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The 2016 Emmy Nominations, Snubs and Otherwise

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | July 14, 2016 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | July 14, 2016 |

With the exception of the new drama Mr. Robot and the Emmy’s decision to finally recognize The Americans (for drama and its two leads), I can’t help but think that this year’s Emmy nominations like default voting. There are so many television shows now that, unless one really catches on (like Mr. Robot and Master of None) or finally breaks through (like The Americans), Emmy voters seem to vote for what they know. Margo Martindale — who is fantastic — receiving a nomination for The Americans is the perfect example (she had maybe three scenes all year long — Frank Langella should have gotten a nomination in her stead).

With so much to choose from, snubs are unavoidable, although the snub of Carrie Coon and Regina King in The Leftovers (and the series for Best Drama) is inexcusable, especially where Downton Abbey continues to sneak in. Rhea Seehorn for Better Call Saul was also more deserving than, say, Dame Maggie Smith, an international treasure who basically phones it in on Downton Abbey.

Orange is the New Black was also completely overlooked (this season wasn’t eligible, but I believe that last season was — the cutoff is June 1st). Rachel Bloom was snubbed (despite winning the Golden Globe), while the usuals like House of Cards continued to rack up huge numbers of nominations long after their shows have hit their peak. I love Kyle Chandler and Ben Mendelsohn, but this wasn’t the year to nominate either of them for Bloodine.

Overall, there were some deserving nominations, and some not so deserving nominations, which is fairly typical of the Emmy noms. By far, however, the biggest snub of all was the lack of Samantha Bee’s Full Frontal in the best variety show category (overlooked in favor of perennial loser Bill Maher). Full Frontal, however, was nominated for writing. (Stephen Colbert was also overlooked, but perhaps wisely).

Here’s the complete list of nominees:

Best Drama
The Americans
Better Call Saul
Downton Abbey
Game of Thrones
House of Cards
Mr. Robot

Best Actor — Drama
Kyle Chandler, Bloodline
Rami Malek, Mr. Robot
Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul
Matthew Rhys, The Americans
Liev Schrieber, Ray Donovan
Kevin Spacey, House of Cards

Best Actress — Drama
Claire Danes, Homeland
Viola Davis, How to Get Away with Murder
Taraji P. Henson, Empire
Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black
Keri Russell, The Americans
Robin Wright, House of Cards

Best Supporting Actor — Drama
Ben Mendelsohn, Bloodline
Jonathan Banks, Better Call Saul
Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
Kit Harington, Game of Thrones
Michael Kelly, House of Cards
Jon Voight, Ray Donovan

Best Supporting Actress — Drama
Dame Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
Lena Headey, Game of Thrones
Emilia Clarke, Game of Thrones
Maise Williams, Game of Thrones
Maura Tierney, The Affair
Constance Zimmer, UnReal

Best Comedy
Master of None
Modern Family
Silicon Valley
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Best Actress — Comedy
Ellie Kemper, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Julia Louis Dreyfus, Veep
Laurie Metcalf, Getting On
Tracee Ellis Ross, Black-ish
Amy Schumer, Inside Amy Schumer
Lily Tomlin, Grace and Frankie

Best Actor — Comedy
Anthony Anderson, Black-ish
Aziz Ansari, Master of None
Will Forte, Last Man on Earth
William H. Macy, Shameless
Thomas Middleditch, Silicon Valley
Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent

Best Supporting Actress — Comedy
Niecy Nash, Getting On
Alison Janney, Mom
Kate McKinnon, SNL
Judith Light, Transparent
Gabi Hoffman, Transparent
Anna Chlumsky, Veep

Best Supporting Actor — Comedy
Louis Anderson, Baskets
Andre Braugher, Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Keegan Michael-Key, Key and Peele
Titus Burgess, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Ty Burrell, Modern Family
Matt Walsh, Veep
Tony Hale, Veep

TV Movie
All The Way

Outstanding Limited Series
American Crime
The Night Manager
The People vs. OJ Simpson

Lead Actress — Limited Series
Kirsten Dunst, Fargo
Felicity Huffman, American Crime
Audra Macdonald, Lady Day at Emersons Bar and Grill
Sarah Paulson, The People vs OJ
Lily Taylor, American Crime
Keri Washington, Confirmation

Lead Actor — Limited Series
Bryan Cranston, All the Way
Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock Holmes
Idris Elba, Luther
Cuba Gooding, Jr., The People vs. OJ Simpson
Tom Hiddleston, The Night Manager
Courtney B. Vance, The People vs. OJ Simpson

Supporting Actress — Limited Series
Melissa Leo, All the Way
Regina King, American Crime
Kathy Bates, American Horror Story
Sarah Paulson, American Horror Story
Jean Smart, Fargo
Olivia Colman, The Night Manager

Supporting Actor — Limited Series
Jesse Plemons, Fargo
Bokeem Woodbine, Fargo
Hugh Laurie, The Night Manager
Sterling K. Brown, The People vs. OJ Simpson
David Schwimmer, The People vs. OJ Simpson
John Travolta, The People vs. OJ Simpson

Variety Show
Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee
Jimmy Kimmel Live
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
The Late Late Show with James Corden
Real Time with Bill Maher
The Tonight Show Jimmy Fallon

Reality Competition
Amazing Race
Dancing with the Stars
American Ninja Warrior
Project Runway
The Voice
Top Chef

Best Animated Series
Bob’s Burgers
Phineas and Ferb Last Day of Summer
South Park
The Simpsons

Guest Actress — Drama Series
Laurie Metcalf, Horace and Pete
Ellen Burstyn, House of Cards
Allison Janney, Masters of Sex
Molly Parker, House of Cards
Margo Martindale, The Americans
Carrie Preston, The Good Wife

Guest Actor — Drama Series
Max von Sydow, Game of Thrones
Reg E. Cathey, House of Cards
Mahershala Ali, House of Cards
Paul Sparks, House of Cards
Michael J. Fox, The Good Wife
Hank Azaria, Ray Donovan

Guest Actress — Comedy
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, SNL
Melissa McCarthy, SNL
Amy Schumer SNL
Christine Baranski, The Big Bang Theory
Laurie Metcalf, The Big Bang Theory
Melora Hardin Transparent

Guest Actor — Comedy
Tracy Morgan, SNL
Larry David, SNL
Bob Newhart, The Big Bang Theory
Bradley Whitford, Transparent
Martin Mull, Veep
Peter MacNicol, Veep

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