Emmy Nominations 2015: My Snappy Judgements

Emmy Nominations

The 2015 Emmy nominations were, as per usual, both thrilling and maddening. For every inspired nod (congrats, Tatiana!) there was one that had me scratching the skin off my scalp (no nomination for Eva Green?! Nothing for Jane the Virgin?!). So without further adieu, I give you the good, the bad and the downright ugly from this year’s list.

I’m Super-Ecstatic About:
* Tatiana Maslany! At long last!
* The Academy making history by nominating two deserving African-American actresses Empire‘s Taraji P. Henson and How to Get Away With Murder‘s Viola Davis — in the lead actress drama category.
* Bloodline breakout Ben Mendelsohn scoring a supporting actor nod.
* Will Forte getting recognized for Last Man on Earth.
* The best drama series nod for Homeland‘s resurgent fourth season. 
* The best comedy nomination for Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. And the supporting mentions for Titus Burgess and Jane Krakowski.
*  Amy Schumer sneaking in for Inside Amy Schumer.
* The underrated Liev Schreiber scoring his first (?!) nomination ever for Showtime’s equally underrated Ray Donovan.
* Lisa Kudrow scoring a nod for her revelatory work in The Comeback.
* All the nods for Better Call Saul. And Transparent.
* Anthony Anderson’s lead actor in a comedy nod for black-ish.
The Niecy Nash love for for HBO’s Getting On.

I’m Rolling My Eyes About:
* The Newsroom‘s Jeff Daniels stealing that sixth best actor slot from The Americans‘ Matthew Rhys (or Bates Motel’s Freddie Highmore, or Justified‘s Timothy Olyphant).

I’m Super-Pissed About:
Jane the Virgin — and its first-rate cast — getting shut out of the comedy series categories (as I feared).
* Penny Dreadful‘s Eva Green getting the shaft, despite delivering one of the most memorable performances of the year.
* Zero recognition for Outlander‘s underrated leads Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan.
* No Vera Farmiga? That’s psycho!
* The absence of anyone from HBO’s The Leftovers, especially Carrie Coon.
* Mandy Patinkin getting shut out for his career-best work in Homeland Season 4.
* Justified 
failing to score a best drama nod for it’s superbly satisfying final season.
* The Americans getting zilch (save for a writing nod).
* Broad City getting bubkes.
* Nada for Sons of Anarchy‘s perpetually ignored Charlie Hunnam.

Okay, that’s my two cents’ worth. Now it’s your turn. Post your own snappy judgments below. And click here to view a list of all the major nominees.