The Emmy nominations have been announced. The awards show, set to take place in September, will honor outstanding television performances. There were plenty of nominations that came as no surprise. Game of Thrones, for example, received a record-breaking 32 nominations, according to The Washington Post. Netflix and Amazon original content also received a massive nod from the academy. There were, however, a few surprises. One of the biggest surprises of the announcement was the fact that The Big Bang Theory was almost locked out of the ceremony entirely. With its final season drawing massive crowds, nominations were expected, but they just didn’t come.
The Big Bang Theory was not nominated for Outstanding Comedy Series
The show which has hauled in one win in the Outstanding Comedy Series category during its 12-year run. The show was nominated four times in the category but has failed to receive a nomination since 2014.
While many believed the final season of the much-beloved series would be its year, it’s easy to see why the academy skipped over the show entirely. In fact, The Big Bang Theory has not received a non-technical win since 2014. It has, however, consistently taken home editing and direction awards since its inception.
When it was announced that Season 12 would be the last for Sheldon, Leonard, Penny, Howard, Raj, Bernadette and Amy, fans were disappointed. They had come to love the nerdy yet eclectic group as they navigated the social pitfalls of life. Most critics assumed Season 12 would be the shows’ year, and while a victory lap was certainly taken, the Emmy nominations did not follow.
Jim Parson won’t have a chance to take home the Outstanding Lead Actor trophy for the fifth time
Jim Parsons has been the breakout star of the series since its earliest seasons. Playing the quirky Sheldon Cooper, Parsons’ acting chops managed to stand apart from the rest of the incredibly talented cast. The spin-off, Young Sheldon, is evidence that the role of Sheldon resonated deeply with fans.
Parsons’ was nominated a total of six times in the Outstanding Lead Actor for his role as Sheldon Cooper. He managed to take home the trophy four of those six times but hasn’t hauled in a win for the part since 2014. Fans believed that his work in the series’ finale, “The Stockholm Syndrome,” would inevitably bring home yet another prize, but it wasn’t meant to be.
According to TVLine, his Nobel Prize speech was so moving that it continues to be the most discussed part of the series finale. Apparently, the statement was the most heavily analyzed portion of the finale when it was time to write the episode, too.
The CBS comedy only has one major nomination for its final season
It isn’t just the big categories that the show was left out of. In fact, there is really only one major category where The Big Bang Theory is represented; Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series. Mark Cendrowski is nominated in that particular category. He will go up against The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Barry, and Fleabag.
The show lost out on a nomination for Oustanding Comedy Series to some pretty big players, though. Barry and The Good Place are both nominated in that category. They are in good company, as well. Two of Amazon’s original series are also nominated; Fleabag and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel have both received nominations. Veep, Schitt’s Creek and Netflix Original, Russian Doll, were also tapped for the award.
Anthony Anderson, for his role in Black-ish, along with Don Cheadle for Black Monday and Ted Danson for The Good Place has been nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series. They are joined by Bill Hader for Barry, Michael Douglas for The Kominsky Method and Eugene Levy for Schitt’s Creek.