It’s TV biggest night on Sunday! TV this past year was amazing and the categories are chock full of talent. There are a few categories that it is really hard to predict who the winner is. Well, here are my humble predictions in a few of the major categories.
LEAD ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES:
Hugh Bonneville, Downton Abbey, PBS
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad, AMC
Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom, HBO
Jon Hamm, Mad Men, AMC
Damian Lewis, Homeland, Showtime
Kevin Spacey, House of Cards, Netflix
This category is the hardest to predict. We have Damian Lewis who won last year and had another great performance this year as SGT. Brody. As this is Breaking Bad’s last year, will they give it to Bryan Cranston? Jon Hamm nominated every year since Mad Men started, but has never taken home the gold. Even though I wish he would win, I think this years Emmy will go to House of Card’s Kevin Spacey. If you haven’t seen it, get Netflix and start binge watching. He is so good as the Machiavellian Congressman Francis Underwood.
LEAD ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES:
Connie Britton, Nashville, ABC
Claire Danes, Homeland, Showtime
Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey, PBS
Vera Farmiga, Bates Motel, A&E
Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men, AMC
Kerry Washington, Scandal, ABC
Robin Wright, House of Cards, Netflix
In my heart I hope Kerry Washington would win, because I am definitely one of Olivia Pope’s gladiators, but Robin Wright Penn’s portrayal as Clair Underwood in House of Cards is unstoppable. Again, binge watch if you can.
The Big Bang Theory, CBS
Modern Family, ABC
30 Rock, NBC
I think the fact that I feel really awkward watching certain scenes of Girls is a testament to its realistic grit. My husband thinks it will go to “30 Rock” as a capstone gesture. We’ll see…
LEAD ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES:
Jason Bateman, Arrested Development, Netflix
Louis C.K., Louie, FX
Don Cheadle, House of Lies, Showtime
Matt LeBlanc, Episodes, Showtime
Jim Parsons, Big Bang Theory, CBS
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock, NBC
I really don’t know about this category. I am going to say Jim Parson. I have heard BBT has had a good season.
LEAD ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES:
Lena Dunham, Girls, HBO
Laura Dern, Enlightened, HBO
Tiny Fey, 30 Rock, NBC
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation, NBC
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep, HBO
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie, Showtime
Julia Louis-Dreyfus IS that show and steals every scene!
SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES:
Adam Driver, Girls, HBO
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family, ABC
Ed O’Neill, Modern Family, ABC
Ty Burrell, Modern Family, ABC
Bill Hader, Saturday Night Live, NBC
Tony Hale, Veep, HBO
Adam Driver also steals every scene he is in, and his performance either makes you laugh or makes your jaw drop. Keep your eye on this actor’s career.
Breaking Bad, AMC
Downton Abbey, PBS
Game of Thrones, HBO
House of Cards, Netflix
Mad Men, AMC
Ugh this is one that I just don’t know. I think it will be between House of Cards, Game of Thrones (Red Wedding anyone?) or Breaking Bad. Categories like this underscore televisions high-quality productions, as opposed to yet another dreadful “Expendables” installment in theaters. TV is definitely where it’s at.
SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES:
Bobby Cannavale, Boardwalk Empire, HBO
Jonathan Banks, Breaking Bad, AMC
Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad, AMC
Jim Carter, Downton Abbey, PBS
Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones, HBO
Mandy Patinkin, Homeland, Showtime
Another hard one. Though I may be wrong, going to give this one to Mandy Patinkin.
SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES:
Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad, AMC
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey, PBS
Emilia Clarke, Game of Thrones, HBO
Christine Baranski, The Good Wife, CBS
Morena Baccarin, Homeland, Showtime
Christina Hendricks, Mad Men, AMC
Kalesi hands down. This was her year. I hope she brings her dragons.
LEAD ACTOR IN A MINISERIES OR MOVIE:
Michael Douglas, Behind The Candelabra, HBO
Matt Damon, Behind The Candelabra, HBO
Toby Jones, The Girl, HBO
Benedict Cumberbatch, Parade’s End, HBO
Al Pacino, Phil Spector, HBO
I really wish Michael Douglas and Matt Damon could share this award. I just hope they do not split the vote.
LEAD ACTRESS IN A MINISERIES OR MOVIE:
Jessica Lange, American Horror Story, FX
Laura Linney, The Big C: Hereafter, Showtime
Helen Mirren, Phil Spector, HBO
Sigourney Weaver, Political Animals, USA
Elisabeth Moss, Top of the Lake, Sundance Channel
American Horror Story: Asylum was revetting and terrifying. Jessica Lange was a huge reason why. Her performance defines “Emmy worthy.”
MINISERIES OR MOVIE:
American Horror Story: Asylum, FX
Behind the Candelabra, HBO
Phil Spector, HBO
Political Animals, USA
The Bible, History
Top of the Lake, Sundance Channel
I am torn between Behind The Candelabra and American Horror Story: Asylum. Both are so different, but both were equally excellent in their respective genre.
SUPPORTING ACTOR IN MINISERIES OR MOVIE:
James Cromwell, American Horror Story: Asylum, FX
Zachary Quinto, American Horror Story: Asylum, FX
Scott Bakula, Behind The Candelabra, HBO
John Benjamin Hickey, The Big C: Hereafter, Showtime
Peter Mullan, Top of the Lake, Sundance Channel
Zachary Quinto was amazing. I cannot divulge more without giving out spoilers.
SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN MINISERIES OR MOVIE:
Sarah Paulson, American Horror Story: Asylum, FX
Imelda Staunton, The Girl, HBO
Charlotte Rampling, Restless, Sundance Channel
Alfre Woodard, Steel Magnolias, Lifetime
Again, I cannot divulge too much without giving out spoilers, but she was great especially when they fas forward a few decades.
I am really excited to see how this all unfolds on Sunday night! Will you be watching? What are some of your favorites?