The 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Award winners have been announced, and with the names read from envelopes on stage comes a new wave of discussion. No longer are people speculating about whether or not “This Is Us” will break broadcast’s shut-out streak in the drama series race or which powerhouse limited series cast, “Big Little Lies” or “Feud” will clean up in acting awards. Now that the answers are in, attention turns to the snubs and surprises of the 2017 Emmys.
SNUB: “Feud” ost all of its major races, from writing and director, to actresses supporting and lead, to supporting actor and of course the overall limited series race. It lost all of those races to HBO’s “Big Little Lies.” While there were discussiolns and concerns that competing co-stars could split the vote for both “Lies” and “Feud” in the actress categories, “Lies” prevailed with Laura Dern taking supporting actress over her co-star Shailene Woodley, as well as “Feud’s” Judy Davis and Jackie Hoffman, and with Nicole Kidman topping Reese Witherspoon, as well as “Feud’s” Jessica Lange and Susan Sarandon. Ryan Murphy’s previous limited series “American Horror Story” and “American Crime Story” have cleaned up at the Emmys in the recent past, but this year proved to be just too competitive.
SURPRISE: Sean Spicer showed up at the end of host Stephen Colbert’s monologue. Though there were rumblings that a special political guest was going to be onstage at the Emmys, the looks on the audience members’ faces that were cut to during the push-out of the special podium said it all: No one expected Spicey! “Modern Family’s” Julie Bowen and Sarah Hyland, specifically, clutched each other in shock, and when Colbert jokingly thanked Melissa McCarthy, who portrays Spicer on “Saturday Night Live,” she still appeared equally stunned.
SNUB: After five wins at the Creative Arts ceremony earlier this month, “Stranger Things” was shut out of the acting categories (and lost directing to Reed Morano). Millie Bobby Brown, an experts’ pick to win, lost supporting dramatic actress to “The Handmaid’s Tale’s” Ann Dowd, for example, while David Harbour lost supporting actor to “The Crown’s” John Lithgow. In fact, Netflix overall fits into this category, as after 91 nominations, the second most overall, the streamer only brought home 20 awards.