Bodyguard has become the BBC's first series to be nominated for an Outstanding Drama Series Emmy in nearly 50 years, but it's star was snubbed in the Best Actor drama category.
The actor played the role of David Budd, war veteran turned head of security for controversial British Home Secretary Julia Montague, played by Keeley Hawes.
Madden picked up the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a TV Drama Series, beating Ozark‘s Jason Bateman, Stephan James (Homecoming), Pose's iconic Billy Porter and Matthew Rhys (The Americans).
It's fair to say that fans are absolutely livid over the former Game of Thrones actor's snub, and are demanding answers…
Critic Scott Feinberg of the Hollywood Reporter pointed out in a tweet how odd it was to see the show nominated without Madden getting a nod when he was in pretty much every scene.
So BODYGUARD is nominated for best drama series but Richard Madden, who is in every scene of the show, is not nominated for best actor in a drama series? GTFO!
— Scott Feinberg (@ScottFeinberg) July 16, 2019
Madden received great reviews for his recent appearance in Elton John biopic Rocketman, and was even named one of 2019’s 100 Most Influential People by Time magazine…So why the rudeness?
it doesn't make sense that richard madden is a golden globe winner but isn't nominated for an emmy. what is this fuckery?
— (@bruvbrunz) July 16, 2019
Critic Philiana Ng of Entertainment Tonight agreed with the fans about the shocking omission, using Madden's image as a meme to show her dismay;
Richard Madden wasn’t nominated for an Emmy pic.twitter.com/4BMoMy42Q1
— lia (@tehonkycat) July 16, 2019
Twitter user Katy wrote; "Golden Globe Winner Richard Madden snubbed of an Emmy nomination just doesn’t sit right with me at all.
"He put his heart and soul into making 360 minutes of television & delivered one of the most breathtaking performances I’ve ever seen and then doesn’t even get nominated." DAMN RIGHT.
Golden Globe Winner Richard Madden snubbed of an Emmy nomination just doesn’t sit right with me at all.He put his heart and soul into making 360 minutes of television & delivered one of the most breathtaking performances I’ve ever seen and then doesn’t even get nominated! #Emmys pic.twitter.com/05VX8jkZUl
— Katy (@dickyegerton) July 16, 2019
Some even resorted to using Emmy-nominated Kit Harington to emphasise their sadness;
richard madden didn’t get an emmy nomination for bodyguard… pic.twitter.com/HhTzJTbjTs
— holly (@traitorwhoulove) July 16, 2019
The star gave his all when it came to his performance as David Budd, who suffers from PTSD from his time serving in the British army in Afghanistan.
— Sarah Razner (@misssarahrazner) July 16, 2019
The thriller aired in the US on Netflix but was originally produced by ITV-owned producer World Productions for the British public broadcaster.
As well as Bodyguard's Outstanding Drama Series nomination, creator Jed Mercurio also picked up a nomination for Outstanding Writing For A Drama Series for the pilot.
Game of Thrones leads the Emmy Awards nominations, setting a new record with a whopping 32 total nominations.
Brilliant Phoebe Waller-Bridge BBC show Fleabag landed 11 nominations, including a Lead Actress nod for the writer/actress, whose show Killing Eve also received multiple nominations.
Bodyguard is expected to return for season two, with Mercurio saying he was “optimistic” about its chances of a renewal. All we want right now though, is Justice For Richard.
Feature image: Instagram/@bodyguard_bbc