Well kids, it’s that time of year again, where we take a look at the list of Emmy nominations and denounce the television awards for not including our favorite shows and swearing never to watch them again, even though we end up repeating the same process every year. This year certainly appears to be no different. Let’s take a look at each category, talk snubs, and make some predictions, shall we? Let the great debate BEGIN!
Best Drama Series
Game of Thrones
The drama nominations are actually pretty solid this year. It’s who wins every year that leads to the debate. With Mad Men winning every time it was nominated in the last four years, it’s clear Mad Men is the critics’ choice. While I can see why they like it, it’s not really the best show on television (and you can blame Betty Draper for that). This year, Mad Men may actually be deserving of its award, with a handful of its finest episodes, its first major character death, and significantly less Betty Draper. But it won’t be without its competition, as Breaking Bad delivered its most intense season to date, while critics seem to be jumping on the Homeland bandwagon after its first season. It will be a really close call, and upsets will ensue from this one.
Prediction: Mad Men, because The Emmys don’t handle change well, but Breaking Bad is more deserving.
Best Comedy Series
The Big Bang Theory
Curb Your Enthusiasm
And this is where the Emmys screwed up big time. Why? Oh, I don’t know, maybe because shows like Parks And Recreation, Louie, Community, and Archer all exist, yet are nowhere on this list. With the exception of Veep and Girls, all of these shows nominated are past their prime, and we all know Girls is on there because CONTROVERSY~! But now that The Office and 30 Rock are shells of their former selves, Modern Family is the Emmys new comedy darlings, though it is hardly deserving.
Prediction: Veep. It has done well with critics and is a show based on politics. How could it NOT win?
Best Leading Actor in a Drama Series
Hugh Bonneville, Downton Abbey
Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Michael C. Hall, Dexter
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Damian Lewis, Homeland
There is no debate here. Go watch the “Crawl Space” and “End Times” episodes of Breaking Bad and tell me Bryan Cranston doesn’t deserve this.
Prediction: Bryan Cranston
Best Leading Actor in a Comedy Series
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Don Cheadle, House of Lies
Louis C.K., Louie
Jon Cryer, Two and a Half Men
Larry David, Curb Your Enthusiasm
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory
Jim Pasons won the last two years, which was deservedly so, since his character is the breakout story of The Big Band Theory, but he hasn’t done anything differently with it since then, and it’s getting old and tired. If anybody deserves it this year, it’s Louis C.K. He’s doing some of the most original stuff on his show, and the fact it didn’t get a Best Comedy Series nom is so silly that he should just get the Emmy for acting to make up for it.
Prediction: Louis C.K.
Best Leading Actress in a Drama Series
Kathy Bates, Harry’s Law
Glenn Close, Damages
Claire Danes, Homeland
Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men
I’ll be honest and say I haven’t seen any of these except Mad Men, and though Elisabeth Moss has a good chance this year, it’ll probably just end up going to Julianna Marguilies or Michel Dockery because old-timey British TV shows get the voting committee all hot and bothered apparently.
Prediction: Michelle Dockery
Best Leading Actress in a Comedy Series
Zooey Deschanel, New Girl
Lena Dunham, Girls
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Melissa McCarthy, Mike & Molly
Amy Poehler, Parks & Recreation
Amy Poehler’s character on Parks And Recreation, Leslie Knope, has gone from being one of the more obnoxious characters in the show to becoming the real heart of the cast in four seasons. She’s lost three years in a row, might as well give it to her now. Melissa McCarthy shouldn’t win two television awards for her role in Bridesmaids.
Prediction: Amy Poehler
Best Miniseries or Movie
American Horror Story
Hatfields & McCoys
Hemingway & Gellhorn
This one is weird, because it appears the Emmys have loosened their definition of miniseries quite a bit. American Horror Story is a full season of television, but I guess it gets a pass because the storylines are contained to a season each now. Sherlock is three 90-minute episodes per season, and Luther’s second season was only four episodes (which isn’t too odd considering the average British television series (we call them seasons here), is normally six episodes long. While Sherlcok and Luther are both great shows, American Horror Story was not very well received. And also, no one ever watches traditional miniseries’ or made-for-TV movies anymore, so this one will be tricky.
Prediction: uuuuuuhhhhhhh……Hatfields & McCoys? I dunno…
Best Reality Competition
The Amazing Race
Dancing With The Stars
So You Think You Can Dance
In the eight years this has been a category, The Amazing Race has won it every year except for one. What do YOU think?
Prediction: The Amazing Race
Best Reality Host
Tom Bergeron, Dancing With The Stars
Cat Deeley, So You Think You Can Dance
Phil Keoghan, The Amazing Race
Ryan Seacrest, American Idol
Betty White, Betty White’s Off Their Rockers
I almost just skipped over this and put “Who cares?” Jeff Probst wins.” But then I realized he’s not nominated this year. First time in five years this has happened. Is the world ending? Doesn’t matter, because I stills tand by my previous statement: Who cares?
Prediction: Phil Keoghan
Best Variety Program
The Colbert Report
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
Jimmy Kimmel Live
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon
Real Time with Bill Maher
Saturday Night Live
The Daily Show has won this nine years straight. End of story.
Prediction: The Daily Show
Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad
Giancarlo Esposito, Breaking Bad
Brendan Coyle, Downton Abbey
Jim Carter, Downton Abbey
Jared Harris, Mad Men
Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
This one will be interesting to watch, as Aaron Paul and Giancarlo Esposito were amazing in Breaking Bad, but Peter Dinklage single handedly owned every scene he appeared in on Game of Thrones. Jared Harris also has a decent chance, but not much. And Brendan Coyle and Jim Carter played wealthy/poor British folks, soooooo......
Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Archie Panjabi, The Good Wife
Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
Joanna Froggatt, Downton Abbey
Christina Hendricks, Mad Men
Christine Baranski, The Good Wife
I do not like Downton Abbey or The Good Wife, in case you couldn't tell by now.
Prediction: Christina Hendricks, because DAYUM!
Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Ed O’Neill, Modern Family
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family
Ty Burrell, Modern Family
Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family
Bill Hader, Saturday Night Live
Max Greenfield, New Girl
Clearly the Emmys LOVE them some Modern Family. This could be used as an argument for restricting the number of nominees from a certain show, because I'm pretty sure Nick Offerman is a better actor than any of these people. On the bright side, Offerman not getting a nomination DID win me a bet, so there's that.
Prediction: Ty Burrell
Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory
Merritt Wever, Nurse Jackie
Julie Bowen, Modern Family
Kristen Wiig, Saturday Night Live
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family
Kathryn Joosten, Desperate Housewives
If Jim Parsons can win two Emmys for playing a neurotic nerd, surely Mayim Bialik could win one for doing the same, but I can't help the feeling Kristen Wiig might take this one after making her exit from Saturday Night Live earlier this year. We shall see...
Prediction: Kristen Wiig
Well guys, what do you think? If you care to share your thoughts, opinions, and predictions, please do see in the comments. We'll see you at The Emmy Awards Ceremony on September 23rd!