This will undoubtedly go down as one of the biggest missteps in Emmy Award history. Considering the show was completely ignored by the Television Academy in its first two seasons, the fact that The Leftovers was snubbed by the Emmys once again for its third and final season might not be a surprise… but Twitter is still not here for it.
It boggles the mind to think that voters could have been so blind to the virtues of the HBO drama, given that it was literally the most critically acclaimed series of the year, with various reviews proclaiming it to be the "best show of 2017," the "most ambitious show of the decade," or even "one of the best TV shows ever made."
Not to belittle the Leftovers' competition, but nobody is exactly using such qualifiers to describe Season 5 of House Of Cards. If such unabashed praise doesn't merit even a nomination in the Outstanding Drama Series category… well, then I don't know what does. Carrie Coon and Justin Theroux also deserved to land in the Lead Actor categories for their achingly honest performances; not to mention the entire supporting cast, including the likes of Amy Brenneman, Christopher Eccleston, and Scott Glenn.
Here's just a small sample of the internet's vitriol over the Emmys' stubborn refusal to recognize the most daring and compelling TV series of our time:
THE TELEVISION ACADEMY DID NOT GIVE CARRIE COON AN EMMY NOMINATION FOR THE LEFTOVERS pic.twitter.com/IJ6377uCT8— Jackson McHenry (@McHenryJD) July 13, 2017
What is this feeling?
It's not the heat, it's the complete disregard for The Leftovers, one of the greatest television series of all time.— Louis Peitzman (@LouisPeitzman) July 13, 2017
Some people need a moment to re-center themselves after this tragic news.
I am physically ill thinking about the lack of Emmy nominations for The leftovers and @carriecoon— Megan Amram (@meganamram) July 13, 2017
Is this how Nora felt when her missing family was replaced by creepy dolls?
Welcome to the first annual Runner-Up Emmys!
So, quick Emmy thought. The Drama categories are now the What Was Second-Best to The Leftovers categories.— James Poniewozik (@poniewozik) July 13, 2017
I think we would all willingly go through the LADR device if we knew this was waiting for us on the other side:
Sometimes a sad gif is necessary.
At least The Leftovers isn't alone in its painful snubbing.
The Leftovers and The Americans really didn't get noms in the Best Drama category. they really didn't pic.twitter.com/rXWK5tD8Gy— melli (@annachlumskys) July 13, 2017
Sadly, Siri has no answers in this situation.
Awards shows never matter more than when your favorite shows are snubbed.
Me: There is nothing dumber than awards shows.— Duncan Whitmire (@DuncanWhitmire) July 13, 2017
Also me: @TheLeftoversHBO got snubbed for Emmys? Again?!? IS THERE NO JUSTICE?!?!?!?!?!?!
Even members of the cast are expressing their outrage.
Some people just want to make their own categories.
Did voters even watch the show?
All faith in humanity is effectively destroyed.
Even if it was ignored in the top categories, at least The Leftovers didn't go home totally empty-handed this year.
Bless u, Ann Dowd for keeping Leftovers from never receiving an Emmy nomination.— Todd VanDerWerff (@tvoti) July 13, 2017
Ann Dowd singlehandedly prevented the series from being snubbed across the board for its entire run, landing a last-minute nomination in the Guest Actress category for her Season 3 cameo as Guilty Remnant leader Patti Levin.
That one single solitary nomination puts The Leftovers in the realm of other shows acclaimed by critics but ignored by the Emmys, right up there with one of the most beloved series of all time: The Wire, which only ever earned two nominations — both in the Writing category — over its five seasons. And that's admittedly not bad company to be in.
Thankfully, the Emmy Awards are not the final arbiter of taste or what qualifies as greatness. The Leftovers fans know that they have watched one of the greatest dramas of our generation; no pile of trophies would augment that achievement, and no absence of nominations will take it away.