Earlier today, the Television Academy debuted the 2021 Emmy Award nominations, and we couldn’t help but notice that several noteworthy performances were left off the list. From Nicole Kidman to Teyonah Parris, keep reading for this year’s worst Emmy snubs.
1. Maya Erskine & Anna Konkle
Sure, Pen15 was nominated for Outstanding Comedy Series, but the show’s two leads—Maya Erskine and Anna Konkle—were totally snubbed from the list of nominations. Not only do they star in Pen15, but they also co-wrote the relatable script.
2. Nicole Kidman
Hugh Grant might have received a nomination for Best Lead Actor for The Undoing, but the same can’t be said about Nicole Kidman. The actress played Grace Fraser in the psychological thriller and received praise for her raw performance. Guess it wasn’t good enough for the Television Academy.
3. Teyonah Parris
Teyonah Parris is widely known for starring in Mad Men and Dear White People, but her most recent claim to fame is WandaVision. The show was nominated for Outstanding Limited Series and received multiple individual nods for Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen and Kathryn Hahn. Unfortunately, Parris (who plays Monica Rambeau) was left off the list.
4. Sarah Paulson
Sarah Paulson hasn’t been nominated for an Emmy Award since 2018 when she starred in American Horror Story. Many expected her to break the streak with Ratched, but it was completely snubbed from the upcoming ceremony.
5. Thuso Mbedu
Thuso Mbedu played Cora in The Underground Railroad. Although the 30-year-old actress previously received an Emmy nomination for the South African telenova Is’Thunzi, fans were displeased when she didn’t become a two-time nominee. “Can now confirm that Thuso Mbedu was snubbed,” one fan wrote on Twitter.
Believe it or not, Beyoncé was eligible for a Creative Arts Emmy, thanks to her music film, Black Is King. Many fans believed it would be nominated for at least one award, since it qualified for multiple categories (like Best Variety Special, Best Variety Special Directing, Best Variety Special Writing, Best Music Direction and Best Music and Lyrics).
7. Pedro Pascal
You probably recognize Pedro Pascal from The Mandalorian, where he plays the titular character. One of his co-stars—Giancarlo Esposito—received a nod, along with the show itself (which is nominated for Outstanding Drama Series). Unfortunately, Pascal’s performance didn’t make the cut.
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