17 People Who Deserve All The Emmys But Won’t Win Any

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It’s an exciting time of year, my friends. The 2013 Emmy Awards are this Sunday, September 22 at 8:00 PM ET on CBS. They’ll be hosted by perma-host Neil Patrick Harris, and as usual you can join Crushable as we live-blog the festivities. But before we put our sweatpants on and root for our favorites to take home the gold, let’s take a look at a few actors who won’t win this weekend. There are always plenty of snubs in any set of Emmy nominations, but there are some people whose absence really makes us scratch our heads, often multiple years in a row. Seriously, Emmys, get it together and at least nominate these actors! Why is that so hard?

1. Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation)

Nick Offerman Parks and Rec(Photo: NBC)

It really is unbelievable that Nick Offerman doesn’t get more attention for his role as Ron Swanson. It’s also unbelievable that Parks and Rec continues to get snubbed in the Best Comedy category, but that’s another issue entirely. Nick Offerman has created one of the most iconic characters on television, and he imbues him with such humor and heart. No one else could play that character. So I don’t understand why not only the Emmys, but also smaller award shows, forget to recognize him.

2. Kiernan Shipka (Mad Men)

Kiernan Shipka Mad Men Still(Photo: Jordin Althaus/AMC via IMDb)

There’s a reason Sally Draper is such a fan favorite. Kiernan Shipka really holds her own on a show with countless incredible actors, and she handles heavy adults themes with grace. She’s always been very impressive, but this past season Sally really came into her own as a character, and Kiernan handled that transition really well. Let’s give some attention to the youngsters!

3. Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black)

Tatiana Maslany Orphan Black Still(Photo: Christos Kalohoridis via IMDb)

Die-hard fans of Orphan Black were really rooting for Tatiana Maslany to get some Emmys love for her performance as multiple clones. Since I hadn’t seen the show yet, I didn’t totally understand the hype. But then I started catching up on the first season and OH MY GOD GIVE HER ALL THE EMMYS. This is the hardest-working woman on television. She gives every clone her own personality to the point where you totally forget you’re watching the same actress. She also does multiple accents flawlessly, and she can even convincingly play characters pretending to be each other. She should get an Emmy for each of the clones she plays. This snub is a travesty.

4. Vincent Kartheiser (Mad Men)

Vincent Kartheiser Mad Men Still(Photo: Michael Yarish/AMC via IMDb)

Vincent Kartheiser has been snubbed multiple times over the years, but this past season he was particularly great as slimy Pete Campbell. His character went through a lot of bizarre and trying situations this year, and he pulled it off flawlessly. There was also plenty of great humor in his performance (“Not great, Bob!”), and I even felt an unexpected sympathy for him at times. I think this was Pete’s most complex year, and in turn it was Vincent’s most complex performance. I know the Emmys can’t nominate everyone in this brilliant cast, but I thought he was one of the standouts in this case.

5. Kate McKinnon (SNL)

Kate McKinnon SNL Still(Photo: NBC via LA Times)

Kate McKinnon — and the other women in the cast — really carried Saturday Night Live for me this past season. I think Kate is really underutilized. She’s the rare performer who’s just as laugh out loud funny as original characters as she is imitating celebrities like Ellen DeGeneres. I hate to be the person who compares new cast members to old ones, but she really is the new Kristen Wiig.

6. Jason Gann (Wilfred)

Jason Gann Wilfred Stills(Photo: IMDb)

This very funny and clever show is already under-watched and under-nominated in the first place, but one of the biggest disappointments for me is how little attention Jason Gann has received for playing the title character. He’s able to balance Wilfred’s human and dog behavior flawlessly, and he has a personality that oscillates between innocent and manipulative without it seeming uneven. Plus, he’s absolutely hilarious. It makes sense since he also created the character years back for the original Australian series.

7. Patricia Heaton (The Middle)

Patricia Heaton The Middle Still(Photo: Danny Feld/ABC via IMDb)

She’s already been nominated and won multiple times for Everybody Loves Raymond, but I think Patricia Heaton deserves more credit for her role on The Middle. I can tell she’s a good actress because in real life, I can’t stand her, but on the show I absolutely adore her and am able to completely set aside my opinions of her as a person. That is an incredible accomplishment, and it deserves to be rewarded. And as I’ve already established, I don’t even like her, so my support says a lot.

8-15. The Supporting Cast of Arrested Development

Arrested Development Cast Still(Photo: FOX via IMDb)

Arrested Development returned for a fourth season on Netflix earlier this year, and the Emmys did nominate Jason Bateman. Don’t get me wrong, I think he’s very good, and he was in the season the most, but I don’t think that should be the criteria for choosing who to nominate. The rest of the cast is superb, and I would have liked to see either Jessica Walter or Will Arnett or Jeffrey Tambor or Michael Cera or Tony Hale or Portia de Rossi or David Cross or Alia Shawkat get some Emmy love. Tony Hale was nominated for Veep, so I guess to be fair we can take him out of the mix, but there are still seven other actors there who could have gotten a nod.

16. Jake Johnson (New Girl)

Jake Johnson New Girl Still(Photo: IMDb)

The entire New Girl cast was snubbed this year, even though Zooey Deschanel and Max Greenfield got nominated the year before. That’s pretty surprising, since this past season was widely viewed as being better than the first. But Jake Johnson has never been nominated, which is unfortunate because he was pretty much a standout this year. I went from thinking he was kind of annoying in season one to actually sympathizing with him. He’s brought a new heart to Nick’s character. Not to mention he’s totally hilarious.

17. Eliza Coupe (Happy Endings)

Eliza Coupe Happy Endings Still(Photo: Richard Foreman/ABC via IMDb)

Ugh, I am obsessed with this woman. Happy Endings continued to get the short end of the stick, from both award shows and ABC itself. I would have loved to see the show get some nominations as a consolation prize for getting canceled, but alas it continued to get zero attention. If I were going to choose anyone from the cast to nominate, it would be Eliza Coupe for her role as Jane Kerkovich-Williams. She’s type A taken to an extreme, but she still manages to be so lovable and flawed. If we can’t have Happy Endings back, please just give this lady her own show.

Who do you think was snubbed? Who was nominated who totally doesn’t deserve it? Let us know in the comments.

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    • Jenni

      I wish the Emmy’s did an in memorium to all the good shows that got canceled this year. That would make up for Happy Endings, which I’m clearly still not over.

    • Katie

      Oh Happy Endings… :( You deserve everything.

    • Caleb

      You forgot Monica Potter from Parenthood

      • Jill O’Rourke

        I don’t watch that, but I’ve heard she’s amazing.

    • frila

      I still can’t believe Michelle Fairley didn’t get a nomination for GoT. She was so good in the Red Wedding episode.

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    • ChiChi

      Patrica should win. She’s great at capturing how real parents act. (at least how mine and my friends’ act.)

      • Jill O’Rourke

        Exactly. The Middle is so true to life in general. Right down to how the house is designed.

      • ChiChi

        Yeah! My apartment doesn’t look messy because I have O.C.D. (extremely mild, but still there!).

    • mse

      John Noble was snubbed for 5 years. At least most of these shows got Emmy recognition (at some point), but Noble never had any chance with Fringe, no matter how brilliant he was. Ugh.

      • Jill O’Rourke

        I have heard great things about that show and John Noble’s performance. Unfortunately I’ve never gotten around to watching.

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    • BiggEZ

      I think it’s nice to acknowledge the actors/actresses who get Emmy snubbed. But what about the actors/actresses of color. They get snubbed EVERY year!

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