Emmys

Emmy Nominations 2013: My Snappy Judgments

Emmy Nominations 2013 Snubs and SurprisesThe 2013 Emmy nominations were, as per usual, both thrilling and infuriating. For every inspired nod (congrats, Carrie Preston!) there was one that had me scratching the skin off my scalp (no Tatiana Maslany?!). So without further adieu, I give you the good, the bad and the downright ugly from this year’s list.

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I’m Super-Ecstatic About:
* A nod for Bates Motel‘s incredible Vera Farmiga.
* Game of Thrones‘ Emilia Clarke and Diana Rigg both scoring mentions.
Kerry Washington sneaking in for Scandal. Ditto surprise guest contender Dan Bucatinsky.
* All the love for USA’s cancelled Political Animals. Ditto HBO’s axed Enlightened (yay, Molly Shannon!) Also Sundance’s sublime Top of the Lake. 
* The best comedy nomination for Veep.
* Finally Carrie Preston gets some guest star love for her standout work on The Good Wife.
* Margo Martindale scoring a nod for The Americans.
* All the nods for Homeland, including overdue supporting contenders Morena Baccarin and Mandy Patinkin.
* American Horror Story: Asylum cleaning up.

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I’m Rolling My Eyes About:
* Betty White getting a reality hosting nod for Betty White’s Off Their Rockers. That was RuPaul’s spot, dammit!

I’m Super-Pissed About:
The Good Wife getting shut out of the drama series category for the second consecutive year. Julianna Margulies didn’t even make the cut.
* New Girl getting shut out of all major categories for its best season so far.
* Zero recognition for The Big Bang Theory‘s secret weapons Simon Helberg and Melissa Rauch.
* No Jennifer Carpenter? WTF?
* No love for Parenthood’s Monica Potter. Still processing that snub.
* Parks and Recreation 
failing to score a best comedy nod.
* The absence of Orphan Black‘s Tatiana Maslany (because it bears repeating). Ditto The Americans‘ Matthew Rhys.
Southland getting bubkes. (What does Michael Cudlitz have to do to get a nomination?!)
Sons of Anarchy’s Katey Sagal getting overlooked.
* No nod for The Walking Dead’s Andrew Lincoln.
* Nada for Game of Thrones‘ Nikolaj Coster Waldau.

Okay, that’s my two cents’ worth. Now it’s your turn. Post your own snappy judgments below. And click here to view a list of all the major nominees.

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203 Comments
  1. Anaïs says:

    Can somebody explain the Joan Cusack thing please? First of all she’s not a guest actress, I’m sorry, you’re not a guest when you appear in every single episode of the season ! And her performance is good but is it really worth of three emmy nods in a row?

  2. Paul says:

    I am also pissed about Monica Potter Cote de Paulo Julianna Margulies Kailee Cuoco. Stop giving out emmys to cable and pay channels. Let them have their own awards.

  3. angelwings says:

    I am very disappointed that Charlie Hunnam (Jax Telller, Sons Of Anarchy) was overlooked yet again. He is more than deserving and had given the most consistently outstanding lead actor performance year in and year out for the last 4 seasons.

  4. Stacy says:

    No Love for Connie Britton or Robin Wright the artist formally known as Santa Barbara’s Kelly Capwell? I’m shocked!

  5. BMC9999 says:

    Alec Baldwin? Seriously? Well I can at least take some comfort in the fact that John Cryer wasn’t nominated for that mess of a show.

  6. BLH says:

    Corey Stoll in House of Cards anyone? Good to see Kevin and Robin and the show get some recognition, but Corey needed some love too!

    • CJ says:

      For me, he was the best part of House of Cards’ first season. Absolutely incredible. It definitely would have been nice for him to be recognized.

  7. Anaïs says:

    And Nicolaj Coster Waldau had a much better storyline and performance this year than Peter Dinklage …

  8. Carl says:

    I haven’t even seen all of Orphan Black (Finishing it tonight) but even i’m upset that Tatiana Maslany didn’t get nominated! From just the promos you can see how much of a flexible and versatile actress she is and that she deserves recognition. And with all the fan support for Her i was totally convinced she was going to be nominated. It Just shows how the Emmys don’t even consider the viewers at all and every year we get our hopes up and there just crushed. Fair play to the nominated People well done. But Tatiana Maslany, and many other actors deserved to be in the mix. Emmys, You messed it up again!!

  9. Alex says:

    I adore Mrs. Coach as much as the next person, but Connie Britton for Nashville over Tatiana? At least when the Oscars get it wrong they spread their nominations around to both vets and young, up-and-coming talent.

  10. Ay says:

    What about HANNIBAL!!!!Mads Mikkelsen – genius!

  11. TATIANA MASLANY deserved nominations in both ACTRESS and SUPPORTING ACTRESS. I’m going to blame BBC AMERICA for waiting too long to get her work in Emmy Voter’s Hands! She will not be overlooked at the Golden Globes or Screen Actors Guild Awards!

    CLORIS LEACHMAN deserved recognition for the final episode of RAISING HOPE. Like TATIANA MASLANY of ORPHAN BLACK – Miss Leachman played multiple characters, well OK two characters – Maw Maw and her mother!

    ANNE HATHAWAY deserved a nomination for Guest Hosting Saturday Night Live – it was one of the only episodes I didn’t have to fast forward through this last year! I am sure it synched her Oscar for Fantine/Catwoman!

    I look forward to next years awards – when Tatiana Maslany will not be overlooked and multiple award nominations for THE FOSTERS on the ABCFamily network will begin, the best new drama on television. I also expect to see more nominees from TNT – they are not kidding when they say TNT KNOWS DRAMA!

    One more thing – award shows are becoming more and more “political” and I was rather disappointed seeing LAWN SIGNS advertising a particular show this year. What’s next – skywriting?

  12. Sean says:

    You know, I’m pissed every single year when the standout show and cast of Showtime’s “Shameless” fails to score a nomination outside of Joan Cusack. Emmy Rossum, in particular, was so phenomenal this last season….I just don’t get it.

  13. chiaraaa says:

    jennifer carpenter is the most shocking.. she is amazing!!

  14. What about Hannibal?? I am consumed by Mads Mikkelson. This show is soooo good.

  15. beckstle says:

    I’m happy for Kerry Washington, but not surprised by it. Aside from the fact that she’s awesome in the role & it’s well deserved, she has an excellent movie history and she was in the Variety Emmy Studio Watch panel for actresses. The buzz was just super-high for her. I would have been surprised if she hadn’t gotten it. I’m thrilled she did though.

    However, where the heck is Jeff Perry for best supporting actor? His work as Cyrus is stunning. That is a huge snub. My theory is Emmy voters often vote by “the buzz” without actually watching the shows or submitted performances.

    Finally, what’s up with only four nominations for best actress in a comedy? Did people just not submit? That is weird. Then again, so are the Emmys. They have no awards for procedurals or dramedy, which are traditional TV formats, and yet there are awards for reality television? That’s just wrong.

    • rb says:

      I agree. Jeff Perry as Cyrus and also Guillermo Diaz as Huck both deserved spots in best supporting actor category.

  16. ingmarhappy says:

    As expected the results are a shame again. No The Good Wife in best drama? No Julianne Marguiles? What the hell! No Monica Potter? I get the categories are crowded, but it seems as Mad Men, Homeland ( deserving! ), Game of Thrones, and Breaking Bad are ruling every category. I get some would call those shows their favorites, but give other shows a chance people!

  17. nunya says:

    What about Cam on Modern Family? Is he the only one on that show that didn’t get nominated? Doesn’t he always win?

  18. Mel says:

    Maggie Smith (again) for Downton Abbey, Yes, she is the grand dame of British actresses, but please stop nominating her for her lifetime of work. Her character is about 95% the same in every situation.
    No way Joanne Froggatt should not have been nominated for her role as Anna for this past season! She had to play such a wide range of situations and emotions and she did it incredibly as always, but she was snubbed. They could have had one more nomination in that category to make seven like other categories. I could have handled it better if Maggie hadn’t been nominated.

    Great to see Mayim Bialik get a second nomination as Best Supporting Actress in a comedy. I really don’t get people…maybe they just don’t like her personally or because she is not one of the “beautiful people”. She has created a great character who actually grows and changes (unlike most comedy roles) and can play the few dramatic/serious bits very well. Her control and use of her voice and the emotion in her voice really make many of the scenes work that otherwise wouldn’t. You don’t base a nomination on how good the season was or wasn’t for the show as someone seemed to suggest.
    Most comedy characters are one dimensional. I’m glad that TBBT allows for their characters to grow and change, which is pretty amazing considering that 2 1/2 Men and Mike and Molly seem kind of stuck. Glad to see Lorre is returning to letting his characters be real people like in Roseanne and Dharma & Greg and still be funny, but with some drama.

    • C says:

      It’s all politics. I would agree that JoFro was great and in some ways maybe more deserving than Maggie, but I would also argue that there are a lot of fantastic actresses in the supporting category that are arguably more deserving than anyone from DA. I love DA. Don’t get me wrong. I watch it religiously and I think it’s great. BUT so many shows have absolutely phenomenal ensemble support (The Americans, Parenthood, GoT -which is overflowing with talent- even Grey’s Anatomy – which as a show is maybe not Emmy worthy anymore, but has a cast that is insanely good). I was a little sad about Archie not making the cut this year, but it’s unsurprising and for the same reason as above, not really undeserved.

  19. C says:

    So sad about The Good Wife (though to be fair they probably deserved to get bumped for their botched Kalinda storyline that really kinda lasted the whole season). If only a more deserving show (The Americans) was in it’s place. Downton Abbey (though I love it!) does not count. Tatiana Maslany I think is probably the biggest snub though – that girl is incredible.

  20. N says:

    Can’t believe they snubbed Shirley Maclaine for drama guest actress on Downton!

  21. TJ says:

    No Jeff Perry, seriously?! He soooooo deserved it for this past season.

  22. Jay says:

    I thought if Walking Dead got nominated for anything it would be Lennie James for guest actor in Clear. That was the biggest Walking Dead snub.

  23. barney says:

    I cannot believe that Tatiana Maslany is not there – what does she have to do – play the roles of 12 people and not 6, 7 or 8 that she already does??????? And so well, that she really becomes each separate person.

    This years noms are so boring that I will probably not even watch the show – I could care less about any of them….

  24. Melody says:

    Agree about Simon Helberg. Melissa Rauch is great but had little screen time so I can see her not being looked at this year. Perhaps she will get more airtime next season. Mayim had little airtime, but she shines and is a scene stealer. She deserved to be nominated, as did Jim. Glad to hear of their nominations, but am very sad Simon was not on the list. He is gold!

    Surprised about some of the folks on the list this year. There were definite surprises.

  25. Dillon says:

    I object to the treatment of (some of) the Brits! I love Downton Abbey, but I don’t think this season deserved a “best drama” nomination. On the other hand, I was so impressed with Matthew Rhys on The Americans and wish he’d been nominated. Even if voters only watched the pilot of that show, I’d think they’d be blown away by his performance. On a positive note, Rupert Friend was sooo good on Homeland and I’m glad he’s being recognized for it.

  26. chershey says:

    Happy about some, sad about others. I can’t wait to see Imelda Staunton and Jim Carter on the carpet together; I wish Michael Emerson was up for Person of Interest only so he and Carrie Preston could both be nominated together as well.

  27. Matthew says:

    Uhm, why is there any disapointment about Good Wife? In fact, why is this terrible, terrible excuse for “entertainment” even on TV? There’s no reason for it to exist, at all. The story and acting are absolutely atrocious!

  28. Mobsters are everywhere says:

    It’s all about policts and money, people, get over it.

  29. SnakeEyes says:

    Simon and Melissa should be recognised for their work in the Big Bang.
    No Hannibal or Orphan Black. They deserve to be on the list.
    Zooey Deschanel for New Girl. This is the best comedy show.

  30. DW says:

    The nominations look like they came from social climbers who nominate movie and Broadway stars just for doing a TV show. Agree with the comments that so many deserving people should have been nominated instead of some of these inexplicable nods. To me the EMMYs have been overly political for years. I mean 30 Rock and its stars over and over and over again? And Nathan Lane for a good guest star turn on The Good Wife? It was good…not EMMY worthy. No nomination for The Good Wife and Julianna Margulies? Really? The best drama on network TV isn’t nominated over some of the cable dramas on the list? What a pathetic set of nominations.

  31. Brandon says:

    Super annoyed about the snubs for The Americans, Keri Russel, Matthew Rhys, Parks & Rec, Happy Endings, The Good Wife, and Monica Potter. Gah.

  32. ggny says:

    Same boring Nominations once again. It never changes

  33. matt says:

    The Emmys suck more and more every year. Their continued obsession with cable TV shows how mediocre they are in the first place. A television show isn’t better because they can swear and show boobs. Try not being adolescent boys and truly rewarding the best shows

  34. Vince says:

    Seriously! Katey Sagal has never had a bad season of Sons. She is long overdue for her entire TV career, actually, not just Sons.

  35. Kerry says:

    Not surprising. Rarely do people I think deserve nominations actually get them. Game of Thrones is an odd one…it’s like people wanted to nominate some acting but didn’t know who, so they just picked the two they knew the best. I love Dinklage and Clarke, but I wouldn’t say this was either’s best season. Danearys was awesome, but that was more from badassery than anything else.

  36. RyanC says:

    Tatiana Maslany’s Emmy nomination is wherever they put all the nominations for Anna Torv and John Noble over the years for Fringe. Complex characters and playing multiple people in a sci fi show, and people are surprised she wasn’t nominated? It’s sad, but completely expected.

  37. CJ says:

    I have learned to expect great disappointment when ever the nominations are announced. I just can’t take the Emmys seriously when the same mediocre performances are rewarded year after year, and incredible shows and actors are snubbed. The absence of Michael Cudlitz and Monica Potter from the list is glaring. Truthfully I could rant all day about who should and should not have made the list, so I’ll leave it at that.

  38. Labpar says:

    Massively disappointed at Andrew Lincoln not being nominated. His breakdown this season was heartbreaking. Hugh Bonneville, Downton Abbey really? The last season was a complete laughing stock in the UK.

  39. Chris says:

    NIKOLAJ WALDAU AND MICHELLE FAIRLEY were absolutely amazing in this past season of Game of Thrones… and nothing for them.
    Whereas Emilia Clarke’s performance was pretty reserved and predictable… Don’t know why she got nominated !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    So many snubs

  40. Brittany says:

    No Walking Dead!! At all!! Especially Andrew Lincoln!! Wow what a snub, or Sons of Anarchy..

  41. Anna. Nicolopoulos says:

    What about MAGIC CITY! Danny Huston is incredible. What an actor! Love JEFFREY DEAN MORGAN as well.

  42. RUCookie says:

    Where is the love for Hadien P (I am not even going to try to spell her last name). Her work on Nashville was jaw dropping this season. Biggest snub in my opinion!

  43. Dolphin says:

    The biggest snubs? Timothy Olyphant, Walton Goggins, Jim Beaver for arguably the best season of Jusitified. Michael Cudlitz for Southland?

  44. Karen D says:

    Why is there no USA Netwotk shows nomminated? Suits, Covert Affairs, Burn Notice or White Collar.

  45. CR says:

    You know the system is broke when American Horror Story is the most nominated show on tv.

    • Jen says:

      At least AHS is quality TV. You know the system is broke when Girls gets nominated and Hannibal gets snub in everything.

      • CR says:

        Not sure why you are comparing Girls to Hannibal. If anything it’s a shame it was nominated when Parks and Rec was omitted. As much as I loved Hannibal, the drama category seemed more packed than ever this year. Bummed Dexter, Justified, Sons of Anarchy were all snubbed as well but I guess its a sign of how good drama tv has gotten lately. Comedy still has some room for improvement. I wouldn’t call AHS quality tv, it’s entertaining and there are some good performances, but as far as the story goes its basically a mish-mash of plagiarism of some truly great horror stories.

  46. ripetebook says:

    How can you list snubs and ignore the complete snubbing of Justified. When your cast starts with a talent like Timothy Olyphant…then moves to Walton Goggins and adds Jim Beaver and Mike O’Malley…you missed the boat on this one.

  47. Lulu says:

    Shameless. Justified. Southland.

  48. tvdiva says:

    And who does John Noble have to sleep with to get nominated for an Emmy? Because he did not even get nominated for his guest spot on The Good Wife. Something is terribly wrong with the Emmy voting.

  49. John says:

    Emmy’s Non-Nominations 2013!
    Here’s my list of shows that should have been but were NOT nominated by the Academy.
    I’ve separated them by Broadcast and Cable because, let’s face it, they play by different rules!

    OUTSTANDING DRAMA BROADCAST CABLE
    Parenthood The Killing
    The Following Justified
    Blue Bloods Newsroom
    Vegas The Americans
    Revenge Hell On Wheels

    OUTSTANDING COMEDY BROADCAST CABLE
    Go On Hot In Cleveland
    The New Normal Cougar Town
    Whitney
    Rules Of Engagement

    OUTSTANDING DRAMEDY BROADCAST CABLE
    Castle Rizzoli & Isles
    The Mentalist Franklin & Bash

    OUTSTANDING SCI/FI FANTASY BROADCAST CABLE
    Arrow Walking Dead
    Grimm Falling Skies
    The Vampire Diaries True Blood
    Once Upon A Time Defiance
    Warehouse 13

    OUTSTANDING MUSICAL BROADCAST CABLE
    Smash

  50. gaby6034 says:

    I don’t understand why AUSIELLO is happy or sad for these nominations if he knows how emmy works, he should know the things you should do to get a nomination. it is weird.