she picked up a nomination for co-writing “We Tapped That Ass.”
SNUB: RAMI MALEK, LEAD ACTOR, DRAMA
Last year’s winner in the category, Rami Malek for his work in Mr. Robot, was completely snubbed!
SURPRISE: MILO VENTIMIGLIA, LEAD ACTOR, DRAMA
Papa Pearson is the heart and soul of This Is Us and this is a great surprise in the Lead Actor in a Drama Series category. Too bad Milo Ventimiglia is going up against Sterling K. Brown, his TV son!
SURPRISE: BECKY ANN BAKER, GUEST ACTRESS, COMEDY
Becky Ann Baker‘s turn in the final season of Girls was delightfully raw and real. This is a very good surprise.
SNUB: CHRISTINE BARANSKI, LEAD ACTRESS, DRAMA
Maybe the TV Academy needs to renew its subscription to CBS All Access because Christine Baranski did amazing work in The Good Fight.
SURPRISE: DAVID HARBOUR, SUPPORTING ACTOR, DRAMA
Stranger Things is a bonafide hit, but we didn’t expect the Emmy love to splash over to Hopper.
SURPRISE: MATTHEW RHYS, GUEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY
Matthew Rhys does stellar work on The Americans, so that nomination was expected, but we didn’t think his turn on the final season of Girls would also turn heads at the TV Academy. We guess it was that scene…
SURPRISE: VANESSA BAYER, SUPPORTING ACTRESS, COMEDY
Hap? Vanessa Bayer was always Saturday Night Live‘s secret weapon, from “Rachel on Friends” to her newest character, Dawn Lazarus. This is her first nomination—and last for SNL unless she comes back to host, she left at the end of this season.
SNUB: OPRAH WINFREY, LEAD ACTRESS, MINISERIES OR TV MOVIE
The Miniseries and TV Movie category was full to the brim with talent and somehow Oprah Winfrey didn’t make the cut for her work in The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. How?!
SURPRISE: PAMELA ADLON, LEAD ACTRESS, COMEDY
Pamela Adlon‘s Better Things snagged her a nomination in a stacked category.
SURPRISE: JANE FONDA, LEAD ACTRESS, COMEDY
Jane Fonda finally broke through in the Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for her role in Grace & Frankie, but that means she’s up against Frankie herself, Lily Tomlin!
SURPRISE: CARRIE COON LEAD ACTRESS, MINISERIES OR TV MOVIE
This year’s Fargo certainly didn’t have as much buzz as previous year’s, but it’s all good because queen Carrie Coonfinally got an Emmy nomination!
SURPRISE: CHRISSY METZ, SUPPORTING ACTRESS, DRAMA
Oh the tears we’ve cried because of This Is Us. Who can forget Kate’s breakthrough at weight-loss camp? Certainly not us, but we didn’t know the TV Academy felt its impact as much as we did!