Break out the popcorn and put your feet up on the couch, because even though it’s the middle of summer we’re suddenly feeling the urge for a good old-fashioned TV marathon. How could we not, considering the 2018 Emmy nominations were announced Thursday morning, and we were reminded of all the great television out there?
As we kind of expected, The Handmaid’s Tale, Game of Thrones and Westworld completely dominated the nominations, while shows like This Is Us and Killing Eve continued to cut through the white noise with some voter love. There were some snubs too, as well as some surprises, but if we’re being honest, dissecting all of these nominations is always one of the most fun parts of reading about them, isn’t it? So without further ado, here are our immediate reactions to the many, many, nominations (which you can see in full here).
Sandra Oh just made history
Okay so we really miss Crisinta Yang on Grey’s Anatomy, but huge kudos to Sandra Oh in her newest role on Killing Eve. With Thursday’s nomination, the Canadian became the very first Asian actress to ever be nominated for a lead in a drama series. That’s a pretty huge deal, if you ask us.
But where’s the love for Jodie Comer?
Not to take away from Oh’s moment whatsoever, but Jodie Comer is a huge part of why Killing Eve is such a gripping, successful show. It seems super weird that she didn’t get a nomination for her own work on the series, doesn’t it?
How was ‘Counterpart’ completely shut out?
We know, we know. There’s tons of TV out there and not everyone can get a nod. But we really thought Counterpart and/or its lead J.K. Simmons would get some sort of recognition given all of the show’s critical acclaim. Oh well, at least we know the show’s been renewed for a second season, and we’ll take that over an award any day.
What do voters have against Kristen Bell?
It’s pretty shocking to us that The Good Place and Kristen Bell were both snubbed from this year’s list of nominees considering how much critical acclaim they both get. We really thought this was the year Bell was going to make some headway with voters, but it seems like that wasn’t meant to be. On the plus side, her co-star Ted Danson got some love, so there’s that.
Who the heck will replace Julia Louis-Dreyfus?
So as we know the final season of Veep has been delayed while star Julia Louis-Dreyfus undergoes treatment for breast cancer. That means she (and the show) aren’t eligible for nominations, which means someone else will actually win lead female in a comedy this year. Dreyfus has locked down the category every year since 2012, so who will win really is anyone’s guess.
No love for ‘Young Sheldon’
While we’re on the subject of comedies, we should probably point out how weird it was that Young Sheldon got zero love or recognition. It’s a cute family show with a strong following, so we’re more surprised than Sheldon’s mom must have been when he made a friend that the show wasn’t nominated.
People are still really mad at Roseanne
It’s really not shocking that neither Roseanne nor Roseanne Barr received a nomination on Thursday for the show’s revival, given all of the politics behind its cancellation. (We’re maybe a little surprised that the season’s other revival, Will & Grace, only received one nomination — for actress Megan Mullally — though.) On the plus side, series star and new The Conners lead Laurie Metcalf was nominated.
Did Jane Fonda just get snubbed?
Are we the only ones who find it extremely weird that Lily Tomlin got a nomination for Grace & Frankie but Jane Fonda didn’t? One doesn’t exist without the other on that gem of a show. That would be like the voters nominating Susan Sarandon but not Jessica Lange for Feud last year. Totally, utterly weird.
Way to go ‘Westworld’
Since we’ve brought up critical acclaim a few times, we should probably point out that Westworld is one of those weird shows where critics are mixed, but people still seem to love it. That’s cool too, especially since this year Westworld racked up a whopping 21 total nominations. You see? The robots really are taking over.
Hoorah for Tatiana Maslany
While we’re doling out the congratulations, let’s give one to our very own Canadian Tatiana Maslany, who earned herself another nod for her turn in the final season of Orphan Black. Now that’s a swan song if we ever heard one.
When did Samira Wiley become a guest star on ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’?
Sometimes we get so caught up in a show’s fictional world that we forget the players change behind-the-scenes. That is definitely the case with this season of Handmaid’s Tale, because when we read that Samira Wiley earned a nomination as a guest star this season, it kind of threw us. But, it makes total sense—we didn’t actually see that much of Moira in Little America in season two.
Man, it’s nice to have ‘Game of Thrones’ back
We felt so empty at the Emmys last year when Game of Thrones was airing on HBO Canada but it wasn’t being recognized because of the weird voting window. This year, the show is being recognized but it’s not airing because the final season won’t premiere until next year. Either way, we’re happy to have it back in some capacity.
Jaime Lannister was finally nominated!
While we’re in the Westeros headspace, let’s just send a huge old he-ey Nikolaj Coster-Waldau’s way. The guy was finally nominated for playing Jaime Lannister and we say it’s about freaking time.
Where are the ladies from ‘This Is Us’ at?
It’s a crime that Mandy Moore and Chrissy Metz were absent from the list of This Is Us nominees. Seriously. And while we’re happy for Milo Ventimiglia and Sterling K. Brown for their own Emmy love, where was Justin Hartley’s nod? His standalone episode in November was one of the best episodes of television we’ve ever seen.
‘The Crown’s pay disparity is still rage-inducing
Remember how mad we all felt when we learned that Claire Foy made less for playing The Queen than Matt Smith made for playing her husband on The Crown? Yeah, that rage was back on Thursday morning, when Foy got a nomination in the lead actress category but Smith’s nomination fell under the supporting actor category. Geesh.
Where is ‘Twin Peaks’?
Apparently these votes just didn’t like revivals in general because one of the biggest shows missing from the limited series category was definitely the Twin Peaks revival. Let’s just give a big old Laura Palmer face-palm for that one.
Poor ‘Outlander’ fans
Every year Claire and Jamie fans hope that this show will get some sort of love from the Emmy voters, yet every year they’re disappointed. So we’re sorry that this year is no exception.
We miss you, Anthony Bourdain
The late chef probably would have scoffed at the Emmys recognizing his show, Parts Unknown, with an Emmy nomination. But the fact that he received one posthumously just makes us sad about his death all over again.
Voters didn’t like James Franco as twins
We thought The Deuce was a shoo-in for at least a couple of nominations, but maybe the voters just really didn’t like James Franco trying to play twins after all. It’s too bad really, because we kind of love everything else about that show… especially Maggie Gyllenhaal.
Fourth time is not a charm for Liev Schreiber
After being nominated in the lead actor in a drama category for three years straight, Liev Schreiber was conspicuously absent for his title role in Ray Donovan. Considering the show went through so many changes this past season, we’re kind of surprised.
Our fingers are crossed for Yvonne Strahovski
Okay so we have lots of love for many of the nominees this year, but we’re especially pulling for Yvonne Strahovski in The Handmaid’s Tale. In the second season of that Bravo show she gave us so many emotions. We hated her, loved to hate her, felt sorry for her, and by the end of it all, we almost liked her as Serena Joy. Now that is as Emmy worthy as they come.