Emmys: Biggest Snubs and Surprises

This year’s Emmy race proved to be highly unpredictable, probably as a result of rule changes that opened up the voting to the broader membership.

Among the biggest snubs of the night:

  • Beloved “Better Call Saul” star Jonathan Banks was considered the frontrunner for supporting drama actor — so much so that his competition didn’t even bother to write speeches, including winner Peter Dinklage.
  • Except for Jon Hamm’s big win, “Mad Men” was out of the running in the writing and directing categories for its farewell season. Amazingly, it is the only acting award the show claimed in its seven seasons.
  • “American Horror Story: Freak Show” came away empty-handed in the acting categories — a first for the “AHS” franchise since its inception.
  • “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” made a splash with seven nominations but was not destined for Emmy glory for its first season.

Among the surprises:

  • Game of Thrones commanded the ultimate respect from the Academy with writing, directing and best series wins.
  • Regina King of “American Crime” prevailed over the showier work by a two-headed Sarah Paulson and a bearded Kathy Bates in “American Horror Story: Freak Show”
  • “The Voice” dethroned long-time reality series champ “The Amazing Race” for a second time in three years.
  • Tony Hale of “Veep” topped odds-on favorite Tituss Burgess of “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” in the supporting comedy actor field.
  • With its stage pedigree, PBS’ “Wolf Hall” seemed like Emmy bait, but it had no traction with voters in final judging.
  • Director David Nutter, a winner for “Game of Thrones,” is known as the king of drama pilots, but his first series Emmy win came for a show that he did not helm at the pilot stage. (He previously won an Emmy for his work on the HBO mini “Band of Brothers.”)

(Pictured: Regina King)

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