Emmy Nominations: Who Was Left Out?

McCarthy, Stonestreet among omissions

In a year of Emmy nominations that — outside of the Netflix infusion — were fairly lacking in revolutionary selections, a great deal of high-caliber talent was left out of the fun.

Among the past Emmy winners that fell short of nominations in 2013 were Julianna Margulies of “The Good Wife,” Melissa McCarthy of “Mike & Molly,” Jon Cryer of “Two and a Half Men” and Eric Stonestreet, who won supporting comedy actor last year for “Modern Family” but saw co-stars Ed O’Neill, Ty Burrell and Jesse Tyler Ferguson return to the fold, the latter two for the fourth year in a row.

Other top talent that had Emmy dreams dashed included Kaley Cuoco and Johnny Galecki of “The Big Bang Theory,” Elizabeth McGovern of “Downton Abbey,” Timothy Olyphant and Walton Goggins of “Justified,” Monica Potter of “Parenthood,” Nick Offerman of “Parks and Recreation” and Jake Johnson and Max Greenfield of “New Girl.” The most noteworthy underdog acting candidate, Broadcast Television Critics Assn. honoree Tatiana Maslany of “Orphan Black,” also fell short.

For all its newsmaking, even Netflix had its disappointments. The nine nominations of “House of Cards” didn’t include writing honors for showrunner Beau Willimon or supporting thesps Kate Mara and Corey Stoll, while “Arrested Development” was ignored in the major categories save Jason Bateman in lead comedy actor.

In the series races, noteworthy among the cast-aside series was “Boardwalk Empire,” which had 30 nominations over its first two seasons and added 10 more in 2013 — but for the first time, not a drama series nod. Lead actor Steve Buscemi was also sidelined after nominations his first two years, though series newcomer Bobby Cannavale scored a supporting nom.

“The Americans” and “The Newsroom” were two first-year programs that had Emmy drama series hopes, but the crowded field crowded them out. “Newsroom” did nab three noms, including lead drama actor for Jeff Daniels, while “Americans” scored two.

There were few out-and-out surprises among those who were nominated. Lead comedy actress nominee Laura Dern hardly came out of nowhere, having won the Golden Globe earlier this year for “Enlightened,” but her Emmy nod for the canceled HBO series was hardly guaranteed. Similarly, Jonathan Banks earned widespread praise for his work on “Breaking Bad” but didn’t necessarily have the profile to earn Academy recognition. But following in the footsteps of Giancarlo Esposito a year ago, Banks scored a supporting drama actor nomination.

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  1. par3182 says:

    “..Laura Dern hardly came out of nowhere, having won the Golden Globe earlier this year for “Enlightened”…”

    Dern won that Golden Globe in 2012; Lena Dunham won this year.

  2. The Kingslayer says:

    Corey Stoll, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Michelle Fairley should have been nominated.

  3. Bianca says:

    No Walton Goggins,,nobody from Sons of Anarchy,The americans. Voters have not been watching Fx

  4. sapphirre says:

    Andrew Lincoln of The Walking Dead, Jared Padelecki and Jensen Ackles of Supernatural, Noah Wylie of Falling Skies or Grant Bowler of Defiance.

  5. borg9er says:

    Other top talent that had Emmy dreams dashed included… Elizabeth McGovern of “Downton Abbey,”…

    Uh, she’s the worst actor in the show, what are you talking about? She’s got two facial expressions, plussed and nonplussed. I’d expect reporting on this topic to involve some critical judgement, but you seem to be including anyone who was on television and had hoped for an Emmy? Given that, the list could be much longer.

    • Jon Weisman says:

      I think McGovern’s performance as Sybil was dying and afterward puts the lie to that assessment. I’ve not been a huge fan of her on the show, but that was great stuff. And yes, the list of omissions could have been much longer.

      • sapphirre says:

        Not only were they left out but technically there was no category for these shows! What a grave oversight.

  6. mac says:

    Way to go Emmys! Mike from Breaking Bad for the win!!!

  7. Ron says:

    Shame on the Academy. To snub Tatiana Maslany for Orphan Black just confirms my opinion of the caliber of mind that is embedded in the industry. It is becoming more and more like a high school popularity contest. Although I see two or three critics mentioning her snub I am equally appalled at the number who have ignored it. Regardless of your feelings about the show, the network it was on, the genre it was in…the performance was be far the best I have seen in years! Shame on the Academy.

  8. Robby says:

    Russell and Rhys for ‘The Americans” left out! All those extra nominees in certain categories and they couldn’t nominate those two, and maybe Emmerich and the Ahnet actress? And Martindale as a “guest” role –hello?–she was major supporting throughout season. The Emmys are DEAD to me. Those tiresome same nominees year after year.

  9. A.J. says:

    Guillermo Diaz, Columbus Short, Kate Burton, Bellamy Young and Tony Goldwyn from Scandal should’ve been nomiated as well.

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