7. The "Veep" and "Girls" supporting casts join their leads this time around. Last year, the first seasons of HBO's "Veep" and "Girls" both got series nominations and nods for their lead actresses, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Lena Dunham. A year later, the same occurred, but this time they were joined by Adam Driver ("Girls"), Tony Hale and Anna Chlumsky ("Veep").
8. Eric Stonestreet and Jon Cryer snubbed after winning last year. In a rare feat, "Modern Family" and "Two and a Half Men" actors Eric Stonestreet and Jon Cryer managed to go from winning one year, to not even being nominated the next. Worse for Stonestreet is that he's the only adult cast member of "Modern Family" not to be nominated.
9. Julianna Margulies doesn't make the epic best dramatic actress lineup. Another previous winner (though not last year), Julianna Margulies did not make the cut for "The Good Wife" this time around, despite there being 7 nominees. Elisabeth Moss, Claire Danes and Michelle Dockery all returned from last year's nominations, while newbies Vera Farmiga, Robin Wright, Connie Britton and Kerry Washington all joined them over Margulies in a surprising (for the Emmys) instance of a lot of fresh blood.
10. The lead actor in miniseries will go to HBO. Because every single one of the nominees was on an HBO show.
11. Laura Dern! Speaking of HBO, its critically lauded but ratings challenged "Enlightened" found a silver lining to its unfortunate cancellation in an extremely deserved nomination for lead actress Laura Dern. It recalls fond memories of Lisa Kudrow's post-cancellation nod for "The Comeback"...
12. Tina Fey and husband Jeff Richmond share a nomination for songwriting. The final season of "30 Rock" took an impressive 13 nominations, including 3 for creator/star Tina Fey. One of them, interestingly, was for co-writing the song "Rural Juror" with her husband Jeff Richmond. You can watch Jane Krakowski perform it below:
13. Half the series' directing nominees are women. Take that, Oscars. Or movies in general. A shockingly acceptable half of the 10 nominees for directing drama and comedy series were female: Lena Dunham ("Girls"), Gail Mancuso ("Modern Family"), Beth McCarthy-Miller ("30 Rock"), Michelle MacLaren ("Breaking Bad") and Lesli Linka Glatter ("Homeland").