Earlier today, Breaking Bad‘s Aaron Paul and How I Met Your Mother‘s Neil Patrick Harris announced the nominations for the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards. Harris will also host the ceremony, which will take place on September 22, 2013. Let’s take a look at the nominees, shall we?
- Breaking Bad
- Downton Abbey
- Game of Thrones
- House of Cards
- Mad Men
None of these are surprising, as they’ve all been nominated before – save for one. The newbie this year in the category of Outstanding Drama is Netflix’s House of Cards and I think it has the strongest possibility to win, although I would love for Breaking Bad to take it.
Snubs: I definitely think Hannibal deserved to have been nominated over Downton Abbey or even Homeland – both of those shows had a lackluster season. I’m disappointed that Orphan Black isn’t there, either, but it’s not surprising since the show is sci-fi and not Hollywood enough. The Walking Dead had a great year, as well.
I would have particularly loved to see Scandal up here.
Actor in a Drama
- Hugh Bonneville, Downton Abbey
- Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
- Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom
- Jon Hamm, Mad Men
- Damien Lewis, Homeland
- Kevin Spacey, House of Cards
Again, none of this is really surprising. Newcomers include Kevin Spacey and Hugh Bonneville. I’m pushing for Bryan Cranston to win, hopefully. Ultimately, it’ll be between him and Damien Lewis.
Snubs: Hugh Dancy deserves to be there for Hannibal, as well as Jonny Lee Miller for Elementary and William H. Macy for Shameless.
Actress in a Drama
- Connie Britton, Nashville
- Claire Danes, Homeland
- Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey
- Vera Farmiga, Bates Motel
- Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men
- Kerry Washington, Scandal
- Robin Wright, House of Cards
I’m really happy to see Kerry Washington get a nom. What’s shameful is that she’s the first black actress to get nominated in that category since 1995. However, I think her chances of winning are slim.
Based on Emmy politics, I would say it’s between Claire Danes and Robin Wright. I’ve heard really good things about Vera Farmiga’s performance on Bates Motel, too. That said, I don’t think Connie Britton or Michelle Dockery belong up there.
Snubs: The biggest snub of them all is Tatiana Maslany for Orphan Black. Like I said above, it’s not the “right” genre, it’s on a relatively unknown network, and it lacks famous faces. Maslany was definitely robbed and I’m really annoyed.
Monica Potter should have been nominated for Parenthood.
And why do Emmy voters keep ignoring Emmy Rossum? She has been consistently amazing on Shameless.
Supporting Actor in a Drama
- Bobby Cannavale, Boardwalk Empire
- Jonathan Banks, Breaking Bad
- Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad
- Jim Carter, Downton Abbey
- Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
- Mandy Patinkin, Homeland
I’m happy to see Jonathan Banks, Aaron Paul, and Mandy Patinkin nominated. Peter Dinklage has been nominated before so I’m not surprised to see him up there, but – ultimately – I don’t think he should have been nominated this year, especially not over Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister).
Snubs: Besides Coster-Waldau, I would have liked to see Michael Cudlitz nominated for Southland. He gave one of the best performances of the year.
Supporting Actress in a Drama
- Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad
- Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
- Emilia Clarke, Game of Thrones
- Christine Baranski, The Good Wife
- Morena Baccarin, Homeland
- Christina Hendricks, Mad Men
Wow, Emilia Clarke is one of worst actresses on Game of Thrones… I have no words for that one. Maybe Emmys voters just really love the character?
Snubs: Hello! Michelle Fairley, anyone? She was so amazing as Catelyn Stark in her final moments. Hayden Panettiere for Nashville, too.
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
It’s nice to see Scandal earn another nom! Very happy about that one.
Snubs: Lennie James for The Walking Dead. His performance in “Clear” was amazing. But Emmy voters don’t seem to pay attention to sci-fi shows.
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
I actually have no complaints about this one. Shocking, I know.
- 30 Rock
- The Big Bang Theory
- Modern Family
Oh boy… I highly object to The Big Bang Theory and Girls being nominated. It’s sad how predictable these choices are, especially Modern Family – cause you know it’s going to win.
Snubs: Enlightened, Happy Endings, Parks and Recreation. Two out of three of these are canceled, I know, but Enlightenment was hands down one of the best shows all year and I would have liked to see Happy Endings get some recognition now that it’s gone forever.
In past years I would have included Community as a snub, but this last season was not its best. I’m kind of (but not really) surprised that The Office wasn’t nominated because even though its last season it was horrible, it was its final season.
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
Jim Parsons? Again? Urgh.
Snubs: Nick Offerman for Parks and Recreation, Damon Wayans Jr. for Happy Endings (not sure whether he belongs in the lead actor or supporting actor category, to be honest), Joel McHale for Community (even though it had a lackluster season 4).
Actress in a Comedy
- Laura Dern, Enlightened
- Lena Dunham, Girls
- Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
- Tina Fey, 30 Rock
- Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
- Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation
I really, really hope that Amy Poehler or Laura Dern win. But I think it’s a sure bet than Julia Louis-Dreyfus or Tina Fey – as a last hoorah type of thing – will win.
Snub: I would have loved to see any of the actresses for Happy Endings up here.
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
Okay. Modern Family? Seriously, though. Stop it.
I’m rooting for Bill Hader to win. But… it’ll probably be one of the Modern Family guys. Urgh.
Snubs: Damon Wayans Jr. and Adam Pally for Happy Endings, Mike White for Enlightened, out of all the guys on New Girl I would have nominated Lamorne Morris (Winston)
Supporting Actress in a Comedy
- Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory
- Jane Lynch, Glee
- Julie Bowen, Modern Family
- Merritt Wever, Nurse Jackie
- Jane Krakowski, 30 Rock
- Sofia Vergara, Modern Family
- Anna Chlumsky, Veep
I’m rooting for Jane Krakowski to win.
Snubs: Any of the actresses on Happy Endings
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
Justin Timberlake has been nominated and actually won in this category for Saturday Night Live in the past. I’m surprised to see Nurse Jackie get nominated so much.
Snubs: I think Jamie Foxx and Martin Short had really good episodes of Saturday Night Live.
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
Yay, Molly Shannon! Kind of speechless at Dot-Marie Jones because she’s nominated for the “Shooting Star” episode of Glee.
All in all, I’m pretty disappointed in this year’s Emmys – even though it comes as no surprise. The snub I’m most disappointed about is Tatiana Maslany (at least she won a Critics Choice Award!).
I’m metaphorically weeping at all the possibilities.
Who do you think got snubbed? And who would you like to see win?