Emmys Snubs & Surprises: 'This Is Us,' 'Yellowstone,' Sadie Sink & More

The are a time to recognize your favorite shows and performances, but when it comes time for nominations, it’s a process filled with exciting surprises and shocking snubs, there’s no in-between.

The 2022 Emmy nominations are no exception to that rule as some stars are finally given their due like ‘s and others like ‘ are left out of the running. It’s a time filled with sadness for shows like which didn’t pick up any major nominations for its final season — and as well as triumphs for surprise hits like .

Below, we’re breaking down some of the biggest shockers from exciting surprises to disappointing snubs, and let us know what you’re most surprised about this year’s nominees in the comments section, below.

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SNUB: Meg Stalter on Hacks

The whole cast of is a riot, but none of them have quite the delivery that has, which makes it surprising that she’s one of the only cast members not nominated at this year’s ceremony. Her performance as Kayla was a standout in Season 2, making her exclusion all the more disappointing.

SURPRISE: Rhea Seehorn for Better Call Saul

Finally, the Television Academy is recognizing Rhea Seehorn’s stellar performance as Kim Wexler in AMC’s prequel series, . This is Seehorn’s first Emmy nomination and it comes just in time as the show’s final season continues to unravel.

SNUB: Reservation Dogs

‘s critically-acclaimed comedy about a group of friends living on an Oklahoma-based Native American reservation delivered some seriously funny moments and poignant stories in its freshman outing. While it may not be on the same popularity level as others in its genre category like

, is a show worthy of recognition, making its exclusion disappointing.

SNUB: Mandy Moore for This Is Us

Apparently, the final season hype for couldn’t help the former Emmy darling breakthrough this year’s categories. While much of the cast delivered stellar performances throughout the season, this shut-out is especially disappointing for who was the heart of the show’s last chapter as Pearson family matriarch Rebecca.

SURPRISE: Sydney Sweeney's Double Noms

Along with landing her first Emmy nomination this year, didn’t just snag a nod in one category she did it in two. The actress is receiving recognition for her performances in both and . Delivering two unique performances, it’s a nice surprise to see the actress honored with two times the nominations love.

SNUB: Sadie Sink in Stranger Things

While managed to snag a nod for Outstanding Drama Series following Season 4, Volume 1, it was the exclusion of Sadie Sink’s turn as Max that really stands out here. The young star delivered one of the show’s best performances to date as her character struggled with depression and grief. Her attempt to escape big bad Vecna (

) was so emotional that the moment essentially revived the popularity of Kate Bush’s “Running Up That Hill.” So, what gives?

SNUB: Outlander

Once again‘s fantasy drama has been shut out of the Emmys despite its continued popularity and solid performances delivered by leads and. While the show may not garner the buzz of dramas like , it’s still a disappointment that it hasn’t received the recognition it deserves.

SURPRISE: Zoey's Extraordinary Christmas

Despite being canceled on, the musical comedy made a movie comeback with on leading to this surprisingly sweet nomination. While the story of Zoey, her friends, and her family may not continue onscreen, the nod is a nice cap to a solid run.

SNUB: Hamish Linklater for Midnight Mass

‘s horror series was a standout drama in 2021, especially‘s turn as Father Paul, a priest who arrives in a small island town and is plagued with a dark secret. Sure, the series may be a lesser-acknowledged genre among Emmy voters, but

deserved far more love than it’s been shown, making this snub even more painful.

SNUB: Yellowstone

The Emmys remain out of reach for ‘s massive hit series which is sure to disappoint its avid fans. Despite earning a nod for production design at the ceremony last year, this time around, the show remains nomination-less. This particularly stings for fans that were pulling for Kelly Reilly’s performance as Beth Dutton.

SURPRISE: Squid Game's Cast

Last year’s big hit received big love at this year’s ceremony which is thrilling to see as most of the show’s primary cast received nominations. Along with earning a nod for Lead Actor in a Drama, his costars Park Hae-soo and Oh Yeong-su each earned nominations for Supporting Actor in a Drama. Meanwhile, Jung Ho-yeon earned a nod for Supporting Actress in a Drama and Lee You-mi was nominated for Guest Actress in a Drama.

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