Biggest Emmys 2019 snubs: Mj Rodriguez, Julia Roberts, 'Glow' and other big names who failed to get the nod this year
To accommodate Game of Thrones' 32 nominations, including one for best writing, some far more deserving candidates were left out in what were the biggest snubs of the 2019 Emmys.
The 71st Primetime Emmy Awards raised more than just a few eyebrows when the HBO fan-favorite 'Game of Thrones' managed to score 32 nominations this year for a sorely disappointing final season. The sadder part? To accommodate all of these nominations, including one for best writing (yep, you read that right), other, far more deserving candidates were left out in what we would label as the biggest snubs in the 2019 Emmy Awards. The following is a small list of the cream among the finest that the Emmy's didn't think worthy enough to be even nominated for their stellar work.
The Netflix dramedy following the real-life tale of the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling only got better in its second season, and remarkably at that too. They did garner nominations but the total of it was an absolute half of what it had earned for its first season, despite fans claiming the second season was much better. From tackling the struggles of women in a male-dominated industry to the titular gorgeous ladies stubbing sexism, patriarchy, and disrespect in the form of TV executives and lovers, the second season gave us an entire episode dedicated to a show-within-the-show. Yet it didn't make it to the outstanding comedies nominations of the year.
'The Haunting of Hill House'
The entire genre of TV horror was redefined with Netflix's eerie and all kinds of terrifying incidents circulating in the Hill house. The story followed the Crain siblings who have grown up in the haunted titular manor, where they underwent a traumatic childhood, ending with the tragic death of their mother, and strained family bonds ever since. The show managed to uphold the horror elements without unnecessary jump scares (they were minimal, check it out if you haven't already!) The plot thick with twists and tragedies was not only captivating, but enough to make one rethink their ties and bonds with their family, and how in the wake of tragedy, we tend to forget that others are coping too. And for all of these accomplishments, the Emmys thought not giving it a single nod was okay.
Mj Rodriguez and Indya Moore For 'Pose'
Billy Porter and the several other nominations for the outstanding FX drama chronicling New York City's African-American and Latino LGBTQ and gender-nonconforming ballroom culture scene in the 1980s amidst the rise of HIV/AIDS is justified. What wasn't fair is that the Emmys chose to completely overlook the work of Rodriguez, whose nomination would’ve marked the first trans woman to garner a nomination in the Outstanding Lead Actress category. The same goes for Moore, who identifies as trans, and non-binary. Baring more than just their hearts and souls, Rodriguez also does an excellent job in transcending the ups and downs of becoming a surrogate mother to a young group of people from the LGBTQ community, all for no recognition by the Emmys this year.
Julia Roberts for 'Homecoming'
Let this sink in: Queen Bey aka Beyonce's Netflix documentary about her Coachella performance, called 'Homecoming', received a staggering total of six Emmy nominations this year. On the other hand, Amazon Prime Video's 'Homecoming', which brags of a star as huge as Julia Roberts as its lead, was recognized for just its cinematography. To say that Roberts' work as a social worker aiding military personnel through counseling was snubbed is a massive understatement because this was also her first TV stint ever if you overlook the rare guest appearances here and there. Turns out it's not enough to make the Emmy 2019's cut, despite Lena Headey getting a supporting actress nomination for sipping red wine whilst overlooking a window throughout GOT's eighth season.
D’Arcy Carden for 'The Good Place'
The episode from the series which got nominated for best writing was titled 'Janet', with Carden's character playing the titular role in the episode. Sadly, Carden's portrayal of all the other characters of the show, through Janet, didn't make it to the Outstanding Supporting Actress nominations, despite that being the biggest fan-attraction and buzz that got the episode so popular. Again, not to be repetitive, but all Cersei did was sip wine and watch people die.
The 71st Primetime Emmy Awards will air on Sunday, September 22, from 8 p.m. on Fox.