Emmys outrage: What snubbed stars had the episodes to win? Tatiana Maslany, Sarah Michelle Gellar …

The Emmys are unique among award shows in that nominees have to submit sample episodes to a panel of judges in order to win their prizes. And history has shown that the system works. Lesser known character actors like Zeljko Ivanek (“Damages“), Christian Clemenson (“Boston Legal”) and Margo Martindale (“Justified“) can thwart A-list rivals because voters actually have to watch their performances.

If ‘Game of Thrones’ and Jon Hamm don’t win Emmys, our forum posters QUIT!

But nominations are still determined by a popular vote, so just getting a foot in the door is often the hardest part for stellar performers. One of the heartbreaking aspects of watching the Emmys is those times when we witness the snub of an actor who we know could have won if only they had been nominated, because we know they had the episode to do it.

We asked our forum posters who they think would have won if only they’d been nominated. CLICK HERE to join the discussion, and read some of their sample comments below. Then check out our photo gallery at the bottom of this post of some of the best performances that never got a chance to compete for Emmys.

Halo_Insider: “How I Met Your Mother‘s” last season was obviously not good, but Cristin Milioti‘s performance was pitch-perfect, and she would have made for a heck of an Emmy player with “How Your Mother Met Me” as a submission. Corey Stoll gave the greatest performance in the “House of Cards” first season, and I think he could have done well with “Chapter 11” (or even  “Chapter 5”).

WaltEagle: Idris Elba [for the episode “Middle Ground” from “The Wire”] – Supporting actor goes lead for his final episode. Reflects on past, freaks out a bunch, lots of dialogue, tragic ending.

AK1111: Parker Posey, Best Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for “Louie‘s” season three episode “Daddy’s Girlfriend, Part 2.” It was called the best acting on TV by many, and it was acting at its finest.

SamEckmann: Melissa McBride (“The Walking Dead“) will likely be snubbed AGAIN this year, despite giving one of the greatest performances on television. She has several great tapes this year, but I think “Consumed” would be the one to net her the win.

Gabriel: I really feel like Peter Sarsgaard had an unbeatable tape for “The Killing” [in 2014: “Six Minutes”]. Well, actually I guess no matter how terrific his performance was, Aaron Paul would have probably won anyway due to riding the wave of [‘Breaking Bad‘s’] big send-off at the Emmys, but as excellent as Paul was, Sarsgaard’s performance was in a different league.

Sasha: Sarah Michelle Gellar, “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” (“The Body” and some other episodes from seasons 2, 3 and 6). Tatiana Maslany, “Orphan Black” (actually any episode would do the trick).

BenitoDelicias: Jessica Walter (“Arrested Development“) could’ve won with “Queen B.” That was an outstanding episode for her.

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