2013 Emmys: “Behind The Candelabra” Scores 15 Noms — Zero For Rob Lowe


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?

Pleasant surprises:


* 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.

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  • B Damion

    I really hope Kerry Washington gets best lead actress-Drama. She would deserve it. very good actress

  • erasure25

    Excuse me. No love for Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Stormborn, the Unburnt, of the House Targaryen, First of her name, Queen of the Andals and the Rhoynar and the First Men, Queen of the Seven Kingdoms, Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, Breaker of Shackles, and Mother of Dragons? She will take what is hers with Fire and Blood.

  • Kieran

    An Emmy nomination for Michael Douglas playing a creepy ass homosexual guy in the totally forgetable “Behind the Candelabra”. What a shocker! But how “courageous” of Douglas to play gay.

    The “Emmys”. What a joke.

  • Atlantagent52

    @erasure25: Emilia Clarke was nominated as best supporting actress in a drama series for her role in Game of Thrones.

  • Dr. Dick

    @erasure25: OMG STOP, I laughed so hard people looked at me funny

  • Red Meat

    @erasure25: Preach.

  • JRPActor

    TATIANA MASLANY should have garnered nominations for Best Actress and Best Suppurting Actress for ORPHAN BLACK. She recently won the TV Critics Awards for Best Actress in a Drama.

    Cloris Leachman, who holds the records for the performer AND woman with the most Emmy Wins should have been nominated for her dual performance on the season finale of RAISING HOPE. I do not think Julia Louise Dreyfus out-nominated Lucille Ball….I don’t even consider this woman to be in the same league of talent as the late, great Lucille Ball.

    Anne Hathaway should have been recognized for her hosting of Safurday Night Live, one of the recent episodes of SNL I didn’t have to fast forward through.

    Although I am thrilled for Jason Bateman’s nomination I thought it rather ridiculous to drive through Hollywood and seeing lawn signs promoting ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT for an Emmy. What’s next….people holding signs at intersections? Skywriting? Plane banners?

  • timaloha

    MICHAEL C. HALL–?????


  • balehead

    They win for being courageous in playing sad gays….painful…

  • popquiz1956

    I’m not sure anyone actually watches it but my favorite show this year has been “Rogue” on the Audience network (same network that brought you “Damages” and “Friday Night Lights”). The show is well written and acted to perfection. Thandie Newton sears the screen playing an undercover cop who starts losing herself in that world.

  • iMort

    @JRPActor: Great comments! Orphan Black was one of my favorite shows and Cloris Leachman is always too hysterical, J.L.Dreyfus…snooze.

  • Mr. E. Jones

    Behind The Candelabra” Scores 15 Noms

    Straight people awarding other straight people for playing gay. Wow, that’s very unusual for the entertainment business. I’ve never seen that before.

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