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The 2013 Emmy Awards: Emmy Nominations and Snubs

Updated on August 27, 2013

It has been a great year for television, and this years big awards show, the Emmy Awards is where all the big names come out to watch their peers be honored for their great work on the screen. With the best dramas, funniest comedies and most intense mini-series out there, it is truly a showcase of the best work that was done in 2013. However, the Emmy Awards are never free of controversy, and every year there are a lot of great shows and performances that are left off the lists. So here is a complete breakdown of the Emmy nominations list, and a look at who I think got snubbed!


Breaking Bad, AMC

Downton Abbey, PBS

Homeland, Showtime

Game of Thrones, HBO

House of Cards, Netflix

Mad Men, AMC

My Pick(s) - I mean, Homeland won the 2012 Emmy Award and these things often happen in bunches, but I honestly believe that this season of Mad Men was one of it's best, and considering the show won 4 straight prior to last year, I'm taking Mad Men to get back on track this year! It's worth mentioning that 'House of Cards' made history this year, by being the first show that is specifically online only (Netflix) to be nominated.

Snubs - I have to take issue with 'Newsroom' not making it, because I flat out loved it. But I understand why it didn't as it's very polarizing. Overall, I don't have any big problems with this list and they are all great shows. A few shows that may feel like they got snubbed would be 'The Americans' and 'Sons of Anarchy.' 'Boardwalk Empire' could have probably brought HBO another nomination too.

Jon Hamm as Don Draper
Jon Hamm as Don Draper


Hugh Bonneville, Downton Abbey, PBS

Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad, AMC

Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom, HBO

Jon Hamm, Mad Men, AMC

Damian Lewis, Homeland, Showtime

Kevin Spacey, House of Cards, Netflix

My Pick(s) - Alright, I may be selecting with my heart here, but it is a complete travesty that Jon Hamm has not won an acting Emmy yet for his performances as Don Draper. He is going to take it this year, I can feel it. I loved Homeland, but Damian Lewis is not that good of an actor, honestly. He was the weak link on the show in my opinion, and I didn't think he deserved the Emmy in 2012.

Snubs - Don't see any issues here, if I'm honest folks. My only potential addition would be someone from Game of Thrones but the problem is that there is not real 'lead' actor in that show.

Claire Danes in Homeland.
Claire Danes in Homeland.


Connie Britton, Nashville, ABC

Claire Danes, Homeland, Showtime

Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey, PBS

Vera Farmiga, Bates Motel, A&E

Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men, AMC

Kerry Washington, Scandal, ABC

Robin Wright, House of Cards, Netflix

My Pick(s) - My guess is that Claire Danes is a lock to go back to back for her role as Carrie in Homeland. She has been fantastic. Michelle Dockery is a dark horse here, for her role as Mary Crawley in 'Downton Abbey.'

Snubs - It has to be considered a bit of a joke that Tatiana Maslany didn't get a nomination here for playing six different characters in the new show 'Orphan Black,' especially since she played them all extremely well. A truly great piece of acting went unrewarded here.

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Bobby Cannavale, Boardwalk Empire, HBO

Jonathan Banks, Breaking Bad, AMC

Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad, AMC

Jim Carter, Downton Abbey, PBS

Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones, HBO

Mandy Patinkin, Homeland, Showtime

My Pick(s) - For me this one is a bit of a toss-up, but if I got to pick I would probably choose either Jim Carter for his work on Downton Abbey, or Mandy Patinkin for playing Claire Danes mentor in Homeland brilliantly.

Snubs - This category is so wide open, there are so many characters from shows like Game of Thrones and Sons of Anarchy that could have made it. No real qualms with the selections.


Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad, AMC

Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey, PBS

Emilia Clarke, Game of Thrones, HBO

Christine Baranski,S The Good Wife, CBS

Morena Baccarin, Homeland, Showtime

Christina Hendricks, Mad Men, AMC

My Pick(s) - Maggie Smith might take it home again, as her work in Season 3 probably surpassed that of Season 2 even, for which she won the 2012 Emmy. I also think young Emilia Clarke shouldn't be overlooked, acting way above her age in 'Game of Thrones,'

Snubs - Monica Potter should absolutely have been nominated for her work in 'Parenthood.' Big miss here.

The cast of Modern Family.
The cast of Modern Family.


The Big Bang Theory, CBS

Girls, HBO

Louie, FX

Modern Family, ABC

30 Rock, NBC

Veep, HBO

My Pick(s) - Well, I'm going to say that I expect either Modern Family to repeat its 2012 success, or Veep to sneak in the back door on this one.

Snubs - Okay. Here is where I have some HUGE issues. I know 'The Office' has had it's day, and Michael Scott was gone, but this final season was still absolutely fantastic stuff and deserved a nomination. Then the HUGE snub here is that Fox's absolutely fantastic comedy 'New Girl' is not on this list. 'New Girl' should WIN the Emmy, and it hasn't even been nominated. Absolutely criminal.

Alec Baldwin has experience winning awards.
Alec Baldwin has experience winning awards.


Jason Bateman, Arrested Development, Netflix

Louis C.K., Louie, FX

Don Cheadle, House of Lies, Showtime

Matt LeBlanc, Episodes, Showtime

Jim Parsons, Big Bang Theory, CBS

Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock, NBC

My Pick(s) - After a surprise winner last year, I think it's wide open in 2013, but I'm going to say that I'd give it to Alec Baldwin for his work in 30 Rock's final season. He's always fantastic, and with this years field being a little weak, I think he should get it. I have never been a fan of 'Big Bang Theory' or Jim Parsons, so I'm rooting against that outcome.

Snubs - Please don't get me started here. I'm truly disgusted that there wasn't a nomination for Jake Johnson, playing Nick Miller in 'New Girl.' The show didn't get nominated, and that is plain wrong, but to not nominate Johnson is ridiculous, after he complete tore up the screen. He was hilarious in increased screen time, and did a fantastic job in his romantic sub-plot with Zooey D.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus in Veep
Julia Louis-Dreyfus in Veep


Lena Dunham, Girls, HBO

Laura Dern, Enlightened, HBO

Tiny Fey, 30 Rock, NBC

Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation, NBC

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep, HBO

Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie, Showtime

My Pick(s) - Not sure who I think is going to win here, as it is a pretty even field, but I wouldn't be surprised to see Julia Louis-Dreyfus repeat as champion for her work on 'Veep.'

Snubs - Wow, another 'New Girl' snub here. Zooey Deschanel did not get a nomination here, and that is just ridiculous. The girl is just downright hilarious. I don't know what the voters problem was with Fox's smash hit, but they need to get over it soon.

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Adam Driver, Girls, HBO

Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family, ABC

Ed O'Neill, Modern Family, ABC

Ty Burrell, Modern Family, ABC

Bill Hader, Saturday Night Live, NBC

Tony Hale, Veep, HBO

My Pick(s) - Wow, three nominations for 'Modern Family' and I'd be surprised if one of them didn't take home this award. Which one though? That is the question here.

Snubs - Nothing for Max Greenfield as Schmidt in 'New Girl'? He was fantastic. Clearly you can see that I loved 'New Girl'. But the thing is, so did most people.


Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory, CBS

Jane Lynch, Glee, Fox

Sofia Vergara, Modern Family, ABC

Julie Bowen, Modern Family, ABC

Merritt Wever, Nurse Jackie, Showtime

Jane Krakowski, 30 Rock, NBC

Anna Chlumsky, Veep, HBO

My Pick(s) - Last year, Julie Bowen won this award for Modern Family. I'm anticipating that this year, we might see a surprise, such as Merritt Wever for Nurse Jackie.

Snubs - No real problems with this category.

Top of the Lake
Top of the Lake


American Horror Story: Asylum, FX

Behind the Candelabra, HBO

Phil Spector, HBO

Political Animals, USA

The Bible, History

Top of the Lake, Sundance Channel

My Pick(s) - My pick here is the absolutely FANTASTIC 'Top of the Lake' which really did blow me away. The others were solid, but I don't see any competition here personally.

Snubs - Again, nothing jumps out at me. I see this as an easy category.

Pacino as Phil Spector
Pacino as Phil Spector


Michael Douglas, Behind The Candelabra, HBO

Matt Damon, Behind The Candelabra, HBO

Toby Jones, The Girl, HBO

Benedict Cumberbatch, Parade's End, HBO

Al Pacino, Phil Spector, HBO

My Pick(s) - What a fantastic field of veteran acting legends. This could go in any direction, although I'm sure Al Pacino has a great chance for 'Phil Spector.' I love Al, so I think I'll lean his way on this one.

Snubs - None, this is a great field.

Elisabeth Moss
Elisabeth Moss


Jessica Lange, American Horror Story, FX

Laura Linney, The Big C: Hereafter, Showtime

Helen Mirren, Phil Spector, HBO

Sigourney Weaver, Political Animals, USA

Elisabeth Moss, Top of the Lake, Sundance Channel

My Pick(s) - Another solid field - I absolutely loved Top of the Lake, and I think Elisabeth Moss was fantastic. She really proved she can take the lead, after she already established herself on Mad Men. She's my pick here, although Helen Mirren and Laura Linney are always good bets.

Snubs - Nothing sticks out.


James Cromwell, American Horror Story: Asylum, FX

Zachary Quinto, American Horror Story: Asylum, FX

Scott Bakula, Behind The Candelabra, HBO

John Benjamin Hickey, The Big C: Hereafter, Showtime

Peter Mullan, Top of the Lake, Sundance Channel


Sarah Paulson, American Horror Story: Asylum, FX

Imelda Staunton, The Girl, HBO

Charlotte Rampling, Restless, Sundance Channel

Alfre Woodard, Steel Magnolias, Lifetime

What is your pick for Outstanding Drama Series?

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    • jmartin1344 profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Royal Oak, Michigan

      FalconSays, that's awesome - you'll have to keep me updated on all the big news! ha

      I agree though, looking forward to Season 2 for sure!

    • jmartin1344 profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Royal Oak, Michigan

      Thanks Elias, I actually haven't seen the original, but I would like to!

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      Karen S Falcon 

      5 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Yes, great Hub! Thanks for all the work you put into this! Another hooray for House of Cards! I can't wait 'til Season 2! The big guns let us know they've begun production again. (I work for NF, tee hee)

    • Elias Zanetti profile image

      Elias Zanetti 

      5 years ago from Athens, Greece

      I have only seen the original house of Cards but the remake should be equally good. I agree that this year has been quite good for tv series. Thanks for this interesting presentation of Emmy awards!

    • jmartin1344 profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Royal Oak, Michigan

      I agree - it was a fantastic show! Great job Netflix!

      Thanks for reading!

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      Karen S Falcon 

      5 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Hooray for House of Cards!


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