The 66th Primetime Emmy Award nominations were announced on July 10. While dozens of small screen actors and actresses had reason to celebrate, there were more than a few left out in the cold. Of course, not everybody could be nominated. But that doesn’t mean there are several performances that were unfairly snubbed by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Here are four actors that more than earned a chance to be recognized — even if they didn’t make the cut this year.
1. Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black (BBC America)
If you Googled “Emmy nominations” some time since they were announced, chances are you came across at least one headline decrying this talented young actress’ omission from the Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series category — and with good reason. Maslany portrays nine different characters on Orphan Black, and she imbues each and every one with vibrant life. She’s been nominated for a Golden Globe award, and recently won the Critics’ Choice trophy for Best Lead Actress in a Drama Series. That accolade may help take the sting out of the obvious Emmy snub, but it doesn’t change the fact that she was wrongly overlooked.
2. Andy Samberg, Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Fox)
A few years ago, some TV fans would have scoffed at the idea of this SNL-alum racking up awards. But Andy Samberg’s charming, goofy turn as a skilled-but-childish police officer in the freshman comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine revealed him as one of the better comedic actors of his generation. Samberg won a Golden Globe earlier this year for his portrayal of Jake Peralta. But, as with Maslany, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences chose to overlook previous achievements, and they left Samberg off their Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series list.
3. Keri Russell, The Americans (FX)
Most 20- and 30-somethings probably remember Keri Russell as the mooning, introspective title character of the WB teen drama Felicity. But Russell has grown up — and her performance in the gripping political thriller The Americans is proof positive of that growth. The FX series has gained critical acclaim, but so far failed to generate any serious accolades. Some fans were hoping the Emmys would be the show’s first shot at wider recognition — and that Russell would be duly rewarded for her gripping, brave performance as Soviet spy Elizabeth Jennings. Unfortunately, The Americans and Russell came up short this year.
4. Mindy Kaling, The Mindy Project (Fox)
One of the Internet’s most popular comedians, Mindy Kaling has been steadily gaining fans since her work as a writer and supporting player on NBC’s The Office. Many thought she’d snag a nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for her stellar work as OB/GYN Dr. Mindy Lahiri on The Mindy Project. But unfortunately, while Kaling was invited to announce the nominees, she was not amongst the list of names read. She handled it with aplomb, not even visibly acknowledging the snub as co-host Carson Daly read the nominees.
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