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Emmy Nominations 2013: Horror Story, Thrones, Liberace and 30 Rock Lead Pack; House of Cards, Scandal and Political Animals Score Nods

Emmy NominationsNominations for the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards were announced Thursday morning by Breaking Bad boy Aaron Paul and three-time Emmy winner/How I Met Your Mother star/2013 Emmys host Neil Patrick Harris.

American Horror Story: Asylum scared up the most nods of anyone, amassing 17 total (including for Outstanding Miniseries and frontwoman Jessica Lange), while Game of Thrones followed closely with 16.

On the comedy front, 30 Rocks farewell run netted 13 total noms, followed by Modern Family‘s 12 and The Big Bang Theory‘s eight.

By network, HBO dominated with 108 total nominations, followed — distantly — by CBS and NBC, which each tallied 53.

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Of note, Lead Comedy Actress contender Julia Louis-Dreyfus made Emmy history by besting Lucille Ball’s mark of 13 career noms; Scandal converted its buzz into possible bling, with a pair of nods (including for Kerry Washington); and both Netflix’s House of Cards and USA Network’s passed-on Political Animals reaped votes.

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Here is the list of the major nominees. Your job, as fellow TV enthusiasts, is to hit the comments with utter euphoria… or over-expressed outrage. (It’s the Internet, so we’re conservatively predicting 60 percent “outrage.”)

OUTSTANDING DRAMA
Breaking Bad
Downton Abbey
Game of Thrones
Homeland
(2012 WINNER)
House of Cards
Mad Men

OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA
Connie Britton, Nashville
Claire Danes, Homeland (2012 WINNER)
Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey
Vera Farmiga, Bates Motel
Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men
Kerry Washington, Scandal
Robin Wright, House of Cards
…BUT NO TATIANA MASLANY?!

OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A DRAMA
Hugh Bonneville, Downton Abbey
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Damian Lewis, Homeland (2012 WINNER)
Kevin Spacey, House of Cards

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA
Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey (2012 WINNER)
Emilia Clarke, Game of Thrones
Christine Baranski, The Good Wife
Morena Baccarin, Homeland
Christina Hendricks, Mad Men

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA
Bobby Cannavale, Boardwalk Empire
Jonathan Banks, Breaking Bad
Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad (2012 WINNER)
Jim Carter, Downton Abbey
Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
Mandy Patinkin, Homeland

OUTSTANDING GUEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA
Margo Martindale, The Americans
Diana Rigg, Game of Thrones
Carrie Preston, The Good Wife
Linda Cardellini, Mad Men
Jane Fonda, The Newsroom
Joan Cusack, Shameless

OUTSTANDING GUEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA
Nathan Lane, The Good Wife
Michael J. Fox, The Good Wife
Rupert Friend, Homeland
Robert Morse, Mad Men
Harry Hamlin, Mad Men
Dan Bucatinsky, Scandal

OUTSTANDING COMEDY
30 Rock
The Big Bang Theory
Girls
Louie
Modern Family (2012 WINNER)
Veep

OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY
Laura Dern, Enlightened
Lena Dunham, Girls
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep (2012 WINNER)
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation

OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A COMEDY
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Jason Bateman, Arrested Development
Louis CK, Louie
Don Cheadle, House of Lies
Matt LeBlanc, Episodes
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY
Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory
Jane Lynch, Glee
Julie Bowen, Modern Family (2012 WINNER)
Merritt Wever, Nurse Jackie
Jane Krakowski, 30 Rock
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family
Anna Chlumsky, Veep

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY
Adam Driver, Girls
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family
Ed O’Neill, Modern Family
Ty Burrell, Modern Family
Bill Hader, Saturday Night Live
Tony Hale, Veep

OUTSTANDING GUEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY
Molly Shannon, Enlightened
Dot-Marie Jones, Glee
Melissa Leo, Louie
Melissa McCarthy, Saturday Night Live
Kristen Wiig, Saturday Night Live
Elaine Stritch, 30 Rock

OUTSTANDING GUEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY
Bob Newhart, The Big Bang Theory
Nathan Lane, Modern Family
Bobby Cannavale, Nurse Jackie
Louis CK, Saturday Night Live
Justin Timberlake, Saturday Night Live
Will Forte, 30 Rock

OUTSTANDING REALITY SHOW HOST
Ryan Seacrest, American Idol
Betty White, Betty White’s Off Their Rockers
Tom Bergeron, Dancing With the Stars (2012 WINNER)
Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn, Project Runway
Cat Deeley, So You Think You Can Dance
Anthony Bourdain, The Taste

OUTSTANDING REALITY SHOW COMPETITION
The Amazing Race (2012 WINNER)
Dancing With the Stars
Project Runway
So You Think You Can Dance
Top Chef
The Voice

OUTSTANDING VARIETY, MUSIC, OR COMEDY SERIES
The Colbert Report
The Daily Show With Jon Stewart (2012 WINNER)
Jimmy Kimmel Live
Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
Real Time With Bill Maher
Saturday Night Live

OUTSTANDING TV MINISERIES OR MOVIE
American Horror Story: Asylum
Behind the Candelabra
The Bible
Phil Spector
Political Animals
Top of the Lake

LEAD ACTRESS IN A TV MINISERIES OR MOVIE
Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Asylum (2012 WINNER in Supporting category)
Laura Linney, The Big C: hereafter
Helen Mirren, Phil Spector
Sigourney Weaver, Political Animals
Elisabeth Moss, Top of the Lake

LEAD ACTOR IN A TV MINISERIES OR MOVIE
Michael Douglas, Behind the Candelabra
Matt Damon, Behind the Candelabra
Toby Jones, The Girl
Benedict Cumberbatch, Parade’s End
Al Pacino, Phil Spector

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A TV MINISERIES OR MOVIE
Sarah Paulson, American Horror Story: Asylum
Imelda Staunton, The Girl
Ellen Burstyn, Political Animals
Charlotte Rampling, Restless
Alfre Woodard, Steel Magnolias

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A TV MINISERIES OR MOVIE
James Cromwell, American Horror Story: Asylum
Zachary Quinto, American Horror Story: Asylum
Scott Bakula, Behind The Candelabra
John Benjamin Hickey, The Big C: hereafter
Peter Mullan, Top of the Lake

The Emmys will be held Sunday, Sept. 22, at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. CBS is broadcasting this year’s show, with How I Met Your Mother’s Neil Patrick Harris serving as host. Visit Deadline for the complete list of nominations.

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428 Comments
  1. Snsetblaze says:

    Well we all know that the Emmys generally ignore Science Fiction and that is why Tatiana was not nominated because it is considered Sci-Fi. I am disappointed but not suprised because overall I thought the series was one of the best things this year. Usually Emmys ignore fantasy/horror as well but both Game of Thrones and to some extent American Horror Story are cultural phenomenons put on by fairly prominent cable networks. BBC America is just not there as being a prominent cable network in the US. Most of the original programming (i.e. Dr. Who, Spies of Warsaw, Luther, The Hours, etc.) that has been on there has been ignored. I’m surprised that so much of what is just on Netflix has been noticed by the Emmies.

  2. No HANNIBAL?? SERIOUSLY? AND SARAH PAULSON ISN’T THERE?

  3. The Daily Show w/ Jon Stewart winning streak must end.

  4. Lupe says:

    No Stana Katic, not fair!!

  5. Jennifer says:

    Orphan Black! Orphan Black! Orphan Black! Seriously – they really missed not nominating Tatiana Maslany

  6. Lo says:

    I’m excited about the “Veep” nominations. I figured JLD would be a given, but am psyched about Anna Chlumsky and Tony Hale (Gary and Buster Bluth are two of my fave TV characters, so glad Hale got a nod for one of them).

    But I am bummed about a lot of the comedy noms. I love Jane Lynch, but “Glee” is still getting noms? And again, “Modern Family” is something I watch every week but their nominations do seem to be just out of habit now (same with the pseudo-intellectual “Big Bang” ugh).

    Also, probably in the minority but I love”The Mindy Project” and think it’s really smartly written and hilarious, so would have liked to see something for Kaling or Chris Messina. Danny Castellano needs a little love.

    • Lo says:

      Didn’t mean to be callous by saying “Glee” doesn’t deserve nominations in the wake of the heartbreaking loss of Cory Monteith. Didn’t think about it when I posted. I just don’t think the show this season was up to par with its first. No disrespect intended.

    • i’m very happy about the Veep noms. JLD is amazing as Selina Meyer, and its so good to see that Anna Chlumsky got a nom. Her performance last season was great.

  7. Martyna says:

    Another thing is, as much as I love Game of Thrones, Emilia Clarke really didn’t deserve that nom.From the top of my head, Michelle Fairley would have been a better choice.
    Happiest about Jeff Daniels, well deserved, Rupert Friend and Benedict Cumberbatch.
    Disclaimer: I haven’t seen orphan black yet, but seeing all your outrage, I’ve gotta pick it up ASAP.

  8. Lynn says:

    I am sorry but for oustanding drama we could have done without Homeland this year. Let’s be honest but it kind of fell flat this past season. I would have nominated Boardwalk Empire better.

  9. Shannon says:

    Seriously NO New Girl love!?!?!?!? Ugh that is ridiculous! Season 2 was amazing!

  10. hayleytantau says:

    Man, the comedy nominations are so strong this year! Especially for the leading actresses – it’ll be Tina Fey or Lena Dunham (they all deserve it though, love Amy Poehler!

    If Jane Krakowski doesn’t win an Emmy for 30 Rock after 6 years of nominations I’m gonna throw a chair. Also, yay for Bill Hader’s nomination!

  11. hayleytantau says:

    Also, yay for Jason Bateman in Arrested Development! Credit where credit is due. I hope Mitch Hurwitz scored a nom for writing, too.

  12. cas says:

    I hope Aaron Paul wins, other than that I could care less about this list. It looks the same every year. Who votes on these anyway? I think the voters need to expand their horizons. I am not saying give some soapy teen dramas a chance. I am saying give the other good shows out there a chance. How about some SOA, or Walking Dead? Or even Shameless, which William H. Macy and Emmy Rossum killed it this season. I mean don’t they get tired of voting for the same shows?

  13. mj says:

    No New Girl?!

  14. Rob says:

    There must be some sort of mistake here. I read over the list 3 times and didn’t see Michelle Fairley’s name anywhere.

  15. sarah says:

    Pretty much the same as last year but no Steve Buscemi and once again no Michael C Hall or Dexter, which sucks! I hope Michael and the show are nominated next year for this last season!
    So the winners for sure will be Claire Danes, Brian Cranston as it is the last season of Breaking Bad and Homeland will win! As for the rest I am not sure.

  16. Dav says:

    Happy for Connie Britton, Peter Dinklage, and Margo Martindale. Nothing else excites me. Same people and shows every year.

  17. Paula says:

    No Michelle Fairley (Game of Thrones) and no Mads Mikkelsen (Hannibal) ???? Just sad!

  18. Spencer says:

    Very disappointed at the lack of nominations for Parks and Rec. The funniest comedy on tv only gets 1 nom, while Modern Family continues to rack up more and more? Ridiculous…

  19. Patricia says:

    So happy for Kerry Washington she is so good but Claire Danes is unbeatable she is amazing and the best actress, so glad for all scandal nominations and homeland, glad Rupert Friend got nominated, is he coming back for season 3? Also glad Morena Bacarin and Emilia Clarke got nominated

  20. Shayna says:

    No Jennifer Carpenter or Emmy Rossum. This is bull!!! Shame on you Emmys.

  21. Harry says:

    Monica Potter?????? She was brilliant in Parenthood.

  22. tiffany says:

    Happy for Kerry Washington! But where Chandra Wilson for supporting actress. I’m tied of her getting snubbed. She’s an awesome actress. What’s girl gotta do to get a nom. Probably get off Grey’s Anatomy.

  23. #cloneclub says:

    Tatiana Maslany should have been nominated, as should have other members of Orphan Black’s talented cast and crew. Orphan Black is intriguing, inventive, and captivating, and unlike anything else on TV right now. #cloneclub

  24. noname says:

    Lily Rabe wasn’t nominated that such a shame!

  25. gaby6034 says:

    Kerry Wa$hington begged $o much for an emmy nomination$ that at the end $he got it.

    emmy left out off nominations to TATIANA Maslany to nom. Kerry. WHAT A $HAME !!!

    that i$ the way emmy work$$$$ ;) Only fool$ believe in these award$$$

  26. Anna says:

    I’m honestly shocked that Monica Potter wasn’t nominated. I was pretty confident that she would get recognized for this last season, as was TVLine. I really don’t think the Emmy voters could care less about Parenthood, which is just a shame.

  27. Kiley says:

    How can they nominate Nashville and Scandal, and Castle never gets any nomination?!

  28. Matthew says:

    Absolute garbage. New Girl and Walking Dead are far anda way 2 of the best shows on TV, rivaled by very little else. To not see nominations in any cattegory whatsoever is attrocious.

    Also, for crying out loud, can we please get a nomination for Charlie Day and/or Danny DeVito for It’s Always Sunny? The comedy in this show might be too complex for the average person that doesn’t believe anything except families like the one on Modern Family exist, but these 2 actors have been phenomenal in their roles. Heck, Charlie Day is getting parts in movies like Horrible Bosses and Pacific Rim now, and still no acknowledgement of this great, long-running comedy series. Easily one of the best on TV, and about a hojillion times funnier than Big Bang Theory (average), Veep (below average), Louie (average), Girls (terrible) and Modern Family (predictably boring). The only comedy that actual deserved to be nominated and was is 30 Rock. Emmy voters need to start simply doing what’s right thing instead of playing along with social media buzz just to try and gain popularity. Emmy’s aren’t supposed to be about ratings, they’re supposed to be about acknowledging quality.

  29. Jen says:

    What does Jennifer Carpenter need to do to get a nomination? She was amazing last season! JC and Michelle Fairley (seriously? She was breathtaking in the Red Wedding episode!) are my only snubs.

    So happy to see Jane Krakowski get a nom! Go 30 Rock!

  30. Meredith says:

    I’m pretty sure I’ve already seen this episode, so I guess I’ll only be watching the red carpet arrivals this year.

  31. Matt says:

    Orphan Black is a Canadian-produced program, which is most likely why it wasn’t nominated. This is AMERICAN academy of television arts. Not foreign! That’s what the golden globes are for! And the acting on Scandal is stellar and top-notch and Kerry deserved it. Very sick of these raunchy cable shows taking over the awards. There are PLENTY of Emmy worthy broadcast show and actors. It seems as if broadcast is automatically overlooked year after year.Very surprised Jeff Perry didnt score a nod for scandal, but happy for Dan. And Connie britton is an amazing actress, but I do think that Hayden deserved a nod a little more than her. But same with Nashville. Acting is top-notch on there. And Chandra Wilson, Sandra oh, and Monica potter ALL deserved nods for Greys and parenthood. Once again, extremely happy for well-deserved Kerry, Dan, and Connie. Bravo!

  32. frozie says:

    and once again Sons of Anarchy is not acknowledged. brutal.

  33. Jared says:

    So happy to hear about Sarah Paulson’s nomination. She totally deserved it and was one of the reasons why I kept watching AHS Asylum.

    Why doesn’t Jennifer Carpenter get more recognition?? She is absolutely AMAZING on Dexter and has been since the pilot. I dont get it especially after last seasons performance.

  34. ddutchie88 says:

    this is just stupid. I’ve never been this disappointed in the emmy’s.
    1. tatiana maslaney should have had this in the bag!! and emmy rossum def deserves a nod.
    2. the downton abbey noms are ridiculous. that show has been crap for two seasons now.
    3. but the supporting actor in a comedy category is probably the biggest joke (nick offerman, jake johnson, simon helberg). modern family is way over it’s prime, catch up emmy’s.

    there is no justice in the world

  35. Monica4185 says:

    Also they are giving Maggie Smith a nomination because of her legendary talent. While I completely agree that Maggie Smith is a master at her craft. I got to say the Emmys need to stop nominating her for Downton Abbey, she got two Emmy for it already and she didn’t get all that great of a material in S3 of DA. Just saying, same goes for Michelle Dockery, Laura Carmichael got better storyline than Michelle Dockery. Mad Men needs to stop getting nominations. They already won for best drama. I think the way nomination are done need to change, if you have won an Emmy before, you should not get nominated again for couple of years. Give other shows, actor, actress a chance.

  36. Ladymipo says:

    Tatiana Maslany .

  37. theemptyloft says:

    No Julianna Margulies, Tatiana Maslany, Lily Rabe… I could just keep going. These are probably the worst nominations they’ve done in years (not saying that previous years haven’t been horrible… because they have).

  38. Alec Baldwin again???? He’s not funny, and I guess his racist remarks mean nothing.

    The Middle, with Eden Sher & Charlie McDermott, cheated once again, as are Nick Offerman, Aubrey Plaza, Chris Pratt, Aziz Ansari and Retta from P&R.

    No Rob Lowe for Behind the Candelabra???? Creepiest performance EVER!!!

  39. Ashley says:

    Yay The bibile boo that new girl got snubbed Zooey and jake should have gotten nods and the show too

  40. Aren’t the Emmys usually in celebration of the work from the year prior? I thought? So, if these air in September, wouldn’t they be for the work done from January 1 2012 to December 31 2012? If that’s the case, then that is why Tatiana Maslany would’ve been overlooked – didn’t Orphan Black premiere in 2013? Same for Aden Young in “Rectify”. He should get a nom for best actor.

  41. BelSY says:

    My God! I’m so freaking tired of Mad Men, Modern Family and Downton Abbey…those shows just aren’t deserving anymore and arguably never were. I know they’re critics’ favorites but enough is enough!

  42. Winteriscoming says:

    Nikolaj Coster-Waldau was snubbed, if anyone from Game of Thrones deserved an Emmy nomination this year it was him.

  43. Astrid says:

    Amy this will be your year!! I can live with Tina or Lena winning, but it’s about time for Amy to get that freaking Emmy :)

  44. Jake says:

    Here’s how I hope it would play out:

    OUTSTANDING DRAMA: Game of Thrones
    OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA: Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey
    OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A DRAMA: Hugh Bonneville, Downton Abbey
    OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA: Morena Baccarin, Homeland
    OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA: Jim Carter, Downton Abbey
    OUTSTANDING GUEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA: Carrie Preston, The Good Wife
    OUTSTANDING GUEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA: Dan Bucatinsky, Scandal
    OUTSTANDING COMEDY: The Big Bang Theory
    OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY: Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
    OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A COMEDY: Jason Bateman, Arrested Development
    OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY: Merritt Wever, Nurse Jackie
    OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY: Adam Driver, Girls
    OUTSTANDING GUEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY: Dot-Marie Jones, Glee
    OUTSTANDING GUEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY: Bob Newhart, The Big Bang Theory
    OUTSTANDING REALITY SHOW HOST: Betty White, Betty White’s Off Their Rockers
    OUTSTANDING REALITY SHOW COMPETITION: Top Chef
    OUTSTANDING VARIETY, MUSIC, OR COMEDY SERIES: The Colbert Report
    OUTSTANDING TV MINISERIES OR MOVIE: Behind the Candelabra
    LEAD ACTRESS IN A TV MINISERIES OR MOVIE: Helen Mirren, Phil Spector
    LEAD ACTOR IN A TV MINISERIES OR MOVIE: Michael Douglas, Behind the Candelabra
    OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A TV MINISERIES OR MOVIE: Alfre Woodard, Steel Magnolias
    OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A TV MINISERIES OR MOVIE: James Cromwell, American Horror Story: Asylum

  45. Babybop says:

    Wow. I don’t watch any of the dramas nominated… I need to get with the picture.

    But, go 30 Rock!

    Can this PLEASE be a year where other people win? I’m sick of the Emmy’s being the Modern Family awards. That is not the best comedy on TV right now. Arrested Development is ten times funnier and ten times smarted and it’s not even nominated. And don’t even get me started on Modern Family consistently (and wrongfully) winning over the incredibly brilliant Parks and Recreation…

    I’ll stop.

    I’m happy that Jason Bateman got nominated. :)

  46. barb says:

    as usual nothing for Supernatural or Jensen Ackles. A show going into its 9th year with the biggest fandom ever and not one nomination.

  47. monica4185 says:

    Am I the only one who doesn’t find Girls funny to be on the comedy category? I would classified as 30 minute drama rather than a comedy. I found nothing funny about S2 of Girls, I even stop watching because I wasn’t laughing anymore. S1 was funnier than S2, sorry to say. Also Modern Family wasn’t as funny this season. I did laugh a few time, but not all the time.

    Veep was hilarious, it so deserve the nomination. I wish all the actors on Veep were nominated, they all did a wonderful job this season, but I’m happy with the nominations we got.

  48. Evan says:

    The Emmy’s are a joke!!! Once again nobody from the best show on television gets nominated…. Sons of Anarchy

  49. heather says:

    No Walking Dead?? I do believe it’s the highest rated tv show… wtf?

  50. akcelt says:

    Where is Walking Dead????? There should at least be noms for Andrew Lincoln and David Morrissey!!!!! The Emmys are so blind.

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