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“Homeland,” “House of Cards,” “Veep” Triumph at Emmy Nominations
Kerry Washington also received a lead actress nomination for her role in ABC’s “Scandal.”
All eyes were on Netflix at this morning’s Emmy nominations, and while it was more than likely the provider’s hit political drama series House of Cards would score a nomination or two (that’s what tends to happen when you hire Kevin Spacey), the online-only show scooped a total of nine nods, including the trifecta: Best Drama, Best Actor, and Best Actress (for Robin Wright as Claire Underwood).
The nominations were announced by Breaking Bad actor Aaron Paul and How I Met Your Mother’s Neil Patrick Harris, who stepped in for House of Cards’ Kate Mara when her overnight flight was canceled due to mechanical problems. This saved on awkwardness when Mara wasn’t nominated in the Supporting Actress category for House of Cards. (Paul was nominated for Best Supporting Actor, and Harris scooped a nod for presenting the Tony Awards).
In addition to House of Cards, several other Washington shows triumphed: Homeland, which also received Outstanding Drama/Actor/Actress nominations for Damian Lewis and Claire Danes, and Veep, which was nominated for Outstanding Comedy, Actress (Julia Louis-Dreyfus), Supporting Actor (Tony Hale), and Supporting Actress (Anna Chlumsky). Kerry Washington also received a Lead Actress in a Drama Series award for her role as fixer Olivia Pope in ABC’s Scandal.
Also noteworthy: Remember USA’s Hillary Clinton-inspired miniseries, Political Animals? It debuted to great fanfare, got very soapy, and then disappeared, never to be heard from again—until now, when it was nominated for Outstanding Miniseries or Movie, Lead Actress (Sigourney Weaver), and Supporting Actress (Ellen Burstyn).
In the supporting categories, Morena Baccarin received a nomination for her role as Jessica Brody in Homeland, as did Mandy Patinkin, a.k.a. Saul Berenson. In the guest actor categories, Rupert Friend was nominated for his role as Homeland’s Peter Quinn, and Dan Bucatinsky was also nominated for playing James Novak (a.k.a. Ira Glass Lite) in Scandal.
If there was one Washington show we can all frown together about being neglected, it’s FX’s The Americans, which was shut out of the major categories but did receive a guest actress nomination for Margo Martindale, who plays KGB contact Claudia.
See the full list of Emmy nominations online.