Thursday’s 69th Emmy Award Nominations had its share of pleasant surprises and shocking snubs. It was interesting seeing streaming dominate the categories, freshman series populate more slots, and have one series that was the favorite of almost every critic be missing from some key categories.
Here are some of our thoughts on the nominations:
Between Netflix’s 91 nominations, Hulu’s 18, and Amazon’s 15, streaming dominated (though did not beat HBO’s 110 nominations). It was incredible to see the best drama list and see so many streaming series on the list, including Stranger Things and Handmaid’s Tale. House of Cards and The Crown were also nominated but those made sense considering last year’s award cycle. Also surprising to see a network show land a best drama nomination but with This Is Us, again it makes sense.
It was great to see Atlanta and Masters of None nominated in the best comedy series with Aziz Ansari and Donald Glover nominated for lead actor as well. Just seeing Modern Family still getting a nomination was a bit of a head scratcher, especially in the rich landscape of comedy.
There were no real surprises in the Limited TV Series and Television Movie categories, with Big Little Lies and Black Mirror earning spots in their respective categories. What was pleasantly surprising was the Best Variety Talk Series nominees which included Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, Last Week Tonight, and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert making for a Daily Show throwdown come awards time and I’m looking forward to it. All were solid late night shows.
Seeing Shannon Purser nominated for her turn as Barb on Stranger Things was also surprising to see. Still thinking on this nomination.
Over on the technical side, it was great seeing Crazy Ex-Girlfriend nominated for Outstanding Music and Lyrics because if you’ve watched even one episode, you know how deserving the CW series is of that award. And I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t bring up Outstanding Stunt Coordination in a Drama, considering the shows I cover. While it made total sense to see Blindspot and Gotham get the nominations and have Luke Cage join the category, it’s still a little a disappointing not to see a few other comic book series join the fray considering the amount of stunt is required and how incredibly well it’s done. Yes, I’m talking about most of the DCTV line up.
Westworld, The Handmaid’s Tale: Most of the drama categories, last year’s winners aren’t even nominated (some of those shows weren’t eligible and some were canceled), so the winners are a lot of toss ups for me and should be interesting results.
Of all the great new dramas, it was sad The Good Fight wasn’t nominated for any acting categories (clearly too much of a good thing this year), but at least scored one for opening main title design.