Aziz Ansari Is The Most Surprising 2016 Emmys Nomination & Here's Why

I'm hardly ever shocked by the Emmy nominations. I feel like the same ten people are nominated every year, but for the 2016 Emmy nominations, one candidate could have knocked me over with a feather — Aziz Ansari's nomination for his work on Master Of None was so surprising. I'm hardly ever shocked by the Emmy nominations. I feel like the same ten people are nominated every year, but for the 2016 Emmy nominations, one candidate could have knocked me over with a feather — Aziz Ansari's 2016 Emmy nomination for his work on Master Of None was so surprising.

It’s not that I don’t like Master Of None — I absolutely love it. It was one of my favorite series to watch over the past year, and I thought that Ansari did a wonderful job capturing what dating is like in a big city, and what being a millennial in a big city like New York is like, too. It was poignant, brilliant, sad, happy, and gave important insight into minority representations in the media, dealing with our parents as they age, and more. Also, Ansari’s character, Dev, really loves pasta, and how could I hate a man that loves pasta? You just can’t.

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The reason I’m surprised about Ansari’s nominations is not because he’s not talented but because I didn’t expect the Emmy Awards to even have a show like Master Of None on its radar. I mean, Modern Family is still nominated all the time and that show is long past its funny due date. Homeland gets recognition, but that show is also past its prime. I’ve always felt that the Emmys play it pretty safe with nominations, so to have Ansari get recognized for Master Of None is great. I’m not sure he’ll win, especially in the Lead Actor in a Comedy category (Ansari is up against Anthony Anderson, Will Forte, and Jeffrey Tambour, to name a few), but a nomination is certainly a step in the right direction of the Emmy Awards recognizing shows that are a little off the beaten path.

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