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Frankly, there was a lot we predicted and, shocker, a lot we didn’t. The 2019 Emmy Award nominations displayed a wealth of love for shows saying goodbye such as “Game of Thrones” and “Veep.” They also reiterated their affection for “Barry,” “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” and anything James Corden seems to touch. But, as always, there were just as many snubs as there were surprises.
Snubs: “Project Runway” and “The Masked Singer”
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Boy did Bravo **** up with “Project Runway.” After reacquiring the series from Lifetime they decided to go younger and let longtime hosts Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn go. Not only were ratings down, but the Television Academy passed on a Reality-Competition nomination after the series had been nominated 14 straight years (only “The Amazing Race” has been nominated more). FOX, on the other hand, couldn’t convince members that their massive hit, “The Masked Singer,” was worthy of a nod despite some impressive performances.
Surprise: “Nailed It”
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Host Nicole Beyer has no problem telling you how annoying it gets to have audience members yell her Netflix show’s signature phrase, “Nailed it!” during her stand-up routines. Well, it might all be worth it now. Beyer didn’t get an individual Reality Host nomination, but the show shocked in the Reality Competition category effectively knocking “Project Runway” out. It will be tough for the cooking competition show to beat “RuPaul’s Drag Race” or “The Voice,” but its got a shot.
Acting nods for Emila Clarke, Maisie Williams, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Peter Dinklage were expected but Alfie Allen (aka Theon Greyjoy)? And Sophie Turner? Lena Headey after they gave her that little to do in a final season? Gwendoline Christie? Sophie Turner? And…Kit Harrington? Do you think the Academy still loves “Game of Thrones” despite the final episode backlash? Yeah, no...
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