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by Peter Knegt
June 11, 2013 3:03 PM
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10 Notable Tidbits About The Emmy Ballots That Went Out Yesterday

Tony Hale is submitted for 'Veep' but not 'Arrested Development' this year.

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.

Highmore and Farmiga in 'Bates Motel'

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).


  • Mike S | July 17, 2013 5:08 PMReply

    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?)

  • Lawrence | June 11, 2013 8:42 PMReply

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

  • D. | June 11, 2013 8:39 PMReply

    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 | June 11, 2013 7:29 PMReply

    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.