Younger nominees signal changing of guard at Emmys

A burgeoning youth movement meant that perennial nominees Betty White and Cloris Leachman did not make the cut in the acting fields at this year’s Emmys. While a baker’s dozen of performers aged 35 and under can’t run for the office of President, they have all been recognized by their peers in the Television Academy. VIEW GALLERY

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The youngest of these is 26-year-old Lena Dunham, the only one of this group with multiple bids. She picked up her first four Emmy nominations for producing, directing, writing, and starring in the freshman comedy “Girls.”

Dunham competes against Zooey Deschanel (“New Girl“), 32, for Comedy Actress. In the other funny categories, youth is represented by three supporting nominees: Deschanel’s co-star Max Greenfield who is 31, 32-year-old Merritt Wever (“Nurse Jackie“) and  Bill Hader (“Saturday Night Live“), 34.

Three of the six nominees for Drama Actress are under 35: Claire Danes (“Homeland“), 33, and thirty-year-olds Michelle Dockery (“Downton Abbey“), and Elisabeth Moss (“Mad Men“).

At age 32, 2010 Drama Supporting Actor champ Aaron Paul (“Breaking Bad“) defends his title while   “Downton Abbey” featured player Joanne Froggatt (31) reaped her first bid, competing against, among her 77-year-old co-star Maggie Smith

While the guest acting categories are filled with veteran performers, two of the Drama Guest Actor nominees made our cut-off being both 32: Ben Feldman (“Mad Men”), Jason Ritter (“Parenthood“).

And Cat Deeley, who turns 36 in October, returns in the Reality Host race for “So You Think You Can Dance.”

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