Snubs and Surprises: 2014 Emmy Nominations
Perhaps the most obvious snub is that Elisabeth Moss—who has been nominated for playing Peggy Olson on Mad Men five times—was left off the ballot. However, her co-star Christina Hendricks, whose Joan Harris barely had a storyline in the past season, was nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series. But the competition was tough this year for Lead Actress in a Drama Series, and Moss didn't make the cut.
Which leads us to another major snub, perhaps the one igniting the most rage online: Tatiana Maslany was not nominated, again, for her role(s) on Orphan Black. This one comes as less of a surprise, however, since the Emmy voter block has been historically slow to recognize genre shows like hers.
The award for most slighted show goes to The Americans, however, which only received one nomination—for Margo Martindale, for Outstanding Guest Actress. The show's stars, Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys were both left empty-handed, and the show itself was left out of the Outstanding Drama Series category.
Today's big winner is Game of Thrones, which racked up a total of 19 nominations, the most of any show. GoT was followed closely by Fargo (18), American Horror Story: Coven (17), and Breaking Bad and The Normal Heart (16 each).
While it's not entirely surprising, The Good Wife's exclusion from the list of Outstanding Drama Series nominees is certainly upsetting. The Academy has, for a long time, preferred prestige cable dramas, to those found on networks, but The Good Wife's fifth season saw a resurgence in quality and buzziness which should not have been ignored. (Julianna Margulies, Christine Baranski, and Josh Charles were nominated for their roles on the show.)
On the comedy side, Andy Samberg was widely expected to net a nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, after his surprise win at the Golden Globes in January, but Samberg was left off the list, in favor of Ricky Gervais' critically-reviled performance in the Netflix series Derek. Brooklyn Nine-Nine was also left off the Outstanding Comedy Series ballot.
Merritt Wever was also not nominated for her role in Nurse Jackie, after winning last year. While it's a bit disappointing, it only makes her speech from last year even more of an epic mic drop.
It was also a lighter year for Modern Family. Only three of the show's main cast members (Ty Burrell, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, and Julie Bowen) were nominated this year, in comparison with five from last year. Could it possibly signal some Modern Family fatigue? Many are predicting that the show won't win a record-tying fifth consecutive Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series.
And lastly, just an interesting note, this year marks the first time since 1994 that The Simpsons is not nominated for Outstanding Animated Program. That means there are people getting ready to graduate college who've never known a world in which The Simpsons is not nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Animated Program. Now try to tell me there's no permanence in the world of television.
The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards will be held on August 25.