2014 Emmy Nominations: 10 Shows And Actors That Got Shafted

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The 2014 Primetime Emmy nominations were announced this morning by Carson Daly and Mindy Kaling. You can see the full list of nominees on the Emmys website. Instead of telling you who did get nominated, this year we decided to do things a little differently and just complain to you about who didn’t get nominated but really should have. There’s really nothing more fun to do as a TV fanatic than whine about all of your favorite shows and actors who got shafted.

As usual, this year’s crop of nominees was full of very deserving people, but there were also plenty of noticeable and disappointing snubs. So go with us on this journey as we look at a few of the snubs we’re taking particularly badly, and then express your own disappointment in the comments. And then watch the actual Emmy Awards ceremony with us on August 25th on NBC. Seth Meyers is hosting!

1. Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black – Best Actress in a Drama Series

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The obvious one. This is absolutely ridiculous. Come on, people. If you can’t give an Emmy nomination to a woman who regularly plays half a dozen characters with different accents and different personalities and interacts with herself in numerous scenes, what you are even doing?

2. Broad City – Best Comedy Series

Broad City


Can we give it a rest on the Modern Family already and try something new? It might be asking too much to want Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer to be nominated for acting, but what about the series? It takes a relatable and hilarious look at female friendship, and it was created by two young women doin’ it for themselves. Plus you can’t go wrong with great supporting actors like Hannibal Buress.

3. Orphan Black – Best Drama Series

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Let’s give sci-fi a chance for once, Emmy people. The genre has a hard enough time keeping itself on the air, so throw all those cult followers a bone and nominate a really well-done, interesting drama.

4. Portlandia – Best Variety Series



Portlandia continues to skewer hipster culture and bring a fresh, wonderfully weird spin to the sketch comedy format. It’s hilarious, and Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein have amazing chemistry. Still, nice to see Fred get some recognition.

5. Albert Tsai, Trophy Wife – Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

Albert Tsai Trophy Wife


Albert, who played the precocious and very funny Bert, was recently nominated for a Critics Choice Award, so this isn’t such an out-there suggestion. Although it would be nice if Trophy Wife could just get all the awards, and then get uncanceled as well. Anybody know how to make that happen?

6. Ben Schwartz and Jenny Slate, Parks and Recreation – Best Guest Actor/Actress in a Comedy Series

Parks and Rec Ben Schwartz Jenny Slate


These two just go together like peanut butter and jelly. Not only are they both on Showtime’s House of Lies, but they played brother and sister on Parks and Rec and made us love to hate them and their rich kid ways. Even though Parks and Rec isn’t exactly what it used to be, it gets some amazing guest stars.

7. Amy Schumer, Inside Amy Schumer – Best Actress in a Comedy Series

Amy Schumer fuck me


Another funny lady doin’ it for herself and going for the raunchy, honest humor. Comedy Central is really nailing it with the hilarious ladies these days. Maybe the network should get an honorary award.

8. Iwan Rheon, Game of Thrones – Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Iwan Rheon Game of Thrones


If you want to know who to nominate for awards, it’s often a pretty good idea to look at actors who play creepy/crazy/scary characters. Creepy/crazy/scary characters get great performances out of actors, and that includes Iwan Rheon as the villainous Ramsay Snow.

9. Aidy Bryant, Saturday Night Live – Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

Aidy Bryant SNL


Aidy is one of SNL‘s most underrated cast members, and it would be fabulous to see her get some recognition in the form of a nomination. Did you see her elaborate eye roll in that “(Do It On My) Twin Bed” video? Perfection. Still, nice to see Kate McKinnon get a nod.

10. Carrie Underwood, The Sound of Music Live – Best Actress in a Miniseries/Movie

Carrie Underwood Sound of Music


Best performance of the year. Totally robbed.

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    • Jenni

      I really cannot get over Tatiana’s snub. HOW IS THAT POSSIBLE?

      • jen27

        Yea. The fact that neither Tatiana nor Orphan Black got an Emmy nod pretty much means that the Emmy’s don’t count this year.

    • Lily Savage

      I was banking on Tatiana Maslany to get at least a nomination! And you’re right, Broad City deserves recognition, it’s just as good as Girls and hundred times better than Modern Family!

    • Samantha Escobar

      HOW IS MODERN FAMILY STILL GETTING NOMINATED? And Mad Men?! I literally know no one who still thinks those are entertaining shows.

    • capoupascap

      I was so disappointed that there were no Hannibal nods, Emmy Rossum didn’t get nominated and neithere did Charles Dance! Its no surprise same old, same old.

      • Jenni

        I really wanted Jeremy Allen White to get nominated…but putting Shameless in for a comedy seemed to ruin anyone’s chances.

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    • Nbl

      Anyone else trying to figure out why Sherlock is considered a movie?

      • Jill O’Rourke

        I know, the Emmy rules are so weird. I’m guessing it’s because each episode is feature-length and tells a contained story?

      • Nbl

        I do love that he’s up against Martin. I want someone to interview Martin now and ask him. He’s such a funny guy and I would love to hear the sass.

      • Jill O’Rourke

        Oh yes. Love the sass!

    • Jem

      The only one I’m truly upset about is how RuPaul didn’t get a nomination for best reality TV host. How, I ask. How?!

    • Jennie Blair

      Seriously, orphan black is the most underrated show on tv.

    • NotThumper

      Please tell me you are kidding with Carrie Underwood…

      • Jill O’Rourke

        Who would kid about the greatest actress of our generation?

    • Vera

      Hey, what about the announcer herself? “The Mindy Project” had an awesome 2nd season.
      Seriously, they deserved at least a nod in one of the Comedy categories. :

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    • Natalie

      Just wondering– not sure if it matters, but i cannot otherwise justify the snub– is it because orphan black is a Canadian show??

      • Jill O’Rourke

        Hmm, I haven’t heard that. In which case, seriously, what’s the deal?

    • bea

      I can’t believe that Orphan Black and Hannibal both missed out. It’s serious snubs like that which make me question whether the Emmys are even a big deal anymore. Like if you were in a category with Tatiana, you’d know your performance was considered top-notch.

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    • Ess

      Hannibal and Orphan Black are the best shows currently on TV in my opinion. Utterly shocked that they got no nominations, while American Horror Story, the last season of which was completely trashy and pitiful, got *17*?! I assume Ryan Murphy owns the souls of the judges or something. And yeah, just same old same old stuff that hasn’t been good for a looong time now being nominated.