Cries of "snub" are inevitable during awards season, but the cacophony of complaints reached near-deafening volume following Thursday morning's announcement of the 2014 Emmy nominations.
Perhaps no group was more outraged than fans of
But Maslany and her admirers can take heart knowing that she was passed over in a what one of this year’s most fiercely competitive categories, where two-time defending champ
This left room for just one entirely fresh face,
It also left an unusually talented field of casualties by the wayside, including Keri Russell, whose steely performance as a covert Soviet spy in the FX drama “The Americans” has (almost) made viewers forget her days as America’s sweetheart on “Felicity,” and
In a sign of the sheer depth of quality programming available on television, both traditional and otherwise, many dramas considered worthy were left out of the series category.
Even with a rule change that allowed for seven slots in the event of a vote difference of less than 2% between the sixth- and seventh-place nominees, several favorites were snubbed. If Twitter is any indication, the most egregious oversight was for "The Good Wife." The CBS legal drama enjoyed renewed critical praise for its highly dramatic fifth season, and was thought to have a strong chance of reentering the category after a two-year absence.
Also overlooked was “The Americans,” a critical favorite that has yet to see its glowing reviews translate to awards recognition. (Lead actor
Former heavyweight "Homeland," which dethroned "Mad Men" as outstanding drama series for its freshman season in 2012 only to endure an intense backlash in its sophomore outing, was similarly left out of the drama category, as was previous nominee "Boardwalk Empire."
The inclusion of "True Detective," entered somewhat controversially as a drama rather than a miniseries, left little room for the well-received newcomer "Masters of Sex" or pulpier fare like "Scandal" or "The Walking Dead."
And there were also cries of foul when "Scandal" star Bellamy Young, who brought some humanity to her role as a scheming first lady on the political soap, was overlooked for supporting actress in a drama series.
On the comedy side, Golden Globe-winner "Brooklyn Nine Nine" failed to receive a nod, as did onetime darling "Girls."
But a few surprising names managed to overcome the famous