Let’s review the big surprises and rebuffs from Emmy nominations


In a year in which television was filmed during a global pandemic, it is astonishing that there are so many television shows eligible to be nominated for an Emmy.

Still, here we are, and man, there were some surprises when this year’s Emmy nominations were released on Tuesday.

Critically acclaimed and popular shows like “The Crown” and “The Handmaid’s Tale” swept through all drama categories, while underrated comedies like “Pen15” and “Hacks” also managed to secure nominations.

So let’s review the biggest surprises and some of the snub that shocked us.


It is the year of Jean Smart.

Jean Smart already had a boost in her career when she starred in “Watchmen” in 2019, but she went on to take lead roles in HBO’s “Hacks” and “Mare of Easttown”, both roles earning her awards. Emmy nominations.

Her nomination for Best Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie is a stacked category, but it wouldn’t be surprising if she wins for her lead role in “Hacks” for Best Actress in a Comedy Series.

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“Hacks” has already been renewed for a second season, so expect to see Smart dominate this category for years to come.

Mj Rodriguez makes Emmy history.

Finally, the “Pose” star earned an Emmy nomination and made history doing it. Mj Rodriguez became the first trans actress to win an Emmy nomination in a major acting category.

This is something that is obviously a long time coming, but also a much deserved nomination. Rodriguez is amazing in “Pose,” and you should watch him if you haven’t already.

“Hamilton” won a bunch of nominations.

Thanks to Disney +, the Broadway musical “Hamilton” was eligible for Emmy nomination. The show itself didn’t get a nomination, but basically every major player on the show got one. It looks like Lin Manuel Miranda and Leslie Odom Jr. are on their way to a EGOT.

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Renée Elise Goldsberry deserved two nominations.

Goldsberry was deservedly nominated for her role as Angelica Schuyler in “Hamilton”, but she was robbed of a nomination for her role in the original Peacock series “Girls5Eva”.

Not only was Goldsberry snubbed, the entire series was.

“Girls5Eva” was one of the funniest and smartest shows to debut this year, and it’s a shame it didn’t get recognized.

“Pen15” got a nomination for Best Comedy.

To finish! After two seasons, BFF’s coming-of-age comedy “Pen15” earned a nomination for Best Comedy Series. The show is about two middle-aged best friends as they grapple with the anxieties and awkwardness of puberty. It’s such an underrated comedy that finally gets its due.

How is “Emily In Paris” nominated?

Look, we’re not saying “Emily In Paris” is bad. But is it really Emmy-worthy? We’re not so sure.

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Sure, it’s an entertaining show that you’ll want to binge on in one sitting, but when it beats other comedies, it makes you scratch your head.

“WandaVision” has won numerous nominations for Disney +.

The first time Marvel digs its toes into a TV series as opposed to a giant blockbuster movie has turned out to be an interesting bet. Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany and Kathryn Hahn all got acting nominations, along with 28 nominations in total.

Granted, Marvel didn’t get any nominations with its other TV show, “Falcon and the Winter Soldier,” but for Marvel fans, that’s no surprise.

“The Undoing” is snubbed harshly.

When “The Undoing” came out on HBO late last year, it looked like it would be nominated for all Emmy Awards, but only Hugh Grant ended up getting a nomination. The Emmys love Nicole Kidman, so it was quite surprising to see her get snubbed.


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