The Emmy nominations were full of surprises when it comes to who was nominated in this year’s race, and they were equally surprising who was left out. (Click here for a list of some of this year’s shocking inclusions.)
Among the most surprising was the nearly complete shutout of “Arrested Development,” which received only a single acting nomination (Comedy Actor for Jason Bateman) and was snubbed in writing, directing, and Best Comedy Series. The series was nominated all three years of its original FOX run, winning in 2004, but Emmy voters rejected its Netflix revival.
Perhaps even more surprising was the snub of “Modern Family” star Eric Stonestreet, who had been nominated all three years of the show’s run, winning twice (2010, 2012). He’s the lone adult actor from the show sitting out this year’s event.
“Boardwalk Empire” and its star Steve Buscemi had been nominated for Best Drama and Best Drama Actor the past two years. It was expected to fall out of the top category this time around, but Buscemi also surprisingly missed out on an acting bid this year.
FOX’s “New Girl” also fell out of favor. Though many had expected a first-time nomination for lead-acting contender Jake Johnson, he was snubbed, as well 2012 acting nominees Zooey Deschanel and Max Greenfield.
It was a bad morning for FX dramas: “Justified” and “The Americans” were snubbed in almost alll major categories, though Margo Martindale received a Drama Guest Actress bid for “Americans”; she previously won Drama Supporting Actress in 2011 for “Justified.”
“Downton Abbey” did well overall, with repeat nominations for many of its actors, but legendary actress Shirley MacLaine didn’t make the cut for Drama Guest Actress for her role as Elizabeth McGovern‘s mother.
“House of Cards” also had a strong showing, including nominations for Drama Series, Drama Actor (Kevin Spacey), and Drama Actress (Robin Wright), but that didn’t extend to supporting actor Corey Stoll, snubbed for his role as embattled congressman Peter Russo.
The Sundance miniseries “Top of the Lake” also did well, with nominations for Best Movie/Miniseries, Movie/Mini Actress (Elisabeth Moss), and Movie/Mini Supporting Actor (Peter Mullan), but Oscar-winner and multiple Emmy-winner Holly Hunter was left out of the Movie/Mini Supporting Actress race.
Even after an emotional breast-cancer storyline, nominations from the TCA and Critics’ Choice, and an aggressive campaign by NBC, Monica Potter couldn’t break through with her first nomination for “Parenthood.”