1 of 16 BBC America
Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black
The sad truth is, regardless of how deserving Maslany is, this was fetch, aka never gonna happen. But that doesn't mean it still doesn't hurt. Is Orphan Black too niche? Yes. Not prestigious enough? Yes. BBC America too small? Yes. Sometimes a snub feels more like a bunch of snobs.
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Orange Is the New Black
More like Emmy Is the New Black! The academy took to Orange in a huge way, bestowing 12 nominations in its first year of eligibility, including for lead comedy actress Taylor Schilling, supporting actress Kate Mulgrew and three in guest actress for Natasha Lyonne, Uzo Aduba and Laverne Cox, who's now the first openly transgender Emmy nominee. (Netflix had a pretty great day overall with 31 nominations, including 13 for House of Cards.) See, sometimes the Academy does like new things!
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The Good Wife
2011 champ Julianna Margulies and 2011 nominee Josh Charles both returned to the drama lead actress and supporting actor races, but the show itself couldn't break back into the series bout despite a resurgent, brilliant Season 5. This also means that there is no broadcast show in the drama series lineup for the third straight year. But don't get all huffy about "Hitting the Fan" not scoring a writing nod: The Good Wife didn't even submit it!
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Lizzy Caplan, Masters of Sex
Sometimes we can get what we want! Though Masters of Sex failed to break into the drama series and lead actor race for Michael Sheen, Caplan — who is even better in Season 2, which premieres Sunday — squeaked into drama actress over six-time Mad Men nominee Elisabeth Moss. Next year, let's get both masters of sex in there, OK, guys?
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But sometimes voters do have their fingers on the pulse. After a subpar Season 3, Homeland was dumped from drama series — a mere two years after winning the big prize. 2012 champ Damian Lewis was also dropped from drama lead actor (not shocking), but Claire Danes and Mandy Patinkin are still in it. Danes is aiming for only the third three-peat in drama lead actress after Barbara Bain and Tyne Daly.
6 of 16 Netflix
Ricky Gervais, Derek
With Alec Baldwin and Jason Bateman gone from comedy actor this year, those two spots were left for the taking. In hindsight, we should've seen this coming. Gervais pulled off an upset here in 2007 for Extras (over The Office's Steve Carell, who's still Emmy-less), and his latest mockumentary-style endeavor is a
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Dean Norris, Breaking Bad
Breaking Bad couldn't make it three in a row with double nods in supporting drama actor, which means Norris will sadly go un-nominated for not only a tremendous performance last season, but possibly his career-best work. The good news for Aaron Paul is there won't be any vote-splitting (not that that affected him at all vs. Giancarlo Esposito with his 2012 win), but he could've benefited from extra screentime in Norris' episode submission and vice versa.
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William H. Macy, Shameless
While the show's switch from drama to comedy is still questionable, there's no doubt it paid off. Macy finally earned a nod in the far less competitive comedy actor race for, ironically, Shameless' darkest season yet.
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Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men
The six-time nominee missed out on a nod for the first time, though we have to wonder if she would've been better off submitting in supporting (where she competed in 2010) instead of lead, given her reduced screen time this season. But maybe there's a silver lining: She can avoid bumping into her "terrible" ex-husband Fred Armisen.
10 of 16 HBO
For the third time in the last three years, HBO reaped a comedy series nod for a first-time contender: Silicon Valley, which also nabbed writing and directing nods. But the male-dominated comedy's mention came at Girls' expense, which was dropped after two straight nods. It's not the first time the Emmys are into HBO's boys club: Entourage earned three consecutive series nominations.
11 of 16 Tyler Golden/Fox
Outside of the expected supporting comedy actor nod for Emmy fave Andre Braugher, the Fox comedy got the shaft in the other big races. This is the first time since 2008 that the reigning Golden Globe comedy series and comedy actor (Andy Samberg) winners have been snubbed at the Emmys when eligible.
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The Emmys have been over Glee for years (Remember when it led with 19 nominations in 2010? It got one this year), but they still love Murphy — or should we say "heart"? His HBO movie The Normal Heart and American Horror Story: Coven combined for 33 nominations. (If Murphy were a network, he'd be in sixth place in the nod tally.) Heart also monopolized the supporting TV movie/miniseries actor race, claiming four spots, while Coven snatched three in supporting TV movie/miniseries actress.
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Modern Family stars
Is the bloom finally coming off ModFam? Last year was the first time it didn't win an acting Emmy and now, it's only received two supporting comedy actor nominations, with two-time champ Eric Stonestreet and three-time nominee Ed O'Neill sitting on the sidelines, and Sofia Vergara has also been dropped for the first time. The show itself is still in the comedy race, where it'll try to join Frasier as the only shows in both genres to five-peat.
14 of 16 Augusta Quirk/IFC, Katrina Marcinowski/IFC, Dana Edelson/NBC
Saturday Night Live stars
Following in Amy Poehler's and Kristen Wiig's footsteps, Kate McKinnon deservedly earned a supporting comedy actress nomination over defending champ Merritt Wever (Nurse Jackie). The mention also gave SNL a regular acting nomination for the seventh straight year (Bill Hader was shortlisted last year). Not to be outdone, Wiig was nominated in supporting TV movie/miniseries actress (The Spoils of Babylon), while fellow alum Fred Armisen (Portlandia) snuck into supporting comedy actor over not one, but two Modern Family stars.
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Last year, The Americans received two nominations. This year? Just one for Margo Martindale, despite a sterling sophomore run and top-notch performances from Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys, Noah Emmerich and Annet Mahendru. This trend does not bode well for next year.
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James Spader, The Blacklist
Maybe Spader isn't the Emmy darling we thought he was. The three-time winner (The Practice, Boston Legal) and delightfully hammy Blacklist star failed to make the cut in the arguably very competitive drama lead actor race. Had he been nominated, he would've vied with Bryan Cranston to join Dennis Franz as four-time winners and could've been the first person to win for three different shows in the category.