Just like every year, Emmy gives and Emmy takes away when it comes to surprises. In addition to the actors and shows who made unexpected appearances (see our list of the most shocking nominations here), there were many contenders left out who were expected to be in the running.
This was supposed to be the year for Tatiana Maslany to break through in the Best Drama Actress race. The “Orphan Black” star is coming off of a nomination at the Golden Globes, two wins from the Critics’ Choice TV Awards, and surging ratings and buzz for season two, but she still didn’t make the cut.
And we expected “The Good Wife” to make a triumphant comeback to the Best Drama Series race after two years absent from the lineup. But it was not to be.
New shows “Orange is the New Black” and “True Detective” did well with Emmy voters, but “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” wasn’t so lucky. Though Andre Braugher picked up a bid for Comedy Supporting Actor, the series was snubbed for Comedy Series and Comedy Actor (Andy Samberg), the same categories it recently won at the Golden Globes.
“Modern Family” had a solid showing in the comedy categories, earning 10 bids overall, but its days of dominating the supporting categories appear to be over. Last year, Eric Stonestreet was cruelly given the boot. Not only did he not return to the category this year, the TV academy also dropped his co-stars Ed O’Neill and Sofia Vergara.
Stonestreet’s 2013 snub came after winning in 2012. The same fate befell “Nurse Jackie” scene-stealer Merritt Wever, who was a surprise winner of Comedy Supporting Actress in 2013, but was not among this year’s nominees.
After winning three Drama Actor trophies, James Spader was thought to be a likely nominee for his new breakout hit series “The Blacklist,” but he was snubbed in favor of Jeff Daniels (“The Newsroom“), whom we had expected the TV academy to drop from the category.
It’s not surprising that “Game of Thrones” was a nominations juggernaut and that it returned to the Drama Supporting Actress race, but we thought it would be Emilia Clarke who got the nod after breaking through in the category last year. Instead, she was upset by her co-star Lena Headey, so Daenerys will have to settle for the company of her dragons.
Similarly, “Breaking Bad” was an Emmy juggernaut, picking up 16 nominations for its final season. But Dean Norris didn’t go along for the ride as expected. He was snubbed from Drama Supporting Actor, though his perennially nominated co-star Aaron Paul made it back in.
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