The Biggest Award Show Snubs of All Time

Steve Carell

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There’s already talk about who got snubbed this award season, and the big shows haven’t even aired yet. Every year, without fail there is always someone who the major award shows overlook. Some artists continuously get overlooked when awards season comes around. Here’s a look at some of the biggest award show snubs in history.

Always a bridesmaid, never a bride (aka the people who were often nominated but never won)

Steve Carell, The Office

Carell received an Emmy nomination for his role as Michael Scott on The Office six times. Unfortunately, the actor never won. Carell hasn’t fared much better at the Golden Globes, earning just one win out of nine nominations.

Amy Poehler, Saturday Night Live, Parks and Recreation

Amy Poehler has been in two very successful television shows, Saturday Night Live and Parks and Recreation. She received two Emmy nominations for Saturday Night Live and four for Parks and Recreation. Though, for some reason, the star still hasn’t managed to come home with a win.

Hugh Laurie, House

The English actor will always be known for his role as Dr. Gregory House. Laurie played the role from 2004 to 2012. The actor was nominated for an Emmy in each of the show’s first six seasons but never won. Laurie was nominated in 2016 for his role in Night Manager and 2017 for a guest appearance on Veep. Sadly, Laurie still hasn’t managed to bring home the award.

Christine Baranski, The Good Wife

Christine Baranski was nominated for an Emmy for her role as Diane Lockhart six times. But she never brought home the statue. She went on to reprise her role in the spin-off, The Good Fight, where she still hasn’t received a nomination. But the actress does have one Emmy. Baranski won in 1995 for her role on Cybill. 

And then there are those who were never even nominated

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Katey Sagal, Married with Children, Sons of Anarchy

Katey Sagal is probably most known for her role as Peggy on Married With Children. But Sagal never received an Emmy nomination for her role. The actress also had a leading role in the popular Sons of Anarchy. Again, she was overlooked by the nominating board. Though Sagal never received an Emmy nomination, she was recognized by the Golden Globes, nominated for her role in Married With Children from 1991 to 1994, and winning in 2011 for Sons of Anarchy. Sagal’s 2011 Golden Globe is the only acting nomination and win for either series.


Though several cast members were nominated and won multiple times throughout the show’s original nine years on the air, the show itself was never nominated. The show was a fan favorite during it’s run. So much so that it was rebooted in 2018. Interestingly, the show was only nominated for a Golden Globe three times, finally winning in 1993.

Desi Arnaz, I Love Lucy

Desi Arnaz was Ricky Ricardo. Along with his wife, Lucille Ball, Arnaz starred in the hit tv show from 1951 to 1957. Stars Vivian Vance and Lucille Ball both won Emmy awards for their roles, but Arnaz never did. What’s even more surprising is that he was never nominated for his role in the show.

Major category snubs

Kanye West

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Kanye West, Best New Artist, The Grammy Awards

Everyone expected Kanye West to win the Best New Artist award at the 2005 Grammys. Even eventual winners, Maroon 5. Kanye had had a breakout year. So it was a shock when he didn’t win. But it wouldn’t be the first time West was snubbed. In 2013, West expressed his disappointment in being snubbed in the best album category.

The Color Purple, The Academy Awards

In 1986, Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of Alice Walker’s best selling novel, The Color Purple was nominated for 11 Academy Awards. The film was tied for the most nominations of the night. But the film would go down in the record books as being tied for the biggest loser in Oscar history, failing to win a single category.

Ava DuVernay, Best Director, The Academy Awards

Many people criticized The Academy for its glaring snub or Ava DuVernay as Best Director for Selma at the 2015 Academy Awards. Not only was DuVernay snubbed, but no one in the entire cast received a nomination. The film was nominated for Best Picture but did not win. The omissions had many questioning whether race had anything to do with the snubs.