2013 Emmy Nomination List: ‘House of Cards’, ‘Game of Thrones’ & More

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This morning, Neil Patrick Harris joined Aaron Paul to announce the 65th Primetime Emmy Award nominations. On top of both Harris and Paul obtaining nominations themselves, Netflix’s House of Cards, which received 9 nods, set a precedence by becoming the first nominated show to never air on television.

Still, it was FX’s American Horror Story: Asylum and HBO’s Game of Thrones which led the pack with 17 and 16 nominations, respectively. The highly-controversial yet still beloved Arrested Development season 4 received 3 nominations, including one for Jason Bateman and one for editing, which might surprise some who took issue with the formatting of the new season. NBC’s 30 Rock also nabbed 15 nominations for its final season.

The most interesting category, however, is Miniseries or Movie, which – thanks to Luther and Sherlock not airing any new episodes – allowed American Horror Story and Showtime’s The Big C: Hereafter to step in and take quite a few nominations. But even though FX and Showtime might have taken this category by storm, they’re still going to have to best HBO’s stable of strong TV movies in order to bring home the award.

You can check out the entire list of nominations below:

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Outstanding Series
Breaking Bad
Downton Abbey
Game of Thrones
House of Cards
Mad Men

Lead Actor
Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey)
Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad)
Jeff Daniels (The Newsroom)
Jon Hamm (Mad Men)
Damian Lewis (Homeland)
Kevin Spacey (House of Cards)

Lead Actress
Connie Britton (Nashville)
Claire Danes (Homeland)
Michele Dockery (Downton Abbey)
Vera Farmiga (Bates Motel)
Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men)
Kerry Washington (Scandal)
Robin Wright (House of Cards) 

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Supporting Actor
Bobby Cannavale (Boardwalk Empire)
Jonathan Banks (Breaking Bad)
Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad)
Jim Carter (Downton Abbey)
Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones)
Mandy Patinkin (Homeland)

Supporting Actress
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)

Guest Actor
Nathan Lane (The Good Wife)
Michael J. Fox (The Good Wife)
Rupert Friend (Homeland)
Robert Morse (Mad Men)
Harry Hamlin (Mad Men)
Dan Bucatinsky (Scandal)

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Guest Actress
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 Series
The Big Bang Theory
Modern Family
30 Rock

Lead Actor
Jason Bateman (Arrested Development)
Louis CK (Louie)
Don Cheadle (House of Lies)
Matt LeBlanc (Episodes)
Jim Parsons (Big Bang Theory)
Alec Baldwin (30 Rock)

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Lead Actress
Lena Dunham (Girls)
Laura Dern (Enlightened)
Tiny Fey (30 Rock)
Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie)

Supporting Actor
Adam Driver (Girls)
Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Modern Family)
Ed O’Neill (Modern Family)
Ty Burrell (Modern Family)
Bill Hader (Saturday Night Live)
Tony Hale (Veep)

Supporting Actress
Mayim Bialik (The Big Bang Theory)
Jane Lynch (Glee)
Julie Bowen (Modern Family)
Merritt Wever (Nurse Jackie)
Jane Krakowski (30 Rock)
Anna Chlumsky (Veep)

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Guest Actor
Bob Newhart (The Big Bang Theory)
Nathan Lane (Modern Family)
Bobby Cannavale (Nurse Jackie)
Louis CK (Saturday Night Live)
Justin Timberlake (Saturday Night Live)
Will Forte (30 Rock)

Guest Actress
Molly Shannon (Enlightened)
Dot-Marie Jones (Glee)
Melissa Leo (Louie)
Melissa McCarthy (Saturday Night Live)
Kristen Wiig (Saturday Night Live)
Elaine Stritch (30 Rock)



Outstanding Miniseries or Movie
American Horror Story: Asylum
Behind the Candelabra
The Bible
Phil Spector
Political Animals
Top of the Lake

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Lead Actor
Michael Douglas (Behind The Candelabra)
Matt Damon (Behind The Candelabra)
Toby Jones (The Girl)
Benedict Cumberbatch (Parade’s End)
Al Pacino (Phil Spector)

Lead Actress
Jessica Lange (American Horror Story)
Laura Linney (The Big C: Hereafter)
Helen Mirren  (Phil Spector)
Sigourney Weaver (Political Animals)
Elisabeth Moss  (Top Of The Lake)

Supporting Actor
James Cromwell (American Horror Story)
Zachary Quinto (American Horror Story)
Scott Bakula (Behind the Candelabra)
John Benjamin Hickey (The Big C: Hereafter)
Peter Mullan (Top of the Lake) 

Supporting Actress
Sarah Paulson (American Horror Story: Asylum)
Imelda Staunton (The Girl)
Ellen Burstyn (Political Animals)
Charlotte Rampling (Restless)
Alfre Woodard (Steel Magnolias)


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Outstanding Reality Program
Antiques Roadshow
Deadliest Catch
Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives
Shark Tank
Undercover Boss

Outstanding Reality-Competition Program
The Amazing Race
Dancing with the Stars
Project Runway
So You Think You Dance
Top Chef
The Voice

Ryan Seacrest (American Idol)
Betty White (Betty White’s Off Their Rockers)
Tom Bergeron (Dancing With The Stars)
Heidi Klum, Tim Gunn (Project Runway)
Cat Deeley (So You Think You Can Dance)
Anthony Bourdain (The Taste)


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Outstanding Series
The Colbert Report
The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
Real Time With Bill Maher
Saturday Night Live


65th Primetime Emmy Awards air  September 22 on CBS

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    • It’s not the first time. More like Justified hate from this gang.

  2. No “Suits” ?

    Come on !

  3. Glad that Game Of Thrones and Veep are getting nominations in more than one category. Also disappointed that Hannibal didn’t get any nomination, it should have been in the best Drama series at least !

  4. it is worth mentioning that the categories are fat better than last year when it comes to diversity. But still no nomination for Ron F Swanson! Common

    • No room for Turf and Turf when you’ve got the entire cast of Modern Family to nominate.

      My belief is that Ron Swanson does not have time for petty awards shows.

    • IKR Maybe with with 30 Rock out next year we can hope for a Parks and REC Takeover

  5. Dang. I thought Michelle Fairley easily gave the best performance of Season 3 GOT. Seriously, episode 9. But she doesn’t even get a nomination?

    Emilia Clarke was pretty weak this season, imo, but the material wasn’t really there for her.

    • They finally acknowledged the series beyond the supporting actor category. That is great development imho.

    • Emilia was probably nominated because of the scene at the end of episode 4, i believe, involving the unsullied.

      I also thought Michelle Fairley had a chance of being nominated because of the you-know-what scene, but I’m not terribly surprised she wasn’t. Personally, I was hoping Nikolaj Coster-Waldau would be nominated also, because of the scene with Breanne in the bath. That was some damn fantastic acting. Hopefully he’ll get his nod eventually.

  6. Neil Patrick Harris wasn’t nominated?

  7. COLBERT! Jimmy and Jon are going down (along with Bill and Lorne)…unless they submit a Daily Show with John Oliver, then all bets are off.

    • Y! The Colbert Report have been better than Daily Show the past 3/4 yrs. It’s about due.

      • I’m all for Colbert. I was just stating that John Oliver has breathed new life into the Daily Show.

  8. It’s starting to get ridiculous how Justified is continually ignored…
    It’s not only the best show on FX it’s one of the best on TV period.
    Also, even though I expected Orphan Black to be ignored because it’s a Sci-Fi show with low ratings Tatiana Mulseay [sp] gave the best performance by any actress on any show and she deserved a nomination at least.

    • Justified is far and away the best show on television.
      It makes you wonder just who the hell decides nominations.

      • Incredible show.

        “Far and away the best show on tv” is a stretch, even for a personal opinion.

        Still it definitely should have gotten a few nominations… Pretty ridiculous. Downton Abbey getting all these nominations is comical.

        • Nothing wrong with a stretch if it reaches and it does.

    • I know right! This last season was one of the best. Maybe not as action packed but the writing was top notch.

      Art – “If my Marshal Stiffy lasts much longer I’m going to need to consult my physician. What’s your opinion?”
      Raylan – “On your Stiffy? I don’t have one.”

      listen to that.

      Still pissed that Neal McDonnough didn’t even get nominated.

  9. I weep at the lack of ‘Hannibal’ and lament the ignorance of ‘Orphan Black’. Sometimes it is nice to have little “secrets” catch on. Ho hum.

    • Hannibal really wasn’t a secret. No excuse for the ‘dis.

  10. A staggering omission which
    undermines the list’s credibility.

    Lead Actor: Timothy Olyphant
    Outstanding Series: Justified

    Winners of the Palmar d’Or.
    Yes, my own highest prize.

  11. No nomination for Freddie Highmore as Norman Bates? Talk about robbed

    • Another blunder.

  12. OMG!!!! ________________ wasn’t nominated for best ________??? I’m NOT watching the Emmy’s!!!

    There, I just summed up the whole comment section. You’re welcome. :P

    • Congratulations. You’ve broken the internet. ;)

      • Damn it! I thought I won the internet…

    • you forgot, that piece of crap _____________ was nominated for ____________?!? I’M NOT WATCHING THE EMMYS! Then the giant flame war from people who hate/like the show.

      • :)

  13. I watched Downtown Abbey and while I liked it, no nomination were deserved. It’s entertaining but it’s just a soap-opera. Steve Buscemi deserved a nomination over Bonville, so did Aden Yound from Rectify, Olyphant from Justfied. I’m just really mad that they give nominations to that show, nothing is special about it. Tatiana (Orphan Black) was snubbed as well, plus Abagail Spencer from Rectify. Happy Canvale got a nomination.

  14. Glad to see homeland getting so many nominations… really an incredible show.

    Gonna have to give Kevin Spacey the nod for best actor. he was unbelievable in HoC.. all of the nominees for best actor are really good however, except for Jeff Daniels… which seems like a joke of a nomination compared to the others.

    Claire Daines prolly deserves best lead actress award… Peter Dinklage for Supporting actor (i guess it could be said that there aren’t really any “lead” actors/actresses in GoT.. but if anyone had a lead role… have to be Dinklage).

    Supporting actress is a tough one here…. i really don’t know who should get it.. Maybe Christina Hendricks…. i dunno.

  15. It’s long past time that Jon Stewart doesn’t win for the Daily Show.

  16. I’m surprised American Horror story is doing so well. Granted, I’ve only seen the first season but I thought that was pretty weak. Does it really get much better?

    • Season 2 was brilliant.

      I went to watch Season 1 recently, got five episodes in and I’m just bored as hell.

      By the way, season 2 has a completely different story and setting. Season 1 is set in a house in the suburbs of LA, season 2 is in an asylum in Mass.

      • I watched all of season one which became a joke.
        I had decided I would never watch another season
        with the same producers despite the different story.

  17. so I guess Jax Teller and Rick Grimes aren’t good enough leading men to earn nominations for best lead actor for Charlie Hunham or Andrew Lincoln.

  18. Will be happy if the new spock wins his category.

  19. Happy that House of Cards got some recognition, but no Suits? No Hannibal? Disappointed.

  20. I’m surprised nobody has gone into detail over their inner hated of The Big Bang Theory yet, since apparently being a geek/nerd means you have to hate the show.

    • To be honest, I’ve only ever seen maybe two episodes of it and didn’t think it was very funny.

    • Really? Wasn’t aware of that. I find it a little inconsistent – the episodes that make better use of pop cultural references (i.e. the ‘geeky’ parts) are actually pretty well done, and the characters are at least entertaining. But the whole ‘geeks/nerds are socially awkward’ part of the show may be what turns people off, although to be fair, it’s not played as straight as some might assume. I’d say the early seasons of How I Met Your Mother were more consistent than the first few of this, but I haven’t watched the last few seasons so no idea what it’s like now.

  21. I Love to watch The Big Bang Theory

  22. I didn’t see ‘Hannibal’ on the nominations list, probably a mistake, right? Maybe it wasn’t eligible. Lets be honest they have a list of favorite shows, shows they will nominate until they get cancelled. How else can you account for ’30 Rock’ , ‘Modern Family’(even though I like it) and ‘Girls’ always getting nominated, when they are clearly not the funniest shows on TV? In terms of Drama, they really seem to have an everlasting “hard-on” for ‘Mad Men’ and ‘Breaking Bad’. They aren’t bad shows but they, also, aren’t the best.

    It seems like when they’ve settled on a show they’ll nominate it, and its cast, to death.

    • ^THIS

      • I agree too.

        I mean, what the hell?

        We have the BAFTAs over here and although most of the awards go to the wrong people/shows, they at least have variety in their choices of nominations based on the previous 12 months of TV and film rather than the same boring and cliched noms.

        • Gotta agree. I don’t think I know anyone personally who watches 30 Rock, or Modern Family, or Girls – I can give the best dramas a half-pass since the best ones aren’t always the most watched, but when it comes to comedies I actually think viewership and popularity is a pretty strong indicator of quality.

          As for Mad Men and Breaking Bad, I’ve only watched a few episodes of the latter (which were pretty good) so I can’t really say they don’t deserve it – but in my experience watching plenty of other TV shows, I think it’s fair to say that I can’t really imagine more than one or two that will really keep up their ‘Best Drama’ quality for more than three or four seasons.

          Having them nominated year-in and year-out, shutting out the newer ones, is overly safe, boring and thoughtless to me. Zero nominations for Hannibal is criminal – it’s sad because they managed to recognise House of Cards despite it being a new series, so it can’t just be that they don’t acknowledge the new players in the field.

          I say: once a series has won Best Anything or been nominated a few times, they should give it a pass and let other shows get nominated for variety – unless it just happens to be THAT good in a particular year, I really can’t see how shows get nominated continuously.

    • You speak so highly of Hannibal, and yet you say Breaking Bad isn’t one of the best? You either haven’t watched the show or you just have bad taste.

      • Don’t worrying i watch ‘Breaking Bad’, I think I did mention that is wasn’t a “bad show”. It’s not the best dramatic show though, that distinction goes to ‘Hannibal’ and maybe ”Game of Thrones’, to a lesser extent.

        I feel, just like previous commenters ‘NICK’ and ‘DAZZ’, one show can’t be good each and every year that it airs, some seasons are weaker than others and when a new show comes along, a show so good it does something new in terms of “quality TV” then how can it be ignored whilst the show that has aired for several years gets nominated for everything?

        The folks who decide are wrong to nominate the tried and tested year after year. The only reason Tina Fey and anything ’30 Rock’ is nominated is because it just wrapped up its final season, not because it the best. ‘Parks & Rec’ has been ignored for too long and don’t get me started on the travesty of genuinely funny shows like ‘Happy Endings’.

        Here’s a thought…. How about if the current years nominees or winners are rendered ineligible for next years nominations only. This will open things up for the newer and neglected shows as people are forced to choose between something else besides ‘Breaking Bad’ every year.

        • Sorry for the Grammar Fails!!!!

  23. Where’s Walking Dead?!

  24. Hopefully Orphan Black’s Tatiana Maslany will get nominated next year, she’s just awesome.
    And no Suits or Justified love at the Emmy’s :(

  25. No hannibal? GTFO!

  26. Really? No Boardwalk Empie?

  27. NO DEXTER? D:

    What about Ray Stevenson? What about Michael C. Hall?

    It looks like ever since big Hollywood names entered the TV stage, regular series are getting less and less attention.

  28. Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives is nominated for an Emmy? Wowzers.

  29. no castle no walking dead didn’t see dexter so only games of thrones that I watch from the USA so it has limited appeal but might check some other shws out but what I like seems not to be “hot” same with the oscars