The Emmys may be the least surprising awards show. They pick their favorites and continue to nominate them long after the series or actor has past their prime. It’s isn’t a collection of the best in television as much as what the Emmy voters have on their DVR, with maybe one new HBO show to prove they know what the kids are watching. While I truly believe we are experiencing a golden age of television, there are a few major categories where I have a favorite nominee.
Here are my picks:
Outstand Comedy Series
Big Bang Theory
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Who Will Win: None of the established series had a particularly stellar series. They may give it to Girls, since it was the most talked about comedy series of the year. It could win and then never be nominated again.
Where Are?: Parks & Recreation (Amy Poehler got a best lead actress nomination), Community is doing some really interesting things with the medium, my favorite show on television, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, will never get the respect it deserves, but, to me, it’s brilliant, although last season was not its strongest. At least they gave up on Glee.
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Lena Dunham in Girls
Melissa McCarthy in Mike & Molly
Zooey Deschanel in The New Girl
Edie Falco in Nurse Jackie
Amy Poehler in Parks & Recreation
Tina Fey in 30 Rock
Julia Louis-Dreyfus in Veep
Who Will Win: This is a crazy list of ladies. They really covered all their bases and, in a way, this could be anybody’s to win, although I’m keeping my fingers crossed for Miss Poehler. Leslie’s run for city council gave Poehler the chance to show a really human side to her sometimes wacky character.
Where Are?: This category is so crowded, I can’t think of anyone they missed.
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Jim Parsons in Big Bang Theory
Larry David in Curb Your Enthusiasm
Don Cheadle in House of Lies
Louie C.K. in Louie
Alec Baldwin in 30 Rock
Jon Cryer in Two and a Half Men
Who Will Win: This one’s a little ugh. No one who gets me really excited. It’s a very predictable list. I could see current Emmy favorite, Jim Parsons taking it or Louie since he’s such a critic darling, although I do take points away for his literally playing himself.
Where Are?: It’s never going to happen, but it would be nice to see Joel McHale in this category for Community.
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Mayim Bialik in Big Bang Theory
Kathryn Joosten in Desperate Housewives
Julie Bowen in Modern Family
Sofia Vergara in Modern Family
Merritt Wever in Nurse Jackie
Kristen Wiig in Saturday Night Live
Who Will Win: Hard to read this one, maybe Kristen Wigg for her last season on SNL. Would love to see Bialik, she’s the best part of Big Bang Theory and could have an advantage as a former child star grown up right.
Where Are?: Any of the ladies from Community. It’s also a crime that Kaitlin Olson will never be recognized for being one of the most daring ladies in comedy. Also, Maya Rudolph is fun in Up All Night.
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Ed O’Neill in Modern Family
Jesse Tyler Ferguson in Modern Family
Ty Burrell in Modern Family
Eric Stonestreet in Modern Family
Max Greenfield in New Girls
Bill Hader in Saturday Night Live
Who Will Win: The Modern Family guys all kind of cancel each other out and New Girl is too much of a young person’s show, so maybe Bill Hader? Not that I would complain. He’s the most dependable cast member since Phil Hartman.
Where Are?: Any of the guys from Parks & Rec. While Poehler is great, it’s such a great ensemble cast.
Outstanding Drama Series
Game of Thrones
Who Will Win: Wow, this is a hard one. Every single show is a critical darling. Maybe Breaking Bad after not be eligible last year? Or Downton Abbey as a first time nominee in this category?
Where Are?: This is a really solid category. Can’t think of anyone missing.
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Glenn Close in Damages
Michelle Dockery in Downton Abbey
Julianna Margulies in The Good Wife
Kathy Bates in Harry’s Law
Claire Danes in Homeland
Elisabeth Moss in Mad Men
Who Will Win: The Emmys do love them some Claire Danes but Moss’ Peggy went through some big changes this season.
Where Are?: Drama is really solid this year. If anything it’s “Why is Kathy Bates here?”
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Dramatic Role
Steve Buscemi in Boardwalk Empire
Bryan Cranston in Breaking Bad
Michael C. Hall in Dexter
Hugh Bonneville in Downton Abbey
Damian Lewis in Homeland
Jon Hamm in Mad Men
Who Will Win: This may be the toughest category to judge. We got to see a very different side of Don Draper, Walter White stooped to almost killing a child to manipulate his partner, and didn’t Steve Buscemi kill a guy he treated like a son (I don’t have HBO)? Could be anybody really but might root for Hamm.
Where Are?: Another category I can’t complain about.
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Anna Gunn in Breaking Bad
Maggie Smith in Downton Abbey
Joanne Froggatt in Downton Abbey
Archie Panjabi in The Good Wife
Christine Baranski in The Good Wife
Christina Hendricks in Mad Men
Who Will Win: I’m really hoping Christina Hendricks gets reward for all the crap they put Joan through this season.
Where Are?: Aren’t there a lot of ladies in Game of Thrones? Again, no HBO.
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Aaron Paul in Breaking Bad
Giancarlo Esposito in Breaking Bad
Brendan Coyle in Downton Abbey
Jim Carter in Downton Abbey
Peter Dinklage in Game of Thrones
Jared Harris in Mad Men
Who Will Win: Feel like it could be down to Paul as as the always amazing Jesse Pinkman and Harris for his incredibly haunting departure from the show, (however I think he didn’t submit that episode to the Emmy board)
Where Are?: Surprised John Slattery got bumped for Harris, but would love to see Vincent Kartheiser get recognized for his work on the show. Hope to see Jonathan Banks fill in Esposito’s spot next year.
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