So with a varied and wonderful ocean of television, it’s nearly impossible for even the esteemed Television Academy to recognize all of the industry’s most talented for this year's Emmy nominations. Snubs are bound to happen, and as devastating as it is, we just have remember that it really is an honor to be nominated.
Here are 4 heartbreaking Emmy snubs...
I, and probably the Goddess Shonda Rhimes, thought season 12’s “The Sound Of Silence” was her golden episode. Directed by none other than Oscar winner Denzel Washington, the episode depicted the brutal and complicated aftermath and recovery of Meredith’s violent attack at the hands of a patient with a traumatic brain injury. It was a magnificent and brutal piece of television in an otherwise great season of the long-running drama, and it should've been recognized for acting, writing and possibly direction.
Also, veteran actress Loretta Devine stepped out of the sweet, motherly roles she usually plays for an incendiary turn as Cece, a street-smart, gay hustler who happily extorted Mary Jane after being injured in her season-opening car accident. The two share a handful of engaging scenes discussing blackness and success and life that were not only riveting but soaked in scalding tea that should've earned Ms. Devine an Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series nod.
Mary Jane herself wouldn’t be surprised by being overlooked—or possibly purposefully ignored—by Hollywood. But she’d definitely include a scathing thinkpiece about it on her fictional cable news show (which ironically is Emmy nominated).
However, one of the most gut-wrenching moments of the season came in the episode entitled “Faith” in which Claire had to recover and grieve for her stillborn daughter and convince France’s prince to pardon her husband, imprisoned for dueling (which caused led to her miscarriage). In one episode, Balfe devastated us, empowered us, entertained us and broke our hearts. And it should've clenched her nomination.
It’s the smallest consolation that Outlander was nominated for Outstanding Costumes in a Fantasty/Period Limited Series or movie and Outstanding Production Design For A Narrative Period Program. If only we could go back in time and change things.
If there was a category for Outstanding Science-Fiction Program, The CW's The Flash would be one of the first nominees. The show based on the DC Comics effortlessly marries The Flash's family-friendly camp with spot-on acting, dazzling stunt scenes and a terrifyingly badass Zoom, that's one of the best I've seen on TV. Ever. The Flash didn't just avoid the curse of the sophomore slump that plague most TV shows. It created the Sophomore Slam with a second season that was more riveting, heartwarming and breath-taking than the first.
Grant Gustin portrays Barry Allen with an adorkable, puppyish charm and even makes his dunderheaded mistakes seem understandable. And he would definitely score that Outstanding Sci Fic Actor nod, probably alongside Supernatural's Jensen Ackles 5th nomination.