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
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.
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.
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