There were plenty of snubs and surprises with the 2022 Emmy nominations announcement Tuesday, but no show’s omission is outraging fans on social media quite like that of Mike Flanagan’s limited series “Midnight Mass.”
Twitter users admonished the Television Academy for the Emmys snub across categories (the show didn’t score a single nomination), calling it the “best show of 2021” and balking at the fact that shows competing in the same category like “Inventing Anna” (which received mixed reviews from critics and viewers alike) were nominated in its stead.
“I don’t need MIDNIGHT MASS (the best show of 2021) to get Emmy nominations to validate it,” one user wrote. “That remains a horror masterpiece, chock-full of phenomenal writing, direction and acting, with one of the most haunting series finales I’ve seen in years. The snubs change nothing.”
The series — which, along with “The Haunting of Hill House” and “The Haunting of Bly Manor,” is Flanagan’s third foray into horror outings with Netflix — follows an eerie, derelict seaside town that’s seemingly revitalized when a mysterious priest (Hamish Linklater) arrives with troves of miracles in tow. Religious fervor quickly sweeps the area, but nothing is what it seems as a looming figure starts terrorizing residents. Previous Flanagan collaborators Kate Siegel and Zach Gilford also star alongside Linklater and Rahul Kohli.
Kohli joined in on the conversation, tweeting support for his co-star: “Fucking snubbed. Especially Hamish. What a load of old shit,” he wrote, before adding, “Congrats to everyone else though
It was also noted that the Emmys could have overlooked the series due to its horror elements. Traditionally, the genre has not fared well at awards shows, including the Oscars, for its perceived “lowbrow” nature.
Also on Twitter, Flanagan reposted tweets that showered praise on the series, including one that said the series is still a “winner.” He also retweeted a Slash Film article, the accompanying tweet of which read, “If we ran the Emmys, Midnight Mass would’ve been nominated for everything.” He later responded directly to the social media support, saying, “Really, really appreciate our MIDNIGHT MASS fans today. It’s been very cool to see you guys rally, and it means a lot. Thank you for the messages and tweets, you guys are the best.”
See further reactions below:
I don’t usually take notice of awards and stuff, but Midnight Mass not being nominated is insane to me pic.twitter.com/R6yqSu1xAq
— brendon (@bren_films) July 12, 2022
Hamish Linklater really did deserve an Emmy for midnight mass. https://t.co/8RZgPWJ2uI
— Max (@BigMaxandchips) July 12, 2022
Hamish Linklater and all of Midnight Mass were fucking snubbed and it’s disgusting pic.twitter.com/soaHCQpZFG
(@thenervousgeek) July 12, 2022
I'm serious, y'all. Don't be too disappointed by OFMD's lack of Emmy's. Award shows are bunk.
Haunting of Hill House and Midnight Mass, two of some of the best mini series streaming has to offer, got bupkis because they're horror. OFMD got bupkis because it wasn't advertised.
— Ruthie Hanson (Screenwriter and Author) (@ruthiewrites91) July 12, 2022
That midnight mass snub for the limited series category is nasty work
— MEL (@filmadlct) July 12, 2022
Inventing Anna being nominated but not Midnight Mass is actually atrocious pic.twitter.com/sRR531Khlo
— Toby Isaacs Apologist (@tobycampanelli) July 12, 2022
midnight mass was snubbed they all died for nothing
(@dunwaIl) July 12, 2022
as far as vampire media goes, midnight mass is a masterpiece of horror but i’m still in awe over hamish linklater’s control over his voice of a man terrified and trying to make sense of the incomprehensible in his own religiously deluded way, so yeah he was robbed of an emmy pic.twitter.com/58RX4wzZmS
(@dunwaIl) July 12, 2022
How Midnight Mass wasn't nominated for an Emmy is a real bummer. It was the best show of 2021. Perfect and stunning. @flanaganfilm and the whole cast and crew deserve so much recognition for this masterpiece of storytelling and terror. pic.twitter.com/rog7Td3rB5
— K I M M Y (@frozenoverhoth) July 12, 2022