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Snubbed – Modern Family

Look, no one is going to argue that Modern Family deserved to be nominated for Outstanding Comedy Series this year. The show’s best days are behind it and there are other comedies far more deserving of the honor. However, the show being shut-out this year ends one of the most impressive streaks in Emmy history. Modern Family was first nominated for Outstanding Comedy Series in 2010 and then in 2011…and 2012…and 2013…and so on. It’s nomination last year brought the ABC show to eight straight nods in the top category. That’s impressive! And also undeserved, after a point. Finally, the Emmys caught up with the rest of the world on that front. (Jacob Hall)

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Surprise – Ed Harris and Jeffrey Wright for Westworld

I enjoy Jeffrey Wright, and Ed Harris is a legend. But both of them getting Lead Actor nominations for their performances in Westworld season 2? Really? Wright had maybe two stand-out moments in the season, but he spent the majority of it furrowing his brow and whispering lines of confusion as he (like the audience) tried to figure out what the hell was going on. And just because Harris has done great work in the past does not mean he should be rewarded for whatever the hell he was doing in season 2. His William delivered countless droning monologues in an overly-gravelly voice, and we’re expected to, what, be wowed by the fact that a movie star is on TV? Not only were neither of these performances especially award-worthy, but they’re not even satisfying on a dramatic level. (Ben Pearson)

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Snubbed – American Vandal

American Vandal turned what was essentially a premise for a SNL sketch into an authentic, fully realized depiction of teen angst, and did it all while cleverly sending up the current true-crime zeitgeist. But despite being one of the best comedies of last year, it was stuck competing in the Limited Series categories dominated by dramas and…Jesus Christ Superstar. It scored one nod for Outstanding Writing, but the biggest mystery of this year is that the Emmy’s didn’t recognize it as one of the best shows of last year. (Hoai-Tran Bui)

Surprise – Jesus Christ Superstar

The Emmys have occasionally ignored the broadcast networks’ live musicals, but NBC’s Jesus Christ Superstar Live earned four nominations this year. John Legend, Sara Bareilles, and Brandon Victor Dixon all earned acting nods, and the production itself was nominated for Outstanding Variety Special. This puts John Legend one step closer to the elusive EGOT – he already has a Grammy, Oscar, and a Tony Award, so all he needs is to win this Emmy and he’ll complete the quadrilogy. (Ben Pearson)

Snubbed – Big Mouth

Netflix’s raunchy animated series about puberty can tangle with the heavy hitters of Rick and Morty and South Park any day of the week, so it’s a shame to see the animated series from Nick Kroll and John Mulaney couldn’t get any love from the Emmys. Maybe it didn’t get campaigned for as hard by Netflix, or maybe it’s too edgy for the stuffier side of the Academy, but make no mistake, this is a raucously hilarious series that you must watch. (Ethan Anderton)

Surprise – Viola Davis for Scandal

Viola Davis has been nominated three times already for playing Annalise Keating on ABC’s How to Get Away With Murder, but today she scored her fourth nomination as the character in an unconventional way – as a guest star on Scandal. She reprised the role in a crossover episode and went toe to toe with Kerry Washington’s Olivia Pope earlier this year, snagging an Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series nod in the process. There’s no chance she wins over Diana Rigg’s final bow as Lady Olenna in Game of Thrones, but it’s still cool to see Davis consistently crushing it with the nominations. (Ben Pearson)

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Snubbed – Mindhunter

Netflix’s Mindhunter was not shut out of the Emmys, but it did walk away with only one major nod: Cameron Britton for Outstanding Guest Actor. So, what happened here? Wasn’t this one of the most acclaimed and buzzed-about new shows of 2017? And we can’t blame anti-Netflix bias anymore, as the Emmys have begun to embrace other streaming-only shows. Maybe we can blame an incredibly crowded TV scene. Maybe we can blame the show’s gruesome nature. Or maybe we can blame the fact that Netflix releases so many shows that it becomes impossible to keep track of them all. (Jacob Hall)

Surprise – Sandra Oh for Killing Eve

Sometimes in Hollywood, it only takes 30 years to be considered an overnight success. It’s no surprise that Sandra Oh is fantastic – she’s been killing it for over a decade on the hit show Grey’s Anatomy (for which she was nominated once for best supporting actress), while making small appearances on the big screen in films like Sideways, The Princess Diaries and Hard Candy. In Killing Eve, Oh is given the spotlight to shine in what could have in some alternate version otherwise been a stuffy cat-and-mouse BBC adaptation. Her comic timing is impeccable, the show is subversive and fresh, but it’s her execution of this multifaceted complicated character that has had everyone talking. Her nomination for Best Actress in a drama series is notable because its the first time an asian actress has gotten that honor. This follows Riz Ahmed last year becoming the first man of Asian descent to win leading actor in a drama. (Peter Sciretta)

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Snubbed – The Terror

The Terror is a glossy period piece filled with stunning technical filmmaking. It aired on AMC, a network that is no stranger to prestige television. It starred acclaimed actors doing some of the best work of their careers. And critics and audiences dug it, ensuring a second season (albeit one starring a completely different cast). So, what happened? Oh, yeah. The Terror is a horror show. And horror shows don’t get trophies…unless they’re American Horror Story for some reason. (Jacob Hall)

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Snubbed – Noah Schnapp for Stranger Things

After being absent for the majority of the first season of Stranger Things, young Noah Schnapp is the cornerstone of Stranger Things 2. His performance as a kid who doesn’t understand the terror plaguing him after returning from The Upside Down is the kind of great work that Steven Spielberg would pull from kids in movies like E.T. The Extra Terrestrial or Hook. While Stranger Things 2 might have been an ensemble effort, Schnapp deserve to get recognition for his work this season. (Ethan Anderton)


That’s all for our 2018 Emmy snubs and surprises. Are there any we missed. Were you disappointed that certain shows, actors or actresses didn’t get recognized for their work? Sound off in the comments and let us know.

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