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A Rundown of the 2013 Emmy Nominations and Snubs

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | July 18, 2013 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | July 18, 2013 |

Let’s see what kind of sh*t-show the Emmy folks have given us this year: First off, no Tatiana Maslany, as expected. “House of Cards,” however, made history as the first Netflix show to be nominated (in several categories, in fact). “Justified” was shut out of all the major categories (including Walton Goggins), as was what I thought was the best show of the year, “Rectify.” But, “Game of Thrones” fans can rejoice, as it’s all over the Emmy map, as is “Mad Men,” expectedly.

Despite a great season, “Boardwalk Empire” seems to have been the loser with “House of Cards” now in the mix (instead of “Downton Abbey,” which has no business on any Emmy list). “The Good Wife” also lost nominations this year, but again, that’s less due to quality of the show, and more to do with the ever increasing competition, as well as the fact that Emmy voters tend to hang on to old shows even during off seasons (see also: “Homeland”). “30 Rock” got all the farewell love this year, while “The Office” was shut out. There was also no love for Max Greenfield or Jake Johnson on “New Girl” with all those “Modern Family” guys crowding the supporting actor comedy category, per usual.

“Newsroom” didn’t get much love (nor was it really expected to), although I’m a bit surprised with the nomination of Jeff Daniels (who took Olyphant’s spot). I’d have preferred to see Sam Waterson in the supporting actor category for “Newsroom” (or even Olivia Munn in the supporting actress category). Meanwhile, Amy Poehler was nominated, but “Parks and Rec” was not, nor was “Community” (although, had it been in Dan Harmon’s sabbatical year, the showrunner may have chewed Chevy Chase’s leg off). But hey! “Big Bang Theory” still gets all the love.

I gotta say, though: All the fun nominees are the guest actor/actress nominations. BERT COOPER. Unfortunately, Goggins was snubbed there, too.


Best Drama
“House of Cards”
“Breaking Bad”
“Downton Abbey”
“Mad Men”
“Game of Thrones”

Best Actor — Drama
Bryan Cranston, “Breaking Bad”
Jeff Daniels, “Newsroom”
Damien Lewis, “Homeland”
Jon Hamm, “Mad Men”
Kevin Spacey, “House of Cards”
Hugh Bonneville, “Downton Abbey”

Best Supporting Actor — Drama
Bobby Cannavale, “Boardwalk Empire”
Jonathan Banks, “Breaking Bad”
Peter Dinklage — “Game of Thrones”
Mandy Patinkin, “Homeland”
Jim Carter, “Downton Abbey”
Aaron Paul — “Breaking Bad”

Best Supporting Actress — Drama

Anna Gunn, “Breaking Bad”
Morena Baccarin, “Homeland”
Maggie Smith, “Downton Abbey”
Christina Hendrix, “Mad Men”
Christine Baranski, “Good Wife”

Best Actress — Drama
Claire Danes — “Homeland”
Connie Britton, “Nashville”
Vera Farmiga,”Bates Motel”
Elisabeth Moss — “Mad Men”
Kerry Washington, “Scandal”
Michelle Dockery, “Downton Abby”

Best Comedy

“Modern Family,”
“30 Rock,”
“The Big Bang Theory”

Best Actress — Comedy

Laura Dern, “Enlightened”
Lena Dunham, “Girls”
Edie Falco, “Nurse Jackie”
Tina Fey, “30 Rock”
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep”
Amy Poehler, “Parks and Recreation”

Best Actor — Comedy

Alec Baldwin, “30 Rock”
Jason Bateman, “Arrested Development”
Louis C.K., “Louie”
Don Cheadle, “House of Lies”
Matt LeBlanc, “Episodes”
Jim Parsons, “The Big Bang Theory”

Best Supporting Actress — Comedy

Jane Krakowski, “30 Rock”
Jane Lynch, “Glee”
Miayim Balik, “Big Bang Theory”
Meritt Weaver, “Nurse Jackie”
Julie Bowen, “Modern Family”
Sofia Vergara, “Modern Family”
Anna Chlumsky, “Veep”

Best Supporting Actor — Comedy

Bill Hader, “Saturday NIght Live”
Ed O’Neill, “Modern Family”
Ty Burrell, “Modern Family”
Adam Driver, “Girls”
Tony Hale, Veep”
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, “Modern Family”

Best Television Movie or Miniseries
“American Horror Story: Asylum”
“Behind the Candelabra”
“The Bible”
“Phil Spector”
“Political Animals”
“Top of the Lake”

Lead Actress — TV Movie or Miniseries

Jessica Lange, “American Horror Story: Asylum”
Laura Linney, “The Big C Hereafter”
Helen Mirren, “Phil Spector”
Elisabeth Moss, “Top of the Lake”
Sigourney Weaver, “Political Animals”

Lead Actor — TV Movie or Miniseries

Benedict Cumberbatch, “Parade’s End”
Matt Damon, “Behind the Candelabra”
Michael Douglas, “Behind the Candelabra”
Toby Jones, “The Girl”
Al Pacino, “Phil Spector”

Supporting Actress — TV Movie or Miniseries”

Sarah Paulson, “American Horror Story”
Ellen Burstyn, “Political Animals”
Charlotte Rampling, “Restless”
Alfre Woodward, “Steel Magnolias”
Imelda Staunton, “The Girl”

Supporting Actor — TV Movie or Miniseries”
James Cromwell, “American Horror Story”
Zachary Quinto, “American Horror Story”
Scott Bakula, “Behind the Candelabra”
John Benjamin Hickey, “The Big C Herefter”
Peter Mulan, “Top of the Lake”

Variety Show

“The Colbert Report”
“The Daily Show With Jon Stewart”
“Jimmy Kimmel Live”
“Late Night With Jimmy Fallon”
“Real Time With Bill Maher”
“Saturday Night Live”

Reality Competition

“The Amazing Race”
“Dancing With the Stars”
“Project Runway”
“Top Chef”
“The Voice”

Reality Competition — Host

Tom Bergeron, “Dancing With the Stars”
Cat Deeley, “So You Think You Can Dance”
Heidi Klum/Tim Gunn, “Project Runway”
Ryan Seacrest, “American Idol”
Betty White, “Betty White’s Off Their Rockers”
Anthony Bourdain, “The Taste”

Best Animated Series
“Kung Fu Panda”
“The Simpsons”
“South Park”
“Bob’s Burgers”
“The Regular Show”

Guest Actress — Drama Series

Diane Rigg, “Game of Thrones”
Linda Cardellini, “Mad Men”
Joan Cusack, “Shameless”
Margo Martindale, “The Americans”
Carrie Preston, “The Good Wife”
Jane Fonda, “The Newsroom”

Guest Actor — Drama Series

Rupert Friend, “Homeland”
Robert Morse, “Mad Men”
Harry Hamlin, “Mad Men”
Dan Bucatinsky, “Scandal”
Nathan Lane, “The Good Wife”
Michael J. Fox, “The Good Wife”

Guest Actress — Comedy

Elaine Stritch, “30 Rock”
Molly Shannon, “Enlightened”
Dot-Marie Jones, “Glee”
Melissa Leo, “Louie”
Melissa McCarthy, “Saturday Night Live”
Kristen Wiig, “Saturday Night Live”

Guest Actor — Comedy

Will Forte, “30 Rock”
Nathan Lane, “Modern Family”
Bobby Cannavale, “Nurse Jackie”
Louis C.K., “Saturday Night Live”
Justin Timberlake, “Saturday Night Live”
Bob Newhart, “The Big Bang Theory”

Dustin is the founder and co-owner of Pajiba. You may email him here, follow him on Twitter, or listen to his weekly TV podcast, Podjiba.

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