For the awards-obsessed editors of Gold Derby, the Emmy Awards nominations are like every Christmas, birthday and wedding all rolled into one. We eagerly await the announcement of every name, celebrate our savvy predictions while bemoaning those snubs and surprises that show us up. Below, our collective thoughts on the highs, lows and WTF moments of Thursday’s big reveal.
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“Game of Thrones” cleaned house with a leading 24 nominations, cementing its position as the show to beat for the Best Drama Series crown. Also, a best-ever showing for “American Horror Story” (this season was “Freak Show”) at 19 nominations suggests voters may not be afraid of horror/fantasy after all. Marcus Dixon
“Veep” continue their upward assult on that comedy series prize, taking their most ever nominations, including the previously elusive best directing nod. Matt Noble
“Jane the Virgin” didn’t get completely shut out. It did score a very deserved nomination for it’s awesome narrator, Anthony Mendez. Ralph Galvan
Niecy Nash has been a comedic gem on television for years, going back to her days as Deputy Raineesha Williams on “Reno 911!” so it’s really nice to see her get recognized for her performance on “Getting On.” Charles Bright
A really pleasant surprise to see “Parks and Recreation” back in the comedy series lineup; and with “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” also breaking into the race it means we have both Tina Fey and Amy Poehler at the Emmys. Matt Noble
Your performance is universally hailed by critics. You win a Golden Globe for Comedy Actress and pick up both Critics Choice and Television Critics Assn. bids for your comedic chops YET the Emmys snub you Gina Rodriguez just because you’re on the CW. Shame TV Academy. Shame on you. Ralph Galvan
Two of the best performances of the year — Lois Smith (“The Americans”) and Lorraine Toussaint (“Orange is the New Black”) — were snubbed. Hmm, and here I thought the Emmys were supposed to honor the best of TV? Marcus Dixon
“Mad Men” had a good day but it was a shame to see some of their stalwarts like John Slattery, Kiernan Shipka and January Jones land nominations. Also a true Emmy crime that no supporting stars ever got recognised from “Parks and Recreation.” Matt Noble
I love Margo Martindale and Khandi Alexander but nominating both of them for Drama Guest Actress (for “The Americans” and “Scandal” respectively) for appearances that don’t even last more than two or three minutes is just not right. Charles Bright
Katy Perry has more Emmy nominations this year than “Looking,” “Rectify,” “The Affair,” and “Justified” — COMBINED Daniel Montgomery
After last year it was somewhat expected but to see our Emmy host Andy Samberg get left out again for his great lead role in “Brooklyn-Nine Nine” is terrible. Matt Noble
Merritt Wever (“Nurse Jackie”) and Lorraine Toussaint (“Orange is the New Black”), two of the finest supporting ladies from the Emmy eligibility period not making it into the race for Comedy and Drama Supporting Actress respectively. Both gave the performances of their careers so far and the fact that they are absent from their categories makes those races all the less stellar. Charles Bright
There is obviously “Modern Family” fatigue now more than ever but that was no reason to snub one of the best episodes the series has ever produced: ‘Connection Lost’ in both writing and directing. Just crazy. Ralph Galvan
“The Last Man on Earth” was nominated for Best Actor (Will Forte), Best Directing and Best Writing (for its pilot), but the Emmys couldn’t find room for it in the Best Comedy Series category? I demand a re-vote! Marcus Dixon
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