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10 Notable Tidbits About The Emmy Ballots That Went Out Yesterday

10 Notable Tidbits About The Emmy Ballots That Went Out Yesterday

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.

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Mike S

What a travesty that Debbie Reynolds' amazing, scene-stealing performance in "Behind the Candelabra" wasn't submitted. She was absolutely brilliant and deserves some recognition. The range that Reynolds has shown in "The Catered Affair" "Singin' in the Rain," "The Unsinkable Molly Brown," "The Rat Race" and "What's the Matter With Helen?" (and now "Behind the Candelabra") has proven that she has the acting chops… but seldom the opportunity. An Emmy nomination would have gotten her noticed and perhaps opened the door for some additional challenging roles for her in her senior years. (And by the way, where's that life-achievement Oscar?)


I think that Charles Dance and Rose Leslie should have been submitted instead of Kit Harrington and Sibel Kekilli.


Jennifer Lawrence (who was sick with the flu when the episode was aired) and the rest of the hosts mentioned were just fine…who gives a rats ass? (LO!). These actors have Oscars and enough respect in the industry. Oh, and Justin Timberlake?????…c'mon. I don't think any of thesr talented actors expected to be nominated Peter…but do you suppose that Justin Timberlake will EVER be nominated for an Oscar?. So, no need to be bitchy, it's not worth it.

j walker

Peter, Anne Hathaway won a Primetime Emmy for her great voice work on a " Simpsons " episode- it was very well-deserved. Plus, she sung a killer acoustic version of " Moon River " that would have made Audrey Hepburn jealous.

Jennifer Lawrence didn't deserve to have her name submitted, because she was awful and wooden throughout her hosting gig. Melissa McCarthy was playing up to the same obese , messy, and sloppy stereotypes when she hosted SNL. Bruno Mars was charming, but he was basically singing in every sketch-no range and no versatility.

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