18 Shows and Actors We Can't Believe the Emmys Overlooked This Year
It's inevitable: every year, once the Emmy nominations come out, there will be some snubs. There simply aren't enough nominations to go around to recognize all the extraordinary work on TV each year, but there are always a few snubs that hurt worse than the others or are just plain unexpected. While we wait to see who takes home the prizes in September, we're once again rounding up what we think are the biggest oversights from the Emmy nominations, from actors whose work deserves a nod to entire shows that got left off the list. Keep reading to see our picks for the biggest Emmy snubs of 2020, and see if you agree!
Bob Odenkirk for Better Call Saul
Better Call Saul has been an Emmy staple for years, and Odenkirk has landed an individual nomination for every season so far, which makes it all the more shocking to see him left off this year's list of nominees.
Rhea Seehorn for Better Call Saul
Seehorn has been so good for so long as attorney Kim Wexler, and the most recent season gave her more opportunities than ever to turn in Emmy-worthy work. Yet despite recognition from other industry awards bodies, she's been snubbed by the Emmys yet again.
Better Things is the best comedy you've probably never watched. The FX comedy has been exactly the kind of crackling, creative show that the Emmys love to reward, but it consistently gets overlooked in favor of bigger brands.
Josh O'Connor for The Crown
Netflix's royal drama did snag several nominations for its new cast, but the glaring omission was O'Connor, who played a young Prince Charles. The real Prince Charles carries a lot of baggage as a character, so we were even more impressed by O'Connor's ability to create a sympathetic, complicated character out of someone we all "know" about already.
The Good Fight
CBS All Access's crown jewel is the perpetual Emmys underdog, but every year, we're disappointed once again that the razor-sharp legal drama/political satire doesn't break into the best drama race.
Christine Baranski for The Good Fight
How can someone be as good as Baranski for so long, and yet still not snag that Emmy? She was nominated six times in the supporting actress category for playing Diane Lockhart on The Good Wife, but since getting her own much-deserved spin-off, the Emmys have totally ignored her.
Elisabeth Moss for The Handmaid's Tale
Moss has been nominated for both of the previous seasons of The Handmaid's Tale, even winning the best actress in a drama prize in 2017. Her exclusion this year is surprising, even given the strength of the category overall.
Patti LuPone for Hollywood
The talented cast of Hollywood is represented well by four other actors, but we can't believe that the iconic Patti LuPone missed out on a nomination!
Jane Lynch for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Maisel has one of the deepest benches in the Emmy race right now, with acting nominations in every eligible category. And yet, one cast member got overlooked: Jane Lynch, whose Sophie Lennon went deliciously off-the-rails in season three, but not enough to snag a nomination.
Poorna Jagannathan for Never Have I Ever
Mindy Kaling's coming-of-age comedy was a long shot in most of its eligible categories, but we're especially disappointed that Jagannathan's funny and occasionally heart-wrenching performance as Nalini, a widowed mother trying to keep it all together, was not recognized.
Daisy Edgar-Jones for Normal People
Co-star Paul Mescal got a nomination, but we can't see why Edgar-Jones isn't up there with him. Normal People was a two-hander carried by both of them, so it's especially frustrating to see one recognized but not the other.
One Day at a Time
The best comedy category is packed with great shows, but couldn't they have found room for One Day at a Time? The Pop-rescued fourth season was cut short by the coronavirus pandemic, but prior to that abrupt halt it aired some great episodes that perfectly balance a classic sitcom sensibility with contemporary issues and characters.
Rita Moreno for One Day at a Time
Out of the show's talented ensemble, EGOT winner Moreno absolutely is the standout. Her character of Lydia gets all the funniest and most memorable lines, but she's also got a big heart and can make you weep with her most emotional moments.
Although star Billy Porter got another nomination individually, the drag drama got left off the list of best drama nominees. With its storytelling as excellent (and timely) as ever, it's a real shame to see this fantastic show not getting the credit it deserves.
Mj Rodriguez for Pose
Rodriguez has always been one of the breakout stars of Pose, but has now failed twice to get an individual acting nomination. Her exclusion from the leading actress category is nothing short of a travesty.
Kaitlyn Dever for Unbelievable
Dever's role as an assault victim accused of lying in the devastating miniseries required such serious acting chops, we can't believe she didn't snag an Emmy nomination.
Merritt Wever for Unbelievable
What's really unbelievable is that Wever failed to snag a nomination for her incredible work in the Netflix miniseries!
Pour one out for Witherspoon today. Despite having three — count 'em, three — eligible roles, all of which earned her good reviews, she came away empty-handed.