65th Primetime Emmy Awards

65th Primetime Emmy Awards
Promotional poster
Date
LocationNokia Theatre,
Los Angeles, California
Presented byAcademy of Television Arts and Sciences
Hosted byNeil Patrick Harris
Highlights
Most awardsBehind the Candelabra (3)
Most nominationsBreaking Bad (8)
Outstanding Comedy SeriesModern Family
Outstanding Drama SeriesBreaking Bad
Outstanding Miniseries or MovieBehind the Candelabra
Outstanding Reality-Competition ProgramThe Voice
Outstanding Variety SeriesThe Colbert Report
Websitehttp://www.emmys.org/ Edit this on Wikidata
Television/radio coverage
NetworkCBS
Produced byKen Ehrlich
Directed byLouis J. Horvitz
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The 65th Primetime Emmy Awards, honoring the best in prime time television programming from June 1, 2012 until May 31, 2013, were held on Sunday, September 22, 2013 at the Nokia Theatre in Downtown Los Angeles, California. CBS televised the ceremony within the United States. Actor Neil Patrick Harris hosted the Primetime Emmys for the second time. The Creative Arts Emmy Awards ceremony was held on September 15.

Breaking Bad won Outstanding Drama Series for the first half of its fifth season, while Modern Family won Outstanding Comedy Series for the fourth consecutive time.

Netflix made history by earning the first Primetime Emmy Award nominations for original online only streaming television. Three of its web series, Arrested Development, Hemlock Grove, and House of Cards, earned a total of 14 nominations. Netflix also made history with three wins, including Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series for the pilot episode, "Chapter 1", of House of Cards, as well as a pair of Creative Arts Emmy Awards, making "Chapter 1" the first Primetime Emmy Award-winning webisode.

Winners and nominees

Winners are listed first and highlighted in bold:

Jim Parsons, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series winner
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series winner
Jeff Daniels, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series winner
Claire Danes, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series winner
Michael Douglas, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie winner
Laura Linney, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie winner
Tony Hale, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series winner
Merritt Wever, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series winner
Bobby Cannavale, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series winner
Anna Gunn, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series winner
James Cromwell, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie winner
Ellen Burstyn, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie winner
Derek Hough, Outstanding Choreography winner

Programs

Programs

Acting

Lead performances

Lead performances

Supporting performances

Supporting performances


Choreography

Choreography

Directing

Directing

Writing

Writing

Academy's "hanging episodes" rule

The Television Academy was alerted to an issue with "hanging episodes" by Starz. The channel has numerous series with multiple "hanging episodes". "Hanging episodes" are episodes broadcast after the Academy's deadline for consideration that are part of a season that began before the deadline. For instance, in 2012, Starz's Magic City and AMC's Mad Men both ended their seasons in June, after the May 31 deadline. These episodes were allowed to be webcast for award consideration prior to their telecast should that telecast air after the submission period has closed. The Academy had prior rules stipulating that eligible episodes be presented on the same platform as the episodes that qualify the series.

Most major nominations

Networks with multiple major nominations
Network No. of
Nominations
HBO 34
ABC 15
NBC
Showtime 14
AMC 12
FX 9
PBS 8
Fox 7
CBS 6
Netflix 5
Sundance Channel
USA 3
Programs with multiple major nominations
Program Category Network No. of
Nominations
Breaking Bad Drama AMC 8
30 Rock Comedy NBC 7
Downton Abbey Drama PBS
Homeland Showtime
Modern Family Comedy ABC
Behind the Candelabra Miniseries or Movie HBO 6
American Horror Story: Asylum FX 5
Phil Spector HBO
So You Think You Can Dance Reality-Competition Fox
Top of the Lake Miniseries or Movie Sundance Channel
Game of Thrones Drama HBO 4
Girls Comedy
House of Cards Drama Netflix
Louie Comedy FX
Mad Men Drama AMC
Saturday Night Live Variety NBC
Veep Comedy HBO
The Big Bang Theory CBS 3
The Colbert Report Variety Comedy Central
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
Dancing with the Stars Reality-Competition ABC
The Girl Miniseries or Movie HBO
Jimmy Kimmel Live! Variety ABC
Political Animals Miniseries or Movie USA
The Big C: Hereafter Showtime 2
Boardwalk Empire Drama HBO
Episodes Comedy Showtime
Glee Fox
Nurse Jackie Showtime
Parade's End Miniseries or Movie HBO
Portlandia Variety IFC
Real Time with Bill Maher HBO

Most major awards

Networks with multiple major awards
Network No. of
Awards
HBO 7
Showtime 4
ABC 3
NBC
AMC 2
Comedy Central
Programs with multiple major awards
Program Category Network No. of
Awards
Behind the Candelabra Miniseries or Movie HBO 3
Breaking Bad Drama AMC 2
The Colbert Report Variety Comedy Central
Homeland Drama Showtime
Modern Family Comedy ABC
Veep HBO
Notes
  1. ^ a b "Major" constitutes the categories listed above: Program, Acting, Directing, and Writing. Does not include the technical categories.

Presenters and performers

The awards were presented by the following:

Presenters

Name(s) Role
Tina Fey
Amy Poehler
Presenters of the award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Malin Åkerman
LL Cool J
Presenters of the award for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series
Emily Deschanel
Zooey Deschanel
Presenters of the award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Robin Williams Presenter of a tribute to Jonathan Winters
Alec Baldwin
Jon Hamm
Presenters of the award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Will Arnett
Margo Martindale
Introducers of Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series winner Melissa Leo
Melissa Leo Presenter of the award for Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series
Jimmy Kimmel
Sofía Vergara
Presenters of the award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Rob Reiner Presenter of a tribute to Jean Stapleton
Matt Damon
Michael Douglas
Introducers of the performance by Elton John tributing Liberace
and presenters of the award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie
Connie Britton
Blair Underwood
Presenters of the awards for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series
and Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Jane Lynch Presenter of a tribute to Cory Monteith
Stephen Amell
Mindy Kaling
Presenters of the award for Outstanding Reality-Competition Program
Diahann Carroll
Kerry Washington
Presenters of the award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Julianna Margulies
Dylan McDermott
Presenters of the award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Don Cheadle Introducer of The Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show 50th anniversary tribute
and the performance of "Yesterday" by Carrie Underwood
Jimmy Fallon Presenter of the award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Emilia Clarke
Dean Norris
Introducers of Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series winner Dan Bucatinsky
and Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series winner Carrie Preston
Dan Bucatinsky
Carrie Preston
Presenters of the award for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series
Bob Newhart
Jim Parsons
Presenters of the award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series
and Outstanding Directing for a Variety Series
Michael J. Fox Presenter of a tribute to Gary David Goldberg
Tim Gunn
Heidi Klum
Presenters of the award for Outstanding Choreography
Alyson Hannigan
Cobie Smulders
Presenters of the award for Outstanding Variety Series
Edie Falco Presenter of a tribute to James Gandolfini
Anna Faris
Allison Janney
Presenters of the awards for Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or Dramatic Special
and Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie
Kaley Cuoco
Bruce Rosenblum
Presenters of the In Memoriam tribute
Andre Braugher
Mark Harmon
Presenters of the awards for Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or Dramatic Special
and Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie
Bryan Cranston
Claire Danes
Presenters of the award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie
and Outstanding Miniseries or Movie
Will Ferrell Presenter of the awards for Outstanding Comedy Series and Outstanding Drama Series

Performers

Name(s) Performed
Elton John "Home Again"
Neil Patrick Harris
Nathan Fillion
Sarah Silverman
"The Number in the Middle of the Show"
Carrie Underwood "Yesterday"
Neil Patrick Harris
Outstanding Choreography nominees
"Luck Be a Lady"
"A Beautiful Mine" (Mad Men theme)
Game of Thrones theme
American Horror Story theme
"Straight Up and Down" (Boardwalk Empire theme)
"Get Lucky"
Breaking Bad theme
The Big Bang Theory theme

In Memoriam

Prior to the In Memoriam segment:

A video was then presented paying tribute to the TV stars and well known behind-the-scenes workers who had died since the previous Primetime Emmy Awards broadcast, including:

Reception

Critical

The reviews for the ceremony were mostly negative. Brian Lowry of Variety panned the show, writing: "By the time the show was over, it was hard not to think we could have done with at least one less musical number, or one less memorial tribute, in order to let the winners — including high-profile ones in major categories — actually deliver an acceptance speech without hearing piano music kick in just as they started warming up." Melisa Maerz of Entertainment Weekly also gave the ceremony a negative review, writing: "All of which begged the question: What does the Emmys really offer us, anyway, that we can't get elsewhere? Witty banter? (There was more of that online.) Red-carpet gawking? (Nothing here that you can't see on Instagram.) Exclusive access to the Mani Cam? If you're only tuning in to see which under-appreciated shows to add to your DVR queue, well, Twitter can tell you that better than the Emmys, especially when a mediocre season of Modern Family wins against Louie, Girls, and Veep. The one thing the Emmys is still very good at? Creating consensus. But maybe that's the problem. This year, the consensus was that the Emmys were bad."

Ratings

The broadcast received 17.63 million viewers, the largest audience in total viewers since 2005.


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