Intern Kaaha has plenty of opinions about last week’s Emmy nominations. We told her to unleash those opinions right here. And she did! Great work, Kaaha!
Thoughts about the emmys, from a young film and TV nerd.
- Alessandra Mastronadi wasn’t nominated for best supporting actress in a comedy, when her performance and chemistry with Aziz Ansari is in large part what made Master of None the best comedy series to air this year.
- Minnie Driver was left out for Speechless, and Speechless was left out of best comedy series. Aside from the series being important and revolutionary when it comes to representation of disability, it is really funny and has winning performances. The academy took a huge misstep
- Jenifer Lewis was snubbed for Black ish.
- The Leftovers! The ensemble’s performance were incredibly piercing and the last season was exceptionally well crafted, and it was snubbed again.
- I think America Ferrara’s work in Superstore was worthy of an Emmy nom, as she carried her character’s emotional arc exceptionally well.
- QUEEN SUGAR! I will never understand why this well written, well performed, and cinematic series gets no love from any critics. I also think Queen Sugar could’ve easily taken Better Call Saul’s place.
- I think Alec Baldwin’s nomination as best supporting actor is honestly a slap in the face to many of the really sharp supporting actors on network comedies that don’t get enough love.
- Ellie Kemper’s character in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is cartoonish and I don’t understand how she was nominated. That show is carried by its supporting actors.
- The academy insists on rewarding shows like Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt instead of Jane the Virgin or Insecure or any other more likely and more deserving show.
- Vanesssa Bayer? For SNL? Really, academy? Really! I just had to look her up because that’s how little her characters impacted me in my avid SNL watching. So many more actresses could’ve taken her place. That being said, I don’t understand the Leslie Jones nomination either. So many other choices y’all.
- Real Time with Bill Maher was still nominated despite controversy, bigotry and his over all sleeping-inducing mediocrity.
- I don’t think Silicon Valley had the best comedic writing this year.
- RuPaul’s Drag Race: Untucked was nominated for best unstructured reality series, which only legitimizes what we all already knew was some of the organic drama and kinship in Reality TV.
- Brown Girls, my favorite web series, one that is in development at HBO, was nominated for Short Form Comedy or Drama Series, and I cried. I cried. This nomination, which stands beside web series produced by major networks like AMC, ABC and Comedy Central means so much for aspiring indie film and content creators. This is a win for producers that are women of color, and for everybody. They better win!
- Snoop Dogg is now emmy nominated!
Overall, there were a lot of snubs to be upset about. I think the academy consistently fails freshman and network series. That being said, there were a lot of wonderful surprises, and I am looking forward to seeing how nominations propel potential winners forward.0