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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.”

Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright were both nominated for Emmys for their roles in Netflix’s House of Cards. Photograph by Melinda Sue Gordon for Netflix.

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

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

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
Margo Martindale, who plays KGB contact Claudia.

See the full list of Emmy nominations online.