The current time of Peak TV offers voters the opportunity to spread the love when it comes to Emmy nominations. Or they can rubber stamp repeat nominees. This year they did both.
Anthony Anderson, Lauren Graham and Television Academy chairman and CEO Bruce Rosenblum announced select nominees for the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards during a live broadcast Thursday from Hollywood.
“Game of Thrones” again tallied the most nominations with 23. Limited series “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” received 22 nominations, and “Fargo” earned 18 nominations.
Yes, “The People v. O.J. Simpson” is a newcomer, but it’s really no surprise it garnered so many nominations. It comes from Emmy-loved creator Ryan Murphy and boasts an all-star cast, the most glittering of whom I would not have nominated.
No one deserves a nomination more than Sarah Paulson for her work as Marcia Clark in “People v. O.J.” She also was nominated for “American Horror Story: Hotel,” which she shot at the same time.
Two young actors could easily fill the supporting actor spots taken by David Schwimmer and John Travolta of “People v. O.J.”Where is the love for Connor Jessup? His searing performance as troubled teen Taylor Blaine in “American Crime” brought me to tears nearly every week. Joey Pollari deserved a nomination as closeted teen Eric Tanner.
I’m ecstatic about Lili Taylor‘s nomination for playing Taylor’s protective mother Anne Blaine in “American Crime.” I’m also pleased to see “The Americans” and its stars, Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell, score nominations.
Thomas Middleditch from “Silicon Valley” and Louie Anderson from “Baskets” also are welcome nominees. And I cheer Lily Tomlin’s nod for “Grace And Frankie.” But where is Samantha Bee, who certainly deserved notice for her hilariously insightful “Full Frontal?”
Constance Zimmer earned a well-deserved nod for “UnReal,” but the series was snubbed in the drama category. Also missing from drama series or the drama acting categories: “Outlander.”
The lead drama actress category had some rubber-stamping. I’m happy about Tatiana Maslany’s second nomination for playing—as listed on the Emmy web site—Sarah, Alison, Cosima, Helena, Rachel, M.K. and Krystal in “Orphan Black.” Snubbing both Eva Green for “Penny Dreadful” and Vera Farmiga for “Bates Motel” was just wrong, however.
I could go on, but I would rather hear from you. What and who do you think deserved nominations but were snubbed? What nominations are you happy to see? Feel free to sound off in the comments.
The Emmys will air live beginning at 6 p.m. CT Sept. 18 on ABC. Jimmy Kimmel will host.