And the Emmy goes to…

Television’s biggest night has finally come…and on a Monday! It’s been a while since the celebration has taken place on this night, but host Seth Meyers, the new Late Night frontman, has most everyone excited. Well. Let’s go right into who will and should win, shall we?

Breaking Bad
Downton Abbey
Game of Thrones
House of Cards
Mad Men
True Detective
Will and Should Win: Hands down Breaking Bad. This is a show that will hands down become one of the greatest television series in history and it helps that with all of the influxes of poorly done finales, “Felina” was anything but. And did I mention “Ozymandias”. Yeah. Enough said. The reigning champ may have won last year when the actual final episodes were airing, but I think Season 5b will still take it over it’s main competitor this year: True Detective, a show that has earned equal praise.

Outstanding Comedy Series
The Big Bang Theory
Modern Family
Orange Is the New Black
Silicon Valley
Should Win: A lot of strong comedies came to play this year. The biggest surprise nomination, and definietly one that made me ecstatic: Silicon Valley. That show had me laughing more than I would have ever thought. As did Veep. But although it’s dark humor makes you a bit more depressed over a laugh at times, in terms of what’s in the category, Louie had it’s best season to date. With the “Elevator” and “Pamela” arcs, and of course the much talked about opener “So Did the Fat Lady,” Louie deserves this.
Will win: With four wins under it’s belt, saying Modern Family should be the thing to do. But Veep but fan favorite Orange has a lot going for it. I’d like to go out on a limb though and give this to Veep, a show that started small and grew to a fan favorite with the presidential campaign driven season. But OITNB has the momentum and will probably make history for Netflix.

Outstanding Miniseries
American Horror Story: Coven
Bonnie & Clyde
The White Queen
Will and Should Win: Let’s all save out breath. Fargo.

Outstanding TV Movie
Killing Kennedy
Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight
The Normal Heart
Sherlock: His Last Vow
The Trip to Bountiful
Will and Should Win: In a relatively weak category, Ryan Murphy’s The Normal Heart, and it’s line of great performances, will take the prize.

Lead Actor in a Drama
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Woody Harrelson, True Detective
Matthew McConaughey, True Detective
Kevin Spacey, House of Cards
Should Win: This is a tight race, especially when Jeff Daniels somehow walked away with the statue last year. So who really knows, but the talk is all over a Cranston-McConaughey brawl. Going with the “Ozymandias” submission, Cranston’s portrayal of Walt stands to win.
Will Win: Considering McConaughey has the momentum of his Oscar win earlier this year, it’s really hard to say. For a show that was loved, it would be odd to see it walk away empty handed in any major category. Even as I am write this literally write now, my mind was about to say McConaughey, but my gut is still telling me Cranston. Breaking Bad has become a cultural phenomenon. I really can’t say anything else.

The Good Wife
Lead Actress in a Drama
Lizzy Caplan, Masters of Sex
Claire Danes, Homeland
Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Kerry Washington, Scandal
Robin Wright, House of Cards
Should Win: In a category that always seems to small to fit the whole deserving lot (TATIANA MASLANY THIS IS YOURS), this is what we were dealt. Caplan finally found the role she was born to play. Wright had that abortion interview. But I’ve got to give this to Julianna Margulies. The Good Wife has been in my top five favorite shows of all time since I started watching once the first season ended, even with it’s under-appreciated fourth season that some criticize. But Season 5. The season that had everyone talking. We got to see an empowered Alicia in the beginning and a mourning Alicia in it’s finality. Margulies does so much with so little and deserves this award every year. Especially to make up from last year’s snub.
Will Win: Claire Danes took it from Kerry Washington last year who had everything going for her. Washington good win but I think she spent to much time acting behind a lamp to win this. Wright just won the Golden Globe (for the first season may I add though), but I don’t know if I’m thinking too much with my heart, but I’ll give it to Margulies again. The Good Wife somehow got snubbed in the Drama Series category and with Baranski going to lose out to Gunn, Margulies could be the saving grace.

Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie
Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock
Chiwetel Ejiofor, Dancing on the Edge
Idris Elba, Luther
Martin Freeman, Fargo
Mark Ruffalo, The Normal Heart
Billy Bob Thornton, Fargo
Should Win: Billy Bob Thorton’s hilarious, satirical role in Fargo was great, but I honestly think Martin Freeman played the balance timidity and wickedness perfectly and should go home with the award.
Will Win: Mark Ruffalo could take it, but Thorton has too much word of mouth to not win.

Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie
Helena Bonham Carter, Burton and Taylor
Minnie Driver, Return to Zero
Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Coven
Sarah Paulson, American Horror Story: Coven
Cicely Tyson, The Trip to Bountiful
Kristen Wiig, The Spoils of Babylon
Will and Should Win: This year I think it’s down between the two Coven leading ladies (although Tyson could take it). FINALLY we get to see Sarah Paulson in on a nomination for this show, especially after her breakthrough in Asylum. Lange is fantastic as always, but Paulson went through so much (snake sex scenes and ripping her eyes out to name a few) to truly deserve this Emmy. And as voters had the sense to get around to giving her the nom, I think they’ll have enough sense to give her the win.

Lead Actor in a Comedy
Louis C.K., Louie
Don Cheadle, House of Lies
Ricky Gervais, Derek
Matt LeBlanc, Episodes
William H. Macy, Shameless
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory
Should Win: I just recently watched both seasons of Derek and was so surprised by it. I was laughing. I even cried (yes I am admitting that…but the dog!). Ricky Gervais gave us more heart than snark. A month ago I would have said C.K., but I have to give this to Gervais.
Will Win: Gervais honestly could win this (remember Extras?), and Macy finally got recognition for a beloved role. Voters may also recognize C.K. too. But I think they’ll play it safe here and go with the usual Parsons. Sadly.

Lead Actress in a Comedy
Lena Dunham, Girls
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Melissa McCarthy, Mike & Molly
Amy Poehler, Parks & Recreation
Taylor Schilling, Orange is the New Black
Will and Should Win: A category that I can again save your efforts of reading: Julia. Louis. Dreyfus. (But we love you Leslie Knope!).

Supporting Actor in a Drama
Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad
Jim Carter, Downton Abbey
Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
Josh Charles, The Good Wife
Mandy Patinkin, Homeland
Jon Voight, Ray Donovan
Will and Should Win: Charles had a great run with his obvious role in “Hitting the Fan” and his final moments. Dinklage had the trial. But Paul, in a slightly “smaller” role in the final arc, still went through so much pain in the end. Yet he got his happy ending. And Paul should too.

Supporting Actress in a Drama
Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
Joanne Froggatt, Downton Abbey
Lena Headey, Game of Thrones
Christine Baranski, The Good Wife
Christina Hendricks, Mad Men
Will and Should Win: Anna Gunn not only gave the best performance for her “Ozymandias” submission in this category. She gave the best performance of any actor in this year’s entire lineup. And of all in television. And of all in cinema. That is all.

Supporting Actor in a Comedy
Andre Braugher, Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Adam Driver, Girls
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family
Ty Burrell, Modern Family
Fred Armisen, Portlandia
Tony Hale, Veep
Should Win: The underloved Brooklyn Nine-Nine found one of two nominations here (it won for its Stunt nomination). Braugher’s deadpan role always had the last laugh and for that should take the win.
Will Win: Braugher really could win this, but I’ll go with last year’s deserving winner, Hale.

Supporting Actress in a Comedy
Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory
Julie Bowen, Modern Family
Allison Janney, Mom
Kate Mulgrew, Orange Is the New Black
Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live
Anna Chlumsky, Veep
Should and Will Win: Mulgrew turned a character you could have hated into someone you loved. Allison Janney is, well, Allison Janney, and a show that could have been campy turned out to have a lot of heart. Did I mention that Janney was beyond hilarious? I say Chlumsky though who had so many great moments, we all want to go to a dinner party with her.

Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie
Colin Hanks, Fargo
Jim Parsons, The Normal Heart
Joe Mantello, The Normal Heart
Alfred Molina, The Normal Heart
Matt Bomer, The Normal Heart
Martin Freeman, Sherlock
Will and Should Win: Bomer is the favorite and will take it home.

Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie
Frances Conroy, American Horror Story: Coven
Kathy Bates, American Horror Story: Coven
Angela Bassett, American Horror Story: Coven
Allison Tolman, Fargo
Ellen Burstyn, Flowers in the Attic
Julia Roberts, The Normal Heart
Will and Should Win: The Coven ladies are all great. But all eyes are on newcomer Allison Tolman who was the emotional core to Fargo and was the one that gave you reason to root against the anti-heroes. She has the rare acting ability to show so much with just her eyes and that sincerity gives her all the more reason for her first Emmy.

In many of the technical, writing and directing categories, expect a lot of Breaking Bad wins (again, Moira Walley-Beckett. Ozymandias.) like Vince Vince Giliigan for directing (we love you Rian Johnson!). Jodie Foster may even be a winner (directing nod for Orange). Fargo should sweep a lot of its categories. All in all, expect the headlines for tomorrow to read Breaking Bad leads wins in last night’s Emmys.

So. That’s it. Anything you agree with? Disagree with? Heck. Is there anybody you WISH was on these lists (cause I sure do still have quite a few bones to pick with this Academy!). Write off in the comments!

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.