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Game of Thrones, American Horror Story, Downton Abbey, Netflix Clean Up With Emmy Nominations

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The nominations for the 2013 Emmys, taking place September 22nd, were announced this morning, and boy-oh-boy, is Netflix feeling really good about itself right now.

Check out our assessment of the nominations after the jump, plus a handy-dandy list of the nominees in categories Relevant to Our Interests (Dramas, Comedies, and Miniseries for the heck of it. No reality shows. You know what we’re about.) after the jump.

We all know big awards shows don’t tend to have heavy genre representation, so I was very pleased to see that American Horror Story: Asylum and Game of Thrones got the most noms, 17 and 16 respectively. For Game of Thrones, Peter Dinklage picked up a nomination (predictably so—blood would be shed if it were otherwise!), as did Emilia Clarke and Diana Rigg (yes); the show also got nods for Best Drama Series and Best Writing and Directing, both for “The Rains of Castamere.” Personally, I’d have liked to see Lena Headey get recognized for her amazing work as Cersei this season, but you can’t have everything.

Elsewhere in geek interest, Downton Abbey picked up 12 nominations, including those for Dame Maggie Smith, Michelle Dockery, and Best Drama. Bandersnatch Cummerbund Benedict Cumberbatch picked up a nod for the miniseries Parade’s End and Sigourney Weaver (heck yeah Sigourney Weaver) did a well for the now-cancelled Political Animals.

The big story of the day belongs to Netflix, though, which picked up 14 Emmy nominations total for House of Cards (nine noms, including Best Drama Series, Best Lead Actor, and Best Lead Actress), Arrested Development (three, including Best Comedy Series and Best Lead Actor), and werewolf drama Hemlock Grove, which scored two noms. It’s the first time Netflix’s gotten Emmy nominations for the pure and simple reason that House of Cards was its first show. The Emmys have been skewing away from network cable for years, to the point that at last year’s Emmys there was only one non-cable program nominated for Best Show in either drama or comedy. (That was Modern Family, and it’s cleaned up again this year, getting approximately ten billion acting nominations. I don’t care, I’m still not watching.)

Netflix, network TV, basic cable, premium cable… in the end it doesn’t really matter when it comes to Emmy noms, as the best shows should be nominated regardless of network. Should. Which brings us to the obligatory portion of any awards show nomination article where we talk about snubs.

Where is Hannibal? I wasn’t honestly expecting it to get any nominations, but it sure as heck deserves them. Its ratings may not be great, but the acting—Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen, Caroline Dhavernas, pretty much everyone—is stellar. At least give Eddie Izzard a guest actor nod, c’mon. And no list of snubs would be complete without a mention of Tatiana Maslany, who plays seven roles on Orphan Black. I haven’t gotten around to watching the show yet, but Jill and Izzy tell me her not getting the nom is a travesty of the highest order, and I trust their taste.

And, not to get too negative, but… I’m kind of confused by all the Downton nominations, to be honest. Don’t get me wrong, I like the show. But it’s more soap opera than Emmy fodder. It’s like Emmy voters heard the British accents and something switched on in their brains. (In that case, again, y u no recognize Tatiana Maslany?)

On to the list. Head over yonder for a PDF of the whole thing. All 43 pages of it.

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Hugh Bonneville, Downton Abbey
Damian Lewis, Homeland
Kevin Spacey, House of Cards
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Vera Farmiga, Bates Motel
Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey
Claire Danes, Homeland
Robin Wright, House of Cards
Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men
Kerry Washington, Scandal

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Miniseries Or a Movie
Michael Douglas, Behind the Candelabra
Matt Damon, Behind the Candelabra
Toby Jones, The Girl
Benedict Cumberbatch, Parade’s End
Al Pacino, Phil Spector

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
Sigourney Weaver, Political Animals
Elisabeth Moss, Top Of The Lake

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series
Jason Bateman, Arrested Development
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory
Matt LeBlanc, Episodes
Don Cheadle, House of Lies
Louis C.K., Louie
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series
Laura Dern, Enlightened
Lena Dunham, Girls
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep

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

Outstanding Comedy Series
The Big Bang Theory
Girls
Louie
Modern Family
30 Rock
Veep

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

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series
Bobby Cannavale, Boardwalk Empire
Jonathan Banks, Breaking Bad
Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad
Jim Carter, Downton Abbey
Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
Mandy Patinkin, Homeland

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 Actor In a Drama Series
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

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 Writing For A Drama Series
Breaking Bad, Dead Freight
Breaking Bad, Say My Name
Downton Abbey, Episode 4
Game of Thrones, The Rains of Castamere
Hoemeland, Q&A

Outstanding Directing For A Drama Series
Boardwalk Empire, Margate Sands
Breaking Bad, Gliding Over All
Downton Abbey, Episode 4
Homeland, Q&A
House of Cards, Chapter 1

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series
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

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series
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

Outstanding Guest Actor In a Comedy Series
Bob Newhart, The Big Bang Theory
Nathan Lane, Modern Family
Bobby Cannavale, Nurse Jackie
Loius C.K., Saturday Night Live
Justin Timberlake, Saturday Night Live
Will Forte, 30 Rock

Outstanding Guest Actress In a Comedy Series
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 Writing For A Comedy Series
Episodes, Episode 209
Louie, Daddy’s Girlfriend (Part 1)
The Office, Finale
30 Rock, Hogcock!
30 Rock, Last Lunch

Outstanding Directing For A Comedy Series
Girls, On All Fours
Glee, Diva
Louie, New Year’s Eve
Modern Family, Arrested
30 Rock, Hogcock!

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie
James Cromwell, American Horror Story: Asylum
Zachary Quinto, American Horror Story: Asylum
Scott Bakula, Behind the Candelabra
John Benjamin Hickey, The Big C: Hereafter
Peter Mullan, Top Of The Lake

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

Outstanding Writing For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Dramatic Special
Behind the Candelabra
The Hour
Parade’s End
Phil Spector
Top Of The Lake

Outstanding Directing For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Dramatic Special
Behind the Candelabra
The Girl
Phil Spector
Ring of Fire
Top Of The Lake

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