Game of Thrones and Other Geek Shows Dominate 2015 Emmy Nominations

Thursday, 16 July 2015 - 12:30PM
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Thursday, 16 July 2015 - 12:30PM
Game of Thrones and Other Geek Shows Dominate 2015 Emmy Nominations
The Emmy nominations finally came out today, and while deserving sci-fi shows were, as usual, mostly ignored, there were several victories for the geek community. Most notably, mainstream crossover Game of Thrones won the most bids of any TV show this year, with a whopping 24 nominations, and a certain fan favorite clone master snagged a Best Actress nomination.


Game of Thrones dominated almost every possible category, with nominations for best drama series, best supporting actor for Peter Dinklage, best supporting actress for Lena Heady and Emilia Clarke, best guest actress for Diana Rigg, best writing for a drama series, best directing for a drama series and many more.

AHS: Freak Show, cheating a little bit by being categorized as a limited series, dominated most of its categories as well, with nominations for best limited series, best directing, best actress for Jessica Lange, and an insane five nominations for supporting actors: Finn Wittrock, Denis O'Hare, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, and Sarah Paulson. 

But the biggest (and most surprising) triumph for sci-fi was Tatiana Maslany. In spite of widespread critical acclaim, she is all too often ignored by mainstream awards. She was finally nominated for a Golden Globe last year, but this is her first nomination for arguably the most prestigious television acting award there is. She doesn't have a chance in hell at winning, but we'll take our victories where we find them. 

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And finally, post-apocalyptic comedy Last Man on Earth had a sizable showing, with nominations for best comedic actor for Will Forte, best directing, best writing, and best editing for the pilot. 

But there were significant snubs as well; some we were expecting, like The Walking Dead (especially Melissa McBride) and Daredevil, but others are a genuine surprise. We're probably most surprised by the omission of Carrie Coon in The Leftovers, as her performance was universally well-received and The Leftovers has that convenient HBO pedigree. Although they're equally deserving, if we had to predict whether Carrie Coon or Tatiana Maslany would get a nomination, we definitely would have guessed the former.
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