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Major Omission in Emmy Submissions Shocks The Walking Dead Fans

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AMC has made its Emmy submissions for The Walking Dead franchise, but some of the network’s choices left fans puzzled. Although these are not the final Emmy nominations, they are the network’s submissions for nominations. And oddly enough, Melissa McBride (Carol), Alycia Debnam-Carey (Alicia), and Lauren Cohan (Maggie) were among the stars left off the submission list. Meanwhile, other stars with smaller roles received inclusions. What happened? Why was Jadis chosen over Maggie and Carol for a best actress submission? 

Here’s a quick look at how the nomination process works. First, people and shows are submitted “for consideration” for Emmy nominations, TV Insider reported. The TV show or program must have aired between June 1, 2021, and May 31, 2022, to be considered. Then the Academy members can vote on the submissions and their votes are tallied. The winners go on to become the Emmy nominees, which are announced on July 28. Voting then commences on the nominees, and the winners are announced at the 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards on September 20, 2022. 

Here Are AMC’s Emmy Submissions for The Walking Dead Universe

AMC’s Emmy submissions for The Walking Dead Universe were included on the Emmy ballot webpage before voting closed on June 27. The Emmy ballot webpage has since been cleared. However, Redditor u/willrobster16 and the Twitter account The Walking Dead World compiled a list of submissions before the page was taken down. While many of the submissions made sense, some of the names that were left out confused fans. 

Here’s the list, as shared by The Walking Dead World and the Reddit thread here, of Emmy submissions from The Walking Dead Universe as a whole.

Best Lead Actor in a Drama Series Submission

  • Norman Reedus (Daryl, TWD)
  • Lennie James (Morgan, FearTWD)

Best Lead Actress in a Drama Series Submission

  • Pollyanna McIntosh (Jadis, TWD World Beyond)  
  • Julia Ormond (Elizabeth Kublek, TWD: World Beyond)
  • Christian Serratos (Rosita, TWD)

Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Submission

  • Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Negan, TWD)
  • Josh Hamilton (Lance Hornsby, TWD)
  • Michael James Shaw (Mercer, TWD)
  • Ruben Blades (Daniel, FearTWD)
  • Joe Holt (Leo, TWD World Beyond)

Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Submission

  • Eleanor Matsura (Yumiko, TWD)
  • Paolo Lazaro (Princess, TWD)
  • Jenna Elfman (June, FearTWD)
  • Danay Garcia (Luciana, FearTWD)

Best Guest Actor in a Drama Series Submission

  • Michal Biehn (Ian, cult leader from TWD 11×13)

Best Directing in a Drama Series Submission

  • Lily Mariye (TWD episode 11×15, “Trust”)

Best Actor in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series Submission

  • Nick Stahl (Riley, Dead in the Water) 

Outstanding Cinematography for a Single Camera Series Submission

  • Cindy Hawkins (FearTWD, 7×03)

Best Hosted Talk Show or Special Submission

  • Talking Dead

According to Awards Watch, there were 134 total submissions for Lead Actor in a Drama Series and 114 total submissions for Lead Actress in a Drama Series. So this means that TWD’s submissions from AMC have a lot of competition. 

Some Fans Are Confused by the Stars Who Were Left Out

While every celebrity who was submitted certainly deserved the accolades, many fans are confused by the actors who were left out of the submission process. 

For example, Melissa McBride (Carol) was not submitted for a nomination, nor was Lauren Cohan (Maggie) or Lauren Ridloff (Connie.)

Alycia-Debnam Carey (Alicia) and Colman Domingo (Victor) were not submitted for Fear the Walking Dead. 

The Walking Dead World noted on Twitter, “Obviously we know the chances of actual nominations are slim to none, but AMC usually goes all out with their submissions with much of the cast being submitted for consideration.” 

One person said that McBride didn’t have a lot of screentime so far in Season 11, but someone else countered that Cohan had tons of screentime, so it made no sense that she didn’t receive a submission. 

KatStark tweeted, “Why on earth did they leave the lead women out of all 3 main shows? These women always give their best. It’s disrespectful & Alycia Debnam-Carey maybe is on to something leaving. Her work will get noticed elsewhere.”

One person replied that leaving out Carol and Maggie is “madness.” 

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    Stephanie Dwilson started Post Apocalyptic Media with her husband Derek. She's a licensed attorney and has a master's in science and technology journalism. You can reach her at [email protected].

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