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by Peter Knegt
July 18, 2013 10:49 AM
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13 Notable Things About The 2013 Emmy Award Nominations

Adam Driver in "Girls"
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").

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  • Bertram J. Krogh | July 20, 2013 6:24 AMReply

    The House of Cards love is really interesting. I think its nominations will boost an increase in series airing exclusively on Netflix.

  • Rania | July 19, 2013 7:39 AMReply

    Any lack of acclaim for MAD MEN's writing, acting, directing, and other categories throughout the years is incomprehensible to me. And I challenge the commenter who says this was the worst season to watch it again.

  • Nancy Nigrosh | July 18, 2013 5:47 PMReply

    great stat about directing nominations - 50% - that's gotta be a record!

  • loyd | July 18, 2013 3:27 PMReply

    lol, that passage near the end, about half the nominnes in directing being women is ridiculous; you shouldn't want more women to be nominated just because they are women, seriously. And it's not the first time this blog does something like this, when Helen Mirren was at the Empire Awards and used Sam Mendes' list of best movies to illustrate that there should be more female directors (and it should indeed), the headline on Indiewire was something like "Helen Mirren criticizes Sam Mendes' list"... well...

  • - | July 18, 2013 2:04 PMReply

    Mad Men not getting nominated for writing is kind of f'd in the A. I mean, I know season 6 is probably the worst season of the show, but I'd have thought that at least 'In Care of' or 'For Immediate Release' would have gotten nominations.
    Oh well, I just hope Homeland doesn't win again. I'm honestly not sure if it even deserved a nomination this year.

  • Stephanie | July 18, 2013 3:24 PM

    Well, it's f'd that this is the first time Breaking Bad has been nominated for writing at all, and it's for the 5th season. The show has had superb writing from the very beginning.

  • tahonia | July 18, 2013 1:49 PMReply

    I'm bummed that Aaron Sorkin was not recognized for outstanding writing for The Newsroom.

  • Jon | July 18, 2013 1:09 PMReply

    Bummed Parker Posey got shut out...she was great in Louie.

  • John | July 18, 2013 12:11 PMReply

    Another stat of note, only 3/94 acting nominations went to African American actors: Alfre Woodard, Kerri Washington, and Don Cheadle.