My 7 Favorite Minor 2013 Emmy Nominees: Carrie Preston, 'Elementary,' 'Neighbors' Song and More
My 7 Favorite Minor 2013 Emmy Nominees: Carrie Preston, 'Elementary,' 'Neighbors' Song and More
John Kubicek
John Kubicek
Senior Writer, BuddyTV
The morning of the Emmy Award nominations is one of my favorite days of the year. It's like Christmas, opening up the presents to see what got nominated. I especially love the minor categories that might not get a lot of attention, but are equally exciting.

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This year, I certainly love that Game of Thrones got 16 nominations, including one for supporting actress Emilia Clarke. And the massive love for the Veep ensemble (nominations for supporting stars Tony Hale and Anna Chlumsky) are cool. But now I'd like to focus on my favorite minor nominations that may not be grabbing big headlines.

Carrie Preston for The Good Wife

The nominees for Guest Actress in a Drama Series are all pretty outstanding. Margo Martindale for The Americans, Jane Fonda for The Newsroom, Joan Cusack for Shameless, Linda Cardellini for Mad Men and Diana Rigg for Game of Thrones are all quite deserving. But my favorite is Carrie Preston as wacky lawyer Elsbeth Tascioni on The Good Wife. She stole every scene she was in and, since Martha Plimpton won in this category last year for another wacky female lawyer on The Good Wife, she might just win.

"The Rains of Castamere" for Writing

Red wedding. That's all you need to say to understand why this episode of Game of Thrones was nominated for Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series. No moment on TV even came close to matching that brilliance. Of course it will have stiff competition with two Breaking Bad episodes, Homeland's "Q&A" (the episode where Brody was brought in and interrogated) and the fourth episode of Downton Abbey (which featured a birth and a death). Curiously, this is the first year that no Mad Men scripts were nominated.

30 Rock and The Office Finales for Writing

Two brilliant series finales of two Emmy-winning comedies will compete against each other this year. The final episodes of 30 Rock and The Office are both nominated for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series. That is one intense showdown, competing against Louie, Episodes and another 30 Rock episode.

Elementary for Main Title Sequence

I'm happy that Elementary scored two Emmy nominations, both for its super-cool opening credits. Nominated for Main Title Sequence and Main Title Theme Music, it's completely deserved.

ELEMENTARY: Main Title Sequence from Ryan Robertson....reno on Vimeo.

"More or Less the Kind of Thing You May or May Not Possibly See on Broadway" from The Neighbors

The nominees for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics are always good for a laugh or two (past winners including Saturday Night Live's "Dick in a Box" and Jimmy Kimmel Live's "I'm F***ing Matt Damon"). This year my personal favorite is this big, splashy musical sequence from ABC's alien comedy The Neighbors. With lines like "I want to slap the entire cast of Glee," it's cheeky and fun. Also, it's written by Disney legend Alan Menken (he wrote the songs from The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin). If he wins, it will make him only the 12th person to win the coveted EGOT (winning an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony).

"The Rural Juror" from 30 Rock

As much as I love the song from The Neighbors, it faces stiff competition (and not just from a song from Nashville, two from Smash and the closing number from the Tony Awards). This hilarious song from the finale of 30 Rock saw Jenna singing a sweet goodbye, using the theme song from her unpronounceable film The Rural Juror.

The Emmy-Nominated It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia

For the first time ever, this FX comedy received an Emmy nomination! Sure, it's for Stunt Coordination for a Comedy or Variety Series, but it's such a funny show that I'll take whatever I can get.

(Image courtesy of CBS)