65th Primetime Emmy Award Nominations: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

The Emmy nominations were announced this morning.  You can download all of the nominations here.  I ended up predicting 106 of the 141 nominees in the main categories for a percentage of 75.2% (which is up 6.6% from what I predicted last year) and 319 of the 528 nominees in all categories for a percentage of 60.4% (which is up 4.8% from what I predicted last year).  I also correctly predicted all of the nominees in Outstanding Comedy Series, Outstanding Miniseries or TV Movie, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or TV Movie, Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries or TV Movie, Outstanding Hairstyling for a Single-Camera Series, Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Comedy Series, and Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Half-Hour Series.  So without further ado let’s get into some of my thoughts on this year’s nominees.

-Breaking Bad finally got a writing nomination.  One of the best-written shows in television history has waited forever to break into the category, but now it really has.  It didn’t get nominated just once, but twice in the category for “Dead Freight” and “Say My Name”.  Along with a directing nomination and four acting nominations (including one for the very deserving Jonathan Banks), Breaking Bad has to be considered one of the favorites to win Best Drama Series.

-Game of Thrones tied with American Horror Story: Asylum for most nominations for any program (17 in total).  The love for American Horror Story is ridiculous, but that’s another argument for another day.  Let’s just be happy that Game of Thrones received the amount of acclaim that its third season deserved.  It was also really nice to see Emilia Clarke and Diana Rigg join Peter Dinklage in terms of acting nominations for the show.

-30 Rock got a big farewell with 15 nominations.  30 Rock was, in my opinion, the best comedy of the 2012-2013 season so this was richly deserved.

-It was great to see that voters held no grudge towards the Netflix programs due to them not airing on television.  House of Cards scored 9 nominations including the big one, Best Drama Series.  Arrested Development received 3 nominations including one for Jason Bateman, and even Hemlock Grove got 2 nominations.

-The Hour has been cancelled for months now.  Yet it scored 2 big nominations.  Best Writing and Best Casting for a Miniseries/Movie are worthy sendoff nominations for a show that was gone too soon.

-Margo Martindale picked up another Emmy nomination.  Martindale is clearly one of the best character actresses working, and she picked up another nomination for a strong performance on The Americans.

-Ethel, the documentary about Ethel Kennedy and the RFK family, was one of the best documentaries that aired on TV during the 2012-2013 season.  It received 5 nominations.

-North America was a terrible attempt at building off of the momentum of the Planet Earth series and its spinoffs.  I was glad to see it get completely blanked.


-Manhunt received 2 nominations including Best Documentary/Nonfiction Special.  The documentary was a rather incomplete and disappointing look at the hunt for bin Laden.  However, what really makes me mad about these 2 nominations is that the producers and subjects within the documentary presented the documentary as something it clearly was not at the expense of other productions (mainly Zero Dark Thirty).  Yet they still were rewarded.


-Corey Stoll gave one of the performances of the year and clearly stole House of Cards from names such as Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright (who were both nominated).  Yet his name was nowhere to be found among the nominees.  I guess he will just have to take a leading role in The Strain as his reward for such a fantastic performance.

-The Americans and Hannibal were not only two of the best new shows of the year but also two of the best shows of the entire year.  Yet Hannibal got completely blanked and The Americans was rewarded with only 1 other nomination besides the guest acting nomination for Margo Martindale.

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