The 2014 Emmy nominations were announced this morning, and guess what? There's a bunch of things people are upset about! Yes, perhaps it's ridiculous to get our hopes up every year for actors and shows that will almost certainly get ignored by television's august awards body, but that didn't stop the internet from banging its head against the wall over the institutional stagnation on display. Here's some of the most grievous snubs, and unworthy nominees, from this year's slate.
Tatiana Maslany misses out again
It’s been said before, and it will be said again, but, yes, Tatiana Maslany most certainly deserves an Emmy nomination for playing a bevy of clones on Orphan Black. With no nomination this year, it is starting to seem unlikely that the Academy will ever recognize her work. And that sucks. - EZ
Michael Sheen's snub
Though we’re really happy that Lizzy Caplan got a nomination for Masters of Sex, Michael Sheen should have certainly taken Jeff Daniels’ spot on the lead drama actor list, for turning in wonderful work as the repressed William Masters. - EZ
The Good Wife is snubbed for its all-time best fifth season
Lord knows what a broadcast drama has to do anymore to get an Outstanding Series nomination. The Good Wife had by all accounts a remarkable year and collected a few acting nominations for its trouble, but after falling off the Drama Series wagon last year it couldn’t get back on. As expected, Homeland was snubbed and replaced by HBO’s True Detective, but Good Wife got boxed out by Downton Abbey and remains on the outside looking in, for a season that certainly should been in the discussion to win the trophy. - DS
Ricky Gervais nominated in Lead Actor for the critically reviled Derek
I’m sure if you scoured the internet you could find some fans of Gervais’ Netflix series Derek (which aired on Channel 4 in the UK), but the show, which focuses on a kind, if child-like helper at an old folks’ home, was largely greeted with shrugs and scorn by critics and denounced as excessively cloying if not borderline offensive. Doesn’t matter--the Emmys love Gervais and have showered him with nominations for years, so he snuck into the comparatively weak Lead Actor category. Among the actors snubbed? Andy Samberg in Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Andy Daly in Review. - DS
Downton Abbey clogging up acting categories
Here’s a message to Emmy voters: Let Downton Abbey go. Downton was a great show once. Downton is still a fine show now. (Look, I still watch Downton! I still even like Downton!) But there are so many more interesting and innovative choices to make in the nominations, that it seems like Emmy voters are blinded by all the British accents and Lady Mary’s gowns. The Emmys let go of (some of) their love of Homeland this year, now it’s time to break free from the Downton choke hold. - EZ
Encouraging Jon Voight's scenery-chewing in Ray Donovan
Jon Voight is a great actor with a number of performances in the pantheon of American cinema that will always be well-remembered. He’s also a bit of a ham sandwich, especially in his twilight years, and his work on the execrable Showtime ode to masculinity Ray Donovan is a lot of boring shouting, swearing and punching. Sure, no one was surprised when the Golden Globes threw him a nomination, but the Emmys are sometimes resistant to famous old Hollywood fogies getting in on the TV scene. Not this time, even with much better veterans (like Charles Dance in Game of Thrones) in the Supporting Actor mix. - DS
Christina Hendricks getting an institutional nom for Mad Men, but no Elisabeth Moss
Christina Hendricks has done great work on Mad Men throughout the years, but she was severely underused in the first half of the show’s final season, which aired this year. Even more frustrating? The oft-nominated, never-awarded Elisabeth Moss came away with zilch this year. The Emmys have never been particularly kind to Mad Men in the acting categories—whither Jon Hamm’s trophy—and this year appears no different. - EZ
The Americans' many snubs
I’ll come out and say it, The Americans is the best show being snubbed on TV right now. Despite a rightful nomination for Margo Martindale in the guest actress category, the Emmys refused to award FX’s smart spy thriller with any major nominations. Yes, that’s right. No series nomination, and no nominations for Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys for brilliant, tricky work playing Russian spies pretending to be Americans often pretending to be other people. This show deserves to be considered one of the great dramas on television right now, and, yet, no love. What’s the deal, Emmys? Is too much of the show in Russian? - EZ
Masters of Sex getting nominated for Opening Titles
There’s a lot of great things about Masters of Sex. The horrendous opening titles, which are even less subtle than you’d expect for a show called Masters of Sex, are not among them. In classic Showtime tradition (see: Homeland) critics have spent the whole year complaining about the thematic disconnect between the show’s opening theme (a montage of obvious innuendo images) and the deeply-felt work that follows it every week. No matter! The Emmys nominated the titles anyway! - DS
No Charles Grodin Guest Acting nomination for Louie
The Guest Actor in a Comedy category is particularly weak--two so-so SNL hosts (Louis C.K. and Jimmy Fallon) coasted in for lackluster episodes due to name recognition, and Nathan Lane’s unfortunate work as Pepper Dennis on Modern Family made it again (while his wonderful performance on The Good Wife did not). It’s particularly crazy to me that Grodin, a well-respected veteran who’s finally getting back into the game after a long period of semi-retirement, didn’t get in for his devastatingly quiet, hysterically grouchy work as Louie’s half-interested doctor in the six-part “Elevator” arc. - DS
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