“Lots of surprises here!” roars Gold Derby founder Tom O’Neil about the 2016 Emmy Awards nominations in our new video slugfest (watch above). O’Neil is joined by Paul Sheehan, Chris Beachum, Daniel Montgomery and me just minutes after the noms were announced to debate all of this year’s exciting nominations and snubs. For the complete list of Emmy nominations, click here.
For Best Drama Series, we’re all in agreement that “Game of Thrones” with its leading 23 nominations is the frontrunner to win. However, I wonder, “If ‘Game of Thrones’ loses, what do you think beats it? I think ‘Downton Abbey.'” O’Neil disagrees, declaring “Mr. Robot” is the dark horse despite Christian Slater‘s odd snub.
As for Best Comedy Series, “Veep” jumped from nine nominations to a whopping 17. Of the shows that can take it down, both “Transparent” and “Silicon Valley” fared well this morning and are represented in the key writing and/or directing races. We’re once again baffled that “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” was left out of those two categories, despite star Ellie Kemper getting in after last year’s inexplicable snub.
We’re all heartbroken that “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee” failed to reap a bid for Best Variety Talk Series, as it would have been the first female-hosted talk show to do so. Montgomery notes, “They brought in Jerry Seinfeld and they brought in James Corden, but it’s like they were actually saying, ‘If you are a woman, we don’t think you’re funny.'”
As for Netflix’s strong showing, Sheehan reminds us that they sent “pounds upon pounds” of Emmy screeners to voters, which is how “A Very Murray Christmas” was able to squeak in over Starz’s prestige project “The Dresser.” Beachum surmises, “Wasn’t the very first [screener] out ‘UnReal’ from Lifetime? And they got Constance Zimmer and they got a writing nomination today.”