The Emmys are nearly upon us for another year and boy has the last 12 months of TV thrown up a few surprising left turns and speed bumps.
But looking at the noms for the 2019 event, the theme appears to be: the shows you forgot and/or hated are gonna win big but we’re giving the spotlight to some actual good shows to make up for it.
Despite the, uh, polarising reception to its final season, Game of Thrones has nabbed a record-breaking 32 nominations and will almost certainly win most of them based on recent history, which isn’t going to go down well with its volatile, petition-signing fanbase.
But beyond Thrones, there were a bunch of shows and actors who were snubbed, or inexplicably got noms despite either being forgotten – like Schitt’s Creek, Ozark, Succession and The Kominsky Method – hated – like House of Cards – or just flat out disappointing – like The Handmaid’s Tale, Black Mirror and How To Get Away With Murder.
That being said, there were also a bunch of pleasant surprises which we didn’t expect since this is, well, the Emmys. So in the tradition of every awards show, here’s GOAT’s quick rundown of notable snubs and surprises for the 2019 Emmys.
- Schitt’s Creek – Where on earth did this come from? More importantly, how did it score a noms in all the big categories despite being in its 5th season?
- Fleabag – Phoebe Waller-Bridge finally getting the recognition she deserves.
- The Good Place – After years of snubs, it’s finally picked up that Best Comedy nom it deserved from the start.
- When They See Us – We expected Netflix’s critically acclaimed series to do well, just not THIS well.
- The Big Bang Theory – It’s a surprise in that it didn’t get any big noms at all for its final season. Don’t feel too bad, it’s won enough in previous years.
- GLOW – Season 2 was brilliant in so many ways and yet all it got was one measly nomination. An absolute travesty.
- True Detective – Season 3 was a blessed return to form but it seems like the sour taste of season 2 is still lingering.
- Richard Madden – Bodyguard was great but it seems like voters wanted his
half-brothercousin from the North more.
- Rhea Seehorn – Another year, another snub from arguably the best actor on Better Call Saul.
- Catch-22 – No love at all with this adaptation despite being well received. George Clooney’s charm didn’t work this time.
As for what shows will win, who bloody knows at this point? Aside from Game of Thrones picking up a bunch of big wins, it’s all up in the air at this point and predicting the winners is a futile exercise based on what we saw at the 2019 Oscars.
Here’s an incomplete list of the Emmy nominations because there’s just too much to fit on the page so we’re just going with the big ones. Check out the official Emmys website for the complete list.
Outstanding Comedy Series
The Good Place
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Outstanding Drama Series
Better Call Saul
Game of Thrones
This Is Us
Outstanding Limited Series
Escape At Dannemore
When They See Us
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Emilia Clarke, Game Of Thrones
Jody Comer, Killing Eve
Viola Davis, How To Get Away With Murder
Laura Linney, Ozark
Mandy Moore, This Is Us
Sandra Oh, Killing Eve
Robin Wright, House Of Cards
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Jason Bateman, Ozark
Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us
Kit Harington, Game Of Thrones
Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul
Billy Porter, Pose
Milo Ventimiglia, This Is Us
Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series
Alfie Allen, Game Of Thrones
Jonathan Banks, Better Call Saul
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Game Of Thrones
Peter Dinklage, Game Of Thrones
Giancarlo Esposito, Better Call Saul
Michael Kelly, House Of Cards
Chris Sullivan, This Is Us
Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series
Gwendoline Christie, Game Of Thrones
Julia Garner, Ozark
Lena Headey, Game Of Thrones
Fiona Shaw, Killing Eve
Sophie Turner, Game Of Thrones
Maisie Williams, Game Of Thrones
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Anthony Anderson, Black-ish
Ted Danson, The Good Place
Bill Hader, Barry
Eugene Levy, Schitt’s Creek
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Christina Applegate, Dead To Me
Julie Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Natasha Lyonne, Russian Doll
Catherine O’Hara, Schitt’s Creek
Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Fleabag
Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series
Alan Arkin, The Kominsky Method
Anthony Carrigan, Barry
Tony Hale, Veep
Stephen Root, Barry
Tony Shalhoub, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Henry Winkler, Barry
Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series
Alex Borstein, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Anna Chlumsky, Veep
Sian Clifford, Fleabag
Olivia Colman, Fleabag
Betty Gilpin, GLOW
Sarah Goldberg, Barry
Marin Hinkle, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie
Mahershala Ali, True Detective
Benicio Del Toro, Escape To Dannemora
Jared Harris, Chernobyl
Jarrel Jherome, When They See Us
Hugh Grant, A Very English Scandal
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie
Amy Adams, Sharp Objects
Patricia Arquette, Escape To Dannemora
Anjenou Ellis, When They See Us
Joey King, The Act
Niecy Nash, When They See Us
Michelle Williams, Fosse/Verdon
Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Limited Series Or Movie
Asante Blackk, When They See Us
Paul Dano, Escape At Dannemora
John Leguizamo, When They See Us
Stellan Skarsgård, Chernobyl
Ben Whishaw, A Very English Scandal
Michael K. Williams, When They See Us
Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Limited Series Or Movie
Patricia Arquette, The Act
Marsha Stephanie Blake, When They See Us
Patricia Clarkson, Sharp Objects
Vera Farmiga, When They See Us
Margaret Qualley, Fosse/Verdon
Emily Watson, Chernobyl
Outstanding Variety Talk Series
The Daily Show With Trevor Noah
Jimmy Kimmel Live
Last Week Tonight
The Late Late Show
The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
Outstanding Reality-Competition Program
The Amazing Race
American Ninja Warrior
RuPaul’s Drag Race
Outstanding Structured Reality Program
Drive-Ins And Dives Food
Tidying Up With Marie Kondo
Who Do You Think You Are?
Outstanding Animated Program
“The Planned Parenthood Show,” Big Mouth
“Just One Of The Boyz 4 Now For Now,” Bob’s Burgers
“Free Churro,” BoJack Horseman
Come Along With Me (Adventure Time)
“Mad About The Toy,” The Simpsons
Outstanding TV Movie
Bandersnatch (Black Mirror)
My Dinner With Hervé
Outstanding Writing For A Comedy Series
“Episode 1,” Fleabag
“Anna Ishii-Peters,” Pen15
“Nothing In This World Is Easy,” Russian Doll
“A Warm Body,” Russian Doll
“Janet(s),” The Good Place
Outstanding Writing For A Drama Series
“Winner,” Better Call Saul
“Episode 1,” Bodyguard
“The Iron Throne,” Game Of Thrones
“Nice And Neat,” Killing Eve
“Nobody Is Ever Missing,” Succession
“Holly,” The Handmaid’s Tale