Matthew Gilbert

Emmys snubs and pleasant surprises

There are, of course, a number of snubs and disappointments in this year’s long list of Emmy nominations. But there are a few pleasant surprises, too.



Tatiana Maslany

  • Tatiana Maslany? A snub of epic proportions. By ignoring her amazing work in “Orphan Black” as a group of clones, the Emmy voters undermine their credibility.

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The Americans

  • Not acknowledging “The Americans” and its actors is ... is ... oh I just can’t. It has become one of TV’s best, most electric, and finely acted dramas. Pictured: Keri Russell as Elizabeth Jennings and Matthew Rhys as Philip Jennings.

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Demian Bichir

  • Sadly ignored: Demian Bichir (at left) of “The Bridge.” He’s one of TV’s best actors right now. Guess he’s just not blustery enough cough Jeff Daniels cough.

‘The Good Wife’

  • The lack of a “Good Wife” nomination in the best drama category after such a riveting season is tragic. At least the actors, including the fantastic Christine Baranski (at right), got some due.

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‘Masters of Sex’

  • The absence of nods for “Masters of Sex” and its male star Michael Sheen (at right) is sad. Thankfully, Lizzie Caplan got recognition for her fine, spirited performance.

Elisabeth Moss

  • What’s up with ignoring Elisabeth Moss for “Mad Men” this year? She was as poignant as ever. She has built a rich and yet quite ordinary character across the seasons.

Timothy Simons

  • Timothy Simons should be on the list, for his zinger-loving Jonah on “Veep.” Among his many funny lines: “You take that chicken soup and you shove it up your soul.”


‘Downton Abbey’

  • On nomination auto-pilot: The much-faded “Downton Abbey.” Pictured: Michelle Dockery as Lady Mary.

History Channel


  • Why have the Emmys failed to notice the enormous power of “Vikings,” which also features a commanding lead performance by Travis Fimmel? Pictured: Fimmel as Ragnar Lothbrok leading his team of Vikings.


Jojo Whilden

Joe Mantello

  • Glad to see Joe Mantello (at left) was not lost in the shadows of his more famous costars in “The Normal Heart,” including Alfred Molina, Jim Parsons, and Matt Bomer.



  • By switching over to the comedy categories – even though it had one of its most dramatic (and best) seasons so far – “Shameless” at least earned one major nod, a best actor nomination for William H. Macy.


Woody Harrelson

  • With all the McConaughey noise, I was afraid Woody Harrelson (at right) would be forgotten. His was the more naturalistic, complex performance in “True Detective.”


‘Game of Thrones’

  • How great that “Game of Thrones” emerged with the highest number of nominations – 19 in all. It’s a fine show that just might win best drama this year, after a strong season and record-breaking ratings for HBO. It’s buzzier than a beehive right now. Pictured: Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister.


  • Phew. “Homeland” and Damian Lewis weren’t automatically put onto the nominations list; they had an extremely uneven third season.

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Kate McKinnon

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