Emmys 2013: American Horror Story and 30 Rock Lead a Typical, Frustrating Batch of Nominations

By Cory Barker

Jul 18, 2013


Happy Emmy Nominations Day, folks. It's that depressing time of year when our hopes and dreams of waking up to some fresh, out-of-the-box nominees come crashing down so that HBO, Modern Family, and Mad Men can dominate yet again. This morning's nods were read by Aaron Paul and the host of this year's telecast, Neil Patrick Harris (who filled in for an accidentally absent Kate Mara). Like with every other year, the 2013 nominations are full of interesting choices and disappointing snubs, but all of the latest power players are here: American Horror StoryHomelandMad MenBreaking Bad30 RockModern Family, etc. If you're a big Louis C.K. or Veep fan, it's time to celebrate. Unfortunately, if you were banking on those surprising-but-deserved Tatiana Maslany or Jake Johnson nominations, it's probably best that you just call in sick and go back to bed. 

American Horror Story: Aslyum leads the field overall with 17 total nominations. Game of Thrones is close behind with 16 nominations, followed by Behind the Candelabra and Saturday Night Live, which each earned 15 nominations. Netflix's House of Cards scored the most nominations for a new show with nine, including big nominations in the categories of Lead Actor in a Drama (Kevin Spacey), Director (David Fincher), and Best Drama Series. Last year's big drama winner Homeland stood its ground, and actually grabbed a few more important nominations in the Supporting Actor (Mandy Patinkin) and Supporting Actress (Morena Baccarin) races.

House of Cards and Homeland are joined in the Outstanding Drama Series race by four returning nominees: Breaking BadDownton AbbeyGame of Thrones, and Mad Men

On the comedy side, 30 Rock leads the pack with a strong 13 nominations for its final season. No new comedy made much noise, but series like GirlsLouie, and Veep gained some ground in the major categories. And yes, Modern Family is still a big threat to win most of the awards. Somewhat surprisingly, Netflix's other big series, the fourth season of Arrested Development, didn't catch on with voters much at all. 

The Big Bang Theory joins the aforementioned 30 RockGirlsLouieVeep, and Modern Family in the Outstanding Comedy Series category. 

As always, there are plenty of things to celebrate and plenty of things to complain about with these noms, and we'll be doing that later today. But before we do, here's the full list of nominees in all the a major categories:


Outstanding Drama Series

Breaking Bad
Downton Abbey
Game of Thrones
Homeland
House of Cards
Mad Men


Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

Hugh Bonneville, Downton Abbey
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Damien Lewis, Homeland
Kevin Spacey, House of Cards


Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

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


Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Bobby Cannavale, Boardwalk Empire
Jonathan Banks, Breaking Bad
Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad
Jim Carter, Downton Abbey
Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
Mandy Patinkin, Homeland


Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
Emilia Clarke, Game of Thrones
Christine Baranski, The Good Wife
Morena Baccarin, Homeland
Christina HendricksMad Men


Outstanding 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


Outstanding 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 CusackShameless 


Outstanding Comedy Series

30 Rock
The Big Bang Theory
Girls
Louie
Modern Family
Veep


Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy

Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Jason Bateman, Arrested Development
Louis C.K., Louie
Don Cheadle, House of Lies
Matt LeBlanc, Episodes
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory


Outstanding Lead 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


Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy

Ty Burrell, Modern Family
Adam Driver, Girls
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family
Bill Hader, Saturday Night Live
Tony Hale, Veep
Ed O'Neill, Modern Family


Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy

Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory
Julie Bowen, Modern Family
Anna Chlumsky, Veep
Jane Krakowski, 30 Rock
Jane Lynch, Glee
Merritt Wever, Nurse Jackie


Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy

Bobby Cannavale, Nurse Jackie
Louis C.K.Saturday Night Live
Will Forte, 30 Rock
Nathan Lane, Modern Family
Bob Newhart, The Big Bang Theory
Justin Timberlake, Saturday Night Live


Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy

Dot-Marie Jones, Glee
Melissa Leo, Louie
Melissa McCarthy, Saturday Night Live
Molly Shannon, Enlightened
Elaine Stritch, 30 Rock
Kristen Wiig, Saturday Night Live


Outstanding Reality Competition Program

The Amazing Race
Dancing With the Stars
Project Runway
So You Think You Can Dance
Top Chef
The Voice


Outstanding Reality Host

Tom Bergeron, Dancing With the Stars
Anthony Bourdain, The Taste
Cat Deely, So You Think You Can Dance
Hedi Klum and Tim Gunn, Project Runway
Ryan Seacrest, American Idol
Betty White, Betty White's Off Their Rockers


Outstanding Variety Series

The Colbert Report
The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
Real Time With Bill Maher
Saturday Night Live

Outstanding Miniseries or Movie

American Horror Story: Asylum
Behind the Candelabra
The Bible
Phil Spector
Political Animals
Top of the Lake


Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie

Benedict Cumberbatch, Parade's End
Matt Damon, Behind the Candelabra
Michael Douglas, Behind the Candelabra
Toby Jones, The Girl
Al Pacino, Phil Spector


Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie

Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Asylum
Laura Linney, The Big C: Hereafter
Elisabeth Moss, Top of the Lake
Helen Mirren, Phil Spector
Sigourney Weaver, Political Animals

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie

Scott Bakula, Behind the Candelabra
James Cromwell, American Horror Story: Asylum
John Benjamin Hickey, The Big C: Hereafter
Peter Mullan, Top of the Lake
Zachary Quinto, American Horror Story: Asylum


Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie

Ellen Burstyn, Political Animals
Sarah Paulson, American Horror Story: Asylum
Charlotte Rampling, Restless
Imelda Staunton, The Girl
Alfre Woodard, Steel Magnolias


For a complete list of the 2013 Emmy nominations, head on over to the official Emmys website. And here's the replay of the announcement, if you'd like to see it for yourself:


Go ahead and list your compliments and complaints in the comments!

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  • patsully Sep 13, 2013

    Wait, will Breaking Bad / Cranston / Paul also be nominated for next year's Emmys too? Or does this year mark their last eligibility? I'm just trying to figure out when they will get their much deserved sweep...

    With Mad Men ending after next year, it would probably free up the category for Jon Hamm to finally get his much deserved award.

  • keithduke Sep 13, 2013

    Go Homeland and Breaking Bad!

  • FriendsSherlock Jul 25, 2013

    Benedict Cumberbatch NEEDS to win for best lead in a miniseries.

  • c07111 Jul 19, 2013

    Nothing against Mad Men, I think it's a good show, but not as good as SOA or Justified or even Person of Interest. And their ensemble cast are great in their scenes but I'm hard press to recall any breakout performance from any of them. The absence of Michael Cudlitz and Regina King is mind boggling to me...oh well.

  • tnetennba Jul 19, 2013

    Mad Men is very overrated in my opinion. The exception is Jon Hamm. He really is great. The definitive proof of that is the part of his story where he was drunk and depressed at the same time. (This was a few years ago). I'm not sure any of the others should be nominated. I don't think the show is interesting enough to deserve a nomination.

    But I have to admit, I have also never really understood why people appreciate Regina King so much. She's obviously good, but is she *that* good?

    Cudlitz was great in Southland, but the competition in that category is insane.

  • tv_gonzo Jul 19, 2013

    Amy Poehler will be snubbed again.
    I would have liked Will Arnett or Jeffrey Tambor to be nominated rather than Jason Bateman. Nothing against him, but i just think the other performances were better

  • Red_Diamond Jul 19, 2013

    Here my favorites to win the Emmy...

    Outstanding Drama Series

    Game of Thrones (The Rains of the Castamere was awesome!)


    Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

    Hugh Bonneville, Downton Abbey (He deserves it)


    Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

    Kerry Washington, Scandal (For sure!)


    Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

    Jim Carter, Downton Abbey (Peter has won before, so it's fair to give this time to Jim)


    Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

    Emilia Clarke, Game of Thrones (Dragons!!! Lol. I'm glad for her)


    Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama

    Dan Bucatinsky, Scandal (Never expected this one before, but he was great in Scandal)


    Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama

    Diana Rigg, Game of Thrones (Grow stronger! Lol)


    Outstanding Comedy Series

    Modern Family


    Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy

    Ed O'Neill, Modern Family


    Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy

    Jane Lynch, Glee


    Outstanding Reality Competition Program

    The Amazing Race (Forever and always)


    Outstanding Miniseries or Movie

    American Horror Story: Asylum


    Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie

    Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Asylum (A legendary actress)


    Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie

    James Cromwell, American Horror Story: Asylum (No doubt he is...)


    Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie

    Sarah Paulson, American Horror Story: Asylum (She did great in season 2)

  • enomo67 Jul 19, 2013

    I love how everyone acts shocked and dismayed when the Emmys don't live up to their nomination expectations--it's like watching the movie Groundhog Day. As far as I'm concerned though, wake me up when they finally smell the coffee and realize Nick Offerman is just ridiculously awesome. Although I assume that will be never, because the Emmys are absolutely useless insofar as recognizing what makes good television.

  • hockeyrick Jul 19, 2013

    THIS GOES WITHOUT SAYING AND SHOULD BE A HARD AND FAST RULE:
    1, COUNT THEM 1, NOMINATION PER CATEGORY PER SHOW!!!!!!!!!

    Louie is a good show, but not that funny! Sorry, but it isn't!
    Episodes is highly UNDERRATED!
    Enlightened is NOT a comedy show, same as Nurse Jackie is NOT a comedy show! (would you put a laugh track to either of these shows, or Louie for that matter????)
    Reality shows, competitions, whatever you want to call them should have their own Show, ala Daytime Emmy Show! They dont belong!!!!!!!!

    SNL is a nominee in Comedy and variety show??? How can this be?
    AHA is neither a movie or miniseries!!!!!
    Big C is a series, same for Political Animals, but the latter got cancelled!

    Do they think most of us are morons? was going to say ret...., but thats the new N word!





  • wudntulik2know Jul 19, 2013

    >>>>>Louie is a good show, but not that funny! Sorry, but it isn't!

    No, it is not. Watching LCK on top of Runkle's wife was disgusting. Funny? Not on this planet.

    The funniest thing about Louie was David Lynch.

    That's it.

    >>>>>>Episodes is highly UNDERRATED!

    You are correct.

    >>>>>>Enlightened is NOT a comedy show,

    It's also an insult to women with a brain, but thankfully it was cancelled.

    >>>>>>>same as Nurse Jackie is NOT a comedy show!

    No, it is not. Have you seen it lately? The writers have ruined the show.

    >>>>>>Reality shows, competitions, whatever you want to call them should have their own Show, ala Daytime Emmy Show! They dont belong!!!!!!!!

    Well, there is a place where they belong. In the garbage.

    I bet the guy who puts these shows in these categories gets paid a LOT of money. And he doesn't care what we think.

  • camshepherd Jul 19, 2013

    take a breath champ, jesus christ it's just the emmys...

  • RebeccaRogers4 Jul 19, 2013

    Wow no Nikolaj Coster-Waldau? Did they even watch GoT this season? I love Peter Dinklage but Nikolaj owned this season.
    Emilia Clarke probably got the nod cos Dragons are way cool! However my pick would have been Michelle Fairley, Maisie Williams or Gwendoline Christie.
    I'm a Damian Lewis fan but Homeland S2 was stupid.
    Best guest actor nomination IMO would be James Wolk (Bob Benson) Mad Men.
    Top of the Lake was excellent as was Elisabeth Moss. Not many Americans can pull off an Australian accent let alone a New Zealand one. If you haven't watched it do yourself a favour and watch it!

  • Big_Pecks Jul 19, 2013

    I hope 30 Rock cleans up. It deserves it more than MF and TBBT. It had a fantastic final farewell of a season. Liz Lemon's having it all.

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