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 Jim Parsons (“The Big Bang Theory”) to potentially win his fifth Emmy Award, tying only three people who won five times for the same role: Edward Asner (“The Mary Tyler Moore Show” & “Lou Grant”), Candice Bergen (“Murphy Brown”) and Don Knotts (“The Andy Griffith Show”). Alas, poor Parsons was kicked out of the Comedy Lead Actor category despite the voters nominating seven men here instead of the standard six. The show was also snubbed for Best Comedy Series.
The day the music died
Turns out “Empire” isn’t the network TV savior we all assumed it would be. With only three nominations this morning — Taraji P. Henson and two Best Costume bids — “Empire” proved to be in ruins with voters. Does the fact that it was snubbed everywhere else hurt Henson’s chances of winning Best Drama Actress?
CW is still a virgin
Despite critical acclaim and limitless fan support, those “CW” call letters proved to be the ultimate downfall of “Jane the Virgin.” The popular dramedy starring Golden Globe winner Gina Rodriguez netted only a single nomination — the same number as “Girl Meets World” — proving that the unfortunate CW curse still exists. Congrats to Anthony Mendez for being the only “Jane” nominee, as Best Narrator.
Maybe if it’d been called “Inlander”?
Speaking of fan support, there’s no more passionate fans than the ones of Starz’ “Outlander.” But despite strong showing for stars Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan in our predictions center, the show ended up reaping just a single nomination, for Best Music Composition by Bear McCreary for the episode “Sassenach.”
Not “light” enough
TV legend Judith Light was in fourth place to receive a nomination for her supporting work on “Transparent,” but her co-star and TV daughter Gaby Hoffmann ended up stealing her spot. Hoffman was way down in 17th place in Gold Derby’s predictions.
Time to move downstairs
“Downton Abbey” scene-stealer Maggie Smith was Gold Derby’s pick to win her category, but she was mysteriously absent from the list of nominees. Other “Downton” MIA stars were Hugh Bonneville, Michelle Dockery and Elizabeth McGovern. The only two acting nominees for the show this year are supporting players Joanne Froggatt and Jim Carter.
Emmys break up with Julianna … again
The Emmys’ on-again, off-again relationship with Julianna Margulies (“The Good Wife”) is definitely off for the time being. Last year’s Best Drama Actress winner was snubbed for the second time in only three years. Her real-life feud partner Archie Panjabi was also snubbed, but that wasn’t so much of a shocker considering the last time was nominated was in 2012. The real jaw-dropper came in the form of …
Pierce’d his heart
David Hyde Pierce won four Emmys on “Frasier,” but he won’t be winning one for his well-received guest stint on “The Good Wife.” While Gold Derby predicted four men from the show to be nominated in the Drama Guest Actor category, only one wound up with a nom: Michael J. Fox. Besides Pierce, the other also-rans were Edward Asner and Dylan Baker.
Send Vic Mackey after ’em
Emmy favorite Michael Chiklis (“The Shield”) was in second place to win his category for “American Horror Story: Freak Show,” but he was overlooked in favor of co-stars Finn Wittrock and Denis O’Hare. This one is unexplainable.
“The Missing” remains missing
Starz’ wonderful miniseries “The Missing” struck out in all the major races: Best Limited Series, Best Actress (Frances O’Connor) and Best Actor (James Nesbitt). At least it got a nod for its music and directing, though.
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