Emmys 2013 Nominations: Biggest Snubs and Surprises
Among the nominations surprises and snubs, Netflix has officially arrived as an original TV content provider, and the Emmys have a lot of love for soapy dramas and their lead actresses, but in more than one surprising snub, last year's Emmy winners were not a sure thing to get even a nomination this time around. Check out the list of nominees.
SURPRISE: "The Big Bang Theory" stars Mayim Bialik and Kaley Cuoco
"Blossom" alum Bialik snagged her second consecutive nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series as her Amy Farrah Fowler saw her relationship with boyfriend Sheldon heat up (relatively speaking, of course) last season. But for every Emmy surprise, there is an Emmy snub, and in this case, it's Bialik's "Big Bang" co-star, Kaley Cuoco, who continues to be ignored by Emmy voters, despite a fine season of her own in which her Penny finally started to mature in her relationship with on-again, off-again love Leonard.
SURPRISE: Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright, "House of Cards
"It's official: Netflix original programming is considered TV programming, and both Spacey and Wright are being recognized for their performances as hubby and wife in Netflix's first original series, the extremely binge watch-worthy political drama "House of Cards."
SNUB: "The Walking Dead"
He awakened in the hospital, alone, in the middle of a zombie apocalypse, he had to kill his best friend, his wife was eaten by a zombie after giving birth to his daughter, he's waged battle against an eye-patched psycho obsessed with destroying him, he's the leader for now dozens of fellow survivors, and he went a little bonkers himself -- understandably -- last season … what exactly must "Walking Dead" star Andrew Lincoln do to get some Emmy recognition around here? And not even a guest star nod for Lennie James, whose return as Morgan in season three's "Clear" was one of the performance highlights of the entire TV season?
SURPRISE: Kerry Washington, "Scandal"
Washington's nomination doesn't come as a surprise because it isn't well-deserved; it is. But to put her Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series nod into historical perspective: she is only the fifth African-American actress in Emmy history to receive a nomination in this category, and she's the first African-American actress since Cicely Tyson was nominated for "Sweet Justice" at the 1995 Emmys to get a nod in the category. And if Washington wins the statue on September 22, she will become the first African-American actress to win the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Emmy. PS -- Debbie Allen ("Fame"), Alfre Woodard ("St. Elsewhere"), and Regina Taylor ("I'll Fly Away") are the three other African-American actresses who've received lead drama actress Emmy nominations.
SNUB: "Duck Dynasty"
Guess the Robertsons will just have to settle for outstanding ratings, big spin-off merchandise sales, and that Christmas album they're recording, because the wildly popular (and, admit it, entertaining) "Duck Dynasty" was again overlooked for an Outstanding Reality Program Emmy nomination.
SNUB: Jon Cryer, "Two and a Half Men"
He won the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Emmy last year, and this year, he's not even among the nominees. Perhaps the perpetual swirl of controversy that surrounds the show behind-the-scenes has finally overtaken anything that happens on camera?