Emmy ballot sneak peek: Shocking category changes, choices & omissions

In advance of the official release of the Emmy ballots next Monday, Gold Derby got sneak peeks from many studios, networks and PR firms. Expect surprise category changes, odd choices, and omissions across the board when the academy reveals the long lists online.

As you review the following, keep in mind that performers may have submitted on their own or changed their minds about their categories before the final deadline.

Arrested Development” is entering Jason Bateman and Portia de Rossi in the lead categories. All other regular stars are in the supporting slots except for Tony Hale who opted to enter for “Veep” instead.

Bates Motel” is submitting Vera Farmiga as a lead but Freddie Highmore, who stars as the iconic but younger Norman Bates, in supporting.

Behind the Candelabra” has Oscar winners Michael Douglas and Matt Damon facing off as leads. Scene stealer Debbie Reynolds is not being submitted.

Downton Abbey” is not submitting one of last year’s Emmy nominees — supporting player Brendan Coyle. Rob James-Collier takes his place. Elizabeth McGovern was spurned for a lead nod last year and is trying her luck in supporting.

Game of Thrones” only has six of its regular cast members on the ballot, all in supporting: Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington, Emilia Clarke, Michelle Fairley, and Lena Headey.

Grey’s Anatomy” is not entering 2011 winner and 2012 nominee Loretta Devine as a guest actress.

Mad Men” only has three of its large cast of men on the supporting ballot: Vincent Kartheiser, Kevin Rahm, and John Slattery. Jessica Pare tried for lead last year but will be in supporting this time while Elisabeth Moss is looking for her third consecutive lead nod. 

Nashville” continued their same approach from the Golden Globes with Connie Britton in lead and Hayden Panettiere in supporting.

New Girl” is promoting Jake Johnson into the lead actor race after much more screentime and stories this season.

The Newsroom” made a last minute switch and moved Emily Mortimer into supporting. The only lead for the show is Jeff Daniels.

The Office” has no leads with several of its stars trying for supporting this year. Steve Carell, who lost six consecutive times in lead beginning in 2006, returned for the finale but is not entered in the guest category.

Saturday Night Live” is submitting six of this season’s 21 hosts in the guest categories: Louis C.K., Bruno Mars, Melissa McCarthy, Martin Short, Justin Timberlake, and Kristen Wiig. Left off the list are four Oscar champs who emceed the show: Ben Affleck, Anne Hathaway, Jennifer Lawrence, and Christoph Waltz.

Visit our discussion in the forums to see the full list of network and studio placements and to dish their decisions. 

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