The 68th annual Primetime Emmy Award nominations were announced Thursday morning, and as always the list was filled with several happy surprises — and a few serious snubs.
In a time-honored tradition, we now give our unsolicited feedback to the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for their choices this year.
A few things that thrilled us
Americans, at last! Who wasn't delighted to see Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys finally nominated for their lead roles on FX's stellar "The Americans"? The show itself was given props with a Best Drama nomination.
"Game of Thrones" star Maisie Williams nabbed her first-ever Emmy nomination for supporting actress in a drama. (In all, "Game of Thrones" won an astounding 23 nominations!)
Amy Schumer picked up a handful of nominations this year including one for lead actress in a comedy (for "Inside Amy Schumer") and another for her stand-up special "Amy Schumer Live at the Apollo."
We're also cheering the Emmy nod for "The Late Late Show with James Corden" in the outstanding talk show category. (But, of course, we'd give Corden all the trophies just for the Carpool Karaoke segment with Adele alone.)
Ellie Kemperfinally earned a nomination for lead actress in a comedy for her work on Netflix's "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt." And, two thumbs up to a second nomination for Kemper's co-star Tituss Burgess for supporting actor in a comedy!
Now, a few things we're upset about
Speaking of "Kimmy Schmidt," where the heck was a supporting actress nomination for the hilarious Jane Krakowski?
"Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" star Rachel Bloom nabbed a Golden Globe back in January but was shut out of her Emmy category. Wrong!
Speaking of funny people,"The Big Bang Theory's" brilliant Jim Parsons was snubbed for a second year in a row, and Eric Stonestreet of "Modern Family" also got the cold shoulder.
As for drama this year, the Emmy academy all but ignored the final season of "The Good Wife." The show earned just one nomination for writing. No love for Emmy favorite Julianna Margulies?
Lady Gaga's spellbinding turn on "American Horror Story: Hotel" earned her a Golden Globe months ago, but it wasn't enough, apparently, to win her an Emmy nod.
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Talk about criminally overlooked! What more did the ladies of Litchfield need to do to get a Best Drama nomination — or any individual acting nods —for the riveting fourth season of Netflix's "Orange Is The New Black"? Not even Uzo Aduba, who won an Emmy last year, got a nomination.
Also, no acting nominations for "The Leftovers"? "The Walking Dead"? "Outlander"?
While we're ecstatic for James Corden, we can't help but notice a couple of Emmy's longtime late-night favorites were overlooked.
Stephen Colbert got shut out for "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert." "The Daily Show," with new host Trevor Noah, also failed to make this year's list.
More upsetting was the lack of love for former "Daily Show" funny lady Samantha Bee for the whip-smart new "Full Frontal With Samantha Bee."
Check out a fuller list of the 68th annual Primetime Emmy Award nominations.