Time to fill in your binge-watching calendar, because the
2019 Emmy nominations are out. Some shows came up over and over — looking at you, Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and , which topped the nominations. Game of Thrones
But we don't watch for the shoo-ins. We watch for the surprises! The unexpected reasons to show our fandom. There were reasons to cheer —
. There were reasons to boo — Schitt's Creek finally got recognized by the Emmys Richard Madden was snubbed for Bodyguard.
Here are the good moves and the bad moves. Remember, in order to qualify for the awards, a program had to air between June 1, 2018, and May 31, 2019 — so don't get upset that
Stranger Things 3 didn't get nominations. It wasn't eligible.
Snub: Fyre Fraud on Hulu (Documentary)
The Emmys came down on which of the two competing (and critically acclaimed)
Fyre Festival documentaries was better. Hulu's Fyre Fraud documentary featured an interview from Billy McFarland, the controversial architect of the disastrous music festival. But it was Netflix's Fyre, which looked more at the human cost of his actions, that won out. More
Surprise: Eugene Levy of Schitt's Creek(Lead Actor, Comedy)
Schitt's Creek approaches its sixth and final season, the cult favorite PopTV sitcom is finally getting some recognition from the establishment. Eugene Levy plays Johnny Rose, a former millionaire who relocates his family to the small town he bought years prior as a joke. Photo Credit: Cbc/Itv/Kobal/Shutterstock More
Surprise: Catherine O'Hara, Schitt's Creek(Lead Actress, Comedy)
Eugene Levy couldn't be nominated without Catherine O'Hara being nominated, too. It just wouldn't be right!
Snub: Richard Madden, Bodyguard(Lead Actor, Drama)
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Hello, this is Ariana Romero, Refinery29 TV critic and foremost Richard Madden luminary, here with a guest snub. What does Richard Madden need to do for an Emmy nomination?
Way back in , he made hacking at a tree in full armor tragic rather than hilarious as Robb Stark. Then, he pulled off the 21st century’s most infamous TV death with beautiful sincerity at the Red Wedding. Game of Thrones history
Netflix-BBC co-production , he blew both of those performances out of the water with his heart-breaking turn as David Budd, a war veteran with PTSD. Madden manages to anchor an absolutely wild series while slowly revealing the many layers of a complicated and pained man. That's Bodyguard why he won a Golden Globe for the part in January. At least we can take solace in knowing Bodyguard itself was nominated for a Best Drama Emmy. More
Snub: Billions (Drama)
Yet again, for mystifying reasons,
Billions was snubbed by the Emmys. What, is plot pyrotechnics with a dash of fast-talk not enough for you? Is intelligence blended with fun not enough? Someone must not be afraid of Bobby Axelrod (Damian Lewis). Ali Goldstein / Netflix More
Snub: Almost all things Grace and Frankie
Grace and Frankie was once an Emmy favorite — the sitcom about two geriatric best friends has racked up 45 nominations over the course of its five-season run, including nominations for leads Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin. However, the show only was nominated in the Outstanding Contemporary Costumes category this year. Netflix's other show about geriatric best friends, The Kominsky Method, fared better at the Emmys.
Now, when is June Diane Raphael going to a) get recognized for her work as Brianna on
Grace and Frankie, and b) get her own sitcom? More
Snub: Julia Roberts, Homecoming(Lead Actress, Mini-Series) Homecoming took a journey from podcast to stylish mini-series starring one of the biggest movie-stars in the world. Julia Roberts gave a captivating performance as a woman whose cloudy past is slowly surfacing — and revealing major misdeeds. More
Snub: George Clooney, Catch 22 (Supporting Actor, Limited Series)
Julia Roberts wasn't the only major star snubbed by the Academy. George Clooney was considered a
shoo-in for , Hulu's war satire, which he also directed and produced. Alas! What did he Catch 22 grow the mustache for? More
Snub: Tracee Ellis Ross, Black-ish(Lead Actress, Comedy)
For the past three years, Tracee Ellis Ross has been
nominated for playing Rainbow Johnson on Black-ish. The streak ended this year. Ross' co-star, Anthony Anderson, was nominated. More
Surprise: Robin Wright, House of Cards(Lead Actress, Drama)
After its former star Kevin Spacey was mired in scandal and
fired from , Robin Wright made the final season of House of Cards House of Cards happen. She was rewarded for her efforts, and her performance. More
Snub: The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt(Comedy Series)
Tina Fey and Robert Carlock's comedy about a kidnapping survivor making her way in New York
finished this year without an Emmy nod. It's a unusual turn of events, considering Kimmy Schmidt had been nominated for its first three seasons. If only there were a special category for sub-plots — the Cats parody deserves recognition. More
Surprise: When They See Us (Limited Series)
Ava DuVernay's powerful four-part mini-series about the Central Park Five earned a whopping 16 nominations.
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