Emmys: 'American Horror Story: Freak Show,' 'Modern Family,' Tatiana Maslany Snubbed
'Louie,' 'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt' and 'Better Call Saul' were all shut out despite multiple nominations.
American Horror Story: Freak Show may have gone into this year's Emmys with 19 nominations, the second most of any show, but the fourth installment of FX's anthology series only won five awards, all of which were in technical categories handed out at last week's Creative Arts ceremony, which meant that no one from AHS took the stage to accept an award for the series on Sunday night. The snubbing was particularly egregious for Sarah Paulson, who The Hollywood Reporter's awards analyst Scott Feinberg and TV critic Tim Goodman said would and should win the best supporting actress in a limited series Emmy after losing the past three years. Instead, the award went to Regina King for her role in ABC's American Crime. Also, last year's winners in the lead and supporting actress categories, Jessica Lange and Kathy Bates, weren't able to repeat.
Modern Family was another big loser at the 2015 Emmys. Just last year, the show tied Frasier with its fifth consecutive best comedy series Emmy and was up for a record sixth award in the category but lost to Veep. The show also lost in the best supporting actor (Ty Burrell) and supporting actress (Julie Bowen) categories. It did win an award at last week's Creative Arts ceremony. But going one-for-six this year is a significant fall for a show that's won 21 Emmys over the past five years.
While Jon Hamm finally got his Emmy in his last year nominated for his work as Don Draper on AMC's Mad Men and The Daily Show With Jon Stewart won three awards, the Emmys wasn't that kind to shows that were up for awards for their final seasons. Specifically, Parks and Recreation, Key & Peele, The Late Show With David Letterman and Sons of Anarchy were all shut out. Also while Hamm finally won his first Emmy after 16 nominations, Amy Poehler, up for the best actress in a comedy Emmy for her final season of Parks and Recreation wasn't so lucky. The SNL alum, who at least got the crowd laughing when she sported a hoodie and sunglasses as the nominees in her category were announced, has been nominated for 16 Emmys and has yet to win a single statue.
Meanwhile, Boardwalk Empire, up for 10 awards, only won two and they were both at the Creative Arts ceremony. The Colbert Report, which beat The Daily Show for the best variety series Emmy for the past two years, only won one Emmy, at the Creative Arts ceremony. And while Hamm won, he took home Mad Men's only Emmy, despite its 11 nominations, with fellow acting nominees Elisabeth Moss and Christina Hendricks losing.
House of Cards also failed to make good on its 11 nominations, only winning two Emmys, both of which were awarded at the Creative Arts ceremony. And FX's Louie, whom Goodman said should have won best comedy series, went home empty-handed in what may be the last Emmys for a while for the show, with star Louis C.K. taking a hiatus of indefinite length before he films the show's sixth season.
The Emmys often fails to celebrate new shows, and this year was no exception. While freshmen series like Better Call Saul, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and Bloodline all earned nominations, those shows were all shut out, failing to take home any Emmy gold. Similarly, first-time Emmy nominee Tatiana Maslany was finally nominated for an Emmy after years of critics and fans clamoring for her to be acknowledged by the TV academy, but the Orphan Black star failed to win the best actress in a drama award Feinberg and Goodman predicted she would and should receive. Instead, Viola Davis made history as the first African-American to win the Emmy in that category.