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?
Game of Thrones
House of Cards
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
Orange Is the New Black
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.
American Horror Story: Coven
Bonnie & Clyde
The White Queen
Will and Should Win: Let’s all save out breath. Fargo.
Outstanding TV Movie
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.
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!