Between Elisabeth Moss and Bob Odenkirk getting pushed out of their respective categories and an unexpected nomination for “What We Do in the Shadows,” Tuesday’s Emmy nominations announcement came with more than its share of surprises.
Surprise: “What We Do in the Shadows” FX’s series adaptation of the vampire mockumetary from Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi only secured two below the line nominations for its first season, but it’s second outing scored big with eight nominations, including an Outstanding Comedy Series nod.
Surprise: “The Mandalorian” Drama heavyweight “Game of Thrones” was out of the running this year, leaving room for a new series to sneak in among a slew of past nominees like “Better Call Saul,” “The Handmaid’s Tale” and “The Crown.” But instead of Apple TV+’s “The Morning Show,” voters went with a different new streaming service, nominated Disney+’s “The Mandalorian.”
Snub: Bob Odenkirk, “Better Call Saul” Odenkirk has been a perennial nominee in the lead actor category since 2015, but this year the “Better Call Saul” star was overlooked in favor of a pair of actors from “Succession” and “The Morning Show” star Steve Carell.
Snub: Elisabeth Moss, “The Handmaid’s Tale” Moss won the award for lead actress in a drama series in 2017 and has been nominated numerous times in the past, but, like “This Is Us” star Mandy Moore and “How to Get Away With Murder’s” Viola Davis, failed to make the cut for the most recent season of “Handmaid’s Tale.”
Surprise: Zendaya, “Euphoria” In a category comprised mostly of returning players, dark horse candidate Zendaya managed to sneak a lead actress nod for her role on the HBO drama “Euphoria,” slipping in alongside fellow category newcomer Jennifer Aniston of “The Morning Show.”
Snub: “Big Little Lies” HBO’s Liane Moriarty adaptation was the belle of awards season in 2017, all but sweeping the limited series categories with its roster of big-name stars including Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon. But Season 2’s move to the drama series category hurt the show, leaving “Big Little Lies” with only two nominations for supporting stars Laura Dern and Meryl Streep.
Surprise: “The Masked Singer” Fox’s absurdist singing competition finally became too big for Emmy voters to ignore in Season 2, shaking up the Oustanding Competition Program category with 10-time winner “The Amazing Race” ineligible this year.
Snub: “Westworld” Turns out “Westworld” wasn’t the “Game of Thrones” successor HBO hoped iy would be, earning only two acting nods for its third season, for supporting actors Thandie Newton and Jeffrey Wright, and missing out on the marquee drama series category entirely.
Snub: Kaitlyn Dever, Merritt Wever, “Unbelievable” For much of the voting period, the two stars of Netflix’s harrowing “Unbelievable” seemed like locks for lead actress in a limited series nominations, but neither made the cut in a crowded category, not even TV Academy darling Merritt Wever, who has twice before pulled out a surprise upset on Emmy night.