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Emmy Award Nominations 2013: Our Gut Reactions

by Angel Cohn July 18, 2013 10:17 am
Emmy Award Nominations 2013: Our Gut Reactions

It's a very good day to be Elisabeth Moss. She snagged a nomination for her role as Peggy on Mad Men and another for her miniseries Top of the Lake. Also, if you are working at Netflix, there's probably a big ol’ party happening right now. It is not, however, such a great day to be anyone involved in Parks & Rec (aside from Amy Poehler), The Americans, Justified, Orphan Black or New Girl. See who got nominated for what and get our initial reactions to the announcements.

Outstanding Drama Series
Breaking Bad
Game of Thrones
Homeland
Mad Men
Downton Abbey
House of Cards
We were hoping that The Americans or The Good Wife might sneak in instead of Downton or House of Cards but given that this is the year of Netflix, we suppose that the Academy had to show that they finally understood digital media. We're just happy that our other favorites, GOT, Mad Men, Homeland and Breaking Bad made the cut.

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad)
Jon Hamm (Mad Men)
Damian Lewis (Homeland)
Kevin Spacey (House of Cards)
Jeff Daniels (The Newsroom)
Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey)
Where is Timothy Olyphant on this list? Why does Justified continued to get ignored? It's a fantastic series and Olyphant is just tremendous. Instead we get Jeff Daniels? Did people actually watch The Newsroom? We were also hoping that Matthew Rhys would snag a nod for The Americans, and it is fair warning you are probably going to quickly get sick of us talking about how The Americans was ignored.

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Claire Danes (Homeland)
Vera Farmiga (Bates Motel)
Kerry Washington (Scandal)
Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men)
Michelle Dockery (Downton Abbey)
Robin Wright (House of Cards)
Connie Britton (Nashville)
We're shocked out of our seats to see Connie Britton on this list. Don't get us wrong, we'll always love Tami Taylor and Britton is a fabulous actress, but this role hasn't given her a ton of great material to work with. And no Tatiana Maslany for Orphan Black? Way to have your finger on the pulse there, Emmys. Still we are beyond thrilled to see Kerry Washington on this list -- she's amazing on Scandal -- and glad that they didn't just write her show off as a soapy ABC drama. Also, in broken record town, we're bummed to see Keri Russell ignored.

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad)
Mandy Patinkin (Homeland)
Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones)
Jonathan Banks (Breaking Bad)
Bobby Cannavale (Boardwalk Empire)
Jim Carter (Downton Abbey)
This list includes some great choices, but not a one of them was on our original nominee wish list. We'd have picked the less obvious Nikolaj Coster-Waldau from Game of Thrones instead of Dinklage, as well as Corey Stoll (House of Cards), Walton Goggins (Justified), Noah Emmerich (The Americans), Jeff Perry (Scandal) and Michael Cudlitz (Southland).

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones)
Anna Gunn (Breaking Bad)
Christina Hendricks (Mad Men)
Maggie Smith (Downton Abbey)
Christine Baranski (The Good Wife)
Morena Baccarin (Homeland)
We're excited for Daenerys, naturally, and we always have Christina Hendricks and Anna Gunn on any list we do, but we were hoping for a little more variety with the other choices. We'd have loved to see Regina King recognized for the end of Southland and Monica Potter given her due for her emotional Parenthood arc.

Outstanding Comedy Series
Girls
Louie
The Big Bang Theory
Veep
Modern Family
30 Rock
We're sad, but not entirely surprised, that our beloved Parks and Recreation was omitted from this lineup. Frankly, we're pretty much used to it by now. But what really shocked us was that Arrested Development didn't snag a nod. We thought that show was a shoo-in. And you really don't want to get us started on why Modern Family doesn't deserve to be here after this sub-par season.

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Jason Bateman (Arrested Development)
Don Cheadle (House of Lies)
Louis CK (Louie)
Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory)
Alec Baldwin (30 Rock)
Matt LeBlanc (Episodes)
We're pretty pleased with this list, though we were wishing and hoping that Adam Scott (Parks & Recreation) or Jake Johnson (New Girl) might sneak into the spots occupied by Alec Baldwin and Matt LeBlanc. Still, all of these actors are solid comedic choices.

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Laura Dern (Enlightened)
Tina Fey (30 Rock)
Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep)
Amy Poehler (Parks & Recreation)
Lena Dunham (Girls)
Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie)
Are people still actually watching Nurse Jackie or just voting for Falco by rote at this point? We thought that maybe Zooey Deschanel would pop up on this list, but the other five women are our top choices.

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Ty Burrell (Modern Family)
Tony Hale (Veep)
Ed O'Neill (Modern Family)
Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Modern Family)
Bill Hader (Saturday Night Live)
Adam Driver (Girls)
Another year, another supporting actor in a comedy series category monopolized by the men of Modern Family. Our big hope is that the MF fellas will split the vote and the brilliant Tony Hale will win. Unless we can start a write-in campaign for Max Greenfield.

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Mayim Bialik (The Big Bang Theory)
Julie Bowen (Modern Family)
Anna Chlumsky (Veep)
Jane Krakowski (30 Rock)
Jane Lynch (Glee)
Sofia Vergara (Modern Family)
Merritt Weaver (Nurse Jackie)
Unlike with the Actor category, we'd been hoping for two Modern Family stars to get nominated… but Sofia Vergara was not one of them. Instead, since the Emmy nominators clearly love the show, we hoped they'd have recognized how clever Sarah Hyland was instead of Vergara. We're also sinking into depression that Casey Wilson (Happy Endings), Aubrey Plaza (Parks & Recreation) were overlooked.

Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Series
Cat Deeley (So You Think You Can Dance)
Tom Bergeron (Dancing With the Stars)
Ryan Seacrest (American Idol
Betty White (Betty White's Off Their Rockers)
Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn (Project Runway)
Anthony Bourdain (The Taste)
Well, we're happy about Cat Deeley, but that's pretty much the only nice thing we've got to say about these noms. We love Bourdain, but The Taste was annoying and we'd hoped that Gordon Ramsey -- who has about a hundred entertaining shows -- would snag the foodie nod instead. Bergeron, Klum and Seacrest have had their time (though we'd have been OK with Tim Gunn getting a solo nod) and well… Betty White? We'd hoped we'd wake up to see Julie Chen (Big Brother), Colby Donaldson (Top Shot) and RuPaul Charles (RuPaul's Drag Race) but we've learned to expect the expected with the Emmys.

Outstanding Reality-Competition Series
So You Think You Can Dance
The Amazing Race
The Voice
Top Chef
Dancing With the Stars
Project Runway
Bo-ring. That's our impression of these uninspired voices. Even announcer Neil Patrick Harris had a snarky comment about The Amazing Race being included on the list… again.We are rooting for SYTYCD, but would have liked to see Chopped instead of Top Chef and Face Off instead of Project Runway and well, anything instead of The Voice.

Outstanding Miniseries or Movie
American Horror Story: Asylum
Behind the Candelabra
Phil Spector
Political Animals
Top of the Lake
The Bible
We're thrilled that the Emmys loved AHS: Asylum as much as we did. We thought the twisted subject matter might be a turn-off, but we're hoping it wins big. We stupidly thought The Hour would beat out The Bible, but we should know better than to bet against God.

Outstanding Actor in a Miniseries or Movie
Benedict Cumberbatch (Parade's End)
Matt Damon (Behind the Candelabra)
Michael Douglas (Behind the Candelabra)
Al Pacino (Phil Spector)
Toby Jones (The Girl)
Cumberbatch got another Emmy nod and the Internet didn't crash, so that's a positive for today. We wanted Dominic West (The Hour instead of Toby Jones, but otherwise this list is exactly how it should be. Of course now we're torn about rooting for Matt Damon's hair or Cumberbatch's cheekbones.

Outstanding Actress in a Miniseries or Movie
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)
This was an exact match to our wish list, so we've got no complaints. Go, Jessica, go!

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie
James Cromwell (American Horror Story: Asylum)
Scott Bakula (Behind the Candelabra)
John Benjamin Hickey (The Big C: Hereafter)
Peter Mullan (Top of the Lake)
Zachary Quinto (American Horror Story: Asylum)
We'd have picked Rob Lowe instead of Bakula for the ridiculous wig alone and Jeffrey Tambor for Phil Spector, but Hickey did a great job on The Big C, so we're pretty pleased, though obviously we're torn between Cromwell and Quinto. Don't make us choose!

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie
Ellen Burstyn (Political Animals)
Charlotte Rampling (Restless)
Sarah Paulson (American Horror Story: Asylum)
Alfre Woodard (Steel Magnolias)
Imelda Staunton (The Girl)
How did the Emmys not find spots here for Lily Rabe (AHS) or Carla Gugino (Political Animals)? Both of those ladies stole their respective shows.

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series
Will Forte (30 Rock)
Nathan Lane (Modern Family)
Bobby Cannavale (Nurse Jackie)
Bob Newhart (The Big Bang Theory)
Justin Timberlake (Saturday Night Live)
Louis C.K. (Saturday Night Live)
There are just so many guest spots to choose from, and we're glad to see our personal favorite of the year, Bob Newhart, on the list. But we really wanted Patrick Wilson (Girls), David Lynch (Louie) and Patton Oswalt (Parks & Recreation) to get the recognition they truly deserve instead of celebs contributing average SNL hosting gigs.

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series
Melissa Leo (Louie)
Molly Shannon (Enlightened)
Elaine Stritch (30 Rock)
Melissa McCarthy (Saturday Night Live)
Kristen Wiig (Saturday Night Live)
Dot-Marie Jones (Glee)
So very many better choices than what is on here, the only two we can fully support are Leo and Shannon, so we'll be rooting for them and go back to being bummed that no one noticed how great Becky Ann Baker was on Girls.

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series
Michael J. Fox (The Good Wife)
Nathan Lane (The Good Wife)
Robert Morse (Mad Men)
Rupert Friend (Homeland)
Harry Hamlin (Mad Men)
Dan Bucatinsky (Scandal)
It is clear that the people doing the nominating don't watch Justified at all, otherwise Jim Beaver and Mike O'Malley would have definitely made this list. And they likely don't watch Parenthood either, because we don't understand how they'd miss out on giving Ray Romano some recognition. And while we love Scandal, Bucatinsky was the last person we'd expected to see here.

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series
Margo Martindale (The Americans)
Carrie Preston (The Good Wife)
Diana Rigg (Game of Thrones)
Jane Fonda (The Newsroom)
Linda Cardellini (Mad Men)
Joan Cusack (Shameless)
We could have done without the nod for Jane Fonda, but her character seems to hate everyone on that show as much as we do, so we'll deal with it. Especially since Margo Martindale actually made it on here when they'd largely ignored The Americans. We just can't decide if Preston or Rigg gets our vote to win.

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