The 25 Most Egregious Emmy Nomination Snubs Of All Time
film / tv / lists / guides / news / love / celeb / video / think pieces / staff / podcasts / web culture / politics / dc / snl / netflix / marvel / cbr

The 25 Most Egregious Emmy Nomination Snubs Of All Time (According to Me, At This Particular Hour, Based on my Current Mood)

By Dustin Rowles | Seriously Random Lists | July 10, 2014 | Comments ()


25. John Noble for Best Supporting Actor, Fringe

24. Jack Huston for Best Supporting Actor, Boardwalk Empire

23. Charles Dance for Best Supporting Actor, Game of Thrones

22. Party Down for Best Comedy.

21. Hannibal for … SOMETHING (Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Writing, Best Drama, Best FUCKING CINEMATOGRAPHY).

20. Sports Night for Best Comedy

19. Rupaul’s Drag Race for Best Reality Show

18. Michael Cudlitz for Best Supporting Actor in Southland

17. Walter Goggins for Best Supporting Actor on The Shield

16. My So-Called Life for Best Comedy

15. Keri Russell for Best Actress in either The Americans or Felicity

14. Katey Sagal in Sons of Anarchy and Married … with Children

13. Chloe Sevigny in Big Love

12. Ed O’Neill in Married … with Children

11. Courteney Cox in Cougar Town or Friends (the only series regular not nominated for an Emmy)

10. Norman Fell for Best Supporting Actor, in Three’s Company

9. Battlestar Galactica for Best Drama

8. Andy Griffith for Best Actor, Comedy in The Andy Griffith Show

7. Lauren Graham for Best Actress, Comedy (Gilmore Girls)

6. Freaks and Geeks for Best Comedy

5. Gilmore Girls for Best Comedy

4. Homicide: Life on the Streets, for Best Drama Series

3. Roseanne, for Best Comedy Series

2. Tatiana Maslany for Best Actress (Orphan Black)

1. The Wire for Best Drama Series

Emmy Nominees and the Snubbed React on Twitter | For My Next Trick, Watch Me Disappear: Do Women Really Need a Size 000?

Comments Are Welcome, Bigots and Trolls Are Not

  • Nokal11

    If Courteney Cox could've been nominated even just once, it would have to be for Best Leading Actress for Dirt, she was so fu*king great in it... You COULD NOT tell that the same actess was in a sitcom before. It's a shame how much she is underrated in Hollywood.

  • Bananapanda

    McGinley for Scrubs, Malcolm in the Middle for comedy.

  • froggystyle66

    Walton Goggins doesn't appreciate you calling him Walter.

  • mzblackwidow

    Pedro Pascal and MAISIE WILLIAMS for GoT.
    THIS >> Hannibal for … SOMETHING (Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Writing, Best Drama, Best FUCKING CINEMATOGRAPHY).

    Walton Goggins for guest actor on SOA.
    Roseanne never got nominated for ANYTHING?? Jesus H. Godtupus.
    Justified for best drama.
    Oz for everything.
    Aforementioned Scrubs cast members.

    Firefly. Trying not to be the 1000% biased Whedonite I am, the performances, writing, ah hell, most everything deserved award noms.
    And Buffy. This is my forever reason never to watch or give a single fuck about the emmys. All of the above listed I feel very strongly about. Buffy however, whole 'nother class. I won't bore you with the list of everything they should have won. Suffice it to say, FUCKING EVERYTHING.

  • If you're going to give an award for 'Best Reality Show' (which still seems like a smartest retard in the home kind of thing) you should give it to the Bret Michaels dating show that ran a while back. That was a complete trainwreck of highly entertaining proportions.

  • babykangarootribbiani

    dustin, why you no put john c. mcginley on the list? i am surprised at you. and now i;m going to post this:

    On an unrelated matter, my detest of Phoebe Buffay aside, I think it is one of the biggest mistakes that a) lisa kudrow was the only one to ever win for being on friends b) matthew perry never won and c) like you said, that courteney cox was never nominated. makes no sense

  • mzblackwidow

    tears - every time I watch this - tears. And def agree about John C. Did Zach Braff, Elliott and the Janitor ever get nominated? Because they deserved it just as much.

  • CaliCheeseSucks

    I don't know why Dance didn't submit his name for consideration last year and I'm not a GoT viewer, so I can't speak to how much better or worse his performance was this season. But given how lazy Emmy voters seem to be (think of the constant wins for Candice Bergen, John Larroquette, Frasier), I wonder how much of a handicap that was for him this year. It sounds like he clearly should have been on the radar.

    I'm most pissed off about the absence of nominations for Matthew Rhys and Elisabeth Moss. This should have been Moss' year to win.

  • luthien26

    Good Lord, it's staggering to see how many awesome actors and shows haven't been recognized. I guess I shouldn't be too surprised about Pascal and Dance. I mean - I understand nominating Dinklage (his work is always outstanding), but Charles Dance OWNED Tywin Lannister, just owned it. The fact that he isn't nominated is ridiculous. Same goes for Pascal. You can't tell me he doesn't deserve at least a nomination!

    Ah well... at least he's in the Pajiba 10. Right? Right? :)

  • Carolina Moon

    Zach Gilford, for Friday Night Lights! I thought the episode where his dad died had Emmy written all over it (or not, as it turned out).

  • stella

    Zach Gilford destroyed me that episode.

  • jthomas666

    In a just world, Lauren Graham, Edward Hermann, and Kelly Bishop would all have multiple Emmys for Gilmore Girls.

  • Devin McMusters

    I'm distracted by the guy in the picture wearing his ball cap backwards. I'm sorry, but that screams TOOL.

  • Daniel Lewis

    I'm sorry but you don't insult Luke.

  • Shazza

    OZ also never got nominated. The performances from Terry Kinney, JK Simmons, Lee Tergensen, Eammon Walker, Kirk Acevedo, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Dean Winters, Christopher Meloni, Lauren Velez, Scott William Winters, Rita Moreno-I mean that WHOLE damn cast, the writing never got ANY play. Talk about egregious!

  • cranky_chick

    Hell to the yeah on that! I loved that show and the fact the none of the major players (particularly Kirk Acevedo in the final season) didn't get a nomination boggles my mind.

  • ZbornakSyndrome

    That show was way too creative and too intense to get mainstream approval from awards show.
    But it was AMAZING.

  • lowercase_ryan

    I still cannot wrap my head around The Wire snub. Seriously, how the fuck?!?!

  • LK16

    I wish there were three series categories, for comedy, drama and light-hearted/uplifting drama. Shows like Gilmore Girls, My-So Called Life, Freaks & Geeks, Orange is the New Black or heck, even Friday Nights Lights aren't traditional 'comedies' and would never win against half-hours that dominate the category just fine already. But these shows will also never garner the same serious, critical praise that 'prestige' cable shows do.

    This also speaks to my larger gripe that so often, shows are only considered critically worthy if they are also somehow depressing -- not to single out any one show, but lately it seems like people automatically associate 'bleak' with 'profound' (which sometimes it is, but not always). A show like Gilmore Girls wouldn't win against 30 Rock, but it also wouldn't win against True Detective. Does that make it less good? Why do things always have to be judged on that scale -- the most hilarious or the most dark? I also notice that most of these snubbed, light-hearted, but still emotional, true and funny shows tend to feature more women than darker, more prestige anti-hero shows, but hey, that's an angry comment for another time.

  • Sean Van Damme

    This whole list could just be The Wire written out 25 times.

  • Withnails


  • jthomas666

    Here's all you need to know about the Emmys: Bob Newhart won his FIRST Emmy last year for a guest spot on Big Bang Theory.

  • Classic

    ....seriously?! Fuck it. I refuse to watch that shitty awards show this fall.

  • bcarter3

    Huge snub: Ian McShane was never nominated for playing Al Swearengen in "Deadwood".

  • jthomas666

    But only because there wasn't a category for "Best Delivery of a line containing the word 'cocksucker'". ;)

  • Bananapanda

    That award would go to Wu.

  • bcarter3

    You're right about the wonderful "My So-Called Life" being snubbed, but it wasn't a comedy.

  • Scarlettkate

    Tatiana Maslany is a HUGE snub. Ugh. She is so good I have to believe she pissed off someone high up to have her AND her show be completely ignored for the second year in a row.

  • Orphan Black's production schedule works against it. Entries with reels are due at the end of April. Season 2 didn't even premiere until mid-April. Shows don't work that far ahead so OB had 3 or 4 episodes to choose from compared to a full run from a fall starting cable show has or 16-18 from a network drama.

  • becks2point0

    I don't normally care all that much about awards. Well, I at least make a passable attempt at conveying that to others. But if people are going to continue to pretend that Jim Parsons is giving the kind of performance that deserves all these accolades then I...I just don't know what I'm going to do. But you can bet it will be melodramatic and mostly talk.

    At least Ty Burell is acting his ass off on Modern Family so even if that show dips into mediocre territory I can still appreciate his fine work. Jim Parsons played his one note and it was a lovely one but can the Emmy's please renegotiate whatever pact with Chuck Lorre and Satan that they've made because even people who initially enjoyed that show have to be over it by now.

    (It should be noted that Charlie Sheen brokered this deal between Lorre, Satan and the Emmy's and Satan is so pissed off at being dragged into this mess that he's been...well, you've all watched Sheen's career trajectory.)

  • ERM 275

    I wouldn't consider My So-Called Life or Sports Night comedies.

  • stella

    Wait. The Wire never won? What? Oh and dont laugh, but I think Jensen Ackles from Supernatural should bave at least been nominated once.

  • Three_nineteen

    I'm sorry, you're mistaken. The Wire was never NOMINATED for Best Drama.

    (It was nominated twice for Best Writing, never won.)

  • Repo

    I'm an unabashed Supernatural fanboy, but am well aware of the show's limitations. That aside, you are correct. Ackles has been crushing it for years. On the CW nonetheless.

  • Agent Sculder

    Seriously. His work during seasons 3 through 5 was ludicrously good, and he never got recognized for it. But then again, actors who do great work on "genre" TV shows never get recognized. Just look at BtVS and Battlestar Gallactica.

  • And it being on the CW is the answer to why it's never nominated for even tech awards. Is there an Emmy for best blood spatter? They could get that one.

  • stella

    Because something seen as being geared towards teen girls is apparently to stupid to be taken seriously.

  • denesteak


  • sherryb23

    The Dance and Pascal snubs hurt me deeply. Then again, I should be grateful that GoT got any love. Wasn't last season snubbed badly? Or am I thinking of something else, as I am wont to do?

  • ZbornakSyndrome

    The Wire's constant snubs will always pierce my soul. HOW was that even possible?
    As far as Hannibal goes, I didn't think the Emmy voters would get the show. Mads, Dancy and Fuller will have to be satisfied with the slavish devotion of the fannibals.

  • Tinkerville

    I'm choosing to believe that Tatiana Maslany has been chosen to ascend beyond the earthly notions of awards and nominations-- because they couldn't overlook her entirely, right? RIGHT?!

  • Guest

    Orphan Black's production schedule works against it. Entries with reels are due at the end of April. Season 2 didn't even premiere until mid-April. Shows don't work that far ahead so OB had three or 4 episodes to choose from compared to a full a fall starting cable show has or 16-18 from a network drama.

  • Dulce et Banana

    Oh you all think we Canucks are friendly and nice people but we have noted Maslany's snub and we will have our revenge. Right now the genetic factories that let us loose M. Celine and Bieber on you are hard at work with version 3.0.

  • Uriah_Creep


  • Dulce et Banana

    We're angry, yes, but do you honestly think we're MONSTERS? {wipes tear}

    I'll give you a hint - an early prototype was called something like "Lob Board"

  • Uriah_Creep

    I understand that unleashing Nickelback would be cruel, and I believe it would violate the Geneva Convention, but in the instance of Tatiana Maslany's Emmy snub, we must be prepared to go scorched earth on these people. Courage, fellow Canuckians!

  • emmalita

    Run! Hide!

  • Nick3

    I think some people would hate to have to compete with her. Maslany would devalue wages and careers of other actresses.

  • LwoodPDowd

    Since not a single actor from the Wire was nominated for an Emmy, you could easily make a top 10 list just from it. Bubbles never nominated! No love for Avon Barksdale or Stringer Bell. D'Angelo "Where the fuck is Wallace?" Barksdale. Bodie! Prop Joe! Omar! Any of the boys of summer, but especially Michael and Dukie. Chris Partlow or Snoop? and these are just the street. To put it in the immortal words of Senator Clay Davis (who would have made a fantastic guest actor nominee) Sheeeeeit!

  • Geej McAbee

    Charlie Day can bring more funny in 30 seconds than Jim Parsons has in however long that show has been on the air.

  • becks2point0

    The Emmy voters live a life that is reckless. They're not the kind of guys that could score a point in a black belt karate contest.

    Why has that show never been nominated and where the hell is Sean William Scott on the guest actor category?

  • Geej McAbee

    No love for Country Mac.

    The voters would have gained huge respect if they had nominated "The Gang Tries Desperately to Win an Award" for writing.

  • Kate at June

    My so called life was a comedy?

  • John W

    I'd add Sarah Michelle Gellar, best actress for Buffy. (She did get some daytime Emmy nominations and a win for All My Children).

    And Nick Offerman for Parks & Rec. I still can't believe he hasn't been nominated.

  • Fabius_Maximus

    SMG was terrible.

  • mzblackwidow

    seriously? Love her or hate her, the girl was an incredible actress who played every emotion under the sun and made us believe. She did a longgg monologue in S7 in one take. She did the one shots in the Body (several, again, longgg) perfectly every time.
    I know many people don't like her. She certainly was not my favourite character. But her acting chops are utterly unquestionable.

  • Nokal11

    Agree, she worked her butt off on season 7, she was amazing acting-wise. Also Juliet Landau was incredible in s2 and s3.

  • Fabius_Maximus

    Yes, seriously. Gellar was playing an actress playing a character in every emotional scene. It was painful to watch. Even Kristy Swanson would have been better. All of her co-stars were better.

    Maybe she got better in later seasons. I don't know. I gave up on the series rather quickly.

  • Daniel Lewis

    Anthony Stewart Head, Allison Hannigan, James Marsters, hell The Mayor should have gotten some recognition.

  • mzblackwidow

    agreed, especially James & Tony. Juliet Landau deserved awards for playing the best crazy ever.

  • BettyNugs

    Isn't it Walton Goggins?

  • becks2point0

    Roseanne was never nominated for Best Comedy? That seems so strange to me. I'm surprised this is my first time hearing about it because that's a fairly egregious snub. Good pick, Dustin. Now I have something to silently fume about other than the Maslany snub.

  • Which one is Pink?

    Where's Justified and Timothy Olyphant?

  • dizzylucy

    Olyphant (and Goggins) did get nominated for season 2, the year Margo won for her role of Mags, but the show has never gotten a Best Drama nomination. I don't get it either.

  • Molly

    Steve Carell for the office. It is so ridiculous I always feel like I have to check multiple times that it is true before I talk about it.

  • Wigamer

    Are you kidding me? I don't pay much attention to awards anymore, but that's patent bullshit.

  • Stephanie C. Bois

    John Noble all the way <3 Oh how I miss Fringe!

  • SunlessNick

    Anna Torv as well; Olivia was a "quieter" character than Walter, but Torv did just as good a job as Noble.

  • I don't remember a lot of laughs in My So-Called Life

  • Samantha Klein

    Buffy for anything not technical??

  • Michelle

    Well, does the nomination for best writing for Hush count as something non-technical? (Though I'd argue The Body was more deserving of it OR I DON'T KNOW, MAYBE ONCE MORE WITH FEELING, WHAT THE F, EMMYS.)

  • Michelle

    Sorry. My second Buffy rant in a week. Carry on.

  • Modernlove

    The Wire and Homicide snubs will always hurt this Baltimore girls heart the most. They were both such amazing shows.

  • sherryb23

    As another Baltimorean (Baltimoron?), I wholeheartedly agree. Although sometimes it was disconcerting to watch a scene and go, "Huh, that's right around the corner from where we live. Neat or scary?"

  • Modernlove

    We're everywhere! Dude, I'm with you on that. I find it both neat and scary. Though I do wish people would stop asking me "Is it just like on The Wire?" whenever I say where I'm from.

  • sherryb23

    Ha, I get that, too. Sometimes I say "Yes" just because. :) Another side effect is that my husband continually calls "Littlefinger" on GoT "Carcetti."

  • ZbornakSyndrome

    He will ALWAYS be Carcetti.

  • ZbornakSyndrome
  • Modernlove

    That gif speaks to me on a very deep level.

  • ZbornakSyndrome

    I only use it when someone has spoken a fundamental truth.

blog comments powered by Disqus