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The 2014 Emmys: No Love for Washington Shows

Only one DC-set series took home an award this year.

Not even a bad haircut can keep the Veep down. Image courtesy of HBO.

Despite this year’s Emmys being held uncharacteristically on a Monday, the awards show had plenty of memorable moments: Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Bryan Cranston snogging, Billy Crystal’s tribute to Robin Williams, Weird Al’s very Weird Al-esque performance. What it didn’t have was much recognition for Washington-set TV shows. Though Veep, House of Cards, Homeland, and Scandal were all nominated, at the end of the night only Julia Louis-Dreyfus had a gold statuette to take home, for the third year in a row—along with, we imagine, some Cranston germs. 

This is a marked change from last year, which saw two wins each for Veep, Homeland, and The Kennedy Center Honors, as well as three for House of Cards and one each for Scandal and Political Animals. Washington-related shows fared a bit better at the Creative Arts Emmys on the 16th: Scandal’s Joe Morton snagged an award for Best Guest Actor in a Drama Series, and the real-life POTUS even got a sort-of nod, thanks to his appearance in an episode of Between Two Ferns With Zach Galafinakis. Keep reading for the Washington winners from both ceremonies as well as the nominees, and see the full list of Emmy winners online



Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: Julia Louis-Dreyfus


Between Two Ferns With Zach Galafinakis: “President Barack Obama”
Outstanding Short-Format Live-Action Entertainment Program

The Blacklist
Outstanding Stunt Coordination for a Drama Series, Miniseries, or Movie

House of Cards
Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series (One Hour): “Chapter 14”

JFK: The American Experience
Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series: Joe Morton


Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama: Mandy Patinkin
Outstanding Actress in a Drama: Claire Danes

House of Cards
Outstanding Drama
Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series: “Chapter 14” (Carl Franklin)
Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series: “Chapter 14” (Beau Willimon)
Outstanding Actress in a Drama: Robin Wright
Outstanding Actor in a Drama: Kevin Spacey

The Kennedy Center Honors 
Outstanding Directing for a Variety Special: Louis J. Horvitz

Killing Kennedy
Outstanding Made-for-TV Movie

Outstanding Actress in a Drama: Kerry Washington

Outstanding Comedy
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy: Anna Chlumsky
Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series: “Special Relationship” (Simon Blackwell, Tony Roche, and Armando Iannucci)
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy: Tony Hale