2013 Emmy Nominations: Kerry Washington, Anna Chlumsky, and Other Refreshing Surprises

The 2013 Emmy nominations are finally here and we're feeling pretty good about them. Why? Because last month, we made predictions for most of the major categories, and, as it turns out, we didn't do half bad. Still, there were plenty of shockers surrounding this year's Emmy race, which is heating up until the ceremony airs Sept. 22. So what were they?

The comedy categories delivered mostly good surprises, with Two and a Half Men Jon Cryer finally losing his perennial spot on the nominee list to House of Lies' Don Cheadle. But, apparently, we like New Girl more than the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences — beloved stars Zooey Deschanel and Max Greenfield all missed out on nominations this year.

The Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series category looked pretty different from our prediction and last year's nominees, with Eric Stonestreet being the only Modern Family guy to not be nominated. Instead, this year's race celebrated two very deserving actors, Girls' Adam Driver and Veep's Tony Hale. (The latter nomination made up for the fact that only one member of the Arrested Development cast, Jason Bateman, was nominated.) The Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series category definitely surprised, delivering seven nominations instead of the usual six. At least it made room for Veep's Anna Chlumsky and 30 Rock's Jane Krakowski.

As for drama, just like we overestimated New Girl, we gave too much credit to FX's The Americans, or rather to the voters by assuming they were watching. The Americans was largely replaced by the Netflix series House of Cards, which is the first non-broadcast series to be nominated for an Emmy.

One of the most disappointing shockers of this year's race, however, was seeing The Newsroom's Jeff Daniels nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series. The least disappointing? Kerry Washington's Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series nomination for Scandal. Between her role in the Oscar-nominated Django Unchained, her recent Vogue cover, and rapidly building buzz for Scandal, this September could be a good month for Washington. (We, at least, have our fingers crossed for her.)

But the most shocking nominations could be found in the supporting drama categories, where Homeland, with its heavily criticized Season 2, was rewarded with nominations for Morena Baccarin and Mandy Patinkin. (Not that we'd ever complain about Patinkin scoring accolades.)

Now that we know who's actually nominated, it's time to start thinking about who might win this September.