Worst: Emmy Voters' Lack of Imagination
As great as Malek and Maslany's wins are, the Emmy voters still have a long way to go in terms of not awarding the same shows year after year. We're certainly not begrudging Julia Louis-Dreyfus her win for Veep (see below), but it came during a year when she was up against a few particularly worthy first-time nominees, such as Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt's Ellie Kemper, or Black-ish's Tracee Ellis Ross. Ditto Maggie Smith, who won for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for Downton Abbey's final season. Sure, she was good — she's Maggie Fucking Smith! But her competition included Game of Thrones' Lena Headey and Maisie Williams, both of whom gave complex, challenging performances on that series. We're grateful for the underdog winners this year, but it's still worth pushing for more interesting choices, not the same old safe stuff.