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The 2013 Emmy Awards: Emmy Nominations and Snubs
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!
OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES
Breaking Bad, AMC
Downton Abbey, PBS
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.
LEAD ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
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.
LEAD ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
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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SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
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.
SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES:
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.
OUTSTANDING COMEDY SERIES
The Big Bang Theory, CBS
Modern Family, ABC
30 Rock, NBC
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.
LEAD ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
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.
LEAD ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
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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SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
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.
SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
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.
OUTSTANDING MINISERIES OR MOVIE
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.
LEAD ACTOR IN A MINISERIES OR MOVIE
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.
LEAD ACTRESS IN A MINISERIES OR MOVIE
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.
SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A MINISERIES OR MOVIE
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
SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A MINISERIES OR MOVIE
Sarah Paulson, American Horror Story: Asylum, FX
Imelda Staunton, The Girl, HBO
Charlotte Rampling, Restless, Sundance Channel
Alfre Woodard, Steel Magnolias, Lifetime