Awards analysis is provided by Sean from @MathTeacherMovies.
Welp! My predictions for nominations were at 72%, which is not bad considering all of the insane surprises that took place throughout all of the categories between tragic snubs, pleasant surprises, baffling nominations and a lack of branching out which was a true problem.
The largest surprise in this section of the Emmys is the complete erasure of the more popular shows of Yellowstone and This is Us, especially with the latter having its final season. Both were blanked in all above the line categories, some of which deserved nominations, especially Mandy Moore.
Succession continues to deservedly dominate with the most nominations for the frequent performers and this year including J Smith-Cameron finally getting a deserved nomination. Speaking of deserved nominations, Rhea Seehorn finally received a long overdue nomination for Better Call Saul while that series surprisingly didn’t get the usual players of Jonathan Banks and Giancarlo Esposito their routine nominations.
Severance and Yellowjackets both had wonderful showings with several performance nominations throughout the board including surprise nominations for Adam Scott and Christopher Walken. In addition, Squid Game grabbed many more performance nominations than expected and made history as the first non english speaking series to be nominated for Best Drama.
Euphoria continues to baffle the establishment grabbing a Drama nomination and once again a nomination for Zendaya in Best Actress while Sydney Sweeney also grabbed a well deserved and well campaigned supporting nomination. Stranger Things comes back with a vengeance for more nominations but nothing in the performance categories including a very unfortunate snub for Sadie Sink.
The category of Best Actress in Drama is an absolute mess with both Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer being nominated for a hated season of Killing Eve and Reese Witherspoon getting a baffling nomination for drain clog of a season that is The Morning Show. All of this kept Mandy Moore from a nomination as she has a great finish for her character on This Is Us.
Abbott Elementary is the real story here, surprising us all with many more nominations than expected and all of this success coming from the now rarely honored Network Television show. Other than Abbott and Only Murders in the Building, everything else has been here before, but all the shows deserve nominations.
Ted Lasso once again received numerous supporting nominations which are all deserved but can get quite repetitive. Nicholas Hoult and Elle Fanning getting recognition for their performances in The Great was a most welcome and deserved surprise
While Martin Short and Steve Martin getting nominations for Only Murders in the Building was very exciting and deserved, it seems quite baffling that Selena Gomez missed out on a nomination and might just be due to her undeservedly not being taken seriously enough.
Another annoying and inexplicable snub was Sarah Goldberg in Barry who deserves a nomination and is naturally an eye-catching showy performance, that might have cut too deep with her accurate portrayal of many of the voters.
This section of the Emmys might be the most baffling of recent years. First of all, the fact that Inventing Anna and Pam & Tommy are on here instead of Maid, Under the Banner of Heaven, We Own This City, Scenes from a Marriage, Station Eleven, and many more is straight up baffling, but these nominees were unfortunately the shows that got much more attention.
The surprises were abundant for this section from pleasant ones like a nomination for Himesh Patel in Station Eleven to disheartening ones like Sarah Paulson being nominated for American Crime Story: Impeachment basically confirming that her starring in literally any role leads to a nomination.
The supporting categories are packed with Dopesick and White Lotus nominations and all of them are well deserved but it would not have hurt to have the wealth spread around a bit for talent like Andie MacDowell for Maid, Juliette Binoche for The Staircase, and William H Macy and Naveen Andrews for The Dropout.
All in all there was more good than bad within the nominations with a few disappointments but quite a lot of deserved honor.