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Looking at the 2013 Emmy Nominated Women

Looking at the 2013 Emmy Nominated Women

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Looking at this year’s Emmy Awards a couple of things are clear.  TV, like films has changed. Cable had been infiltrating the Emmy’s for years but now there is Netflix, maybe soon Hulu, and of late, the broadcast networks are lucky to be invited to the party anymore.   

While it has been clear for some time that the best roles for women are on TV, the directing nomination for Jane Campion for her miniseries Top of the Lake and David Fincher for House of Cards, shows that TV has really become the place where people can do great work. There is no more movie/TV divide. No more snobbery about films being big and TV being small. When someone like David Fincher, who has no trouble working in movies, chooses to do House of Cards you know something is happening.  

It is a joy to see the range of talent and ages on this list — Diana Rigg, Jane Fonda, Charlotte Rampling, Sigourney Weaver, but we do need more women of color. Kerry Washington is the first woman of color to be nominated for best actress in a drama since Cicely Tyson was decades ago.  

And in the directing and writing area, it’s great to see Lena Dunham again and several other women including the great Allison Anders, but writing and directing remain tough categories for women to get nominations in according to this really cool infographic.

The female nominees:

Lead Actress in a Drama Series

Connie Britton, Nashville

Claire Danes, Homeland

Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey

Vera Farmiga, Bates Motel

Kerry Washington, Scandal

Robin Wright, House of Cards

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series

Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad

Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey

Emilia Clarke, Game Of Thrones

Christine Baranski, The Good Wife

Morena Baccarin, Homeland

Christina Hendricks, Mad Men

Outstanding Guest Actress In A Drama Series

Margo Martindale, The Americans

Diana Rigg, Game Of Thrones

Carrie Preston, The Good Wife

Linda Cardellini, Mad Men

Jane Fonda, The Newsroom

Joan Cusack, Shameless

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Miniseries Or A Movie

Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Asylum

Laura Linney, The Big C: Hereafter

Helen Mirren, Phil Spector

Elisabeth Moss, Top of the Lake

Sigourney Weaver, Political Animals

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Miniseries Or A Movie

Sarah Paulson, American Horror Story: Asylum

Imelda Staunton , The Girl

Ellen Burstyn, Political Animals

Charlotte Rampling , Restless

Alfre Woodard, Steel Magnolias

Miniseries or Movie

Top of the Lake

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

Laura Dern, Enlightened

Lena Dunham, Girls

Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie

Tina Fey, 30 Rock

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep

Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation


Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory

Jane Lynch, Glee
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family
Julie Bowen,Modern Family

Merritt Wever,Nurse Jackie

Jane Krakowski,30 Rock

Anna Chlumsky,Veep


Molly Shannon, Enlightened

Dot-Marie Jones, Glee

Melissa Leo, Louie

Melissa McCarthy, Saturday Night Live

Kristen Wiig, Saturday Night Live

Elaine Stritch, 30 Rock

Comedy Series

30 Rock


Outstanding Host For A Reality Or Reality-Competition Program

Betty White, Betty White’s Off Their Rockers

Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn, Project Runway

Cat Deeley, So You Think You Can Dance

Outstanding Writing For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Dramatic Special

Abi Morgan, The Hour

Jane Campion, Gerard Lee, Top Of The Lake

Outstanding Writing For A Comedy Series 

Pamela Adlon, Louie C.K., Louie: Daddy’s Girlfriend (Part 1)

Tina Fey, Tracey Wigfield, 30 Rock: Last Lunch

Outstanding Directing For A Comedy Series

Lena Dunham, Girls: On All Fours

Gail Mancuso, Modern Family: Arrested

Beth McCarthy-Miller, 30 Rock: Hogcock! / Last Lunch

Outstanding Directing For A Drama Series

Michelle MacLaren, Breaking Bad: Gliding Over All

Lesli Linka Glatter, Homeland: Q&A

Outstanding Directing For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Dramatic Special

Allison Anders, Ring Of Fire

Jane Campion, Garth Davis, Top Of The Lake

Full list here.  The Emmys will be handed out on September 22nd.

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