The Worst 2023 Emmy Award Snubs: From 'Yellowstone' to Meghan Markle

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Earlier today, the Television Academy debuted the 2023 Emmy Award nominations, and we couldn’t help but notice that several noteworthy shows and performances were left off the list. From the cast of Yellowstone to Emma D'Arcy, keep reading for this year’s worst Emmy snubs.

1. Yellowstone

Even after five solid seasons and multiple successful spin-offs, Taylor Sheridan's Yellowstone has only earned one—yes, one—Emmy nomination for Outstanding Production Design. And despite the incredibly talented cast, the stars were once again shut out entirely from this year's nomination list. As expected, fans aren't too happy about it.

2. Harrison Ford

Speaking of Yellowstone, Indiana Jones star Harrison Ford totally deserves recognition for his performance as Jacob Dutton in the Yellowstone prequel, 1923. He also delivered an award-worthy performance in Shrinking, where, according to PureWow's Senior Director of Special Projects, Rachel Bowie, he stole every scene with his "signature wit, grouchiness and charm."

3. Selena Gomez

Both Steve Martin and Martin Short scored nominations for season one of Only Murders in the Building, while Short scored a second nomination for season two. However, Gomez has yet to be nominated—even though she does a fantastic job of playing the witty and practical Mabel. On a brighter note, her Apple TV+ documentary, My Mind & Me, earned a nomination for Outstanding Writing.

4. Jesse Eisenberg

Lizzy Caplan and Claire Danes may have scored nominations for their roles in Fleishman Is in Trouble, but the same can’t be said for Jesse Eisenberg, who shines as Dr. Toby Fleishman. Fans were clearly hoping he’d receive a nod for Outstanding Actor in a Limited Series.

5. Emma D'Arcy

House of the Dragon wouldn't be the same without D'Arcy's layered portrayal of Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen. Following the star's Golden Globe nomination, fans were almost certain they would score an Emmy nod as well—but unfortunately, they were not recognized by the Television Academy.

6. Matt Smith

The Doctor Who alum received an Emmy nod in 2018 for his work on The Crown. But he wasn't included on the 2023 list of nominees, even though he totally nailed his role as Princess Rhaenyra's husband, Daemon Targaryen, in House of the Dragon. Fortunately, the series itself wasn't snubbed. It earned a total of nine nominations, including Outstanding Cinematography for a Series.

7. Dominic West

We'll admit, this one's a bit of a shocker. Elizabeth Debicki scored a nomination for her portrayal of the late Princess Diana in The Crown, but West was overlooked, despite his unforgettable portrayal of Charles, Prince of Wales.

8. Harry & Meghan

If you thought the royal couple's tell-all Netlfix documentary would land them a nomination...think again. Although the six-part series scored high viewership numbers for Netflix—having the most documentary minutes viewed on the streaming service after The Tinder Swindler—Emmy voters left it off the list. 

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Greta Heggeness is a California-based editor at PureWow and has been writing about entertainment since 2015. She covers everything from awards shows to exclusive celebrity...