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House of Cards Snags Historic Emmy Nominations

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If you haven’t watched Netflix’s political drama, House of Cards, now is probably a good time for a marathon. The Kevin Spacey-starrer earned an Outstanding Drama Series nomination, joining Breaking Bad, Downton Abbey, Game of Thrones, Homeland and Mad Men in the category.

House of Cards is the first online exclusive series to be nominated for one of the two major show categories. Netflix’s continuation of Arrested Development earned acting nominations this year, but the series won Outstanding Comedy in 2004 while still airing on Fox. 

Broadcast comedies The Big Bang Theory, Modern Family and 30 Rock will go up against cable darlings Girls, Louie and VEEP in the Outstanding Comedy Series category

Of the shows nominated in the Drama and Comedy categories, Game of Thrones led with 16 nominations. However, it is FX’s American Horror Story: Asylum—nominated for Outstanding TV Miniseries or Movie—that earned the most nominations with 17.


See the list of the major 2013 Emmy Nominations after the jump!

Outstanding Drama

Breaking Bad

Downton Abbey

Game of Thrones


House of Cards

Mad Men

Outstanding Comedy

30 Rock

The Big Bang Theory



Modern Family


Outstanding Actress in a Drama

Connie Britton, Nashville

Claire Danes, Homeland

Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey

Vera Farmiga, Bates Motel

Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men

Kerry Washington, Scandal

Robin Wright, House of Cards

Outstanding Actor in a Drama

Hugh Bonneville, Downton Abbey

Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad

Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom

Jon Hamm, Mad Men

Damien Lewis, Homeland

Kevin Spacey, House of Cards

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama

Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad

Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey

Emilia Clarke, Game of Thrones

Christine Baranski, The Good Wife

Morena Baccarin, Homeland

Christina Hendricks, Mad Men

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama

Bobby Cannavale, Boardwalk Empire

Jonathan Banks, Breaking Bad

Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad

Jim Carter, Downton Abbey

Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones

Mandy Patinkin, Homeland

Outstanding Actress in a Comedy

Laura Dern, Enlightened

Lena Dunham, Girls

Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie

Tina Fey, 30 Rock

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep

Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation

Outstanding Actor in a Comedy

Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock

Jason Bateman, Arrested Development

Louis CK, Louie

Don Cheadle, House of Lies

Matt LeBlanc, Episodes

Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory

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Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy

Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory

Jane Lynch, Glee

Julie Bowen, Modern Family

Merritt Wever, Nurse Jackie

Jane Krakowski, 30 Rock

Anna Chlumski, Veep

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy

Adam Driver, Girls

Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family

Ed O’Neill, Modern Family

Ty Burrell, Modern Family

Bill Hader, Saturday Night Live

Tony Hale, Veep

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama

Margo Martindale, The Americans

Diana Rigg, Game of Thrones

Carrie Preston, The Good Wife

Linda Cardellini, Mad Men

Jane Fonda, The Newsroom

Joan Cusack, Shameless

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama

Nathan Lane, The Good Wife

Michael J. Fox, The Good Wife

Rupert Friend, Homeland

Robert Morse, Mad Men

Harry Hamlin, Mad Men

Dan Bucatinsky, Scandal

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy

Molly Shannon, Enlightened

Dot-Marie Jones, Glee

Melissa Leo, Louie

Melissa McCarthy, Saturday Night Live

Kristen Wiig, Saturday Night Live

Elaine Stritch, 30 Rock

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy

Bob Newhart, The Big Bang Theory

Nathan Lane, Modern Family

Bobby Cannavale, Nurse Jackie

Louis C.K., Saturday Night Live

Justin Timberlake, Saturday Night Live

Will Forte, 30 Rock

Outstanding Reality Show Host

Ryan Seacrest, American Idol

Betty White, Betty White’s Off Their Rockers

Tom Bergeron, Dancing With the Stars

Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn, Project Runway

Cat Deeley, So You Think You Can Dance

Anthony Bourdain, The Taste

Outstanding Reality Show Competition

The Amazing Race

Dancing With the Stars

Project Runway

So You Think You Can Dance

Top Chef

The Voice

Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series

The Colbert Report

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart

Late Night With Jimmy Fallon

Real Time With Bill Maher

Saturday Night Live

Outstanding TV Miniseries or Movie

American Horror Story: Asylum

Behind the Candelabra

The Bible

Phil Spector

Political Animals

Top of the Lake

Lead Actor in a TV Miniseries or Movie

Michael Douglas, Behind the Candelabra

Matt Damon, Behind the Candelabra

Toby Jones, The Girl

Benedict Cumberbatch, Parade’s End

Al Pacino, Phil Spector

Lead Actress in a TV Miniseries or Movie

Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Asylum

Laura Linney, The Big C: Hereafter

Helen Mirren, Phil Spector

Sigourney Weaver, Political Animals

Elisabeth Moss, Top of the Lake

Outstanding Writing For A Drama Series

Breaking Bad - Dead Freight, Written by George Mastras

Breaking Bad - Say My Name, Written By Thomas Schnauz

Downton Abbey - Episode 4, Written by Julian Fellowes

Game Of Thrones - The Rains Of Castamere, Written by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss

Homeland - Q&A, Written by Henry Bromell

Outstanding Writing For A Comedy Series

Episodes - Episode 209, Written by David Crane and Jeffrey Klarik

Louie - Daddy's Girlfriend (Part 1), Story & Teleplay by Louis C.K., Story by Pamela Adlon

The Office – Finale, Written by Greg Daniels

30 Rock - Hogcock!, Written by Jack Burditt and Robert Carlock

30 Rock - Last Lunch, Written by Tina Fey and Tracey Wigfield