The Emmy Awards honor the best of television, but that’s become an increasingly difficult job. After all, over 400 new scripted series debuted in 2015 alone. So obviously, the Television Academy is going to miss a few highly deserving TV shows and actors. These are the biggest snubs from the 2016 Emmy nominations:
Overall Snubs: “Orange Is the New Black” could’ve been nominated in several categories, but it was left out of the major categories entirely (it has a single nod for casting). This was a particularly surprising snub since the Netflix dramedy won in several categories over the past two years. WGN America’s fantastic civil war drama “Underground” also deserved some attention, but received nothing. “Outlander” was also almost completely left out, with the exception of two nominations for costumes and art direction.
Lead Actress in a Drama: Though the Emmys are willing to show love to “Game of Thrones,” the same can’t be said for many other sci-fi/fantasy dramas. Krysten Ritter’s stunning performance in “Marvel’s Jessica Jones” was overlooked as was Caitriona Balfe’s portrayal of Claire in “Outlander.” Though it is not in the sci-fi genre, Shiri Appleby’s performance in “UnREAL” was also deserving of recognition.
Supporting Actress in a Drama: Half the category is “Game of Thrones” stars, but it was still disappointing to see that Sophie Turner’s A+ performance didn’t get a nomination. Also, Danielle Brooks and Lori Petty definitely deserved some love for their portrayal of inmates on “Orange Is the New Black.”
Lead Actor in a Drama: “Hannibal” was canceled, which means the Television Academy lost their last chance to give Mads Mikkelsen an Emmy for his portrayal of the serial killer. Sam Heughan’s performance in “Outlander” was also impressive.
Supporting Actor in a Drama: David Tennant’s turn as a mind-controlling villain on “Jessica Jones” was Emmy-worthy. “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett has also been great as Jamal on the hip-hop drama. It’s surprising that “Mr. Robot” star Christian Slater was ignored as well.
Lead Actress in a Comedy: This category could have easily been massive if the Emmys included all who were deserving. Both Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer from “Broad City” were worthy of nominations. Constance Wu from “Fresh Off the Boat” is yet another funny lady who was snubbed at the Emmys. Mindy Kaling from “The Mindy Project” would’ve fit in well in this category too as would Rachel Bloom from “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.” Aya Cash’s terrific performance on “You’re the Worst” was also somehow overlooked, but she doesn’t seem to have any hard feelings about it.
To be clear I wasn't nominated. People have been tweeting me about being "snubbed" just wanted to say it's all good!
— Aya Cash (@maybeAyaCash) July 14, 2016
Supporting Actress in a Comedy: Chelsea Peretti’s hilarious performance on “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” definitely deserved a nomination, and Tara Lynne Barr also turned in a great performance on “Casual.”
Lead Actor in a Comedy: Billy Eichner could have easily been nominated for “Difficult People.” Similarly, none of the “Big Bang Theory” actors scored nominations, despite the show’s success.
I'm the new Keri Russell! SNUBBED!!!!!!!!!!!!!! #Emmys
— billy eichner (@billyeichner) July 14, 2016
Supporting Actor in a Comedy: Both Sam Waterston and Martin Sheen turned in great performances on “Grace and Frankie,” but this is one category where there weren’t too many snubs.
Which actors or TV shows were you upset to see left out of the Emmy nominations? Sound off in the comments section below!