2015 Emmy snubs and surprises

This morning brought the nominations for the 67th Emmy Awards, and while the winners (and losers) won’t be revealed until September 20th on Fox, the nominations themselves are enough to stir up some conversation.

When it comes down to itt’s all a matter of personal preference, and the opinions of average viewers don’t always match up with what the Emmys have cooked up. But we can’t help but notice some of the more annoying snubs, as well as some wonderful surprises, in this year’s round of honorees.

Check out our list of 2015 Emmy snubs and surprises after the jump!





The Fox series has become a sensation with viewers and critics, but that wasn’t enough to earn a nomination for Outstanding Drama Series. The good news is that Taraji P. Henson got a nomination for her role in the show, but Empire deserved to be called out for the big award too.

Mandy Patinkin in Homeland


Even though Homeland ended up returning to the awards race this year, for some reason one of the best parts of the show, Mandy Patinkin, didn’t end up with a nomination for Supporting Actor in a Drama Series this year. That’s just a bummer.

Jane the Virgin and Gina Rodriguez


Jane the Virgin was nominated for a Golden Globe in the Best Television Series – Comedy or Musical category earlier this year, and Gina Rodriguez even won Best Actress in the same arena. But the Emmys didn’t give The CW series any love at all. Do we chalk this up to the Golden Globes consistency in giving nominations and awards to outliers, or are the Emmys just out of touch this season?

Kerry Washington in Scandal


It seems like Taraji P. Henson may have taken the slot that otherwise might have gone to Kerry Washington this year. Sadly it seems like there just wasn’t enough room for Washington to make the cut this year.

Ellie Kemper in The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt


Thankfully the Netflix comedy series ended up with a nod for Outstanding Comedy Series, but the show is as strong as it is because of Ellie Kemper in the lead role. But sadly, The Office star didn’t get a nomination for Best Actress in a Comedy Series. I supposed there’s always another chance when the second season comes along.

Sons of Anarchy


The series has ended, and many hoped that the final season would have helped get the show into the Outstanding Drama Series category. But it just didn’t work out for the FX series.

The Affair


The Showtime series had a huge presence at the Golden Globes earlier this year, but it was completely snubbed by the Emmys, and not even stars Dominic West or Ruth Wilson could snag acting nominations.

Nick Offerman in Parks and Recreation


Inexplicably, Nick Offerman has never been nominated for an Emmy for his phenomenal turn as Ron Swanson in Parks and Recreation. Since this was the final season, I had hoped he would finally get some love from the Emmys, but it didn’t happen. I guess we’ll just have to be happy that the series got one final nomination, along with leading lady Amy Poehler.

Last Man on Earth


Will Forte may have gotten a deserved nod for his lead role in the comedy series, but it’s a shame that the show itself didn’t get nominated over the increasingly stale Modern Family (a series that I still enjoy but has waned over the years).

The Americans


Honestly, I’m not sure how this show consistently keeps getting ignored by the Emmys. It’s one of the best dramas on television, and it deserves some kind of recognition.

Mad Men supporting cast


Even though Jon Hamm and Elisabeth Moss ended up with leading actor and actress nominations, the entirety of the supporting cast didn’t get any love for the final season of Mad Men. Christina Hendricks ended up with a nomination, but there were plenty other worthy performances that could have been recognized too.

Broad City


It’s a fairly tight race in the comedy categories this year, but I’m a little disappointed that Comedy Central’s raunchy, darling of a comedy series didn’t get nominated. And the same goes for lead stars Abbi Jacbson and Ilana Glazer.

The Big Bang Theory and Jim Parsons


Personally, I’m not a fan of this show, so this wasn’t a disappointment for me. But Jim Parsons has been nominated and won four times, including last year, and the show has been nominated previously as well, so this was a rather surprising snub.

The Good Wife and Julianna Marguiles


Julianna Marguiles won an Emmy last year for her leading role in The Good Wife, but this year she was tossed to the wind, right along with the show. Sorry, CBS.

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