The biggest Emmy snubs
The nominations for the 66th Annual Emmy Awards were announced on Thursday night - and a few pleasant surprises stood out.
HBO fantasy series leads the pack with 19 nominations, including Outstanding Drama. American Horror Story: Coven and AIDS drama The Normal Heart followed closely behind with 17 and 16 nominations respectively.
What's notable: New actress Alison Tolman's nomination, for playing Molly in dark comedy-crime drama Fargo. But it was the snubs that stood out most, such as:
1) The Good Wife for Outstanding Drama
The legal drama's fifth season was its best yet and was critically acclaimed. The performances and storylines, which includes the death of a major character, breathed some life into this prestige network show.
It may have gotten some well-deserved acting nods, but surely, being left out of the best drama category is criminal. It deserves to take the place of Downtown Abbey, a show that is way past its prime.
2) Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black) for Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Orphan Black is a sci-fi show about clones that quickly gained a cult following soon after its first season aired last year. As of now, Tatiana Maslany expertly plays NINE different clones, each with their distinct look and personality. She even has to portray different accents, which include a Ukranian, British, and an American one.
Her snub outraged so many fans that it quickly became a trending topic on twitter when the nominations were announced.
Dear Academy, how many characters does one have to play in one show to be taken seriously?
3) The Mindy Project for Lead Actor, Actress in a comedy series, Best Comedy Series
This show was also shut out of the Emmys completely. Mindy Kaling, former writer and actress from The Office, does not hide her love for romantic comedies in this series. And we love her for it.
Chris Messina, who plays Mindy's love interest, just lights up the screen and he should have been nominated - just for this dance.
4) The Americans
Russian spies pretending to be a normal American family in the Cold War period? How does this not get nominated?
Already in its second season, the leads Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell turn in phenomenal performances and should have been nominated in the acting categories. In addition to the central theme of espionage and politics, they deftly tackled more universal themes like identity, love and family.
If that's not enough of a reason, look at how they can pull off all kinds of wigs donned as part of their spy get-up.
Check out the full list of nominees for the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on Huffington Post.