A slew of theater actors are among the nominees for 2013 prime-time Emmy Awards, including two nominations each for Nathan Lane and Bobby Cannavale. The Emmy ceremony will be held on September 22, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris.
In the marquee category of Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, Kevin Spacey (House of Cards) and Jeff Daniels (The Newsroom) join a list that also includes Emmy fave Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey), Damian Lewis (Homeland) and Jon Hamm (Mad Men).
Three Broadway vets made the list for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series: Claire Danes (Homeland), Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men) and Kerry Washington (Scandal) will compete with Vera Farmiga (Bates Motel), Michelle Dockery (Downton Abbey) and Connie Britton (Memphis).
In the miniseries/movie category the lead performer nominees include Al Pacino (Phil Spector), Jessica Lange (American Horror Story), Laura Linney (The Big C: Hereafter), Helen Mirren (Phil Spector), Sigourney Weaver (Political Animals) and Elisabeth Moss (Top of the Lake).
Among comedy series, the lead acting nominees include Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory), Alec Baldwin (30 Rock) and Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie).
Theater stars nominated for their supporting roles in drama series include Bobby Cannavale (Boardwalk Empire), Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones), Mandy Patinkin (Homeland), Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones) and Christine Baranski (The Good Wife). In comedy series, the nominees include Adam Driver (Girls), Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Modern Family), Jane Lynch (Glee) and Jane Krakowski (30 Rock).
In the miniseries/movie category, supporting actor nominees include Zachary Quinto (American Horror Story), John Benjamin Hickey (The Big C: Hereafter) and Sarah Paulson (American Horror Story). As usual, stage greats got their due in the guest star categories. In drama series, the nominees include Nathan Lane (The Good Wife), Robert Morse (Mad Men), Margo Martindale (The Americans), Diana Rigg (Game of Thrones), Carrie Preston (The Good Wife) and Jane Fonda (The Newsroom).
In the comedy guest star category, Lane received a second nomination for guest-starring in Modern Family and will compete with Cannavale, who received his second nomination for Nurse Jackie. (Who could imagine that these two would be up for Emmys against Bob Newhart, Louis C.K, Justin Timberlake and Will Forte?!) Elaine Stritch received an Emmy nod for her guest stint on 30 Rock.
Playwrights Tom Stoppard and David Mamet received Emmy nominations for writing Parade’s End and Phil Spector, respectively, and will compete with The Last Five Years film director Richard LaGravenese for his Behind the Candelabra script. Mamet received a second Emmy nod for directing Phil Spector.
A pair of songs from Smash received Emmy love in the Outstanding Music and Lyrics category: "Hang the Moon," with music and lyrics by Marc Shaiman and lyric by Scott Wittman; and "I Hear Your Voice in a Dream," with music and lyrics by Andrew McMahon. Also nominated were composer Alan Menken and lyricist Glenn Slater for "More or Less the Kind of Thing You May or May Not Possibly See on Broadway" from The Neighbors, and composer David Javerbaum and lyricist Adam Schlesinger for "If I Had Time" from the 66th Annual Tony Awards.
Broadway choreographer Warren Carlyle received an Outstanding Choreography nomination for Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel, which will compete with the 66th Annual Tony Awards for Outstanding Special Class Program.
It’s worth mentioning that last week, Broadway.com shouted out 10 stage vets who we felt ought to earn Emmy nods, and we’re happy to report that four deserving performers made the cut! Wish list favorites Paulson, Patinkin, Cannavale and Driver each landed nominations, while four of our honorable mentions (Spacey, Lange, Quinto and Krakowski) also got their Emmy due.