Awards analysis is provided by Sean from @MathTeacherMovies.
Last week, the Emmy nominations were announced and they were full of the typical surprises and snubs – some good and some disappointing. Here’s what I think:
Aidy Bryant in Shrill
Aidy Bryant’s nomination for SNL was expected, but she also received a nomination for a great performance in her series Shrill, which is a beautiful comedy that she created and starred in.
Lovecraft Country Getting More Love from the Emmy Awards than HBO
Lovecraft Country stuck it to HBO by getting plenty of nominations above the line for several different performances and the series itself. Hopefully, HBO is feeling regret for cancelling the series.
Pose Getting Plenty of Deserved Love Across the Board
It wasn’t entirely certain that Pose would be getting some of these top tier nominations, but Mj Rodruiguez, Billy Porter, and the series all received nominations as a great send off to the show.
The Handmaid’s Tale and Ted Lasso Get Tons of Performance Love
The Handmaid’s Tale and Ted Lasso were given a sizable amount of performance nominations. Handmaid’s was given a lead actress nomination with seven supporting nominations. Ted Lasso also received a nomination for a lead performance and six supporting nominations. These are two casts that deserve this love, but the breadth of the nominations was still surprising to see.
Hacks Riding Late Momentum
Hacks made quite a name for itself by getting the expected series nomination and the expected nomination for Jean Smart, but the nominations for Hannah Einbinder and Carl Clemons-Hopkins were unexpected and show a great love for this series. Ted Lasso is expected to win the award for best series, but these nominations show that Hacks might prove to be an upset come awards time.
The Queen’s Gambit Gets a Different Supporting Love
The Queen’s Gambit was expected to draw in supporting nominations for Marielle Heller and Bill Camp in the supporting categories. Instead, Moses Ingram and Thomas Brodie-Sangster received the nominations. They were not expected but it was lovely to see them honored.
Emily in Paris Will Never Die
Of the surprise Emmy Award nominations, this one is the most inexplicable. There is nothing redeeming about this show, it was wrapped up in a bribery scandal at the Globes, and it just seems insane to see it on this list. Regardless, it’s nomination for Best Comedy is the only above the line category that the show received, so maybe if we all ignore it, it will go away.
Ted Danson snubbed for Mr. Mayor and Bill Macy Still Has It
While Mr. Mayor is not a huge hit, it showcased a lot of charming comedy and was picking up popularity, most of which was due to Ted Danson’s brilliant central performance. It was surprising to not see the Emmy darling get the honor, but he will probably be back for the next season. Instead, it is nice William H. Macy is once again receiving recognition for his nomination with Shameless.
HamilTON of Nominations
In the most hotly debated controversy of the Emmy Awards, several actors from Hamilton were nominated for awards in the limited series TV movie category. This was filmed four years ago and was a live production and it just does not seem to fit in this category.
To much disappointment, Small Acts only received one technical nomination. This was an anthology series and would have had a better chance of receiving a nomination if the creators of the show submitted it for Emmy consideration as such. Instead, the show’s creators submitted each of its five episodes as separate movies. The Emmy voters probably got frustrated or confused and gave up.
While it hasn’t been explosive of news, Donald Sutherland’s snub for his performance in The Undoing is quite surprising and represents the show’s disappointing number of nominations. The only hope for this show is whether Hugh Grant can win Best Actor for his performance in the series.
Finally, Ethan Hawke for Good Lord Bird and Bryan Cranston for Your Honor were snubbed to make room for Ewan McGregor’s performance in Halston. While McGregor is always charming, it seems straight up ludicrous that neither Hawke nor Cranston could get a nomination.
The Primetime Emmy Awards will air on September 20. Until then, keep following along to read my predictions and reactions.