Emmy Awards 2017: Snubs and surprises from the nominations

"Transparent" and "Girls" didn't get the recognition many thought they would.

ByLesley Messer and Joi-marie Mckenzie
July 13, 2017, 3:26 PM

— -- The announcement of Emmy nominations on Thursday morning left some jumping for joy — particularly fans of "Saturday Night Live" and "Westworld," which led the pack with 22 nominations apiece — and others scratching their heads.

Amazon's "Transparent" was nominated for best comedy series the previous two years but was left out this time around. However, there were some things for the cast and to cheer about: Stars Kathryn Hahn, Judith Light and Jeffrey Tambor earned individual nominations.

HBO's "Girls," which ended its six-season run earlier this year, was also left out of the best comedy series category. The show scored eight nominations, including two nods for best guest actor in a comedy series for Matthew Rhys and Riz Ahmed. Both stars were also recognized in best lead actor categories.

Another HBO show that failed to get the recognition many thought it deserved in its last season is "The Leftovers," which garnered only one nomination.

A few other snubs and surprises:


Oprah Winfrey: Some expected Winfrey to earn a nomination for her role as Deborah Lacks in "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks," an HBO movie that she also executive-produced. While the project was nominated in the outstanding television movie category, Winfrey did not get an acting nod.

Rami Malek: The star of "Mr. Robot" on USA, Malek earned the Emmy for best actor in a drama series earlier this year, and yet on Thursday morning, his name was not among the nominees.

HBO actresses: While Julia Louis-Dreyfus earned her sixth consecutive nomination for best actress in a comedy series for HBO's "Veep" (she won the past five years), other actresses who helm shows on the network were left out. Issa Rae of "Insecure" and Sarah Jessica Parker of "Divorce" were thought to be possibilities for best actress categories, but neither one received a nomination.

Christine Baranski: Ken Tucker, a Yahoo critic-at-large, told ABC News that a nomination for Baranski could indicate whether CBS's gamble of making "The Good Fight" an online-only show paid off. The show received only one nomination on Thursday, for best original main title theme music.

Mandy Moore: "This Is Us" received 13 nominations, but Moore, who co-stars as matriarch Rebecca Pearson, did not receive the supporting actress nod many thought she'd nab.

"The Americans" Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell earned best actor and actress nominations for their roles in the FX drama, but the series, which garnered a nod for writing, was left out of the best drama category.

"Orange Is the New Black": Uzo Aduba and Laverne Cox were nominated in the supporting and guest actress categories, respectively, for the Netflix drama, but the rest of the cast was overlooked, including Danielle Brooks, whose character had an especially noteworthy season.


Jane Fonda: For the previous two years, Lily Tomlin earned best comedic actress nominations for her role in the Netflix series "Grace & Frankie," but her co-star did not. This year Fonda got one too.

"Stranger Things" Many expected the Netflix sci-fi show to garner more than a couple of Emmy nominations, but seeing Shannon Purser and David Harbour's names among the individual nominees were surprises to some.

Pamela Adlon: After winning an Emmy for voicing Bobby Hill on "King of the Hill" more than a decade ago, Adlon earned a best actress in a comedy series nomination this year for her starring role in FX's "Better Things." She was previously nominated for her work on "Louie."

Zach Galifianakis: Previously nominated for his work on "Between Two Ferns" and "Saturday Night Live," Galifianakis earned his first best actor in a comedy series nod on Thursday for "Baskets."

"Genius": The National Geographic project earned 10 nominations, including a best lead actor in a limited series or movie nod for Geoffrey Rush, who plays Albert Einstein.

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