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It looks like stripping down on-screen can do wonders for your career — just ask Scandal’s Dan Bucatinsky. After baring (almost) all, both physically and emotionally as Chief of Staff Cyrus Beene’s gay journalist husband, James Novak, he was nominated for the 2013 Emmys as Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series.

While Grey’s Anatomy didn’t pick up any nods this year, Dan will have it handled if he beats out the likes of Michael J. Fox (The Good Wife), Rupert Friend (Homeland), and Mad Men's Harry Hamlin, Robert Morse and Nathan Lane.

Dan isn’t the only Scandal star nominated this year, though. Leading lady Kerry Washington scored an Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama nomination for her role as “fixer” Olivia Pope, which not only is exciting for the show, but is also groundbreaking. She is the fifth African-American actress ever nominated in the category, and if she wins, she’ll be the first black woman to ever do so.

Given the intense, fast-paced, emotional, and incredible nature of Scandal, it was only a matter of time before they were nominated. They are only going into their third season (and their first was a mere six episodes), so here’s to hoping that the cast sweeps the Emmys this year, and come back with a Modern Family-sized amount of nominations in 2014.

As for how he feels? Dan revealed to The Hollywood Reporter that at first, he thought it was all just a practical joke from notorious prankster, co-star Josh Malina. "I saw a tweet from Josh and wondered if it was really happening," he said, but ultimately, he realized it was true when fans started congratulating him. From there, he was "flipping out" and credits on-screen husband Jeff Perry (Cyrus) for the nom, referring to him as a "genius of an acting partner" (especially when naked). 

He was also met by praise on the Grey's Anatomy set today — both Sandra Oh (Cristina) and Ellen Pompeo (Meredith) said, "Mazel!" when he arrived — and he is looking forward to celebrating with his Scandal cohorts, too.

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SourceThe Hollywood Reporter