The "Insecure" actress didn't receive a nomination Thursday morning. Neither did her HBO show.
Thursday morning, Anna Chlumsky (“Veep”) and Shemar Moore (“Criminal Minds”) announced the nominees for the 69th Emmy Awards. A few names, as always, were noticeably absent. “Game of Thrones” and “Orphan Black” weren’t eligible this year. Here are the biggest snubs:
‘The Leftovers’ for anything
HBO’s “The Leftovers” didn’t make the cut. Despite a near-perfect final season (it currently boasts a weighted average of “98” on Metacritic, just one point shy of the fifth season of “Breaking Bad”) and career-best performances by leads Justin Theroux and Carrie Coon, Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta’s creation officially joins the ranks of the greatest television programs never recognized by the Emmys. Though I can’t say I’m too surprised by the lack of a series nomination, I am a little taken aback that Coon didn’t show up in the lead actress category. Her nomination for her turn on “Fargo” means voters do know her name.
“American Crime” for limited series
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Did anyone watch “Genius”? That’s an honest question, not a leading one. I heard next to nothing about the series, featuring Geoffrey Rush as Albert Einstein. Perhaps I’m in the minority? “American Crime,” on the other hand, just delivered a terrific string of episodes. Relevant, nuanced, and deeply human, the latest season was everything good television should be.
“Insecure” for anything
I really like HBO’s “Insecure.” Created and starring the just-awkward-enough Issa Rae. There’s nothing on TV like it, and it’s a shame to see it ignored.
Dan Stevens for lead actor in a drama series
Emmy voters love Dan Stevens (of “Downton Abbey” fame) and “Legion” creator Noah Hawley (of “Fargo”), but Stevens’ name was not among those called for lead actor in a drama series. I didn’t appreciate the entirety of the cerebral FX series’ run, but there’s no denying how tremendous, and tremendously likeable, Stevens made the troubled David Haller.
Rachel Bloom, Sharon Horgan, Phoebe Waller-Bridge for lead actress in a comedy series
This was probably the most packed category this year. The actresses named above – as well as others like Sarah Jessica Parker (“Divorce”), Kristen Bell (“The Good Place”) and Aya Cash (“You’re the Worst”) – were all deserving of recognition. And yet the Emmys decided to play it safe. Come on, Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda (though both great actresses) did not need more nominations for your aunt’s favorite Netflix series “Grace & Frankie.”