The nomination ballots for 65th Primetime Emmy Awards have been mailed out, and there are a few notable category placements (and complete snubs) that the ballots make clear. So before you start predicting the possible outcome for July 18th’s nomination announcement (as Indiewire already has here), keep the following 10 tidbits in mind:
1. “Saturday Night Live” snubbed a bunch of Oscar winners in the guest acting categories. Ben Affleck, Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Lawrence and Anne Hathaway all won Oscars and hosted “Saturday Night Live” in the past year, but their hopes at getting closer to EGOT won’t happen from the latter. “SNL” did not submit any of them in the guest acting category, instead choosing Bruno Mars, Melissa McCarthy, Martin Short, Justin Timberlake and Kristin Wiig.
2. Portia de Rossi is going lead for “Arrested Development.” Joining the expected likes of Jason Bateman, Portia de Rossi has perhaps unwisely opted to go lead for the fourth season of “Arrested Development,” despite having relatively minimal screentime compared to the likes of her competitors, which now include Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Lena Dunham, Melissa McCarthy, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Edie Falco and Zooey Deschanel.
3. Tony Hale submitted for “Veep” but not “Arrested.” The only cast member to not submit for “Arrested Development” was Tony Hale, who submitted in the supporting actor category for his work in HBO’s “Veep” instead.
4. Freddie Highmore is going supporting for “Bates Motel.” Despite being a true co-lead to Vera Farmiga (who indeed submitted in the lead actress category), Freddie Highmore is going supporting for “Bates Motel,” keeping with the long-standing tradition of younger actors automatically getting downgraded to supporting categories.
5. “Community” and “Eastbound and Down” are not on the comedy series ballot. Don’t expect either of these cult favorites to make Emmy’s final cut, neither were on the ballot for best comedy series (though it’s unlikely either would get nominated even if they were).
6. Only eight “Game of Thrones” actors were submitted, all in supporting. The extraordinarily popular third season of “Game of Thrones” only submitted eight actors from its mammoth cast for Emmy consideration: Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Peter Dinklage, Kit Harrington, Emilia Clarke, Michelle Fairley, Lena Headey, Natalie Dormer and Sibel Kekilli.
7. No Debbie Reynolds for “Behind The Candelabra.” There won’t be an Emmy nomination for Debbie Reynolds’ scene stealing (though short) performance as Liberace’s mother in “Behind The Candelabra.” She wasn’t on the ballot. (Notably, Reynolds already won an Emmy for playing another mother on gay-themed TV, Grace’s on “Will & Grace”).
8. Elizabeth McGovern is going supporting for “Downton Abbey,” while Brendan Coyle wasn’t even submitted. After being one of the few “Downton Abbey” cast members to not get nominated last year, Elizabeth McGovern is opting for a different category this time around, the less competitive best supporting actress. Meanwhile, her co-star Brendan Coyle — nominated last year — wasn’t submitted at all.
9. Elisabeth Moss is going lead for “Mad Men,” while Jessica Paré has been downgraded to supporting. Elisabeth Moss is staying put in the lead category for “Mad Men,” despite having a bit less screentime this season, while Jessica Paré is joining January Jones and Christina Hendricks in the supporting actress category this year after unsuccessfully trying for lead last year.
10. The final season of “Boss” is not in contention for drama series, but Kelsey Grammer was still entered. Starz cancelled “Boss,” and gave it a second slap in the face by not even submitting it in the drama series category (though let’s be honest, it wasn’t going to happen). The network did, however, submit star Kelsey Grammer in hopes of getting a farewell Emmy nod for best lead actor.