emmys 2017: surprises and snubs

It’s that time of the year again! Awards season is right around the corner and the Emmys are here to kick it off. If you know me, you know I’m an award show freak. Award shows make me happy and sometimes I go to extreme lengths to make sure I get the best award show experience. I’ve asked for the day off at work so that I can make sure I get ready for an important award show (cancelling all my plans, getting snacks, finding the perfect location to watch the event uninterrupted, etc.). I’ve dragged my friends Erik and Jorge around to dramatic nominated double-features just so I can make sure I watch all the nominees before the Oscars. One year I won a prize from my local newspaper because of how accurate my Oscar predictions were, so I know what I am talking about. I’m writing this just to warn you of how much award show coverage there’s going to be on my site.

The Emmy’s are one of my top three favorite award shows (the other two are the Oscars and the Golden Globes). For those of you that don’t know, the Emmy Awards represent the biggest award show for television achievement. This past year has been an incredible year for television. With Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon making an incredible mark on the television world, I truly believe we are on the golden age of television. The nominations for the Emmys were announced yesterday, and I finally was able to gather my thoughts together. This year was full of expected nominations (Big Little Lies, Westworld, Atlanta, Feud) but there were definitely some additions and omissions that made me simultaneously jump with joy and go… huh?


Barb from Stranger Things getting some love!

Justice for Barb indeed! Shannon Purser scored her first nomination as a guest actress for her portrayal of Barb Holland in the Netflix hit Stranger Things. With just a few guest appearances, the actress was able to create a fan-favorite that took the internet by storm. Her ambiguous demise had fans unite in several #justiceforbarb social media campaigns. And while we won’t get to see the beloved character’s true fate until season two (out October 27), we should be on the lookout for the beginning of an exciting career.

Master of None recognized for exquisite season 2

No show made me feel more than Aziz Ansari’s wacky ode to love, life, and the struggles of our generation. Master of None is my favorite show of the year so far, so I was delighted to see nominations for its incomparable star, the amazing writing and directing, as well as guest nomination for Angela Bassett in the beautiful Thanksgiving episode. An observation piece on the masterfulness of Master of None is coming.

Handmaid’s Tale makes way for Hulu

Nobody could have guessed that Hulu would have the best drama series of the year. The Handmaid’s Tale was shocking, sleek, and so incredibly humane for a dystopian series. Elizabeth Moss earns a lead actress nomination as well as Samira Wiley (Poussey from Orange is the New Black) for her supporting role. The Hulu breakout hit earned a total of 13 nominations, and we are expecting a sweep!

Mamacita’s time is here!

Jackie Hoffman’s delicious performance as Mamacita in Feud gave me everything I didn’t know I needed. It’s difficult to stand out when you’re in a show that includes Jessica Lange, Susan Sarandon, Alfred Molina, Stanley Tucci, Catherine Zeta-Jones, amongst others. But every time Hoffman’s Mamacita graced the screen, her frozen delivery, her whip-smart retorts, and overall her commitment for the role, made me a fan for life. Mamacita for president!

Grace and Frankie share the love.

Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda are arguably one of the best comedic duos in television. It was only fair for them both to get nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy. The only downside is the ‘multiple nominee effect.’ This (unproven) Juan theory states that when two or more actors from the same show or movie get nominated in the same category, they split the votes amongst the voting panel, thus having another performer win. Well, in this case, wouldn’t a tie be amazing?


Bates Motel

What did Bates Motel have to do to get recognition? After an amazing run that intricately created a story just based of the material in Psycho, you would think that the show would at least get some love for it’s great final season. Always overlooked, Bates Motel managed to have two of the best performances in television for each of its five seasons. Vera Farmiga and Freddie Highmore provided a perfect tour-de-force duo that was unrivaled in drama. Sigh, you deserved better Bates Motel!

Mandy Moore

This Is Us brought NBC back in the game. The ratings monster and critical darling gave the network a much needed win. With nominations as a drama series and for Milo Ventimiglia, Sterling K. Brown, Chrissy Metz, and Ron Cephas Jones, one can’t help but wonder why the show’s biggest star was overlooked.

Issa Rae

Issa Rae’s infectious energy and relatable charm will definitely be missing from the Best Actress in a Comedy category. What I thought was a shoe-in, ended up being completely snubbed. If you haven’t checked out the gem that is Insecure, give it a try and fall in love with Issa Rae just like I did.


Critically, Girls started out with a bang. When the show’s first season debuted, it was met with widespread acclaim and buzz for its content and delivery. Throughout the next five seasons, the show didn’t get bad, it just changed tone, it mature. It was important for it to evolve as it featured the lives of four twentysomethings living in the city. The final season showed some amazing developments and featured some of the best moments of the series. Lena Dunham had never been better. That’s why it makes it disappointing for the lack of love. A piece on the importance of Girls is imminently coming.

Winona Ryder

Nominations for Barb and Eleven are wonderful. But what about Winona Ryder’s turn as a mother desperate to find her son? She gave us a back-to-form performance that showcased her dramatic and, at times, comedic talents. When I found out her Emmy snub this was my reaction:


Bates Motel

Bates Motel deserved better. I won’t get over it. Sue me.

So what are your thoughts? Who was your favorite surprise? Who was the most annoying snub? Let me know and happy start of the award season to you all!


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