2019 Emmy Nominations: The Revelations And The Rejections

Couch potatoes, rejoice! The nominations for the 2019 Primetime Emmy Awards have just been revealed. As usual, there are some bombshells as well as some massive snubs in the list.

Check out the full list to see if your favourite small screen shows were embraced or rejected!

As predicted, cultural behemoth Game of Thrones topped the list this year with a record-setting 32 Emmy nominations for its final season. This has brought cable channel HBO back as the dominant power with 137 nominations in total across all categories. Streaming service Netflix, which had more nominees than HBO in 2018, falls just behind with 117 nominations for Russian DollBodyguard, Orange Is the New BlackWhen They See Us, and more.

Game of Thrones is up for Outstanding Drama Series, which would be the fourth win for the fantasy series if all goes as expected on September 23. Additionally, fan favourites Kit Harrington and Emilia Clarke were also nominated for Lead Actor and Lead Actress in a Drama Series, while many other members of the GOT cast are represented in the supporting categories and will battle it out to win the coveted trophy.

The Surprises

In a surprise addition, Game of Thrones actress Lena Headey is up for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series. This is despite only appearing in four out of six episodes. And, as fans have noted, mainly drinking wine on her balcony. Jealous, much?

Other pleasant surprises include Schitt’s Creek gaining multiple nods for its final season on the air. Jodie Comer gained a well-deserved nomination for Killing Eve. In addition, the list includes five nominations in total for cult-favourite Fleabag.

Similarly, almost every cast member of the HBO series Barry was nominated, including Bill Hader, Stephen Root, Anthony Carrigan, Henry Winkler, and Sarah Goldberg.

In a refreshing turn of events, LGBTQIA+ talent has been widely recognised, with nominations for Billy Porter for Pose, Hannah Gadsby for her comedy special Nanette, Laverne Cox for Orange Is The New Black and a nom for Rupaul’s Drag Race.

The Snubbs

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But it wasn’t all welcome revelations in the list. Both George Clooney and Julia Roberts, despite being A-list industry heavyweights, were snubbed for their high-profile returns to the small-screen in Catch-22 and Homecoming.

In the late night category, NBC’s Seth Meyers, who was expected to score a nomination, did not.

Moreover, The Big Bang Theory was completely snubbed for its final season across all categories, in an upset for fans. Jim Carrey and Emma Stone were two other surprising rejects from the list, as well as Sarah Paulson who was shockingly omitted for her work in American Horror Story: Apocalypse.

The Forgotten?

The most recent seasons of Stranger Things, The Handmaid’s Tale and Big Little Lies have not been represented in the nominations, but fear not! They will be eligible for noms in next year’s list.

The 71st Primetime Emmy Awards takes place on Monday September 23rd (Australian time).


Take a look at the full list of nominations below:

Outstanding Drama Series
Better Call Saul
Game of Thrones
Killing Eve
This Is Us

Outstanding Comedy Series
The Good Place
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Russian Doll
Schitt’s Creek

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Christina Applegate (Dead to Me)
Rachel Brosnahan (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel)
Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep)
Natasha Lyonne (Russian Doll)
Catherine O’Hara (Schitt’s Creek)
Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag)

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Anthony Anderson (black-ish)
Don Cheadle (Black Monday)
Ted Danson (The Good Place)
Michael Douglas (The Kominsky Method)
Bill Hader (Barry)
Eugene Levy (Schitt’s Creek)

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones)
Jodie Comer (Killing Eve)
Viola Davis (How to Get Away With Murder)
Laura Linney (Ozark)
Mandy Moore (This Is Us)
Sandra Oh (Killing Eve)
Robin Wright (House of Cards)

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Jason Bateman (Ozark)
Sterling K. Brown (This Is Us)
Kit Harington (Game of Thrones)
Bob Odenkirk (Better Call Saul)
Billy Porter (Pose)
Milo Ventimiglia (This Is Us)

Outstanding Reality-Competition Program
The Amazing Race
American Ninja Warrior
Nailed It!
Rupaul’s Drag Race
Top Chef
The Voice

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie
Mahershela Ali (True Detective)
Benicio Del Toro (Escape at Dannemora)
Hugh Grant (A Very English Scandal)
Jared Harris (Chernobyl)
Jharrel Jerome (When They See Us)
Sam Rockwell (Fosse/Verdon)

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie
Amy Adams (Sharp Objects)
Patricia Arquette (Escape at Dannemora)
Aunjanue Ellis (When They See Us)
Joey King (The Act)
Niecy Nash (When They See Us)
Michelle Williams (Fosse/Verdon)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Jonathan Banks (Better Call Saul)
Giancarlo Esposito (Better Call Saul)
Alfie Allen (Game of Thrones)
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Game of Thrones)
Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones)
Michael Kelly (House of Cards)
Chris Sullivan (This Is Us)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones)
Lena Headey (Game of Thrones)
Sophie Turner (Game of Thrones)
Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones)
Fiona Shaw (Killing Eve)
Julia Garner (Ozark)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Anthony Carrigan (Barry)
Stephen Root (Barry)
Henry Winkler (Barry)
Alan Arkin (The Kominsky Method)
Tony Shalhoub (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel)
Tony Hale (Veep)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Sarah Goldberg (Barry)
Sian Clifford (Fleabag)
Olivia Coleman (Fleabag)
Betty Gilpin (GLOW)
Alex Borstein (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel)
Marin Hinkle (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel)
Kate McKinnon (Saturday Night Live)
Anna Chlumsky (Veep)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie
Stellan Skarsgård (Chernobyl)
Paul Dano (Escape at Dannemora)
Ben Whishaw (A Very English Scandal)
Aante Blackk (When They See Us)
John Leguizamo (When They See Us)
Michael K. Williams (When They See Us)

Outstanding Variety Talk Series
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
The Late Late Show with James Corden
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

Outstanding Variety Sketch Series
At Home With Amy Sedaris 
Documentary Now! 
Drunk History
I Love You, America With Sarah Silverman
Saturday Night Live
Who Is America?

Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program
Ellen DeGeneres (Ellen’s Game of Games)
Amy Poehler, Nick Offerman (Making It)
RuPaul (RuPaul’s Drag Race)
Marie Kondo (Tidying Up With Marie Kondo)
James Corden (The World’s Best)

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series
Michael McKean (Better Call Saul)
Bradley Whitford (The Handmaid’s Tale)
Glynn Turman (How To Get Away With Murder)
Ron Cephas (This Is Us)
Michael Angarano (This Is Us)
Kumail Nanjiani (The Twilight Zone)

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series
Jessica Lange (American Horror Story: Apocalypse)
Carice van Houten (Game of Thrones)
Cherry Jones (The Handmaid’s Tale)
Cicely Tyson (How To Get Away With Murder)
Laverne Cox (Orange Is the New Black)
Phylicia Rashad (This Is Us)

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series
Luke Kirby (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel)
Rufus Sewell (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel)
Adam Sandler (Saturday Night Live)
John Mulaney (Saturday Night Live)
Matt Damon (Saturday Night Live)
Robert De Niro (Saturday Night Live)
Peter MacNicol (Veep)

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series
Fiona Shaw (Fleabag)
Kristin Scott Thomas (Fleabag)
Maya Rudolph (The Good Place)
Jane Lynch (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel)
Emma Thompson (Saturday Night Live)
Sandra Oh (Saturday Night Live)

Outstanding Limited Series
Escape at Dannemora 
Sharp Objects
When They See Us

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