Emmys 2020: Biggest snubs from Reese Witherspoon and Daisy Edgar-Jones
The biggest snubs from today’s Emmy Award nominations include Reese Witherspoon and Normal People’s Daisy Edgar-Jones.
There were some big, deserving surprises from the list of nominees – Paul Mescal rightfully got a nod, as did Zendaya for her performance in teen drama Euphoria and pretty much everything involving Schitt’s Creek.
But there were, as ever, notable disappointments in certain names missing from the list.
Here are our picks for everyone we think was snubbed.
Reese Witherspoon in Little Fires Everywhere
Starting off with the biggest – Reese’s Little Fires Everywhere co-star Kerry Washington got a nod for Best Leading Actress in a Mini-Series, but the Legally Blonde star’s absence was notable.
There were plenty of double nominations from shows in the same category this year – most notably Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer for Killing Eve and Christina Applegate and Linda Cardellini for Dead To Me – so why didn’t Reese join Kerry?
For us, the most likely reason for that is her performance in the Amazon Prime drama is eerily similar to her role as Madeline Mackenzie in Big Little Lies, maybe too similar?
Daisy Edgar-Jones in Normal People
We think it’s fair to say a wild and passionate scream left our lips when we saw Paul Mescal had been rightfully nominated for his work as Connell in Normal People.
But bafflingly, Daisy Edgar-Jones missed out on a nomination as Marianne. This is strange on a number of levels. As good as Mescal’s performance was, it was backed up no end by Edgar-Jones as Marianne, Normal People really was a show of halves and she deserved the credit.
Also, as fans of Sally Rooney’s source novel will know, Marianne is not, in theory, the most likeable character ripe for adaption – and Edgar-Jones deserved massive plaudits for making Marianne something more than just a manic pixie-girl stereotype with a great full-fringe.
Bob Odenkirk in Better Call Saul
Bob Odenkirk is the beating heart of Breaking Bad spin-off Better Call Saul, and there seems to be a ripple of anger throughout social media that he was denied a nomination this year.
It’s easy to compare and contrast Odenkirk with Brian Cranston’s career-defining performance as Walter White, but the two characters are coloured in different shades.
Odenkirk plays Saul Goodman’s descent into the murky under-world of crime a lot differently than his predecessor, but clearly 2020 just isn’t his year.
Evan Rachel Wood and Tessa Thompson in Westworld
Westworld’s third season three was a bit of a failed experiment in terms of aesthetic and narrative – but it was backed up by three startling performances from its three lead actresses.
Evan Rachel Wood and Tessa Thompson were left out in the cold, however, whilst Thandie Newton got a nod for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama thanks to her work as conflicted android Maeve.
But it’s fair to day that Wood and Thompson each brought something very different to mix this year – Dolores (Wood) was basically re-cast as James Bond and Charlotte Hale’s (Thompson) show-stopping journey into consciousness constitutes as some of the Marvel actress’ greatest-ever work.
Hailee Steinfeld in Dickinson
We don’t know if many people watched Dickinson? We certainly liked it, even if it trailed-off into oddness during its latter episodes.
As a partially fictionalised version of poet Emily Dickinson, Hailee Steinfeld drew on a variety of influences – this was the period drama seen through the lens of Skins, and her performance was just as beguiling and odd as the rest of the show.
As to why she wasn’t nominated – Apple TV+ may just be starting out, but Dickinson was clearly outshined by the more showy and standard awards-season flare of The Morning Show. Maybe we can hedge our bets on season two?
The 72nd Primetime Emmys air 21 September.
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