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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

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").

Elizabeth McGovern in 'Downton Abbey'

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.

Check out Indiewire's Emmy Award nomination predictions here.


  • 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.