There are a lot of great things about the Emmy nominations this year. There was Anthony Anderson's pure joy at announcing his own nomination for best lead actor for Black-ish. The Americans finally got recognition after four great seasons. Aziz Ansari became the first Indian-American to get a lead comedy acting nomination. And Queen Bey is even further on her way to getting that inevitable EGOT.
Then there are other things that made us raise an eyebrow. Will there ever be a year when ABC's Modern Family isn't nominated—especially now that it shares a network with wildly inventive comedies like Black-ish, Fresh Off the Boat, and The Goldbergs? And with series like Power, Girls, OITNB, Full Frontal With Samantha Bee, and The Affair delivering plenty of opportunities for badass female creators behind the scenes, why are the women nominated in categories of writing and directing so scarce?e
Of course, all our favorites aren't always going to be nominated for Emmys, but some of these omissions left us perplexed.
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Give some respect to the last season of The Good Wife.
Alison Wright, The Americans
While the main characters got nominated for Emmys, Martha is seriously the only character I care deeply about on the show.
Uzo Aduba,Orange Is The New Black
While Orange Is The New Black has been criticized for the lack of people of color behind the scenes, the show's portrayal of women with mental illnesses this season was something to be applauded.
Aya Cash, You're the Worst
For her ability to make us feel for—and often laugh with—the clinically depressed, self-destructive Gretchen Cutler.
Krysten Ritter, Jessica Jones
A superhero who can steal the Avengers' thunder and doesn't wear the typical over-sexualized costume deserves some applause.
Shiri Appleby, UnReal
As Rachel, the UnREAL star is both highly relatable and highly fucked up—which is why she’s the perfect tour guide through the dark world of reality TV.
Constance Wu, Fresh Off The Boat
Constance Wu is a gem that everyone needs to recognize before she gets big and pretends like she doesn't know you.
Rachel Bloom, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
As Rebecca Bunch, Bloom sings about her big boobs, she raps about being a Jewish American Princess, and her acting is on point.
Gina Rodriguez, Jane the Virgin
Jane had a baby and is still a virgin and was, once again, snubbed by the Emmys. This year, there don't seem to be any Latinx nominations in the acting categories.
Sophie Turner, Game of Thrones
Turner's portrayal of Sansa Stark should get an award just for the smirk she made after watching Ramsay Bolton die.
Samantha Bee, Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
For her witty and accurate comedic commentary on real issues, we nominate her for best talk show on TV, something I'm sure her forming employers (read: The Daily Show) are little salty about.
Tahirah Hairston is a style writer from Detroit who likes Susan Miller, Rihanna's friend's Instagram accounts, ramen and ugly-but cute shoes.