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Emmys 2020: Reese Witherspoon snubbed for three shows

The 72nd annual Emmy nominations were announced on Tuesday morning.

Saturday Night Live alum Leslie Jones hosted, with Inventing Anna star Laverne Cox, Central Park’s Josh Gad, Perry Mason star Tatiana Maslany and Television Academy Chairman and CEO Frank Scherma on hand to present the nominees. 

And while there were many obvious choices like The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Schitt’s Creek and The Crown, there were also plenty of snubs that shocked Hollywood, most notably Reese Witherspoon for herthree   series The Morning Show, Little Fires Everywhere and Big Little Lies as well as the beloved Modern Family.

Oscar-winner Reese was not nominated for her role in the Apple+ show The Morning Show.

Instead, Jennifer Aniston was nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series. Steve Carell, Mark Duplass, Billy Crudup and Martin Short were all singled out for their work on the show as well.

And Witherspoon was also not recognized for her work in Hulu’s Little Fires Everywhere. 

Instead her co-star Kerry Washington was given a nod.

The mother of three was also left off the list for Big Little Lies; instead Meryl Streep and Laura Dern received recognition. Nicole Kidman was also surprisingly left out in the cold.

The star – who also serves as a producer on the three shows – had a classy response to being overlooking.

She tweeted on Tuesday: ‘Wow what an incredible honor! 3 of our @hellosunshine ☀️ productions are nominated for a total of 18 Emmys… 

‘I’m so proud of our team who works tirelessly behind the scenes to bring these stories to life! BRAVO to the cast & crews @LittleFiresHulu @TheMorningShow @Big_Little_Lies.’ 

Gwyneth Paltrow was not singled out for her work in The Politician. Instead, Bette Midler was nominated for that show in the Guest Actress In A Comedy Series slot.  

Modern Family was also left off the list as Outstanding Comedy Series nods went to  Curb Your Enthusiasm, Dead To Me, The Good Place, Insecure, The Komisky Method, The Marvelous Mrs Masiel, Schitt’s Creek and What We Do In The Shadows.

Mandy Moore, Milo Ventimiglia and Chrissy Metz were not recognized for their work in This Is Us, but Sterling K Brown was as was Phylicia Rashad and guest actor Ron Cephas Jones.

Other snubs include Elisabeth Moss for The Handmaid’s Tale, Westworld, Al Pacino for Hunters, and Larry David. 

Netflix’s comedy Never Have I Ever from Mindy Kaling was not on the list either. 

Watchmen is the leading contender with 26 nominations. The HBO series stars Regina King and is a dystopian superhero drama dealing with race, police and white supremacy based on a 1980s graphic novel.

The Amazon comedy The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is the second most-nominated series with 20, followed by Netflix’s Ozark with 18.

The Emmys, which rotate among the major broadcast networks, will air on September 20 on ABC with Jimmy Kimmel as emcee. 

He previously emceed the awards in 2012 and 2016. 

It has not yet been named how or where it will be held.  

The announcement on Tuesday was unusual as there were no reporters or publicists present at the TV academy’s Los Angeles headquarters due to social isolation and lockdown from COVID-19.    

‘Where is everybody?’ jokes Jones. ‘You all tricked me! There’s nobody in here but a cameraman!’

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