And the Emmy nominations will be…

Everyone! It. Is. Here. The Emmys, television’s most prestigious award’s ceremony, is finally about to crown the honor of “just being nominated” bright and early tomorrow morning. So, I’m here to give some of my own knowledge on what I think will be nominated and what should be [which can be quite a big difference].

Before I get to that though, I’d like to talk a bit about myself, so if you just want to go straight to the statistics, skip through this. Anyway, as some may know, I am a Film Production major. Meaning, I’m studying how to make films. What I’ve noticed over the past few years, though, is how much more into television I am than movies. Don’t get me wrong, I love me some film, but I’ve seen a trend where I end up binge watching classic shows and everything else that is critically acclaimed present time [with my own share of guilty television reality show pleasures] instead of heading out to the movies to catch both good and bad flicks.

Recently, I’ve started watching old classics that I’ve yet to see like Mary Tyler Moore and Seinfeld (don’t judge me!) and am already planning on hitting one of the big HBO megas, The SopranosThe Wire and Six Feet Under once I finish up a few things now. I feel like this is sort of a nudge that, hey! Maybe you should head into television! Considering I’m not even sure what “technical” part of the film industry my destiny holds, who knows where I’ll end up. But it’s definitely something I’m considering!

Back to business. I must give a disclaimer first off. I watch a lot of television. I also have other things to do in life. So even though I’ve tried so hard to get everything in before this day, just like my Oscar ballots, there are a few things I haven’t seen. However, the only major contender that I’ve only happened to see half of the first season of is The Big Bang Theory. Then the shows I’ve only watched about half of and are working on (Nurse Jackie, Homeland, Veep, True Detective ]I literally started that last night and am only two in! SHOOT ME!], Bates Motel). But for some, I have seen plenty to make some early decisions.

Now let’s get to the nominations!

Best Drama Series

What Will Be Nominated

1. Breaking Bad

2. Game of Thrones

3. True Detective

4. Masters of Sex

5. The Good Wife

6. Mad Men

What Should Be Nominated

1. Breaking Bad

2. Game of Thrones

3. True Detective

4. Masters of Sex

5. The Good Wife

6. The Americans

If there’s anyone that has been watching any sort of Drama series, you know that there has been some seriously good…well. Serious TV. A lot is going to be left out. If the cards fall right, there isn’t that big a difference between what will and should get noms for this category.  Having to personally decide which is the most deserving to even win should be interesting though. Breaking Bad wrapped a series that is already being considered as one of the greatest TV series of all time (one word: OZYMANDIAS), The Good Wife, by far network television’s best series, made some swift changes to reawaken its audience that must have slept through season 4, and Game of Thrones, which managed to finish off its best [and bloodiest] season to date are all for sure. Then, with True Detective, a show that I think should still be in the Mini-series category (HBO just wants another Drama series win!) and Masters of Sex, a show that could have been campy and awkward but was as scientific as it was the new Mad Men, are welcomed and expected editions. Personally, I’m expecting a near shut out for The Americans, a show that somehow found a way to improve leaps and bounds from an already fantastic first season. So you’ll be seeing a lot of “should” for that to come. House of Cards could sneak in, but my gut tells me that it could be replaced this year for Masters of Sex. Again, The Americans will probably be overlooked for Mad Men, another one of television’s finest, but with such a short season that really picked up in its final three episodes, will still take the last spot.

Best Comedy Series

What Will Be Nominated

1. Modern Family

2. The Big Bang Theory

3. Veep

4. Orange is the New Black

5. Louie

6. Girls

What Should Be Nominated

1. Veep

2. Louie

3. Silicon Valley

4. Orange is the New Black

5. Brooklyn Nine Nine

6. Girls

There are some definite locks for this: Veep, Louie (special round of applause for this season please!), Modern Family and The Big Band Theory. OITNB has so much buzz and love it should get the nomination leaving the final spot for either Girls or Brooklyn Nine Nine, both deserving. Too bad that HBO’s newest sitcom, Silicon Valley, which was as smart and witty as its Pied Piper creators, probably won’t find a spot, because it was easily one of TV’s best comedies to come out of the season.

Best Drama Actor

What Will Be Nominated

1. Michael Sheen – Masters of Sex

2. Bryan Cranston – Breaking Bad

3. Matthew McConaughey – True Detective

4. Kevin Spacey – House of Cards

5. Jon Hamm – Mad Men

6. Woody Harrelson – True Detective

What Should Be Nominated

1. Michael Sheen – Masters of Sex

2. Bryan Cranston – Breaking Bad

3. Matthew McConaughey – True Detective

4. Woody Harrelson – True Detective

5. Matthew Rhys – The Americans

6. Kevin Spacey – House of Cards

Many returning actors should be expected, but Matthew McConaughey, who has already won an Oscar this year, could give Bryan Cranston a run for his money, possibly getting him halfway to EGOT in just a few months. Jeff Daniels, last year’s very surprising winner, could return, but I really think that Michael Sheen/Woody Harrelson will both trump the last two spots to knock him out of contention.

Best Drama Actress

What Will Be Nominated

1. Julianna Margulies – The Good Wife

2. Lizzy Caplan – Masters of Sex

3. Claire Danes – Homeland

4. Robin Wright – House of Cards

5. Elizabeth Moss – Mad Men

6. Tatiana Maslany – Orphan Black

What Should Be Nominated

1. Julianna Marguies – The Good Wife

2. Lizzy Caplan – Masters of Sex

3. Robin Wright – House of Cards

4. Tatiana Maslany – Orphan Black

5. Keri Russell – The Americans

6. Claire Danes – Homeland

The women of dramatic television this year continue to add some of the most interesting layers to their respective series more than ever. Another category with many returns, and hopefully some new fresh faces. Tatiana Maslany proves every week just how much she should have gotten a nom a year ago and with the show getting more word-of-mouth buzz in each coming episode, she should join the race. Kerry Washington could return as she is still captivating on Scandal, but with its weakest season under its belt (and with all those lamps and chairs that covered her up all year), I’d say that Lizzy Caplan, who finally found the role she was meant to play, will be another newcomer.

Best Comedy Actor

What Will Be Nominated

1. Jim Parsons – The Big Bang Theory

2. Louis C.K. – Louie

3. Matt LeBlanc – Episodes

4. Andy Samberg – Brooklyn Nine Nine

5. William H. Macy – Shameless

6. Don Cheadle – House of Lies

What Should Be Nominated

1. Louis C.K. – Louie

2. Thomas Middleditch – Silicon Valley

3. Chris Messina – The Mindy Project

4. Andy Samberg – Brooklyn Nine Nine

5. Adam Scott – Parks and Recreation

6. Jim Parsons – The Big Bang Theoy

This is probably the biggest “wild card” category. With actor’s like Don Cheadle who’ve been in the mix (WHY?) and even the [still deserving] Matt LeBlanc, it’s hard to tell where the votes will go. I also wouldn’t be surprised finding fan favorite, Shameless, getting some love because of its switch to Comedy over Drama this year. Regardless, we all know we’ll see Parsons and C.K. here. But Chris Messina, who gave us as much sarcasm as he did tears, would be great to see for The Mindy Project, as would Middleditch and his awkward quirk.

Best Comedy Actress

What Will Be Nominated

1. Amy Poehler – Parks and Recreation

2. Julia Louis-Dreyfus – Veep

3. Taylor Schilling – Orange is the New Black

4. Edie Falco – Nurse Jackie

5. Lena Dunham – Girls

6. Emmy Rossum – Shameless

What Should Be Nominated

1. Amy Poehler – Parks and Recreation

2. Julia Louis-Dreyfus – Veep

3. Taylor Schilling – Orange is the New Black

4. Mindy Kahling – The Mindy Project

5. Lena Dunham – Girls

6. Edie Falco – Nurse Jackie

This is Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ race to lose, leaving many of the same in her tracks as in years past. It would be great to see the lovably selfish Mindy Kahling find love (who has those weird odds that I can never explain since she is announcing the nominees. A: it could be she will be nominated so we can see her reaction. B: it’s a nice gesture because she won’t be nominated), but even though Emmy Rossum may not have necessarily been giving off the most laughs, she could find a home in this new category along with Taylor Schilling.

Best Drama Supporting Actor

What Will Be Nominated

1. Jon Voight – Ray Donovan

2. Aaron Paul – Breaking Bad

3. Dean Norris – Breaking Bad

4. Peter Dinklage – Game of Thrones

5. Josh Charles – The Good Wife

6. Jeffrey Wright – Boardwalk Empire

What Should Be Nominated

1. Aaron Paul – Breaking Bad

2. Peter Dinklage – Game of Thrones

3. Charles Dance – Game of Thrones

4. Josh Charles – The Good Wife

5. Dean Norris – Breaking Bad

6. Noah Emmerich – The Americans

 I do not watch neither Ray Donovan nor Boardwalk Empire, featuring these two actors getting quite a lot of buzz. So I’m putting them in cause of my instincts. But I would love to see more love for The Americans and Game of Thrones, especially for Charles Dance, who was finally submitted in the category by HBO this year.

Best Drama Supporting Actress

What Will Be Nominated

1. Anna Gunn – Breaking Bad

2. Maggie Smith – Downton Abbey

3. Christina Hendricks – Mad Men

4. Betsy Brandt – Breaking Bad

5. Christine Barinski – The Good Wife

6. Michelle Monaghan – True Detective

What Should Be Nominated

1. Anna Gunn – Breaking Bad

2. Alison Wright – The Americans

3. Betsy Brandt – Breaking Bad

4. Annet Mahendru – The Americans

5. Maise Williams – Game of Thrones

6. Christine Barinski – The Good Wife

I’m going to spend my words here to mostly talk about The American’s side leading ladies. Annet has given us one of TV’s most complicated performances this year making ourselves even wonder whose side she’s on. And then there’s Alison Wright, the alter ego of Martha Clark Westerfeld. Nobody probably is putting her name up for consideration and I ask you: why not? Her scenes are priceless. Her accent is spot on. And should I mention we got to see her drunk this year? No matter, this category hands down belongs to Anna Gunn who arguably gave the greatest performance by any actor/actress of any given genre in any category throughout all of this year. Once again, I give you: OZYMANDIAS.

Best Comedy Supporting Actor

What Will Be Nominated

1. Andre Braugher – Brooklyn Nine Nine

2. Ty Burrell – Modern Family

3. Eric Stonestreet – Modern Family

4. Christopher Evan Welch – Silicon Valley

5. Adam Driver – Girls

6. Jesse Tyler Ferguson – Modern Family

What Should Be Nominated

1. Andre Bauer – Brooklyn Nine Nine

2. Christopher Evan Welch – Silicon Valley

3. Zach Woods – Silicon Valley

4. T.J. Miller – Silicon Valley

5. Nick Offerman – Parks and Recreation

6. Jesse Tyler Ferguson – Modern Family

What does Ron Swanson have to do?

Best Comedy Supporting Actress

What Will Be Nominated

1. Sofia Vergara – Modern Family

2. Mayim Bialik – The Big Bang Theory

3. Merritt Wever – Nurse Jackie

4. Kate Mulgrew – Orange is the New Black

5. Allison Janney – Mom

6. Anna Chlumsky – Veep

What Should Be Nominated

1. Chelsea Peretti – Brooklyn Nine Nine

2. Stephanie Beatriz – Brooklyn Nine Nine

3. Melissa Fumero – Brooklyn Nine Nine

4. Merritt Wever – Nurse Jackie

5. Kate Mulgrew – Orange is the New Black

6. Allison Janney – Mom

Clearly I think the Brooklyn Nine Nine cast is deserving. The show has become a hilarious critical marvel because of its cast. And it’s a rather large cast, making it harder for so many to shine, but yet they do! Between Beatriz’ monotonous persona, Fumero’s Little Miss Perfect, and One of the Great’s, Chelsea Peretti and her spot on physical humor and sharp delivery, they have helped make the show.  Chlumsky and Wever won’t saying “gotta go, byeeee” and also expect a lot of love for the female driven OITNB. Mulgrew should and will get the nom, but I can easily see Cox getting the nomination honestly mainly because the Emmys would love to nominate the first transgender and a deserving nomination. However, Janney had a huge year between Masters of Sex and Mom (a show that is as funny as it is endearing, plus, criminally underrated if I do say so myself) and I can see her getting a double nomination for the two.

So those are the major categories. I didn’t too into writing out the Mini-Series, Made for TV Movie, and the techincal categories, but expect a lot of Fargo (Martin Freeman, Billy Bob Thorton, Allison Tolman[!]), American Horror Story: Coven (how many acting categories can it fill up?), and The Normal Heart. And I’ve got my fingers crossed for every the Guest Actress in a Comedy Series to literally be filled to the brim with the ladies of Louie, who made it its best season yet.

Now as I post this, the nominations are only a few hours away. So time to finished this up [with the many spelling mistakes, non-alphabetized, rarely used italics]! Until to tomorrow…well. Today.

 

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