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65th Primetime Emmy Awards

65th Primetime Emmy Awards
Promotional poster
  • September 22, 2013[1] (Ceremony)
  • September 15[1] (Creative Arts Awards)
Location Nokia Theatre,
Los Angeles, California
Host Neil Patrick Harris
Television/Radio coverage
Network CBS[1]
Producer Ken Ehrlich and Neil Patrick Harris
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The 65th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards honoring the best in American primetime television programming from June 1, 2012 until May 31, 2013, were held on 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.[1]

Breaking Bad won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series for the first part of its fifth season, while Modern Family won its fourth consecutive Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series.

Netflix made history by earning the first Primetime Emmy Award nominations for original online only web television. Three of its web series, Arrested Development, Hemlock Grove, and House of Cards, earned a total of 14 nominations.[2] Netflix made history with three wins including David Fincher's Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series for directing 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-awarded webisode.[3][4][5][6][7]


  • Winners and nominees 1
    • Programs 1.1
    • Acting 1.2
      • Lead performances 1.2.1
      • Supporting performances 1.2.2
    • Choreography 1.3
    • Directing 1.4
    • Writing 1.5
    • Academy's "hanging episodes" rule 1.6
  • Most major nominations 2
  • Most major wins 3
  • Presenters 4
  • In memoriam 5
  • Reception 6
    • Critical Reception 6.1
    • Ratings 6.2
  • References 7
  • External links 8

Winners and nominees

Winners are listed first and highlighted in bold.


Outstanding Comedy Series Outstanding Drama Series
Outstanding Variety Series Outstanding Miniseries or Movie
Outstanding Reality - Competition Program


Lead performances

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie
  • Laura Linney as Cathy Jamison on The Big C: Hereafter (Showtime)
    • Jessica Lange as Sister Jude Martin / Judy Martin on American Horror Story: Asylum (FX)
    • Helen Mirren as Linda Kenney Baden on Phil Spector (HBO)
    • Elisabeth Moss as Det. Robin Griffin on Top of the Lake (Sundance Channel)
    • Sigourney Weaver as Elaine Barrish on Political Animals (USA Network)

Supporting performances

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie


Outstanding Choreography
  • Derek Hough for Dancing with the Stars (Routines: "Hey Pachuco" / "Para Los Rumberos" / "Walking on Air") (ABC)
    • Warren Carlyle for Rodgers & Hammerstein's Carousel (Live From Lincoln Center) (PBS)
    • Tabitha & Napoleon D'umo for So You Think You Can Dance (Routines: "Call of the Wild (Circle of Life)" / "Love Cats" / "Beautiful People") (Fox)
    • Allison Holker & Derek Hough for Dancing with the Stars (Routines: "Heart Cry" / "Stars") (ABC)
    • Mandy Moore for So You Think You Can Dance (Routines: "The Power of Love" / "Wild Horses") (Fox)
    • Sonya Tayeh for So You Think You Can Dance (Routines: "Possibly Maybe" / "Turning Page" / "Sail") (Fox)
    • Travis Wall for So You Think You Can Dance (Routines: "Where the Light Gets In" / "Without You" / "Unchained Melody") (Fox)


Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series
Outstanding Directing for a Variety Series Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special
  • Saturday Night Live, Directed by Don Roy King (NBC)
    • The Colbert Report, Directed by James Hoskinson (Comedy Central)
    • The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Directed by Chuck O'Neil (Comedy Central)
    • Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Directed by Andy Fisher (ABC)
    • Late Show with David Letterman, Directed by Jerry Foley (CBS)
    • Portlandia, Directed by Jonathan Krisel (IFC)


Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series
Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special
  • The Colbert Report (Comedy Central)
    • The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (Comedy Central)
    • Jimmy Kimmel Live! (ABC)
    • Portlandia (IFC)
    • Real Time with Bill Maher (HBO)
    • Saturday Night Live (NBC)

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.[8]

Most major nominations

By network
By program[9]

Most major wins


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 Emmy Awards broadcast, including David Frost, Dennis Farina, Annette Funicello, Eydie Gorme, Dale Robertson, Larry Hagman, set director Leslie Frankenheimer, Conrad Bain, Maxine Stuart, Lee Thompson Young, executive Preston Davis, producer Alan Kirschenbaum, ATAS executive James Loper, Lou Myers, Milo O'Shea, casting director Fran Bascom, publisict Lois Smith, film critic Roger Ebert, director Emily Squires, producer Bonnie Dore, Eileen Brennan, Bonnie Franklin, Russell Means, producer Milt Hoffman, director Jack Shea, Jeanne Cooper, Allan Arbus, director Henry Bromell, David Connell, Charles Durning, writer Richard Matheson, Harry Carey, Jr.., sportcaster Ken Venturi & Pat Summerall, producer Steve Sabol, Alex Karras, Jack Klugman, Jenni Rivera, publicist Eddie Michaels, Michael Ansara, art director Charles Lisanby, writer Fay Kanin, Emanuel Steward, sound pioneer Ray Dolby, Julie Harris, Deborah Raffin, Patti Page, and Andy Williams.


Critical Reception

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."[13] 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."[14]


The broadcast received 17.63 million viewers, the largest audience in total viewers since 2005.[15]


  1. ^ a b c d "Key Dates Announced for the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards".  
  2. ^ Stelter, Brian (2013-07-18). "Netflix Does Well in 2013 Primetime Emmy Nominations".  
  3. ^ Sharma, Amol and Alexandra Cheney (2013-09-23). "Netflix Makes Some History With Showing at Emmys".  
  4. ^ "Netflix Wins Three Emmys, 'House Of Cards' Shut Out Of Major Categories".  
  5. ^ "Breaking Bad named Best Drama at the Emmys... but Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul miss out on individual gongs". Daily Mail. 23 September 2013. Retrieved 24 September 2013. 
  6. ^ "Breaking Bad and Modern Family take home top Emmy honours". Guardian UK. 23 September 2013. Retrieved 24 September 2013. 
  7. ^ Breaking Bad,' 'Modern Family' are top shows at Emmys"'". USA Today. 23 September 2013. Retrieved 24 September 2013. 
  8. ^ "Additional Rule Changes for Primetime Emmys Announced". Retrieved 2013-03-20. 
  9. ^ "Emmy nominations 2013: "House of Cards" makes history, "American Horror Story" leads".  
  10. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v Bibel, Sara (September 19, 2013). "Final Presenters Announced for the '65th Primetime Emmy Awards' Including Connie Britten & Stephen Amell".  
  11. ^ a b c d e f g h Miller, Victoria Leigh (September 5, 2013). "Girl Power! 4 Dynamic Lady Duos Will Present at the Emmys".  
  12. ^ a b Bibel, Sara (September 3, 2013). "Michael Douglas & Matt Damon Announced as Presenters at the '65th Primetime Emmy Awards' September 22 on CBS".  
  13. ^ Lowry, Brian. "TV Review: 65th Primetime Emmy Awards". Retrieved 20 June 2014. 
  14. ^ Maerz, Melissa. "Emmys 2013 review: What the upsets say about the way we watch TV now". Retrieved 20 June 2014. 
  15. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (September 23, 2013). "CBS' Broadcast of 'The 65th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards' Delivers Largest Audience Since 2005".  

External links

  • Academy of Television Arts and Sciences website
  • Emmys on CBS
  • 65th Primetime Emmy Awards at IMDb
  • list of 2013 Nominees & Winners
  • 2013 Emmy Awards at the Internet Movie Database
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