2019 Tubby Awards: The Nominations

Hello and welcome to the first annual Tubby Awards, where we pay tribute to the best TV shows and small-screen performances not honored by the weird conglomeration of three separate Academies that give out the Emmy Award.

As with the Snubby Awards, anyone can nominate a show or performance in the relevant category by replying to the category, and anyone can vote for your as many options as you feel are deserving (including your own suggestions!) Top five vote-getters will be nominated, and we will vote on the nominees next week. Winners of next week’s votes will be awarded a gold statue of the gay Teletubby with Susan Lucci’s name inscribed at the base.

To launch the Tubbies, I picked what seemed to be the major categories, without getting too deep into the weeds of guest stars and limited series. If you feel a category was unfairly overlooked — dare we say it, snubbed — or that, like the Snubbies, we should honor aspects of the craft the Academies ignore — feel free to add your own category. If it gets enough of a response, I’ll include it in the second round of voting.

Please limit commentary to the discussion threads so as not to clutter up the potential nominees. And as always, this is not a competition, this is only an exhibition, so I beg of you: no wagering.

For reference, here are the actual Emmy nominees (who are therefore not eligible for a Tubby).

Outstanding Comedy Series
The Good Place
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Russian Doll
Schitt’s Creek

Outstanding Drama Series
Better Call Saul
Game of Thrones
Killing Eve
This Is Us

Outstanding Limited Series
Escape at Dannemora
Sharp Objects
When They See Us

Lead Actress, Comedy
Christina Applegate, Dead to Me
Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Fleabag
Catherine O’Hara, Schitt’s Creek
Natasha Lyonne, Russian Doll
Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Julia Louis-Dreyus, Veep

Lead Actor, Comedy
Anthony Anderson, Black-ish
Don Cheadle, Black Monday
Ted Danson, The Good Place
Michael Douglas, The Kominsky Method
Bill Hader, Barry
Eugene Levy, Schitt’s Creek

Lead Actress, Drama
Emilia Clarke, Game of Thrones
Jodie Comer, Killing Eve
Viola Davis, How To Get Away with Murder
Laura Linney, Ozark
Mandy Moore, This Is Us
Sandra Oh, Killing Eve
Robin Wright, House of Cards

Lead Actor, Drama
Jason Bateman, Ozark
Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us
Kit Harrington, Game of Thrones
Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul
Billy Porter, Pose
Milo Ventimiglia, This Is US

Supporting Actress, Comedy
Alex Borstein, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Anna Chlumsky, Veep
Sian Clifford, Fleabag
Olivia Colman, Fleabag
Betty Gilpin, GLOW
Sarah Goldberg, Barry
Marin Hinkle, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live

Supporting Actor, Comedy
Alan Arkin, The Kominsky Method
Anthony Carrigan, Barry
Tony Hale, Veep
Stephen Root, Barry
Tony Shalhoub, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Henry Winkler, Barry

Supporting Actress, Drama
Gwendoline Christie, Game of Thrones
Julia Garner, Ozark
Lena Headley, Game of Thrones
Fiona Shaw, Killing Eve
Sophie Turner, Game of Thrones
Maisie Williams, Game of Thrones

Supporting Actor, Drama
Alfie Allen, Game of Thrones
Jonathan Banks, Better Caul Saul
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Game of Thrones
Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
Giancarlo Esposito, Better Call Saul
Michael Kelly, House of Cards
Chris Sullivan, This Is Us

Directing, Comedy
The Big Bang Theory
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Writing, Comedy
The Good Place
Russian Doll

Directing, Drama
Game of Thrones
The Handmaid’s Tale
Killing Eve

Writing, Drama
Better Call Saul
Game of Thrones
The Handmaid’s Tale
Killing Eve