Emmy Snubs: 'House of Cards,' 'Silicon Valley' Shut Out as 'Fargo,' 'The Americans' Lose Big
Other multinominated programs who failed to win an Emmy included HBO's 'All the Way,' 'Better Call Saul' and History's 'Roots' revival.
The Americans finally broke through with its first Emmy nominations in major categories this year, but apart from Margo Martindale's win in the guest actress category at the Creative Arts ceremony last weekend, nominations are all the critically acclaimed FX series got from this year's Emmys.
The show lost four of the five Emmys for which it was nominated, including top prizes like drama actor and actress and drama series. Going into Sunday night's show The Hollywood Reporter's chief TV critic Tim Goodman said The Americans should win both best drama series and best drama actor prizes, but those awards went to HBO's juggernaut Game of Thrones and newcomer Rami Malek (Mr. Robot), respectively — both of which THR's awards analyst Scott Feinberg predicted.
Feinberg also predicted House of Cards' Robin Wright would take home the Emmy for best drama actress, but instead that award went to Goodman's pick for the actress who should win, Orphan Black's Tatiana Maslany. Indeed, House of Cards, despite scoring an impressive 13 nominations, failed to win a single Emmy this year. But star Kevin Spacey did have a nice cameo in the show's peanut butter and jelly sandwiches bit.
Also shut out at the Emmys despite scoring several nominations were Silicon Valley (11 nominations), HBO's Lyndon B. Johnson biopic All the Way (8 nominations), Better Call Saul (7 nominations) and History's Roots revival (7 nominations). Saul's Jonathan Banks was even tagged by Goodman as the nominee who should win in the best supporting actor, drama series field. Bloodline's Ben Mendelsohn won that category in a surprise development.
Meanwhile, as host Jimmy Kimmel predicted at the top of the show, it was tough to be a limited series that wasn't The People v. O.J. Simpson on Sunday night. Fellow FX show Fargo scored 18 nominations but only won two awards, both of which were handed out at last week's Creative Arts ceremony. And AMC's The Night Manager went into the Emmys with 12 nominations, and after winning one award at the Creative Arts ceremony only won one more on Sunday night (best directing for a limited series, movie or special). Goodman and Feinberg had Fargo and The Night Manager nominees as either their should win or will win picks in the best supporting actor and actress categories, but those awards went to surprise winners Sterling K. Brown and Regina King. And as Ryan Murphy's new anthology American Crime Story took the Emmys by storm, his long-running and Emmy-winning anthology American Horror Story only logged two wins for its eight nominations and both prizes were handed out at the Creative Arts ceremony.