Is the Emmys Scared to Honor "Girly" TV? And More on Today's Snubs and Triumphs
By Megan Angelo
To be perfectly honest, on Emmy nominations day, we talk about nothing but Emmy nominations day — we might be more invested than the nominees. (Here's the full list of them, by the way.) This year, we're taking the offline chatter online — and letting you in on the reactions Jess and I had immediately after the list came down.
MA: Let’s start with the good stuff. Positivity!
JR: I'm thrilled that Lily Tomlin, Jane Krakowski and Mayim Bialik got nods, and about the choreography nominations for Derek Hough, Julianne Hough and Witney Carson. And the two announcers at today's ceremony — Uzo Aduba and Cat Deeley — got nominated [in the supporting actress and reality host categories, respectively], and it could not happen to nicer people. And how about Tatiana Maslany, Lisa Kudrow, Will Forte and Anthony Anderson? So great to see some newer faces among the mix.
MA: I still can’t believe this is Maslany’s first nomination for "Orphan Black" — finally! I’m glad you brought up Forte and Anderson. For me, the category closest to being perfect here is lead comedy actor. I sing the praises of Black-ish to anyone who will listen, and I think "Last Man on Earth" is the most imaginative new show in years. Plus, Jeffrey Tambor in "Transparent" …Moppa is my heart!
JR: I love that Jon Hamm was nominated not only for lead actor in a drama series for "Mad Men," but also for guest actor in a comedy for Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. How amazing would it be if he won his first Emmy for that role?
MA: As far as I’m concerned, he’s overdue in both categories. Remember his very handsome, very stupid, and eventually handsless Drew Baird on 30 Rock? I cheered when I heard Kimmy Schmidt called. And I’m so thrilled that Titus Burgess got a nomination — especially since Glamour readers already voted him our favorite supporting guy. I’m also psyched about the nods for Inside Amy Schumer and Schumer herself. And it’s so satisfying to see Taraji P. Henson up there for Cookie. Honestly, there are a lot of picks right out of my dream journal — Andre Braugher for "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," "Olive Kitteridge," "Last Week Tonight With John Oliver" — but there are also a lot of oversights, I think. Let's talk snubs.
JR: I'll start by saying it's insane that Sharna Burgess did not get a choreography nomination for "DWTS" this past season with Noah Galloway. What she did was creative genius, and it’s why Noah made it to the finals. I would have loved to have seen Constance Wu from "Fresh Off the Boat" in the mix for lead actress in a comedy.
MA: And of course, in terms of comedy, I know that we both must have had the same snub-related reaction we’ve had for a couple years now. It’s becoming a tradition…
JR: The absence of "The Mindy Project" still baffles me.
MA: Yup. I've ranted, I've raved. I don’t even know what else to say about it at this point. But looking over these nominations, I do have a theory that covers it. I don't want to take away from all the amazing females who have been honored by these votes, but I get the feeling that the Emmys is fine honoring women, but it's hesitant to honor what's perceived as "girly content." There are some serious gaps here when it comes to female-made, female-driven content and female performances within stories like that. No love for Jennie Urman's Jane the Virgin and Gina Rodriguez, who won the Golden Globe for best actress in a comedy. Nothing for "The Affair," created by Sarah Treem, which concerns a romantic relationship — and which won best drama and best lead actress at the Globes. Guest-actor nominations only for Michelle Ashford's "Masters of Sex." And for me, this is the biggie: No nominations for "Scandal" following what was without a doubt the show's most revolutionary season.
JR: No nominations for Kerry Washington, Guillermo Diaz, Darby Stanchfield — it's crazy.
MA: I mean, nothing for Kerry Washington after "Run"? Nothing for the show itself after "The Lawn Chair"? Insanity. I'm so happy to see more women among the nominees. I just wish I could shake the feeling that the ultra-accurate pregnancy jokes I love watching on Jane the Virgin are the same things that ruled it out. The Emmys reminds me of that guy who loved "Bridesmaids" but says, "Yeah, it was great — for a chick movie."
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