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This Is Us Loses One of Its Emmy Nominations Due to Technicality

This is… disappointing.

NBC’s hit drama This Is Us has had one of its 11 Emmy nominations revoked due to a technicality, according to our sister site Deadline. The Television Academy has rescinded the show’s nomination for Outstanding Contemporary Costumes for a Series, Limited Series or Movie, which was for the Season 1 finale, “Moonshadow.”

The reason: The episode mostly takes place in flashback, showing the early days of Jack (Milo Ventimiglia) and Rebecca (Mandy Moore), so it doesn’t qualify as “contemporary.” (The finale only featured a few brief scenes of the show’s current-day storyline, with Jack and Rebecca’s adult children.)

“Having reviewed the ‘Moonshadow’ episode of This Is Us, the awards committee noted that the entrant unfortunately miscalculated the proportion of scenes that were period versus contemporary,” a Television Academy spokesperson said in a statement. “In fact, the episode is predominately period. The entry (and subsequent nomination) are thereby disqualified.”

UPDATE: Per our sister site VarietyThis Is Us — now with an updated total of 10 Emmy nominations — will be replaced by the sixth-place vote getter House of Cards, which now has a total of seven nods. The category’s other nominees include Big Little Lies, Empire, Grace and Frankie and Transparent.

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24 Comments
  1. Haz says:

    Well at least it wasn’t an acting nod like last year with Peter MacNicol for Veep.

  2. Gina says:

    I mean, this sucks for the costume department. But shouldn’t the people that handle the nominations figured this out BEFORE announcing them as a nominee?
    Also, do they even watch the show? As soon as I saw the title of the award they were taking away, I knew the reason why. Any scene with Jack is obviously NOT contemporary.
    Why does this bother me so much?

    • Britt says:

      I agree. They didn’t do their job

    • JK3 says:

      The onus is on the show to submit itself for awards consideration in the proper categories.

      It’s on them if they didn’t submit an episode for the award that fit the criteria for the award.

      • Adam says:

        Having worked at a similar entertainment award organization before, it should have been reviewed internally as part of the entry process to determine if it qualifies before making it to a round of jurors for nominations.

        • Gospino The says:

          So every single episode of each one of hundreds of programs needs to be reviewed for eligilibilty in every category (dozens of them) prior to nominations? No, that is not feasible. Prior to nominations being made public is reasonable because then the fields are narrowed down to reasonable numbers. But the dummies at This Is Us really should know the rules themselves as well.

          • TheDuck0 says:

            It’s on the production company to ensure their submissions for Emmy nominations meet the categories’ requirements (since shows have to submit specific episodes for award consideration). Someone didn’t do their homework in this case.

    • TV Gord says:

      That’s why no one has ever won an Emmy for nominating Emmys.
      ;-)
      (Just kidding, I agree with you.)

  3. jcp says:

    They should just remove the show from Outsanding Drama Series category. Easily the most overrated show nominated. My only hope of This Is Us not winning is the show has no writing and directing nods.

    Better Call Saul ftw

  4. Charlene Ofstedahl says:

    This is a wonderful show.

  5. Sara says:

    Has voting already been going on? Will that affect whoever gets the nomination now?

  6. N.Kyl says:

    I’m so glad it was not Milo’s nod revoked….it’s sad for the costume department of the show but at least it was not an acting nomination.

    • Frank says:

      “At least it was not an acting nomination” tell that to the coatume department … acting isnt the only part of the show… hell its not even the most important part

      • Riana says:

        Without checking name the winner of last year’s Emmy for costumes. The thing is no one cares about awards that aren’t for acting.

        • KLS says:

          I guess I am part of “no one”. I care about acting, writing, and directing. Costumes, lighting, casting, etc, not so much. But everyone’s got their thing.

        • TV Gord says:

          Of course, if they costuming department got the clothes wrong for the time, you’d sure hear about it, then. Costumers rarely get the recognition for what they’ve done right, because it should be unnoticeable. If they screw up one thing from the period, though, whoa-ho-Nellie, you’d hear about it!

      • N.Kyl says:

        No one said it’s the only important part but it’s what majority of TV audiences care about or remember. Acting awards (and maybe directing & writing) are why people tune in & pay attention to the Emmys.