2018 Emmy Nominations: Snubs and Surprises

by IMDb-Editors | last updated - 7 months ago

These shows, actors, and actresses caught our attention during the July 12 announcement of 2018 Emmy nominations — for reasons good, not so good, and sometimes ultimately perplexing. — Tony Stasiek

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Kyle MacLachlan in Twin Peaks (2017)

Snub: Revivals

It was very much "We heard you the first time" for revisited and reimagined versions of past Emmy darlings. Except for expected supporting-actress nods for Laurie Metcalf ("Roseanne") and Megan Mullally ("Will & Grace)," it was a shutout in top categories for the latest versions of "Twin Peaks," "One Day at a Time," "Will & Grace," and the since-canceled "Roseanne." Stars such as Kyle MacLachlan and Sean Hayes also came away without nominations.

Millie Bobby Brown in Stranger Things (2016)

Surprise: Netflix is nominations king

For the first time in 18 years, HBO did not lead the pack in nominations volume. Instead, Netflix's ever-increasing array of titles and talent led the way with 112 nominations. HBO placed second with 108, even with "Game of Thrones" returning to eligibility after a year away.

Freddie Highmore and Kacey Rohl in The Good Doctor (2017)

Snub: Young people

Each dramatic lead-actor Emmy nominee since 2002 has been at least 35 years old. There was no luck for hopefuls Freddie Highmore ("The Good Doctor"), Jonathan Groff ("Mindhunter"), and Kit Harington ("Game of Thrones") breaking that streak.

Sara Bareilles and John Legend in Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert (2018)

Surprise: "Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert"

So ... live musicals, y'all! With Peak TV reinvigorating the Limited Series and Television Movie categories in recent years, it's a bit of a throwback to see song-and-dancers Sara Bareilles and John Legend beat out all-caps ACTORS Nicole Kidman and Al Pacino for Emmy nominations in the combined acting categories.

Justin Hartley and Chrissy Metz in This Is Us (2016)

Snub: Most of the "This Is Us" cast

Nominations for 2017 winner Sterling K. Brown and Milo Ventimiglia, plus two guest-spot nods, were expected. But there was no repeat for 2017 nominee Chrissy Metz and no call for Mandy Moore and Justin Hartley for their work in the best-drama-nominated series.

Letitia Wright in Black Mirror (2011)

Surprise: Letitia Wright over Cristin Milioti

Let's just call 2018 "The Year Letitia Wright Took Over," as the Black Panther star adds an Emmy nomination for the "Black Mirror" episode "Black Museum." The surprise, though, comes in Cristin Milioti also not receiving a nomination for the anthology's "USS Callister" episode — which itself garnered nominations for Television Movie (because ...) and co-star Jesse Plemons. With Milioti also passed over for "Fargo" a few years back, here's hoping third time is the charm for her.

Alison Brie in GLOW (2017)

Snub: Alison Brie

We know Brie is capable of winning the popular vote — she has been near the top of IMDb's STARmeter rankings for much of the past year. She came up just short for Lead Actress in a Drama for Season 1 of "GLOW." With Netflix already having released Season 2, the Golden Globe nominee may only have to wait another 364 days until her first Emmy nomination.

Bashir Salahuddin and Betty Gilpin in GLOW (2017)

Surprise: Betty Gilpin

Truth be told: Gilpin is beyond bonkers in the recently released Season 2 of "GLOW" — singing, wrestling, crying, snorting, Hollywood, deep Texas, and sheer mania ... and that's just one scene. She's nominated as supporting actress in a comedy, however, for her great but less-varied work in Season 1 — perhaps thanks to Netflix's strategic release schedule.

Jodie Comer in Killing Eve (2018)

Snub: "Killing Eve"

Yes, it's a BBC America show. And yes, Jodie Comer got a continent's worth of space to ham up her Villanelle character. But even in crowded Drama Series and Lead Actress in a Drama fields, we would've loved to see this sleeper hit gain more acclaim. Nominations for star Sandra Oh and writer/creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge are richly deserved.

Kelly Jenrette

Surprise: Kelly Jenrette

We left our stopwatch in our other purse. But we're reasonably sure that the amount of time we spent scouring Hulu for a photo of Kelly Jenrette's appearance on an episode of "The Handmaid's Tale" equals or exceeds her screen time. Which is to say: She made the most of it, securing a Guest Actress in a Drama Series nomination.