The television popularity contest known as the Emmys revealed their slate of nominations this morning. The winners will be announced at the kind-of-fun ceremony you'll begrudgingly tune into on September 17th (Michael Che and Colin Jost are splitting hosting duties). Until then, though, we'll be wallowing in our petty complaints about the snubs and nominations below...
Westworld was nominated for Outstanding Drama Series
Season two of Westworld was an unintelligible mess of timelines, reveals, wearable tech and slow-motion violence. I defy someone not on a Reddit thread to convincingly and succinctly tell me what transpired; I seriously don't even think the creators, Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, know. By the lugubrious finale, so many big things had happened, which could then be reversed by another big thing, due to some technology or place we didn't know existed, that nothing, big or small, actually mattered. In a show where nobody is ever really dead, or gone, or human, or robot, how can there be any stakes? Weirdly enough, Westworld is the most appropriate show for the Trump era, but not for the reason one might think: never before have so many things mattered so much for such a little amount of time.
Jodie Comer (Killing Eve) wasn't nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Killing Eve is not only the best show of 2018 thus far, it was the most fun to watch. The cat-and-mouse serial killer dramedy managed its tonal high-wire act even more effectively than Barry, an also-great serial killer dramedy that nevertheless felt taut where Killing Eve felt loose and unhinged. Sandra Oh, as MI6 agent Eve, was rightfully nominated for Lead Actress. But Jodie Comer, as the mercurial contract killer, Villanelle, is just as deserving. Villanelle is ruthless, evil even, dispatching foes with a sociopathic ease; and yet Comer plays her as if with a constant wink, imbuing her with warmth and a sardonic wit. She is, above all, a hedonist, and Comer is so clearly having so much fun playing her that she becomes impossible not to like. Which is precisely the problem...
Larry David (Curb Your Enthusiasm) was nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
This feels unearned, particularly in such an off season of Curb. David deserves all the accolades in the world, but acting is not one of them. He's been playing a crankier version of himself the same cranky way for over a decade now.
Maggie Gyllenhaal (The Deuce) wasn't nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Nobody captured the general malaise, the aura of utter exhaustion and resignation oozing from David Simon's gritty '70s New York porn drama better than Gyllenhaal. As I wrote before, Gyllenhaal's prostitute-cum-porn-director, Candy, might be pitiable but she refuses to be a victim; she might seem empowered, but she is also deeply sad. And glueing these emotional states together is a world-weary ruefulness. Just watching her be—doing her hair in front of a mirror, etc—provide some of the most exhilarating moments in The Deuce.
Fahrenheit 451 was nominated for Outstanding Made for TV Movie
Fahrenheit 451 is flat-out bad.
T.J. Lavin (The Challenge) is yet again snubbed for Outstanding Host of a Reality-Competition Program
He deserves all the Emmys.
Halt and Catch Fire wasn't nominated for...anything
Not even a pity supporting actress nod or anything. The show was always overlooked by awards season, but its final run was one of the best seasons of television ever produced, and in a year where Westworld—which I could be convinced on the right day was a downright bad show in its second season—takes home 21 noms, I can only look at the exclusion of Halt, which had no fewer than five performances that were nomination-worthy, as a disqualifying act. I said it last year when The Leftovers got screwed and I’ll say it again; the Emmys are irrelevant to the question of the best of television. All they are is a reflection of who snatched up the good For Your Consideration billboard space along the boulevards of LA.
In short: let’s all just hope Atlanta wins everything it’s nominated for.
Bojack Horseman wasn't nominated for Outstanding Animated Program
It's once again punished for being too good to even nominate for Outstanding Animated Program.
Margo Martindale (The Americans) wasn't nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
I can only hope that snubbing Martindale's portrayal of a menacing Soviet super spy means the show and its leads, Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys, actually have a chance to win for the series’ just-aired final season.
Lakeith Stanfield (Atlanta) wasn't nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
While Brian Tyree Henry certainly deserves a nod for his role as Atlanta’s Paper Boi, it’s difficult to see Lakeith Stanfield left out in the cold. He contrasts Henry’s brooding, grunty and mostly visual performance with no more and no less than the exact right amount of levity and random-as-all-hell points of view. There’s just more acting there. Plus, he dresses like a combination of all the Tim Burton-directed Johnny Depp characters ever created, which has to count for something.
Liam Cunningham (Game of Thrones) wasn't nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
I need to see a lot more love for our guy Liam Cunningham, aka Sir Davos Seaworth aka The Onion Knight aka Mr. Steal Your Scene of Game of Thrones. Cunningham was the last bit of charm we had left in an otherwise lazy, hyper-rushed (yet still wildly entertaining) season of Westerosi drama—the lone character to keep it all-the-way real amidst a drowning dialogue of Knight King forewarnings. Whether he's playing flippant wingman to Jon Snow, enlightened arbiter or an adorably adolescent reader, I'm buying all the fermented crab this guy has to sell every time. It's too bad the Emmys never does.
So You Think You Can Dance was nominated for Outstanding Choreography, again!
While I am by no means an expert on the series of dance shows, I would like to formally accuse the Academy of being a bunch of super lazy assholes by nominating So You Think You Can Dance for 4/5ths of this year's Choreography Awards. What about World of Dance? Or Dance Moms? Or Dancing With the Stars? Or one of the other shows a quick Google search tells me contained dancing in 2017? I am so fucking pissed right now. Is Cop Rock still on?