Here we go, kids. The 65th Primetime Emmy Awards nominations were announced this morning. There were a few surprises, both good and bad, but also some glaring omissions. Snatching armfuls of noms, HBO’s critically-acclaimed Behind the Candelabra was nominated for 15 awards, including Outstanding Lead Actor for both Michael Douglas and Matt Damon. Noticeably absent, however, is transgendered Bee Gee Rob Lowe, whose scene-stealing performance as plastic surgeon Dr. Startz was overlooked in favor of Scott Bakula as Bob Black.
Among the other notable snubs:
* Scandal‘s supporting cast, including the openly gay Guillermo Diaz as ex-super spy Huck; Jeff Perry as the deliciously devious gay White House Chief of Staff, Cyrus Beene; and Bellamie Young as the greatest fictional First Lady in history, the Lady MacBethish Mellie Grant. Thankfully, Kerry Washington and her impossibly high cheekbones were nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress — a win this leading lady predicted a week ago. It’s a particularly crowded field this year, though, with seven actresses vying for the honor.
* Jessica Walter and Will Arnett for Arrested Development. Jason Bateman earned a (deserved) nom for Lead Actor as the head of the dysfunctional Bluth family, but Walter and Arnett’s turns were overlooked…yet again; during the show’s initial network run Walter received one sole nomination as the brilliantly boozed up Lucille Bluth. Lucille’s TV son Tony Hale was nominated, however, for his role in Veep.
* Hayden Panettierre for Nashville. Connie Britton is amazing and rightfully deserved to be nominated for Lead Actress as country queen Reina James, but Panettiere puts the cunt in country as hyperbitch Juliette Barnes.
* John Slattery for Mad Men. Silver fox Roger Sterling delivers the show’s wittiest lines and offers a much-needed contrast to Jon Hamm’s gravitas-filled performance as Don Draper — he should definitely win for this season, btw.
*Casey Wilson and Adam Pally for Happy Endings. May TV’s best sitcom rest in peace. Sadly, self-proclaimed hag Penny Hartz and bromosexual Max Blum won’t see the light of day again and their real-life doppelgangers will go Emmyless into that good night.
* RuPaul and RuPaul‘s Drag Race. Once again, the Emmys have snubbed RuPaul, who should win Outstanding Reality Host for pulling double duty in and out of drag, choosing to nominate Heidi Klum and Project Runway — which people apparently still watch. Who knew?
* Jane Lynch and Jane Krakowski for Outstanding Supporting Actress. Sue Sylvester has been the only bright spot in the increasingly unwatchable Glee, though we don’t even know how often she even appeared in this season. Meanwhile, here’s hoping Krakowski wins on her fourth and final nomination for inhabiting the gorgeous train wreck otherwise known as 30 Rock‘s Jenna Maroney.
* Adam Driver for Girls. Even though Andrew Rannells failed to garner a Guest Star nom for his role as the coked-up Casanova Elijah, Driver earned recognition for Outstanding Supporting Actor as the oft-shirtless Adam Sackler in the otherwise estrogen-fueled HBO hit.
* Dan Bucatinsky for Scandal. The openly gay Bucatinsky (nom’d for Guest Actor) and Jeff Perry portray one of the most realistic and compelling gay couples on TV. But even through all the lies, bitterness, recrimination and baby-bribing, they’re still the most stable couple on the show — which really isn’t saying much.
* House of Cards earns 9 nominations. Along with Arrested Development, the Netflix original series made history as the first digitally-distributed shows to earn major Emmy recognition, including Lead Acting noms for Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright.
* Eric Stonestreet not getting nominated for Modern Family. Seriously, he already has two trophies, it’s time to let someone else win. Stonestreet’s Family co-stars Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Ty Burrell (who won two years ago) and Ed O’Neil were nominated, however.
* Bill Hader for SNL. One word: Stefon.
Meanwhile, what do you think, dear readers, of the 2013 Primetime Emmy nominations? Who was snubbed, who deserves to win and who will you be rolling your eyes at once they pull out that piece of paper on stage at the Nokia Theater.
For a full list of nominations, click here. The Emmys will air on Sunday, September 22nd at 8pm ET/5pm PT.