Fri. Jul 10th, 2020

Emmy Nominations: Biggest Shocks and Snubs plus Trivia!

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The Emmys always bring us some exciting and some frustrating choices. Here are some of the biggest surprises of the morning (which I’ll be updating throughout the day).


Martha Stewart and Snoop Dogg are Emmy nominees for hosting Martha and Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party. Zach Galifianakas (Baskets) earns his first Emmy nomination for Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for Baskets. He upsets Thomas Middleditch (Silicon Valley) and Hank Azaria (Brockmire).

The Emmys aren’t done with Modern Family just yet; the show earned its 8th consecutive nomination for Comedy Series (its won five). By comparison, Frasier was dropped from Comedy Series after its eighth season (it also won five times).

Three women from Saturday Night Live were nominated for Supporting Actress in a Comedy; Vanessa Bayer and Leslie Jones earn their first and last year’s winner Kate McKinnon joins them. Last season was Bayer’s final season.


After breaking through last year, The Americans was left out in the cold war of Drama Series. House of Cards remained in office for another term. In a strange snub twist, Margo Martindale, who won the Guest Actress in a Drama Series for The Americans the last two years in a row, submitted herself in Supporting and was not nominated. Conversely, Allison Wright went Guest this year and was finally nominated.

Transparent, which has won Lead Actor in a Comedy and Directing for a Comedy two years running was very shockingly snubbed in Comedy Series this year.

Tom Bergeron misses out on a Host nomination for the first time since the category’s inception (he won once) and the his show, Dancing with the Stars, is also snubbed for the first time. Dear White People was snubbed entirely, most especially recent Oscar winner Barry Jenkins (Moonlight) in directing. Also in Comedy Directing, Master of None was snubbed there too, shockingly. The season opener seemed like directing catnip.

Emmy winners Gillian Anderson and Cloris Leachman (the current Emmy acting champ) both lost out on Guest Actress in a Drama Series nominations. Despite her show netting 18 nominations and this being a huge comeback for her (including a SAG nom), Winona Ryder misses out on a Supporting Actress in a Drama Series nomination while her co-star, teen Millie Bobby Brown gets in.

Michael McKean (Better Call Saul) was heavily predicted to get in for his best season yet but did not. Jill Soloway, the Directing for a Comedy Series winner for the last two years, missed out this year on her submission of her new series, I Love Dick.

BoJack Horseman was snubbed in Animated Series once again, but that category is historically slow to reward. Bob’s Burgers didn’t make it in until season 3, Archer not until season 5. This is the first year the Kennedy Center Honors were snubbed in Variety Special (which weirdly only had four nominees) since 2006. The show has won this category seven times, including a five-year streak from 2009-2013.


Netflix is the first network, streaming or otherwise, to get three shows in Drama Series (The Crown, House of Cards, Stranger Things) since NBC in 2001 (E.R., Law & Order, The West Wing).

Speaking of NBC, the network’s breakthrough show This Is Us becomes the first basic network show to earn a Drama Series nomination since The Good Wife in 2011.

Individuals with multiple nominations this year: Donald Glover (3), Liev Schrieber (3), Ann Dowd (2), Riz Ahmed (2), Matthew Rhys (2).

Six of seven of the major Drama races (Series, Actor, Actress, Supporting Actor, Supporting Actress, Guest Actress) enter this year’s Emmys without the defending champ in tow.

Ava DuVernay’s 13TH becomes the 4th documentary to score Oscar and Emmy nods.

Sterling K. Brown (This Is Us) is the first black actor to be nominated for Lead Actor in a Drama Series since 2001.

Most Acting nominations:

Saturday Night Live – 9
This Is Us – 7
Feud – 6
Big Little Lies – 5
Veep – 5
The Handmaid’s Tale – 4
Westworld – 4
The Night Of – 4

Nomination Totals

Saturday Night Live

FEUD: Bette And Joan
Stranger Things


Big Little Lies

The Crown
The Handmaid’s Tale
The Night Of

This Is Us

Planet Earth II
Silicon Valley

Better Call Saul

Last Week Tonight With John Oliver
Master Of None
The Voice

Dancing With The Stars
Hairspray Live!
RuPaul’s Drag Race

Born This Way
13 Jul 2017 – 02:03:08
House Of Cards
O.J.: Made In America
The Oscars
Super Bowl LI Halftime Show Starring Lady Gaga

Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown
The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years
Project Runway
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

American Horror Story: Roanoke
The Americans
Drunk History
Full Frontal With Samantha Bee Presents Not The White House Correspondents’ Dinner
Grace And Frankie
Penny Dreadful
Sherlock: The Lying Detective (Masterpiece)
70th Annual Tony Awards
The Wizard Of Lies

The Amazing Race
The Big Bang Theory
Deadliest Catch
Jimmy Kimmel Live
The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
The Man In The High Castle
Modern Family
Mozart In The Jungle
Mr. Robot
So You Think You Can Dance
Stephen Colbert’s Live Election Night Democracy’s Series Finale: Who’s Going To Clean Up This Sh*t?

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