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Julia Roberts’ reaction to her Emmys snub is a masterclass in how to take a disappointment

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Julia Roberts was widely expected to win an Emmy nomination for her Amazon series Homecoming - but her reaction to the snub was in itself worthy of an award

When the news broke that Julia Roberts would star in and executive produce the Amazon Prime series Homecoming, film pundits widely forecasted that the actress would win an Emmy.

All that changed last night though, as the 2019 Emmy nominations were officially announced. In a dramatic turn of events, the Hollywood actress dubbed ‘America’s sweetheart’ was nowhere to be seen on the list. 

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Based on the podcast of the same name created by Eli Horowitz and Micah Bloomberg, Homecoming follows the story of Heidi Bergman (played by Roberts) a psychologist who had helped soldiers rehabilitate into civilian life at the Homecoming Transitional Support Centre. Four years later though, in a new life working as a waitress in a diner, a US Department of Defense enquiry leads Bergman to realise that the government programme may not have been what it seemed.

The military-themed thriller debuted to rave reviews, but despite the praise, Homecoming was left out from the Outstanding Drama Series category, while Roberts was snubbed from the Lead Actress in a Drama Series category. There were no nominations for co-stars Stephan James, Bobby Cannavale, Shea Whigham or Sissy Spacek, either. 

In the meantime, Sandra Oh, Laura Linney, Robin Wright, Emilia Clarke, Jodie Comer, Viola Davis and Mandy Moore all picked up Emmy nominations for their television work. 

Not that Roberts was going to let the news put a dampener on things, taking to Instagram to give a masterclass in exactly how to take a disappointment. That is, with a large serving of grace and humour. 

“Well, I’m in exceptional company at least.” Roberts wrote alongside a screenshot of a notification that read, “Biggest Emmy nomination snubs: Julia Roberts, George Clooney and Emma Stone are among the A-listers shut out.” 

While received George Clooney Hulu series Catch-22 garnered two nominations in technical categories, Roberts’ close friend was shut out for an individual award, while Emma Stone received no nominations for her performance in the Netflix miniseries Maniac either

Despite the snub, Homecoming will return for a second series to Amazon Prime, although Roberts will only serve as executive producer this time around.

In the meantime, here’s hoping Roberts attends the 2019 Emmys ceremony, because being the Queen of accepting awards as well as taking snubs is a look that definitely needs to be recognised. 

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Christobel Hastings is a London-based journalist covering pop culture, feminism, LGBTQ and lore.

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