The Brazilian actor could have easily been tapped for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series - he even learned Spanish for the iconic role. Check out the biggest snubs and surprises from Thursday's nominations. The 2015 drama and comedy winners - Game of Thrones and Veep, respectively - added a significant number of nods to HBO's 2016 awards tally, even if the premium cable network's nominations tumbled significantly from 126 nominations last year to 94 this year.
Kevin Spacey is nominated for best actor in a drama series for his role as Frank Underwood in House Of Cards, while Claire Danes (Homeland), Viola Davis (How to Get Away With Murder) and Robin Wright (House of Cards) are among the nominations for best actress in a drama series.
Other than an Emmy for Margo Martindale for guest performance previous year, "The Americans" has been snubbed by Emmy despite four seasons as one of TV's best and most ambitious dramas. The show did score guest acting mentions for perennial nominee Michael J. Fox and former victor Carrie Preston. Beyond Outstanding Variety Sketch Series and Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series, "Key & Peele" received a third consecutive nomination for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series, as well as nominations for Outstanding Hairstyling for Multi-Camera Series or Special, Outstanding Makeup for a Multi-Camera Series or Special (Non-Prosthetic), Outstanding Production Design for a Variety, Nonfiction, Reality or Reality-Competition Series and Outstanding Picture Editing for Variety Programming. She was snubbed this year. A drama series nod would've been a first for Lifetime. As long as television retains its inferiority complex vis-à-vis film and stays dazzled by any movie star that deigns to appear on the "small screen" for a season at a time, the Emmys will continue throwing trophies at them. But the show itself and stars Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell are all highly deserving of their nods. You wouldn't know it from looking at the Emmy nominations list, though. Henson would be only the second African American actress to pick up prize. "Nick News With Linda Ellerbee: Hello, I Must Be Going!"
Even though the TV landscape has some more work to do and more attention to give, next to a tiresome and white Oscars, it's certainly in a better place in terms of the kinds of narratives and performers we're finally seeing. "The Daily Show with Trevor Noah", whose host replaced the heavily decorated Jon Stewart, failed to get a single nomination, as did David Letterman's successor, Stephen Colbert.
In contrast, Netflix looked like a thoroughbred just starting to show what it can do. But the show wasn't nominated for a best drama Emmy and, perhaps more surprisingly, star Julianna Margulies was also snubbed. The show's breakthrough is all the more impressive because it's historically a lot harder for shows to crack the Emmy ceiling after three years. Emmy voters are notorious creatures of habit.
She then explained she was on the phone with her mother when she saw the news. One that did not make it? Sure, John Oliver got a much-deserved nod for Last Week Tonight.
The ensemble cast of "Game of Thrones" found leading bids elusive. In addition to repeat nominees Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey and Emilia Clarke, Kit Harington and Maisie Williams were both nominated for supporting actor for the first time. Max von Sydow is also nominated in guest actor. This year, the Netflix dramedy only managed one nomination for casting.