Emmy Nominations (2013)

We’re all about movies around here but quite often there are things in the TV world that strike our fancy for conversation; particularly in the Cinecast. Yes we have a separate Television section on the site devoted to all things small screen, but I thought this might interest a larger audience: the 2013 Emmy Nominations.

In recent months the Cinecast has covered streaming television shows such as “House of Cards” and “Arrested Development.” We’ve talked about terrific made for TV movies such as “Behind the Candelabra.” And of course there is our weekly “Game of Thrones” talk. Since a lot of these shows that we mention on a regular basis are in the running for some of these awards, I thought here is a good place to post all of the nominations for this year’s awards and a good time to reiterate our love for some of these shows/films.

Here are all of the nominations for the major categories (THE REST CAN BE FOUND here). Have at it!

Outstanding drama series
“Breaking Bad”
“Downton Abbey”
“Game of Thrones”
“House of Cards”
“Mad Men”

Outstanding lead actress in a drama series
Connie Britton, “Nashville”
Claire Danes, “Homeland”
Michelle Dockery, “Downton Abbey”
Vera Farmiga, “Bates Motel”
Elisabeth Moss, “Mad Men”
Kerry Washington, “Scandal”
Robin Wright, “House of Cards”

Outstanding lead actor in a drama series
Hugh Bonneville, “Downton Abbey”
Bryan Cranston, “Breaking Bad”
Jeff Daniels, “The Newsroom”
Jon Hamm, “Mad Men”
Damian Lewis, “Homeland”
Kevin Spacey, “House of Cards”

Oustanding supporting actor in a drama series
Jonathan Banks, “Breaking Bad”
Bobby Cannavale, “Boardwalk Empire”
Jim Carter, “Downton Abbey”
Peter Dinklage, “Game of Thrones”
Mandy Patinkin, “Homeland”
Aaron Paul, “Breaking Bad”

Outstanding supporting actress in a drama series
Morena Baccarin, “Homeland”
Christine Baranski, “The Good Wife”
Emilia Clarke, “Game of Thrones”
Anna Gunn, “Breaking Bad”
Christina Hendricks, “Mad Men”
Maggie Smith, “Downton Abbey”

Outstanding comedy series
“The Big Bang Theory”
“Modern Family”
“30 Rock”

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”

Outstanding lead actor in a comedy series
Alec Baldwin, “30 Rock”
Jason Bateman, “Arrested Development”
Don Cheadle, “House of Lies”
Louis CK, “Louie”
Matt LeBlanc, “Episodes”
Jim Parsons, “The Big Bang Theory”

Outstanding supporting actor in a comedy series
Ty Burrell, “Modern Family”
Adam Driver, “Girls”
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, “Modern Family”
Bill Hader, “Saturday Night Live”
Tony Hale, “Veep”
Ed O’Neill, “Modern Family”

Outstanding supporting actress in a comedy series
Mayim Bialik, “The Big Bang Theory”
Julie Bowen, “Modern Family”
Anna Chlumsky, “Veep”
Jane Krakowski, “30 Rock”
Jane Lynch, “Glee”
Sofia Vergara, “Modern Family”
Merritt Wever, “Nurse Jackie”

Outstanding miniseries or movie
“American Horror Story: Asylum”
“Behind the Candelabra”
“The Bible”
“Phil Spector”
“Political Animals”
“Top of the Lake”

Outstanding lead actor in a miniseries or movie
Matt Damon, “Behind the Candelabra”
Michael Douglas, “Behind the Candelabra”
Benedict Cumberbatch, “Parade’s End”
Toby Jones, “The Girl”
Al Pacino, “Phil Spector”

Outstanding lead actress in a miniseries or 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 actor in a miniseries or movie
Scott Bakula, “Behind the Candelabra”
James Cromwell, “American Horror Story: The Asylum”
John Benjamin Hickey, “The Big C: Hereafter”
Peter Mullan, “Top of the Lake”
Zachary Quinto, “American Horror Story: The Asylum”

Outstanding supporting actress in a miniseries or movie
Ellen Burstyn, “Political Animals”
Sarah Paulson, “American Horror Story: Asylum”
Charlotte Rampling, “Restless”
Imelda Staunton, “The Girl”
Alfre Woodard, “Steel Magnolias”

Outstanding reality competition program
“The Amazing Race”
“Dancing With the Stars”
“Project Runway”
“So You Think You Can Dance”
“Top Chef”
“The Voice”

Outstanding host for a reality or reality-competition program
Tom Bergeron, “Dancing with the Stars”
Anthony Bourdain, “The Taste”
Cat Deeley, “So You Think You Can Dance”
Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn, “Project Runway”
Ryan Seacrest, “American Idol”
Betty White, “Betty White’s Off Their Rockers”

Outstanding variety series
“The Colbert Report”
“The Daily Show with Jon Stewart”
“Jimmy Kimmel Live!”
“Late Night with Jimmy Fallon”
“Real Time with Bill Maher”
“Saturday Night Live”

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I’m ecstatic over all of the love for Breaking Bad and Louie, but I’m especially excited that Jonathan Banks was nominated for his portrayal of Mike on Breaking Bad. It’s impressive when someone can come on the show and make me enjoy watching them as much as Cranston and Paul… and boy, Banks sure did.

But damn, look at that Supporting Actor in a Drama category… Jonathan Banks, Bobby Cannavale,
Peter Dinklage, Aaron Paul… I could see this going to any of these guys.


Thrilled to see so much love for Breaking Bad and GoT but confused by the American Horror Story nods. I thought this season was inferior to the first. Some of the performance noms are well deserved but overall, I don’t think at show was as good this season than on the first.

Nice to see some love for Linney in The Big C. That show was amazing and she’s fantastic in it. The last season was particularly great. Only show that made me laugh and cry more than once per episode. Sometimes at the same time.

Disappointed at the lack of love for Tatiana Maslany for her superb performances on Orphan Black and the limited love for Hannibal. The two best new shows. Hopefully next year.

Markus Krenn

Honestly, with the same old favored nominees, year after year after year, the Emmy Award drifts into Oscar territory for me.
Does anyone really care about 30 Rock at this point?
Does GoT really only deserves nominations in the supporting category so they don’t have to nominate four instead of two actors/actresses?
The only upside this year is, that Mr. Bourdain maybe will take home his first personal Emmy.


I’ve been a fan of Bourdain since the beginning, read all of his books, watched all of his shows… and damn, he just keeps getting better and better. Parts Unknown is one of the best of anything on television.

Markus Krenn

With each and every post, i feel i like you more


Jonathan Banks, the skeptical cop from Gremlins and the goon who killed Axel Foley’s friend in Beverly Hills Cop. Also has guested on Modern Family as Ed O’Neil’s brother. Good to see this longtime character actor get recognized.

This really is a down time for network dramas. Were Lost and 24 the last good ones that got Emmy noms?


Network dramas look so clumsy next to what AMC, HBO, and hell, even Netflix are doing.

I’ve been watching Under the Dome and it’s almost unbearable. Yet, had I watched Under the Dome five or six years ago, I think that I would have really liked it, as far as TV shows go.

TV has never been better. Unfortunately, the networks are all falling behind and cable is leading the way.


Under the Dome is pretty bad and I think it would have been pretty bad 5 years ago. It’s a great concept but the unfolding story isn’t good. It took 5 episodes for something to actually happen. Sheesh.

markus krenn

It’s unbearable, even if you had read the mediocre source. And 5 or 6 years ago it would still be bad. lost would have kicked it ass. And thats a statement by itself.

Sean Kelly

I’ve been liking Under the Dome for the most part.


The writing – both dialogue and how they choose to move the plot forward – is just so sloppy and the characters are too one-dimensional and over-the-top. Although, hell… I’m still watching, but mostly because I like Dean Norris (and I’m a fan of Stephen King, although most King adaptations are terrible).


Also, if the much inferior Homeland wins a bunch of awards again over these others:


Just started Homeland season 2, and man, three episodes in, each feels like a season finale. Refreshing to have a show that has you expecting a season long arc to explode this early on.


Homeland is indeed awesome, but in the last season of Breaking Bad the writers had their craft down pat, improving on the earlier seasons.

The last 8 episodes of BB has to be my most anticipated 8 TV episodes of all time. August can’t come quickly enough.


Ok now four eps into s.2 of Homeland and I am a believer, all notions of long drawn out arc storytelling getting tossed, in its place an anything goes vitality that is refreshing… Same with Game of Thrones, finally a shift away from creaky conventions of the medium and anticipating what we are anticipating so as to subvert.

Matt Gamble

The Emmys likes to reward the new kids on the block. Its just how they roll.

Markus Krenn

If that only would be the case Matt. I have the feeling the Emmys neglate the new ones and just and honor the old one just before they are on their way out.

Matt Gamble

I don’t know, to me it seems that lately the Emmys move on pretty quickly to fresh blood. Mad Men dominated then Breaking Bad came around and then last year Homeland took everything. Same thing happens in comedy as well which went from The Office to 30 Rock to Modern Family. And once you stop winning, The Emmys rarely goes back to previous winners, regardless of the quality of the shows or the performances.

It really wouldn’t shock me if House of Cards dominates this year and then next year the next big thing comes in and takes center stage.

One thing is for certain, with Breaking Bad and Mad Men wrapping up soon, there is a lot of room for new blood in the coming years.


Could have fooled me. Both Hannibal and Orphan Black are the two best new shows on TV and neither got any love.

Matt Gamble

Clearly The Emmys think House of Cards is the best new show on TV.

Also, both Hannibal and Orphan Black are mid-season replacement shows (well Hannibal technically is). They didn’t stand a chance of getting nominated.


There’s always next year.


One single nomination for Enlightened (Laura Dern)? Okay, I’m outta here.